After a disappointing spring split, Misfits Gaming have enjoyed an awesome start to summer, with a run of eight straight wins leaving them undefeated and a full two games ahead of the nearest competition, G2 Esports (6:2).
On Friday, Misfits and G2 were both still standing even with 6:0 records, and we caught up with the team's support, Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle, after they successfully took down their closest rivals for their seventh victory. He discussed a team called Bottled Water, what Rasmus "Caps" Winther was like in 2015, and revealed why the rest of the team was trying to convert Chres "Sencux" Laursen to weebdom.
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Hello everyone, Adel here alongside Mikyx, support for Misfits, previously playing for a team called Bottled Water...? (Laughs) That was a group of Slovenian friends that we played Go4LoLs with together. So it was obviously just for fun, to get some free RP so I could buy some skins, stuff like that (chuckles). [It was] the first team that I kinda had, but it wasn't really like, official or anything, we just saw we needed a team logo, so our captain — or whoever signed us up for the Go4LoL — just found a picture of a bottle of water that he had on his desktop and just put it on there. And that was our name. (Laughs) And it was great.
I really hated playing against [Caps], because he was so insane, even back then.
Tell me at least you got some RP with that icon?
Yeah, of course, we won so many tournaments. Usually, on Go4LoLs, we were second because Enigma [another amateur team —Ed.] had Caps in their team, so that was a bit hard to play against, but if they didn't have Caps then we won! (Laughs)
He was the gatekeeper even back then, really!
Yeah, he was really crazy, I really hated playing against him, because he was so insane, even back then.
I guess you didn't even get to play with him at all, at any point. Because spring split 2016 you were just a sub at Fnatic and he wasn't even there. He was too young, and then it wasn't until the end of 2016 that he started popping up in Fnatic's roster.
We were, in 2016 — or actually, in 2015, when he was in Enigma, and we were playing Go4LoLs against each other — we were talking about that we should make a team together. And also, when he started playing with Upset, he wanted to make me, Upset and Caps as a three-man team. But then nothing happened with that, and I went to be a Fnatic sub and then [joined] Splyce after.
After the Go4LoLs, that was my first attempt to play with really good players (laughs).
In the next episode of "What if that shit happened?"
(Laughs) In hindsight it was really good, yeah.
But then you got into Fnatic, as a sub, then Splyce happened, and Trashy [now Kold] being like "Anime, really?" And then you stumble onto someone like-minded in the bottom lane in Misfits, and things seem to work out pretty well, on the Rift and off.
Yeah, that's true. Back in Splyce, no one really watched anime, so I got kinda shamed for it. Whenever I was watching anime on the TV, Wunder walked by and turned off the TV, and I turned it back on, and we were just doing it for five minutes [straight]... (laughs) Until he gave up!
And then now, I have a team full of weebs, so it's really nice. A lot of people in our team actually watch anime.
Whenever I was watching anime on the TV, Wunder walked by and turned off the TV, and I turned it back on, and we were just doing it for five minutes.
Who doesn't watch anime there? Who do we need to shame?
Sencux. We're trying to convert him, it's a slow process, but we're getting there. To get the full team synergy going.
Good. This better result in a video by Misfits, by the way. In terms of performance, playing alongside so many AD carries, playing alongside Hans sama, were there any differences that you spotted, or something that you like about playing with Hans sama more than other players?
Well, before I only kinda played with Kobbe, and I think the biggest difference between Kobbe and Hans — I'm gonna call him Steven — Steven talks a lot more, and makes a lot of calls, and that really helps me because I'm more of a reserved or shy person and before I didn't talk much. But now, even I'm getting into the habit of talking a lot more, and I think that's also a big credit to our coaching staff. So I think that's the biggest difference.
I think Jesse was the biggest part of our success, I think, so far. I think he helps everyone in the team a lot, and especially me, because he was a support before, as well.
Yeah, and we also have [assistant] coach Zen, who's also a Slovenian guy. But yeah, I think Jesse was the biggest part of our success, I think, so far. I think he helps everyone in the team a lot, and especially me, because he was a support before, as well.
...I have to ask, why is it slow to convert Sencux?
He's really trying to avoid it, he doesn't want to get sucked in to the greatness that is watching anime. Barney is slowly doing it. He didn't like it before either. But now, first we watched Tokyo Ghoul, which he liked, and now we're watching Code Geass. So he's slowly getting there. But Chres, or Sencux, maybe sometimes if he's eating some food he watches an episode with us, but then he says, "Ah, it's so bad, I'm never gonna watch this." But yeah, it's a slow process (laughs).
Did he say that about Code Geass?
Yeah, because when I wanted to make him watch it, I said to him, "It's a 10/10, best anime that was ever made." And then, whenever he watched it, and something happened that was questionable, or anything that has flaws in it, he said, "Oh, this is 10/10, isn't it?" Or he didn't like the characters... he was a big flamer. He doesn't know what's good!
Tell us what's good.
Well, Code Geass is good. Then we have [Full]metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Hunter x Hunter, Clannad, Violet Evergarden, uh... I don't know. There's a lot more, but I can't think [which] off the top of my head. [My] Hero Academia is really good.
Of all of these, I know someone who has been trying to get me to watch Hunter x Hunter, and I have yet to do that. Do you have any thoughts on that?
Well, I think you should do it as soon as you can, because it's really insane. Even though it has 140 episodes, it's really worth it.
You know that it will lead me to binging and not doing much beyond that, right?
