Flyquest’s match against Immortals in the North American LCS yesterday was the cause of some controversy and disbelief in the League of Legends community over a Kindred mark.
Flyquest ADC player Johnsun took a scuttle crab flagged with ‘Mark of the Kindred’ rather than leave it for his jungler Josedeodo, who was of course playing as Kindred.
The Kindred mark periodically appears above monsters in the enemy jungle, and whoever is playing Kindred (and only Kindred) has a chance to defeat the monster to gain a buff.
In this instance, at the 23-minute mark, Johnsun defeated the scuttle crab before Josedeodo could get to it, thus denying him from obtaining a buff. It would have been Josedeodo’s fourth mark of the game.
Josedeodo also apparently question mark pinged when it happened.
Whether or not the action by Johnsun was intended or a mistake has been the topic of debate on the League of Legends subreddit, but it looks as if either Flyquest had decided to take the scuttle quickly before the drake and/or it was an unintentional mistake.
Either way, it got the community talking – the post ‘Professional ADC player denies his own team’s Kindred the 4th mark‘ is currently top of the League of Legends subreddit, with more than 6,000 upvotes and 600 comments.
It also surprised Meteos, Sneaky and Doublelift – who all have years of playing experience in the LCS – on stream when the incident occured:
IWillDominate, LCS former pro player and current streamer for Cloud9, also expressed his disgust over some of the comments on Reddit implying Johnsun had done it on purpose or to lessen his own team’s chances of winning.
In the comparison he makes, he is of course also referring to Welsh League of Legends pro player Alphari being benched by Team Liquid.
At the time of writing, Flyquest, Johnsun or Josedeodo have not yet commented on the incident, but we’ll update this article with any further comments that are made.
Flyquest lost all their games in the LCS this past weekend, to Team Liquid, 100 Thieves and Immortals.
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As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.