Heartbreak for Misfits
Misfits were written off from the beginning of LoL Worlds 2017. Many said they would struggle to get out of their group, and yet here they were taking SKT to a game 5. They got destroyed in game 1, but they bounced back in both game 2 and 3. In game 4, a slight over-dive by the Europeans allowed SKT back into the game. In the end, it all came down to the final game. Blank managed to steal a crucial triple infernal drake elder and the game was over after that. SKT move forwards to the semi-finals after a grueling series.
LoL Worlds 2017 – SKT vs. MSF Game 1
SKT’s early aggression gave them an early lead. An incredibly early roam by Faker netted them first blood, and the pressure was relentless. Dives, invades and rotations all went in SKT’s favour and they looked unstoppable in the first game. SKT’s early game lead was humongous, being 11k gold ahead at 22 minutes. The game didn’t last much longer, as SKT ended at 25 minutes.
LoL Worlds 2017 – SKT vs. MSF Game 2
Misfits were obviously tired of the Meta, and Ignar was obviously sick and tired of Ardent supports. He picked up the Blitzcrank this game, and they moved the ardent to the mid lane. This was an interesting adaptation which they continued to use in the third game also. A botched dive early on gave Bang a double kill on Kog’maw. However, Hans Sama was continuing to play out of his mind, and the young ADC was obviously looking to carry his team into the semi-finals. Ignar was making this pick work, and Hans Sama came out of the laning phase incredibly strong. This was snowballed into an early baron, which was then used to end the game.
LoL Worlds 2017 – SKT vs. MSF Game 3
Misfits brought out some picks that hadn’t been seen much at LoL Worlds 2017 so far. Ignar on Leona (WITH FERVOR!!) and Maxlore on Ivern. A straight up 2v2 by the Misfits bot lane gave them an early lead. The pressure by SKT on Maxlore wasn’t enough and the snowball began in Misfits’ favour. The Vayne pick was being abused early on by MSF and Hans Sama was incredibly strong. MSF managed to take the first baron of the game, and continued to exert pressure across the map. The adaptation of Misfits to shift the Ardent meta onto another lane seemed to be working very well. In the end, the pressure was too much and Misfits gave SKT their third loss at Worlds.
LoL Worlds 2017 – SKT vs. MSF Game 4
The very early game went in favour of Misfits, but a slight overstep by Ignar gave SKT a way back into the game. However, both teams continued trading blows. Baron was secured by the feast + smite combo of Misfits and the game looked almost in their control. However, a throw at a crucial point in the game, diving without minions, meant that SKT were back in the game. Some fantastic examples of Ryze’s ultimate by Faker gave them more advantages, and SKT ended the game off the next baron.
LoL Worlds 2017 – SKT vs. MSF Game 5
A mistake very early on, probably from nerves, saw Huni getting first blood and giving top lane a massive lead. This snowballed into firsts turret at things looked bleak early on. SKT managed to get 3 turrets to 1, which gave them a decent early game lead. Misfits would have to pull out something amazing to turn this game around. Huni’s side lane pressure was massive, and he continued to take turrets vs. Misfits. It was PowerOfEvil’s turn to play out of his mind, and repeated picks on Huni lead to the pressure shifting towards Misfit’s favour.
Triple Infernal Drake for Misfits meant that SKT were in trouble. Furthermore, the great scaling composition that Misfits had drafted was giving SKT even more problems. Heartbreak for Misfits as Blank managed to steal the Elder drake, which would have given MSF a massive advantage. After the ensuing fight, SKT ended the game and Misfits are out of the tournament. A fantastic performance, but not quite enough.