It’s that time of the year again.
The end of spring split is upon us and just one ticket for MSI is to be claimed, aside from many valuable Championship-Points to set a first foot into the
2017 World-Championship. That said, only one question weighs heavily on everyone’s mind:
Who will be crowned the champion of Europe?
In this article, I am going to take a look at the first upcoming quarterfinal.
Today, our first matchup is going to be Splyce vs Misfits.
Since those two are part of different groups, we only saw that specific battle once.
While it went in Misfit’s favor that time around, that match happened two months ago, so I will not use it as an indicator for how today’s series is going to play out.
Instead, I am going to focus on their overall record.
Misfits have been starting this split strong.
Their veterans Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon, as well as the best support of the split Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun just destroyed the competition in their group, aside from the current kings of Europe and heavy favorites to win the split, G2 Esports.
While they were upset by Fnatic in their last game of the regular season, Misfits have won against weaker teams in general and have only lost facing other top tier teams.
That said, Misfit’s performance has dipped slightly over the last two to three weeks and today, they will have to prove that they are able to come back with a dominating performance against the underdog that is Splyce.
On the other side of the Rift, we have Splyce.
Their spring split hasn’t been bad, but players and fans are surely disappointed.
After coming from a clear second place performance in summer 2016 and a struggle to score wins at the World Championship against an admittedly very hard group, Splyce have not looked like a top team in Europe anymore.
I wouldn’t consider Splyce a bottom tier team either, but them not winning a single series against any top tier team at all is kind of telling.
Everything about them currently just looks mediocre, to a point, were you have to consider their series victory over the struggling Fnatic an upset.
Everything considered, we have favorite to win today.
Misfits have been looking strong in every aspect and as long as we won’t see their rookies crumble under the pressure of a Bo5. Of course, we might see the Splyce of summer 2016 come back to day and see Mikyx and Chres “Sencux” Laursen take the team on their backs to carry, but considering their play in the regular season, we probably will have to see them looking to summer, when the meta is going to shift again.