We don’t know what it is about Team ROCCAT, but they seem to have massive resurgences at the end of each split. Somehow, every piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for them. Pidestalker is finally making his presence known in the jungle, Betsy is stepping up in the mid lane, and Hjärnan is putting on a clinic as ROCCAT’s main carry.
Meanwhile, Misfits find themselves on a downward spiral. The only thing this team has going for it is the individual talent, but that doesn’t amount to much when your players can’t work together. Between shaky decision-making and haphazard teamfights, Misfits have far too many things weighing down their performance.
Top Lane Matchup
While MSF Alphari has always been known as a mechanically gifted top laner, he’s had a tough time putting his talents to good use. With a 3.4 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, he does his job, but he’s no longer the massive carry he used to be.
On the other hand, ROC Phaxi still leaves us unconvinced. A few decent performance on counter picks aren’t enough to overshadow an entire split of lackluster showings, and—holding a 1.6 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute—Phaxi will have a lot to prove coming into this matchup.
Verdict: MSF Alphari edges out a win in the top lane.
It’s been a rocky road for Pridestalker, but the important thing’s he’s made it. His 2.6 KDA and 4.5 CS per minute don’t reflect the amount of work he’s doing for Team ROCCAT during ganks and teamfights. And while Maxlore is also formidable with a 3.8 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute of his own, he rarely—if ever—has the early game impact to get Misfits going.
Verdict: ROC Pridestalker takes over the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
PowerOfEvil is the saving grace of Misfits. Sporting a 4.3 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, this man went from a mage specialist to a very well-rounded mid laner that excels in lane and in skirmishes. As for Betsy, he has also been looking better lately despite what his middling 2.4 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute might indicate. But taking on a foe of PowerOfEvil’s caliber is still going to be a tall order for him.
Verdict: MSF PowerOfEvil takes the lead in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bottom lane has always been the foundation of Team ROCCAT. With a 2.5 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute, Hjärnan is a strong marksman that can seamlessly take over teamfights if given the opportunity. His support Wadid complements his strengths with a wide range of aggressive supports and a 2.4 KDA of his own.
The same dynamic exists for Misfits. Holding a 4.5 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, Hans Sama is a stable AD carry that puts an extra emphasis on working together with his team while IgNar (4.1 KDA) adds explosive playmaking into the mix. Even so, ROCCAT’s duo is—ever so slightly—better at doing the same thing.
Verdict: ROC’s Hjärnan and Wadid outgun the enemy bot lane.
We’ve already seen how Team ROCCAT can challenge the likes of G2 and Fnatic in the late game, so it will be up to Misfits to make something happen early on. Unfortunately for them, their laning advantages aren’t nearly as overwhelming as they want them to be. Misfits will have a hard time finding the necessary leads, which will make it all too easy for their opponents to take over. Our prediction: a 2-1 victory for Team ROCCAT!
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