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2017 EU LCS Spring Playoff Prediction: UOL vs Misfits

Unicorns come up against rabbits in a UOL vs Misfits series! Which ones will come out on top?


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If the first thought that comes into your mind when you see Unicorns of Love is chaos style then think again. UOL have come a long way since then. Sure they still have a couple weird picks at their disposal, but nowadays, this team is much more focused on macro and rotations.

Going from the Challenger League straight into the semifinals of the EU LCS, Misfits have definitely shown that new orgs can pack a punch (see G2). Their macro and coordination still need some work, but Misfits are always ready to challenge other teams in team fights.

Match Preview

Top Lane Matchup: Misfits’ Alphari has been taking the EU LCS by storm! With a 3.6 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he has a combination of robust tank play and deadly carry performances that make him a major threat in the top lane. However, his aggressive play style might be hard to pull off against a veteran like Vizicsacsi. Sporting a 3.4 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute, he has a rock solid laning phase but his real strength lies in his ability to play off his teammates. Alphari won’t be able to exploit Vizicsacsi in lane and will fall further behind in the later stages of the game.

Jungle Matchup: UOL’s Xerxe has been the talk of the town for a while now. Holding a monstrous 7.9 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, Xerxe is most notable for his pathing, team fighting, and unorthodox picks. But Misfits’ KaKAO may be a mismatch for him. After all, KaKAO’s highly aggressive jungling has pushed far more experienced junglers into a corner, and his 5.2 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute aren’t just for show either. An advantage to Misfits in the jungle.  

Mid Lane Matchup: MSF PowerOfEvil has been looking good lately. With a 5.7 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, he has the veteran game sense and the mechanics to pull off one carry performance after another. But UOL’s Exileh also knows a thing or two about carrying. Even though his 3.6 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute don’t look as impressive, he’s a huge playmaker both in lane and out of it. That being said, PowerOfEvil’s experience still makes him a slight favorite in this matchup.

Bot Lane Matchup: UOL’s bot lane of Samux and Hylissang has been flying under the radar for a while now. With 5.0 and 3.0 KDAs, they might not be the flashiest players but they do their job—and they do it well. However, this won’t be enough against the explosive duo of Hans sama and IgNar. Holding 6.0 and 4.2 KDAs, these players know how to make the most out of any given situation, and they have a huge playmaking potential on top of that. An edge to Misfits in the bottom lane.  

Prediction

It comes as no surprise that Misfits have stronger players but that’s also where their advantages end. UOL can match them in team fights and are way ahead in terms of macro and rotations. As long as Unicorns don’t fall too far behind in the laning phase, they will take this series with a 3-1 score.

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Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

2017 EU LCS Spring Playoff Prediction: UOL vs Misfits

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