Misfits, the team that once was Renegades Banditos – who won the ESL UK League of Legends Premiership earlier this year – could be one step closer to reaching the EU LCS this week.
They will be taking part in the EU Challenger Series Summer Playoffs, after finishing first in the Challenger Series Summer Split, five points ahead of Team Huma in second place.
Their British top-laner Barney “Alphari” Morris (who also won the UK Premiership with Team Infused last year) will be hoping to help his team secure a place in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion.
He has been complimented by League eSports fans on Reddit – as have Misfits as a whole – with the team regularly beating LCS teams in scrims.
Alphari is still one of the UK’s hottest prospects in League of Legends, and turns 17 this year.
Alphari’s jungler in late 2015 – UK’s Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian – is already in the LCS with Giants Gaming, and put in a brilliant performance last week as his team beat Fnatic.
Other Brits in the Challenger Series include mid-laner Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont and jungler Matt “Impaler” Taylor, who are currently playing with Team Huma and will also be participating in the Challenger Series playoffs this week.
Misfits will play Epsilon in the first semi-final on Tuesday July 12th, while Team Huma will face Millenium in the other semi-final on Wednesday July 13th.
If both Misfits and Huma make it to the final (which takes place Tuesday July 19th), those aforementioned three UK players in the Challenger Series will all qualify for the EU LCS Spring Promotion.
The first place team will take home €9,000, second will receive €6,500 and third and fourth will win €3,500 each.
You can check out the EU CS Playoffs 2016 Summer schedule here.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
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