There’s a clear pecking order in EU right now and Misfits are at the top. After beating G2 in a well-played game from both sides, there has been no equal for Misfits in the first half of the split.
It’s clear now that EU did not send its best team to Rift Rivals. What remains to be seen is how good Misfits can continue to get. If they keep improving we could see big things out of them at Worlds.
Related: How Misfits became the best in the West.
The more pressing question is who can push them and also make the tournament. To find out, our voters assigned point values to all the teams from one (worst) to 10 (best). We’ll start at the bottom and work our way up.
Speaker for the dead
A couple teams that sounded dead a few weeks ago made some noise in week four. Well, all except for winless H2k, they still look stiff and blue.
10) H2k (three points)
Nothing to see here, just move along.
9) GIANTS Gaming (seven points)
GIANTS earned a huge upset win over G2, but they have to prove that their recent focus on early game strategies can pay off more than once.
8) Unicorns of Love (eight points)
The Unicorns continue to disappoint by losing winnable games. They’re really struggling for answers and their latest bot lane experiment did not work.
The Nexus is down
One of the key moments in Orson Scott Card’s 1985 classic Ender’s Game is when the titular character, playing a war game in zero gravity, reorients himself to think that the enemy’s base is down. Ender’s ability to focus on the final goal was a major plot point for the rest of the novel.
These teams are taking a page from that book and learning how to destroy the opposing Nexus. Each has impressed with their ability to close in the late game.
7) ROCCAT (13 points)
ROCCAT are definitely a late-game team. But they need to prove that their stuff works against the better teams in the league to move up.
6) Splyce (15 points)
Splyce picked up an unexpected victory vs. Fnatic when jungler Andre “Xerxe” Dragomir went absolutely bananas in the early game. He took a creative path to invade Fnatic’s red side and transitioned that into a well-executed top lane gank. They need more of that from the young Romanian.
5) FC Schalke 04 (17 points)
It was an impressive week for Schalke as they finally figured out how to win with a lead. Their game vs. Splyce was especially impressive, as they gave Splyce few opportunities to get back into the mix.
These three teams are a clear step above the rest of the league. But they’re all still chasing Misfits.
4) Vitality (22 points)
Vitality had an okay week—there’s no shame in losing to Misfits. They continue to grow and could challenge for the top three soon.
3) Fnatic (25 points)
Fnatic let Xerxe run rampant in a loss last week. They can’t just sit back and hope their talent advantage wins every time.
2) G2 (25 points)
G2 lost to Misfits in a mostly well-played match, which seemed to ruin their focus against GIANTS Gaming. They need to stop getting caught out—better vision control in the late game will help.
One team is governing this whole league and are only getting better.
1) Misfits (30 points, three first-place votes)
Misfits are playing at a level we haven’t seen from an LCS team in a long time. If they keep it up, they could continue Europe’s tradition of making the semifinals at Worlds.