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PowerOfEvil Signs with Misfits

December 12, 2016 - Esports

Following the collapse of Origen after the 2016 Competitive Season was over, where the team finished the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split in 9th place and had to fight in the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament, the roster crumbled. The last player to leave the team was the Mid Laner, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, despite having the most reason to jump ship, having to worry for his spot on the team constantly, with the owner of the team, Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez, subbing in as the Mid Laner always being a possibility.

Immediately after the player officially left Origen, it was discovered that he has signed with a new team, Misfits. The new organization lost to Origen in the 2017 Spring Promotion Tournament, but managed to qualify for the LCS despite that, after winning against Schalke 04. Understandably, if the org had any hope of doing well in the LCS, they had to boost their roster up to the LCS level. The first player to go was their Mid Laner, Marcin “SELFIE” Wolski, replaced by POE.

As for the other positions, the team’s manager, Ali “Alicus” Saba and the rest of the back office decided to renew their contracts with Barney “Alphari” Morris in the Top Lane and AD Carry Steven “Hans” Liv. The fate of their Jungler Leon “Lamabear” Krüger and Support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun is unclear so far. Even if they’re set on keeping their Top and AD Carry, updating the rest of the roster with proven players with LCS experience might be a very good idea. Of course, these players helped the team to qualify for the LCS in the first place, getting rid of them to go on an adventure they bought you the ticket for would be a dick-ish move.

Still, eSports is a business first. It is not a charity organization. An LCS team shouldn’t be a bunch of friends playing together. If the managers of Misfits honestly think that their Jungler and Support won’t cut it in the LCS, they should seek to find better players to fill those spots. If they don’t, they might get relegated, making the team’s success over the last year mean absolutely nothing. By signing PowerOfEvil, a player who played on one of Europe’s best teams at one time, Misfits are probably signaling that they mean business. Are Lamabear and IgNar good for business? We will have to wait and see because only the managers of Misfits have the right to evaluate what their team needs, for better or worse.