But it's still worth. Trust me, it's still worth. (Laughs)
I chose a computer engineering high school. Because I thought, since I play League, why not try something else useful with the computer? Which was not the best idea...
Nah, who cares about that, you just need to watch it and you'll feel blessed. (Chuckles)
As far as anime and you were concerned, when did it actually start? Let's talk about that, let's go.
Huh, I think it started in high school. I chose a computer engineering high school. Because I thought, since I play League, why not try something else useful with the computer? Which was not the best idea, but at least that resulted in meeting classmates that also played League, and some of them told me to watch some anime, and the first one was Attack on Titan. And I liked that, so then I watched Death Note, and then Code Geass, and everything was really insane, so I started watching more and more.
I mean, they started you with something solid.
Yeah, it was really good for the first time, because I wasn't really the biggest movie fan, but I really got into anime because also, when I was a kid, I watched a lot of Pokémon, DragonBall, Naruto, Captain Tsubasa...
So, to be honest, you were watching anime before, but then it became full-on...
Yeah, before it was just like whenever I saw it on TV I would watch an episode or two, when I was 10 years old and I came [home] from school, or whatever. But in high school I started watching it by myself.
Tell me why Hunter x Hunter — or Code Geass — is the best.
Code Geass and Hunter x Hunter are — not similar, but they are [both] really good. The difference is that in Code Geass the story is really insane, the plot, and everything is really crazy. The only downside I guess is that it's a mecha anime, which some people might not like. Or [they might not like that] there's some romance, stuff like that.
When I was a kid, I watched a lot of Pokémon, DragonBall, Naruto, Captain Tsubasa...
But Hunter x Hunter is just about fights, so that's why I think it's really good.
Let's talk about this person in North America who's been shaming Hunter x Hunter. Hello, Ovilee [NA LCS hostess/interviewer].
Wait, Ovilee is shaming Hunter x Hunter?
At least I interpreted it like that.
Well, if she watched all of the episodes and she thinks it's bad, then I don't know what to say. It's really mind-blowing. Because I don't know a person that watched it and said it was bad. And actually, I saw on Twitter that she was talking to Vedius a lot about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and I think that looks pretty shit, so...! (Laughs) I don't know about that one, but she really hyped it up, so... I would rate Hunter x Hunter a lot better than JoJo... even though I didn't watch JoJo yet, but whatever (laughs).
JoJo is full-on nonsense. But that's what makes it really good, in my opinion.
Well, I suppose I'll have to see and find out for myself.
Let's go back to Misfits, now that we've explored all of these weird things for a while. Eleven minutes in the interview, what the heck happened over here? That's some sidetracking!
I never thought I would have an anime interview, but I like that as well! (Laughs)
What did Misfits do off the Rift from being eliminated from the spring split playoffs, including the Korean bootcamp, if you want to elaborate on that a little more?
Okay, so, after we didn't make playoffs, everyone went home. I stayed one week in Berlin then I went home. Then after that, we were talking about doing a Korean bootcamp, but only me, Barney — Alphari — Hans, and Sencux went, because Nubar [Maxlore] had something to do in England, I don't know what.
I played a lot of duo with Steven as well, so I think as a bot lane we improved a lot there.
So we went there with PerkZ as well, Perkz joined us. It was pretty fun, I really liked Korean Solo Queue, I thought it was much better than EU Solo Queue, I think I learned a lot from there as well. I played a lot of duo with Steven as well, so I think as a bot lane we improved a lot there.
And then we got back and went back to scrimming. We made some changes in coaching staff for example, and got two subs, which I thought was pretty good, but yeah, that was pretty much how we spent the off-season, I guess.
I'd say the bootcamp was actually useful for Misfits because you guys still play AD carry when everyone's like, "Nope! It's bad!"
Heh, I mean, yeah, I guess. Steven's really good on AD carries, so if it's working, why change it, I guess.
I think some people, for example Hjarnan, who played today, is not that great on AD carries. That's why I think this is a good meta for him, because he can play mages.
What's your opinion on other people 'changing it'?
I think some people, for example Hjarnan, who played today, is not that great on AD carries. That's why I think this is a good meta for him, because he can play mages. Like, even before, in Team ROCCAT, I remember he played a lot of Ziggs, and in Solo Queue he plays a lot of Heimerdinger, so it's like the perfect meta for him.
AD carries are only suboptimal if you're not that good at them. But I think if you're really good at ADs then they're fine as well.
That is fair, although calling out Hjarnan there...
I mean, there's more than just Hjarnan that goes in that category (laughs) but I'm just pointing it out because we played them today.
There were maybe some regrets, I guess, because there were a lot of games which we could've won which were free wins, but we just threw a lot of the games.
Oh, that's fair. There's one thing I skipped: going back home, how did it feel?
Well, it felt pretty sad, just watching from home. Watching playoffs, watching MSI. Because I was like, "Ah, we could've been there." You know? Because we were only one game [away]. There were maybe some regrets, I guess, because there were a lot of games which we could've won which were free wins, but we just threw a lot of the games. So yeah, it was just disappointing, sad. But it's still fine. We can still make Worlds, so that's kind of the end goal.
And even though we couldn't make MSI, we didn't get any [Championship] points, I think it's still fine, because it's more like a wake-up call, I guess. I think it helped everyone to be more on point for this split.
Anything else to add?
Just watch Code Geass. It's really the best.
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Misfits sit unchallenged at the top of the EU LCS summer split following an undefeated start to the split, but Roccat will be hoping to knock their confidence down a notch when they play them this Friday at 19:00 CEST.
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