Misfits LEC Roster Finalized for 2021 Season
The LEC roster Misfits Gaming will field in 2021 isn’t exactly mind-blowing. There’s just no other way to put it. It’s not going to challenge for the LEC throne, nor will it upset the long-established status quo. And, frankly, that’s not a travesty by any means, although it certainly is somewhat underwhelming.
Just a couple of years ago — back when they first broke onto the scene — they had the same aura as MAD Lions and Rogue of 2020. We were all high on their creativity and vigor, both virtues reserved for youthful line-ups that haven’t been worn out by years of competing. It seemed like the LEC finally had a challenger worthy of our undivided attention, a feisty contender who rose through the ranks and could actually pose a threat to the age-old “Kings of Europe.”
In the end, though, only a fraction of that potential materialized, but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying. The years that followed were strange, to say the least. There were multiple attempts at fielding competitive rosters and, frankly, none of them succeeded. 2020 was pretty much in line with that whole narrative. The line-up Misfits had was respectable, albeit somewhat underpowered.
By the end of the season, they were nothing more than a slightly dangerous mid-tier gatekeeper. And, really, there’s nothing wrong with such a role. Unless, of course, you’re a Misfits fan and expect bigger and better things from the boys in black and red. Their current role in the LEC definitely leaves a lot to be desired.
Will they fare any better with this new squad come 2021? Probably not, given Misfits’ track record, but it’s still too early to tell.
Misfits 2021 Line-up
Top: Tobiasz “Agresivoo” Ciba & Shin “HiRit” Tae-min
Jungle: Iván “Razork” Martín
Mid: Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié
ADC: Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
Support: Oskar “Vander” Bogdan & Petr “denyk” Haramach
First of all, this is by no means a bad line-up. It is, however, pretty underwhelming when you factor in just how good of a roster Misfits could’ve ended up with had the off-season gone a bit differently. Kobbe and Vander is a pretty slick bottom lane duo that will no doubt empower this team in all the right ways. Razork is also a known quantity by this point, although we still need to see how well he’ll perform without Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten in the mid lane. It’s easy to look good in your “freshman” season with such a grizzled veteran by your side. In any case, he’s done more than enough to warrant our benefit of the doubt, and is by no means the weakest link of the roster.
Then we have Vethero, Agresivoo, and HiRit. To the average viewer, these names mean absolutely nothing, but to those who’ve been following the “little leagues” they should definitely ring a bell. Agresivoo is entering the LEC after winning the LFL as a part of Misfits Premier, with HiRit being a TCL champion and former 1907 Fenerbahçe top laner. Overall, not too shabby. Vetheo, on the other hand, has recently competed under the LDLC banner in the LFL, he’s a former EU Masters champion, and is generally a pretty solid pick-up. He’s not mind-blowing, frankly, but he’s certainly worth a shot.
So, on paper, there’s quite a lot to like. In reality, however, it’s impossible to trust in Misfits and their ability to guide these young rookies in the best and most optimal way. Giving them any modicum of trust would be quite ludicrous, given just how many mistakes they’ve made in the past. Potential means nothing without the right guidance. Time and time again, Misfits have proven their ability when it comes to scouting and signing the right players. But that’s pretty much the only thing they’re good at. The fact that they’ll field two top laners and two supports is also a cause for concern. There’s nothing wrong with such an approach, mind you, but only when it’s employed by a team that knows what it’s doing and a coaching staff that can keep everyone in check. Misfits, frankly, has neither — at least it didn’t in the past. It’s always one step forward and then two or three steps back with Misfits and their LEC line-ups, and that trend seems to be continuing with this new roster heading into the 2021 season.
In any case, temper your expectations. At best, this is a playoff-worthy team; at worst, it’s a struggling bottom-tier dweller. But at least there’s potential, so fingers crossed!