Things have been looking pretty great for EU LCS rookie team Misfits. They got picked up by NBA team Miami Heat, they bought a LOT of social capital by reintroducing the Kakackle to the world at large, and -- oh yeah -- they're also 3-1 in the EU LCS as well. Thus far, the only mar on their record is a 1-2 loss to reigning EU LCS champions G2, and a close set against the king is no shame at all.
We managed to snag some time between practices to catch up with top laner Alphari to discuss the team's experiences thus far, and what's on his horizon.
The last time I interviewed you guys, coach Hussain Moosvi said that there were issues with the EULCS/EUCS scrim culture. Now that you're in the LCS proper, how has that changed for you personally?
I haven't noticed any difference in 'scrim culture' between now in LCS and last summer in challenger. The only noticeable difference to me is that now that we're in LCS we get a lot more LCS scrims compared to when we were in challenger and had to survive with sometimes scrimming other challenger teams or Turkish teams.
Is there any other notable differences between how the team prepares for an LCS game compared to EUCS? Or between competing in the EUCS vs competing on the LCS stage?
The main difference between competing in EUCS and now in LCS is playing on stage during LCS, whereas in challenger we would just play from our computers at our old gaming house. I guess it might change how we play a little bit, due to nerves from playing on stage with cameras in our faces, or perhaps having different settings or playing at a different height or in a different chair etc.
Overall I don't think there's much of a difference, I suppose we prepare more specifically for opponents in LCS than we did in Challenger, as in Challenger we would just play what ever we wanted, or what we saw others play in LCS/LCK, and win easily with it because we were just significantly better individual players than the competition. In the LCS, that isn't the case anymore - meaning we might think a little more about our picks or strategies versus certain teams.
What have been your impressions of your personal development since the start of the 2017 season, and of your teammates’ and overall team development?
I don't think I've made huge improvements since the start of 2017. I supposed I've improved in some areas, such as being more happy with playing tanks and letting my team carry me, and keeping my communication consistent.
The team has, however, improved a lot I think from just being five mechanically good players, to being a team with decent understanding of macro and significantly better communication than when we started playing together.
Especially with Jayce and Camille nerfed, what competitive impact do you expect from the newest patch?
I'm pretty sure that the nerfs to Jayce and Camille aren't significant enough to cause much of a shift in the top lane meta. I think that Camille will still be largely contested although may slip through bans a bit more and we might see some more teams experiment with counterpicking her.
Jayce will still be a strong top laner although won't be as strong as a blind pick since other tops like Shen or Maokai will have an easier time laning versus him, and then out-scaling for teamfights.
I expect the main impact patch 7.3 will have is in the jungle, with picks like Rengar, Ivern, and Kha'Zix recieving large nerfs, so I expect we'll see more Lee Sin, Elise, and possibly Warwick.
Is there anybody in the EULCS you now consider a rival?
If I were forced to say whether a player was my rival I guess I'd say it would be Maxlore or Hiiva, since I was on teams with them previously, and it's always fun beating ex-teammates.
Tthough I don't think either of them would make for a very good rival since I would expect a rival to be at least somewhat threatening - which, having seen some of their games in LCS, I'm not sure either are.