There’s no denying that Unicorns of Love are getting better. But at their core, they’re very much the same lineup with outstanding teamfighting and not much else to fall back on. Their laning phase is riddled with holes, and the only reason they can keep things from falling apart is Xerxe’s massive jungle presence
Misfits are their polar opposite. Early game is just about the only thing they have a grasp on, and showing up anywhere else is a tall order for them. If they figured out how to overcome their strategic shortcomings, Misfits could very well turn into an EU LCS powerhouse. But there are no signs of this happening anytime soon.
Top Lane Matchup
It feels strange to watch Alphari play. With a 3.4 KDA and 8.3 CS per minute, Misfits’ top laner seems to have lost the one thing that made him stand out the most—his potent laning. Sure, he’s still a decent player, but nowadays it’s very rare to see him actually carrying games.
Of course, Vizicsacsi has also gone through a rough patch. Sporting a 2.5 KDA and 8.1 CS per minute, the 2017 Spring Split MVP routinely oversteps his limits, making him an easy target for the enemy jungler. But if you were to leave him alone, UOL’s top laner has what it takes to completely crush his opposition.
Verdict: UOL Vizicsacsi bulldozers through the top lane.
Whenever UOL play, all eyes are on Xerxe. Sporting a 5.5 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, he went from a complete greenhorn to a confident carry, and his unpredictable routes and off-meta picks never fail to put his enemies on the back foot.
As for Maxlore, there’s no denying he’s been doing his job and finding the right plays for his team. Even so, with a 3.8 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, Misfits’ jungler has a very by-the-books approach that won’t do much against someone as creative as Xerxe.
Verdict: UOL Xerxe outclasses Maxlore in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
Honestly, we’re not sure how Unicorns of Love made it this far when the most important position in the game is also their weakest. With a 2.3 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, their mid laner—Exileh—doesn’t hold a candle to his competition. His game sense and mechanics are all over the place, and the only times he’s able to shine are during 5v5s and skirmishes.
When you examine things from this angle, PowerOfEvil is a more solid player. Holding a 4.3 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, he’s a composed mid laner that rarely—if ever—makes drastic mistakes. Of course, this reserved approach might not take full advantage of Exileh’s weaknesses, but twe have no doubt that PowerOfEvil will find a way to come out on top.
Verdict: MSF PowerOfEvil claims his mid lane victory.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bottom lane has always been one of the standout points of the Misfits lineup. Sporting a 4.5 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, Hans Sama is a promising player that’s slowly becoming the star carry on his team. His support IgNar is even more impressive with a string of great showings on playmaking supports and a 4.1 KDA of his own.
But UOL’s duo has also been coming together this season. With a 5.5 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Samux is an exceptional AD carry that makes his presence known in every teamfight. And sure, his support Hylissang is a bit less notable because of his middling 2.9 KDA and a number of shaky games, but he’s still pulling his own weight. Even if Misfits can find an opening here, it won’t be a big one.
Verdict: MSF Hans Sama and IgNar edge out a win in the bottom lane.
If Misfits were a more cohesive team, they could certainly put up a fight here. But somehow, someway, this lineup always manages to fall short when it’s time to work together as a single unit. Meanwhile, UOL are at their best when they’re grouped. Unless Misfits find a new way to disrupt their synergy, Unicorns of Love will have no trouble taking the series with a 3-1 score.
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