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Match of the Week: Misfits Versus Fnatic

The last time a team started 8-0 in the EU LCS, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez still played in Europe. After another 2-0 Week 4, Misfits are now one of only two teams in the past three years that have started undefeated, the other being Fnatic’s 2015 Summer squad.

With a showdown looming against Fnatic, Misfits look to continue their unbeaten streak and possibly chase down the best team Europe has ever seen.

Do Misfits Stack Up?

The 2015 Fnatic Summer Split squad was, simply put, legendary. Huni, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim and Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin all belonged to the Fnatic roster. The team finished with a perfect 18-0 in the Summer Split and made the 2015 Worlds Semifinals, where they lost 3-0 to the Koo Tigers.

While Misfits doesn’t have as much star power as the old Fnatic team, nobody can argue with their success. Misfits have looked great in almost every game and, despite one small hiccup against Team Vitality, no team has really come close. Everyone expected the 2015 Fnatic squad to perform, but nobody expected this start from Misfits. The team came out of nowhere to dominate EU and are the clear favourites heading into the second half of the Split.

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The Battle for Mid Lane

Misfits have been led by their mid laner, Chres “Sencux” Laursen, this Split. Words can no longer describe Sencux, who was such a weak link for Misfits in the Spring Split. The meta fits him perfectly, allowing him to play aggressive bruisers and the occasional mage in the mid lane. It’s no mistake that the worst Misfits performance, their game against Team Vitality on the second day of Week 4, came when Sencux was on a supporting mid laner: Galio. Even then, on Galio, Sencux made some flashy plays and rocked Danielle “Jiizuke” di Mauro with some well-timed taunts. Fnatic will likely look to limit Sencux in their match. Tasked with the job? Ramsus “Caps” Winther.

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Fnatic’s mid lane star has had a great Split, especially on Zoe. His champion pool is no joke; Caps can play mages, bruisers, and even assassins. No champion is out of reach and Caps plays everything to perfection. If he can be aggressive and get a kill, he does. If the matchup dictates more of a farm style, he will farm and poke you out of lane. Caps and Sencux played against each other on day one of Week 1, but Fnatic was playing a funnel comp. With the latest patch, Fnatic may hesitate to pull out a funnel once more. Sencux will finally get the chance to prove that he can go toe-to-toe with one of the best mid laners in the world during Week 5.

Power of the Jungle

With every good mid laner comes a great mid/jungle synergy. Both Misfits and Fnatic fit the bill on this one. Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen leads Fnatic in the jungle and has showed off on several champions over the Summer, but he absolutely dismantled ROCCAT with Kindred during Week 4.

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While Broxah usually plays damage dealers (and the occasional Trundle), Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian plays whatever Misfits need in a team comp. Maxlore has played Sejuani, Taliyah and Camille. With each champion, he controls vision across the map and understands who has the advantage in any given matchup. His control with Sejuani is matched by few– He never overextends and is usually in the right position to countergank throughout the match.

Both Broxah and Maxlore enjoy playing an aggressive style, looking to get ahead early and stay ahead. Expect fights early and often with these two junglers, and expect both teams to come to their junglers aid at a moment’s notice.

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Misfits Dominance

Fnatic usually struggles against Misfits. Fnatic dropped both games in the Spring Split to a struggling Misfits squad and lost the first game of the Split against Misfits as well. Rekkles himself has said that Misfits is the one team that manages to keep up with Fnatic in terms of macro play, and that doesn’t bode well for Europe’s top squad. Misfits managed to defeat them in the Spring while struggling and integrating new players, imagine what they can do again now that they’re at the top of their game.

The Matchup

Both teams know what to expect heading into this Week 5 clash. Misfits have played every game standard and puts Sencux on a carry, spare during Week 4 versus Team Vitality. Both Broxah and Maxlore are the team’s catalysts for a successful early game. And Fnatic know how to switch it up to adapt to their opponents and find the chink in their armour.

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The main difference will be the bruiser-centrec comps Fnatic loves to play. Misfits will always put Steven “Hans Sama” Liv on an ADC and have not shown a strong affinity toward the bruiser comp. Fnatic’s new bot laner, Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau, will be X factor if they eek out the win. Swain is a great pick into almost any ADC and Bwipo has shown some lane dominant skills, even in the bottom lane. If Fnatic want to push Bwipo back to the top lan and run Heimerdinger, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer will be ready to answer the call.

Both teams are heading into the matchup hot, with Fnatic looking to avenge their Week 1 loss.

Misfits and Fnatic face off in the Match of the Week on July 21st at approximately 20:00 CEST.

Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below!