Misfits Gaming allowed for no surprises in their first game, easily dispatching Rogue after a textbook performance by Steven “Hans Sama” Liv on his signature Draven.
Misfits picked an aggressive deathball composition and with an early first blood going to their AD carry looked set for success . The team continued finding kills in the early game, leaving Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek unable get much use of his Xin Zhao as his team was getting snowballed against. By the time the first thirteen minutes ended, the Misfits AD carry had two kills and two infernal drakes under his belt, and had completed a Bloodthirster with another BF Sword to spare.
As the teams clashed around the third infernal drake 17 minutes in, Rogue found no answer to the Glorious Executioner as he piled on the damage from the backline, getting two more kills in the fight and following this up with two towers as the remaining opponents fled the field. Even a pick on Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten 20 that ended in a 2:1 for Rogue was not enough to put them back on the map as they still had to retreat from the Misfits AD carry. Two minutes later, they committed to kill the Misfits’ mid laner only for Hans Sama to arrive to the rescue; all his Draven needed was a split second to send Chres "Sencux" Laursen’s to the fountain and clean the way to an uncontested baron for his team. With the baron buff, Misfits ran it down in the bottom lane, brute forced the base and smashed Rogue’s defenses, with the Draven ending the game with an impressive 8/0/2 record.
Rogue had come to the game with a plan, but they were simply outplayed and had no way to counter the fed Draven. For Misfits, it was a feel-good start of the tournament and a statement for their star mid laner; the team was expected to be one of the favorites for the cup and certainly looked like it. Unfortunately, we will have to wait a bit more to see them against another top-tier competitor.