The first series of EU LCS Playoffs is Misfits vs Splyce! What does either team need to do to clinch the match?
Get Alphari Going
Splyce are at their best when they’re working together. On the other hand, Misfits have Alphari, a talented top laner that excels at carries and bruisers. If his team can give him the resources, Alphari has what it takes to get the dreaded splitpush going and break down Splyce’s teamwork. Of course, this strategy will require a lot of top lane focus from KaKAO, and a well-planned draft around champions like Camille, Renekton, or even Fizz.
Go for Skirmishes
Misfits excel at setting up plays. This is a team that goes for those invades, lane ganks, and 4-man bot lane dives. It’s this kind of playstyle that Splyce tends to struggle against. Misfits need to take the initiative as fast as they can—and not let up until they’re at the enemy Nexus.
The Baron Call
If there’s one team that’s perfected the art of forcing around Baron, it’s Misfits. The key here is that they don’t necessarily need to take Baron at all. Instead, Misfits use a combination of vision control and hard CC to force their opponents into a lose-lose situation: either you facecheck a potential trap or give up a powerful objective. If the game ever goes late, Misfits should go to the basics and start the Baron dance.
Shut Down KaKAO
With IgNar being on and off in-game, KaKAO is currently the main playmaker for Misfits; but with a 5.2 KDA, 4.9 CS per minute, and a 42% first blood rate, KaKAO is more than capable of breaking the game open on his own. That’s why Splyce should do whatever it takes to control him. Whether it’s getting a favourable matchup, going for invades, or setting up vision in the enemy jungle, Splyce need to put a leash on KaKAO if they hope to win this series.
Invest in Bot Lane
Splyce’s duo is a quiet contender for being the best bot lane in Europe. In particular, Kobbe is a monster with a 4.8 KDA, 9.0 CS per minute, and a 499 DPM. Not only will investing into bot lane allow Splyce to funnel resources into their carry, but it will also put behind Misfits’ playmaker, IgNar.
Splyce’s longstanding synergy is one of the strongest points of this team. And even though they did have a few hit or miss moments throughout the season, there’s no denying that Splyce are at their best when they’re together. 5v5 team fights against Misfits might prove to be tough to handle—but it’s their best bet to win the series.
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