Misfits (formerly Renegades Banditos) have qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series.
They beat Euronics in the first final of the qualifiers 3-1 today, putting them in the summer 2016 Challenger Series, where they will face Copenhagen Wolves, Huma, Inspire, Millenium and Team Forge, who also qualified today.
Misfits started their journey in the Challenger Series qualifiers at the start of the year as the (British) Banditos, but after failing to qualify, they entered the ESL UK Premiership instead.
From there, they dominated the league and beat ManaLight in the final to make it through to the CS Qualifiers once again.
At the start of the year their roster was very different, and their only remaining British player is currently Barney “Alphari” Morris, although fellow Brit Maxlore (who now plays for Giants in the LCS) did help out a few times in the CS qualifiers as a sub.
Misfits changed some of their players recently, bringing in Korean pros Wisdom and Dreams, as well as Polish mid-laner Selfie.
They renamed themselves to Misfits, after their owners Renegades were banned by Riot, and are now looking to reach the next level of competitive League of Legends.
Misfits won four of their five group stage matches (in stark contrast to Fnatic Academy’s one win and four losses), and topped their group convincingly to qualify for the EU Challenger Series.
Here’s how some of the players and people in the scene reacted:
HELL YEAH BABY WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!
— Alicus (@AlicusOfficial) May 27, 2016
gg to ESG we win 3-1; maybe could’ve stalled second game if not for 3 infernal drags in a row but it happens. excited to play in cs 🙂
— Alphari (@Alpharilol) May 27, 2016
Congrats to Misfits, good friends and better players :^)
Thank me later for the morale boost at the shisha bar xoxo
— Matt Taylor (@Impalerlol) May 27, 2016
We are in challenger series !
GG Wp =]
— Yuuki60 (@Yuukii60) May 27, 2016
Congratulations to Misfits in securing their spot for #EUCS
— Pete McKay (@RiotNavigator) May 27, 2016
congrats to Misfits for making it into EUCS
— Shakarez (@Shakarez) May 27, 2016
“misfits representing the uk” they have 1 uk player?
— OLOF (@flaxxish) May 27, 2016
misfits made it
totally deserve it
Really proud of the boys. I’m now 2/2 getting teams into the Challenger Series. GGWP! pic.twitter.com/U0NAKuybUR
— Leonyx (@Leonyx) May 27, 2016
Vlog analysis: How Misfits’ win can help inspire UK players
eSports News UK editor Dominic Sacco shared his thoughts on Misfits’ CS qualification and how it can inspire other UK League of Legends players in this video:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.