VIT vs. MSF is actually a lot more important than it might seem at first glance and there’s a very simple reason as to why that’s so: both teams will basically be fighting for the exact same spot in the standings. In fact, we can easily envision a world in which one gets in at the expense of the other.
It is, therefore, of paramount importance for them to start things off on the right foot and make as big of a statement as they possibly can.
G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue, and MAD Lions are pretty much a lock for Top 4 (assuming everything goes “according to plan”). EXCEL Esports have also been playing at a very high level and should not be underestimated whatsoever.
Vitality and Misfits, while undeniably great and talented, are by no means a shoo-in for the playoffs and unless they were able to fix their biggest and most glaring issues from Spring, they’re bound to struggle yet again in the face of some incredibly stiff opposition.
That’s why we’ll all tune in, eager as ever, to see how much they’ve improved and whether they’ll make something of their 2022 season.
Misfits — Not Any Better, Not Any Worse
They’ve only made a single change to their starting line-up and it is neither an upgrade nor a downgrade. The shift from HiRit to Irrelevant simply isn’t going to generate any noteworthy result. There’s really no other way to say it.
He might end up being an improvement in the long run, but Misfits aren’t going to be any more dangerous from the top lane than what was the case last split. That means they’ll still have a similar gamut of issues and limitations and that they’ll once again live and die by Vetheo’s sword.
And so it remains to be seen whether Misfits have actually peaked or not. We don’t see them improving much, in all honesty, which means that anything higher than a Top 5 finish is rather unlikely.
Vitality, on the other hand, are even harder to read and fully assess.
Vitality — A Tough Nut to Crack
This peculiar line-up has all the potential in the world, but we said the exact same thing a few months ago and yet none of said potential ever got harnessed. The boys in white and yellow dropped the ball in as many as they could.
This is an endlessly important question and the answer will heavily affect their chances of leaving a mark. We’re done giving them the benefit of the doubt. And, well, it pains us to say it. They’ve done very little to earn it, too, which only further complicates things.
It’s been one mediocre showing after another and with them switching out junglers at this late point of the season it’s hard to envision a world in which they end up being any more dangerous than was the case back in Spring.
In fact, one could argue that they’ll struggle more than ever now that Selfmade — undoubtedly their best and most consistent performer — is no longer scheduled to compete under their banner.
Leave it to Team Vitality to go for such an ill-advised decision at such a precarious point of the season.
Only 6 days until LEC begins!
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) June 11, 2022
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As already mentioned, there’s a whole lot running on this particular match-up. The team that ends up winning could, by all means, generate a big enough lead early on and then sustain it throughout the rest of the split.
At this point, each and every single game matters immensely, and everyone knows it, too.
Picking one team over the other here feels like a nigh impossible endeavor. Vitality have the higher skill ceiling but they’re also a lot more volatile than Misfits.
We’ll give Misfits the benefit of the doubt here, even though it doesn’t feel like the right choice given who’s playing under Vitality’s banner. Still, the shift from Selfmade to Haru will surely create a bit of havoc in the Vitality camp, and so if ever there was a moment to bet against, it’s now.