Misfits Gaming’s Alphari, Maxlore enter free agency
Misfits Gaming’s top laner and jungler, Barney “Alphari” Morris and Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian, have entered free agency. The two players announced their move on Twitter within minutes of one another.
Maxlore and Alphari first collaborated in Team Infuse in 2015, when they won the ESL UK Premiership’s summer split, then went their separate ways. Alphari then joined Misfits Gaming’s first iteration, Renegades: Banditos, in the 2016 Challenger Series spring split, and eventually qualified to the LCS for 2017. By that time, Maxlore had a split’s worth of experience in Giants Gaming and contended for a 2016 World Championship spot.
The pair reunited in the 2017 LCS summer split under the Misfits banner. During that split, Misfits evolved from a talented squad with lackluster communication to nearly taking down SK Telecom T1 in the World Championship quarterfinals (3-2). However, they were unable to replicate the feat in 2018 following a tumultuous season.
Misfits did not qualify to the playoffs the 2018 spring split, significantly hampering their World Championship aspirations. Despite an honorable fourth place finish in the summer split, the team fell in the Regional gauntlet to Splyce in a disputed 3-2 affair. As a result, they failed to capture the European third seed for Worlds, which went to Worlds semifinalists G2 Esports.
Other players on Misfits’ roster also have expiring contracts and are entering free agency:
- Barney “Alphari” Morris
- Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Patrick “Obsess” Engelmann
- Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- Mihael “mikyx” Mehle
The squad’s coaching staff also changed as former head coach Hussain “Moose” Moosvi is currently assuming a management role closer to team owner Ben Spoont.
Unlike the Unicorns of Love, Misfits Gaming are staying in the LCS as Riot Games accepted their franchising application in Europe. The team has also opened an arena in Berlin ahead of Riot’s announcement, in a show of confidence that their application would succeed.