Misfits Gaming is coming to the end of its era.
It’s a done deal. After six illustrious years in the top tier, Misfits Gaming will be leaving the LEC. They will be selling their spot to the Spanish LVP Superliga team Team Heretics. Currently, Misfits won’t finish planning their LEC Summer Split campaign until the 2022 season is through. When rumors about the Misfits looking for another club to take over their seat in the LEC started circulating a few days ago, information about the franchise slot acquisition emerged.
Sadly, they are not content to stop there. The reign of the group in Europe will come to an end when Misfits withdraws from the LFL and the LEC the following season. The Florida Mayhem in the Overwatch League (OWL) and the Florida Mutineers in the Call of Duty League, however, will still be part of the organization (CDL).
In a tweet from Misfits Gaming’s official twitter page:
“Official: @MisfitsggLoL will sell their @LEC spot to Team Heretics, which will take effect in the 2023 season.
Full press release http://misfitsgaming.gg/misfits-gaming-group-announces-sale-of-lec-slot-to-team-heretics/
We’ve answered some of your biggest questions in a thread below”
When Misfits sold their spot to Team BDS in the middle of last year’s summer split, they joined FC Schalke 04 as the only other organizations to sell a spot in the league. Although the real cost of taking over Misfits’ LEC spot has not been determined, Upcomer has reported that it may range from US$40 to US$50 million.
“Misfits’ mission has always centred on building iconic and inclusive brands that empower our community to embrace whatever makes them unique. We have partnered with a diverse, innovative roster of creators who have visions to do so much more than stream and compete. Our role as Misfits Gaming Group is to use our creative, strategic and financial resources to help our talent bring their ideas and dreams to life. TubNet is the first of what we expect will be a large number of creator-driven programs and businesses that operate under the Misfits umbrella in the years ahead. It’s bittersweet to know that our mission to diversify means that we cannot be in all places at once and we’re sad to say so long to the loving camaraderie and competitiveness of the LEC, but we did not make this decision lightly and ran an exhaustive process vetting numerous interested offer parties and came to the decision that Team Heretics was the right selection to continue on as responsible stewards of the League.”
– Ben Spoont, co-founder and CEO of the Misfits Gaming Group.
Misfits began their career in the EU CS League before being promoted to the EU LCS league in 2017. Team Liquid’s AD carry Steven “Hans sama” Liv, Team Vitality’s toplaner Barney “Alphari” Morris, Immortals’ support Dong-Geun “IgNar” Lee, and midlaner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage were all on their roster back then. With a second-place result in the EU LCS Summer Split and a fourth-place finish in the Spring, this team also contributed the most success to Misfits. They ended their campaign after being eliminated in the first round of the Worlds 2017 playoffs. The team’s dramatic five-game series versus the then-SK Telekom T1 will be largely remembered for the group.
Unfortunately, that was the height of the Misfits’ dominance in the LEC, as every year following 2017 saw the club place in the lower half of the standings. The squad was not properly served by frequent roster adjustments, reorganizations, and revamps because they were unable to identify an effective playstyle that would propel them ahead. With a fourth-place finish in the Spring Split after losing to G2 Esports, the team did far more than expected, but it hasn’t been enough as they are having trouble in the Summer Split.
In a twitter thread from Misfits Gaming’s official twitter page:
“What about the LFL team?
MGG will also leave the LFL at the end of the 2022 season.”
We wanted to share today’s news with you all as soon as possible in order to aptly prepare our players, staff, the league, and fans.
We will continue to play out the rest of our final season in the LEC before we hand over to Team Heretics.”
Following their announcement of their departure, Misfits continued in a series of tweets that their team was still under contract until the end of the 2022 season and that Team Heretics would have the option of taking them on for the upcoming season. Up until the completion of the season, heretics will also have no influence over the roster, staff, or organization. Misfits continue by stating that they will be totally focused on completing the year strong as of right now.