Misfits opened up the second week of play in the European League of Legends Championship Series on Thursday in Berlin with a 2-0 sweep over Ninjas in Pyjamas to lock up the team's first win of the split.
Ninjas in Pyjamas was in a hole before the game even officially started due to inexplicably leaving Zac for Misfits jungler Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian to instantly lock in. The Zac paired with Viktor for mid laner Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage gave NiP fits during teamfights all game long. Despite the drafting errors, NiP did start off with a small lead in the early game thanks to picking up the first blood, but once the teamfights started, Misfits dominated. NiP simply didn't have enough power to keep up with Misfits' high-damage composition, leading to Misfits finding advantages all over the map. A 24-minute Baron coupled with a 3-for-0 teamfight win just as the buff was expiring allowed Misfits to lock up the 28-minute Game 1 win.
The teams both went with a more standard draft in Game 2, with neither team getting any particularly powerful picks. Once the action got under way, NiP once again got off to a nice start start with a first blood, but the advantage was mitigated when a sloppy fight broke out and ended up as a 4-for-3 in favor of Misfits. From then on, Misfits seemed to be fully in control of the game and poised to take an easy victory. NiP jungler Ilyas "Shook" Hartsema's Graves had other plans, however, stealing two consecutive Barons in the late game to almost flip the matchup in his team's favor. Despite the missteps, Misfits kept its hold on the game and managed to finally get a Baron at the 47-minute mark to and secure the nexus and the sweep.
Misfits will be back in action on Saturday to take on Team ROCCAT at 11 a.m. ET, while Ninjas in Pyjamas also play on Saturday against G2 Esports at 2 p.m. ET.