LEC: Kobbe is the missing puzzle piece for Misfits Gaming

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Misfits Gaming have signed former Team SoloMid marksman Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, potentially setting them up for LEC Summer Split success and a spot at the 2020 World Championship.

With two World Championship appearances and countless LEC playoff highlights under his belt, it came as no surprise when Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup was immediately snatched up by Misfits Gaming after his place in the Team SoloMid line-up was under threat. During his four years at Splyce, the Danish AD carry cemented his place as one of the world’s most promising bot laners and is now ready for a return to the European fold after his short spell in the LCS.

The move comes after Team SoloMid failed to meet expectations in the LCS Spring Split and brought in veteran marksman Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng in an attempt to make amends for their 4th place finish, forcing Kobbe out just six months after joining for the organization. Not long after, Misfits Gaming announced the signing of the 2019 Worlds quarter-finalist to replace their underwhelming Spring Split ADC, Ju “Bvoy” Yeong-hoon.

From barely scraping into the LEC’s top six during the regular season to defeat against Rogue in the first round of playoffs, Misfits Gaming were no doubt disappointed with their 6th place finish in the Spring Split. Despite beginning the year with a roster filled with unproven rookies, Misfits fans will feel like more could have been achieved after a very strong start and will be hoping Kobbe can make the difference in the Summer Split.

Kobbe offers another reliable carry option from the bot lane for Misfits Gaming.

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By no means was Bvoy the problem for Misfits Gaming in the first half of the season. In fact, the South Korean exceeded expectations due to the fact that he adjusted to the LEC environment so quickly and could be relied on to put in consistently solid performances.

However, as illustrated by the highly competitive nature of the Spring Split – especially the playoff upsets – there are a myriad of high level European teams in the 2020 LEC season and Misfits need every advantage they can get their hands on to finish in the top four and secure a place at the World Championship. One of those advantages involves replacing an inexperienced, unproven player with a veteran bot laner brimming with talent.

To put it in perspective, Bvoy had a 4.4 KDA in the Spring Split and contributed 26.8% of his team’s damage, two statistics that place him in the middle of LEC bot laners. Compare that to Kobbe’s 7.3 KDA and 28.6% damage share in the 2019 Spring Split and the difference is clear to see.

Bvoy may have become a star player with a few more months of LEC experience, but Kobbe can already be relied on to single-handedly carry games and dominate late game team fights for Misfits Gaming, potentially guiding his new side to Worlds qualification at the end of the Summer Split.

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Dan Dan established himself as one of Europe’s best top laners, Razork was deservedly named Rookie of the Split, Febiven has hit his second peak, and denyk has made a strong start to his LEC career.

New signing Kobbe could be the missing piece of the puzzle that Misfits Gaming require to secure a top four finish in the Summer Split and qualify for the World Championship for the first time since 2017.