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Febiven is a triumphant return to Europe by joining Misfits for 2019. Additionally, the team is reportedly adding veteran top laner Paul “sOAZ” Boyer as their top laner.
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The team is now looking to fill out the other spots on their roster, as their jungle and support position are yet to be chosen. The contracts for Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and Jesse “Jesiz” Le are all expiring for the 2018 offseason. However, there have been multiple rumors on the status of those players. For example, Mikyx is reportedly heading to G2 Esports to join the new LEC superteam with Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Luka “Perkz” Perković. Also, Jesiz is reportedly moving to a head coaching position for the team.
Febiven and his European Homecoming
Since the beginning of 2018, Febiven has been playing for Clutch Gaming over in North America. His departure would mark the beginning of a European exodus; big names like Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen would all transfer to the NA LCS. Many players would move over the NA LCS, especially with the new money coming in from franchising. However, with the LEC rebranding and European franchising, it seems like many EU talents are returning home.
For Febiven, his 2018 campaign would be a forgettable experience. With Clutch Gaming, he would not be able to accomplish anything. The roster would not synergize together at all, and with a mishmash of players, they would eventually become one of the worst teams in the region. Febiven would end up being the only bright spot on a horrible year for Clutch Gaming, as he would drag the team to victories on most occasions.
He will be replacing Chres “Sencux” Laursen, who would join the team in 2018. Their presence would not be able to replicate Misfits’ success in 2017. Many people have been outing Sencux as the weak link for the team for some time now. He simply does not provide the firepower needed to alleviate the pressures from ADC Steven “Hans Sama” Liv. With Febiven joining the team, the team can now lean on both of their performances to guide them to success.
SOAZ’s New Beginnings
For veteran top laner SOAZ, this will be only the third team that he would play for in his career. In fact, from 2012 to 2018, SOAZ would play mostly for Fnatic, with a brief stint on Origen in 2016. However, Fnatic has found a new, younger talent in Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, and so SOAZ will move on. This is a fresh start of sorts for the experienced European pro, as he is joining a Misfits team that has disappointed in the last couple of seasons.
With a returning Febiven and a young, 19-year-old ADC in Hans Sama, they could provide a challenge this upcoming season. However, it all depends on which other players join the team. Febiven and Hans Sama provide enough firepower, but the supporting cast must be up to speed in order to come close to the top teams in the league. Granted, there has already been a huge power shift in the region with Caps possibly heading to G2 Esports. With the veteran mind of SOAZ in the top lane to anchor their two carries, this team has plenty of potential in a growing LEC scene.
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