Misfits Academy Walks the Knife's Edge In Victory over Fnatic Academy

by James Bates

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The first winner of the EU LCS Promotion Tournament has been decided, as the Misfits Academy managed to weather the storm that was Fnatic Academy's star-studded line-up and take the victory on the back of a five-game series. For the Misfits, there's likely never been a more taxing series, as they were forced to come back from a disastrous Game One where Fnatic looked dominant enough to clean sweep the series. Misfits Academy showed their grit almost immediately, however, and struck back with victories in Games Two and Three, though they were far less convincing than Fnatic's first victory. When Fnatic followed up Game Three with a huge one-sided victory in Game Four, the series looked all but over, but the Misfits had a different plan.

In one of the most daring moves we've ever seen in the Promotion tournament, the Misfits decided to lay it all on the line by allowing CozQ, their star mid laner, to once again pick Katarina, a pick that they tried in Game One and were punished horribly for it. This time, however, the pick proved far more successful, despite all of Fnatic's efforts to counter it. Whether that was because of CozQ's brilliance or Fnatic's lack of coordination, however, may well be another question altogether, and the game looked as though there was only a single team playing past the 25-minute mark. After Fnatic got Baron they looked happy enough to just coast, imagining the victory to be theirs, and were punished by constant picks onto MrRallez, picks that eventually ended the game outright. 

For the Misfits organization, this marks an amazing milestone, as the Misfits are now the first organization in the game's history to triumph in the Promotion Tournament in two consecutive splits. The main Misfits team only just ascended from challenger at the end of 2016, and the fact that their academy team has already done the same is nothing short of miraculous. 

For Fantic Academy this is far from the end, however. The Giants and Origen will battle it out later today, and whoever triumphs will be Fantic Academy's next foe. If they triumph against them, they still get their ticket to the LCS punched just the same. With how strong their performance was early on in the series, one must imagine that their chances against the questionably strong LCS teams to be quite good, but time will tell.

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By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.