Maxlore extends contract with Misfits Gaming until 2021
Misfits Gaming have announced on Nov. 21 that Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian is returning to the organization. The organization noted on Twitter that the jungler’s renewed contract will last three years.
Maxlore’s return is unsurprising, considering the organization’s success with him in the past. In addition, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reported on the move when he noted Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten‘s arrival to Misfits. However, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer’s status is not confirmed yet.
The player had an immediate impact on Misfits Gaming upon joining them in the 2016 summer split. As he took over Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon’s spot, the team’s communication and macro improved, and they reached the 2017 summer finals. As a result, they qualified to the World Championship and scored a performance for the ages, when they nearly eliminated SK Telecom T1 in the quarterfinals in a 3-2 thriller.
However, 2018 yielded far less succes. Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage left the team, leading to the hires of Chres “Sencux” Laursen and Mihael “mikyx” Mehle. The squad took time to gel, leading to occasional mishaps early on. In addition, the spring split meta went against their mid-game centric approach (rather than late game takeovers), and they failed to reach the playoffs in the 2018 spring split. They eventually recovered in the summer split, but they were unable to reach the World Championship.
The roster is currently a support short of completing its offseason, should sOAZ join the organization. Judging by the picks, the organization could hire a facilitator or a secondary decision-maker. Former Misfits supports mikyx and IgNar fit the bill, and so do Splyce’s Raymond “KaSing” Tsang and Fnatic’s Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov. Should Misfits target a player under contract (as they did Febiven), the offseason may prove extremely interesting.