Amidst all of the frantic roster changes, Misfits Gaming has stepped forward as one of the first European teams to lock in its roster ahead of the 2019 League of Legends season.
The lineup will feature a mix of both new and familiar faces. Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian and Steven “Hans Sama” Liv are the only two members from last year’s iteration of the roster to have their contracts renewed and will return to their roles of jungler and AD Carry, respectively. The team’s previous top laner, Barney “Alphari” Morris will move to Origen, while Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, the team’s previous support, will reportedly play for G2 Esports next year.
In addition to Maxlore and Hans Sama, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer will move from the reigning European champion, Fnatic, to play for Misfits Gaming as a top laner. Likewise, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten will return to Europe after spending a year in the North American region to fill the role of mid lane. Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon comes in as the final addition to the roster and will take over the role as the team’s support.
Misfits was one of five EU LCS teams originally accepted as franchise partners for the new League of Legends European Championship. Splyce would join the list of returning teams but not until after a space opened up last minute. Four more teams, including Rogue, SK Gaming, Origen, and exceL Esports, will also compete in the region next year to make for a total of ten teams.
The LEC games kick-off Jan. 18 and will feature slight changes to the overall structure of the league, although most of the formatting will resemble previous years.