As announced on Twitter, Misfits Gaming will be running a 10-man roster in the upcoming LEC Summer Split. This comes after the League of Legends team made numerous changes in the mid-season break, mainly promoting Misfits Premier players to the main team. Furthermore, they also acquired former 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports jungler Thomas “Kirei” Yuen as part of their roster. This adds Misfits to a plethora of teams who nowadays run 10-man rosters with mixed success.
Apart from Kirei, Misfits will have a substitute for the main role player in every position. On the top side of the map, Danny “Dan Dan” Le Comte and Kirei will be subbing in for the top and jungle position respectively. In the middle lane, the sub will be none other than Adam “LIDER” Ilyasov after an impressive showing at EU Masters. Lastly, in the bottom lane, Matúš “Neon” Jakubčík and Aleksi “H1IVA” Kaikkonen will occupy the ADC and support LEC substitute positions.
News of the recent additions isn’t surprising as the highly praised Misfits team did not meet expectations whatsoever. Often deemed a super team, sporting the likes of Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten and Kang “Gorilla” Beom-hyun, the team just didn’t click and wasn’t able to make playoffs. They finished the regular season in eighth place and weren’t a serious contender for the sixth playoff spot. The additions aren’t a surprise after Misfits Premier, their sister team, won the EU Masters in commanding fashion.
Many super teams have had similar difficulties in the past. Just take a look at many of the past TSM or KT Rolster teams. Even though they, like Misfits, looked like clear favorites on paper, they weren’t able to live up to expectations. However, these teams have also shown that giving up on them too quickly isn’t a good idea either. If we look at the recent KT super team, their first season wasn’t great at all. Although they finished both splits in 2017 top three, they weren’t able to qualify for Worlds, which was their final goal. But come next season, KT qualified for Worlds as Korea’s first seed and won their group.
The KT example shows that super teams can work, but they need more time to build synergy between the players. That is why I think Misfits shouldn’t rush it too much with using their substitutes over the main LEC roster. They need to give them time and the opportunity to develop; otherwise, this will just be another failed super team story.
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Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and future CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn’t any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.