League of Legends LEC: Grading Free Agency through Day 2

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Misfits sign Razork and denyk

After taking a swing with some big-name signings before ultimately falling flat on their faces, Misfits have elected to go the other way and rebuild with a youth movement. They start off by signing former Vodafone Giants jungles Razork and support denyk of the LVP Superliga Orange.
Grade: B-

I don’t mind it when teams acknowledge their flaws and change their philosophy. Clearly, Misfits’ attempt to build a European super team last year didn’t work so instead they’re going to try and build with fresh new talent.

So they’ll given a starting LEC spot to two unknown players, but they’ll do it in positions where they desperately need an infusion of new talent. While H1IVA was actually pretty decent in spots, it’s clear Misfits wanted to find a more permanent solution.

In the jungle, Maxlore was one of the worst junglers before being replaced by Kirei just five games into the Summer Split. While I wouldn’t be opposed to giving Kirei a look for the starting job, he certainly didn’t blow me away in his play and so it makes sense to bring in a younger option.

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Fnatic acquires Selfmade

To replace their recently-departed jungler Broxah, Fnatic agreed to buy out the contract of former SK Gaming jungler Selfmade.

Grade: B+

I’m torn on how to grade this because, on the one hand, I had Selfmade rated as the fourth-worst jungler in the LEC during the Summer 2019 Split (and was fifth-worst in the Spring). Considering all the options available to Fnatic, I think they could have taken a bigger swing on someone like Inspired or Xerxe.

However, given the relative talent that is available in the EU jungle pool, I don’t think Fnatic did that badly here. Certainly, on a better team with such strong solo laners, there’s every chance that Selfmade will improve on those middling numbers he put up in 2019.