Team ROCCAT’s late resurgence at the end of the 2017 Spring Split came close to threatening Fnatic’s playoff slot. The underdogs are staging another improbable end-of-split win streak after an upset victory over the Unicorns of Love.
Team ROCCAT has once again struggled to find consistent form in the Summer Split. Heading into their matchup against the highly tipped Unicorns of Love with a 2-6 record, little was expected of the underperforming ROC squad.
Seemingly, the point at which Team ROCCAT are most underrated is the point at which they become most dangerous. The tables were turned on the World Championship hopefuls, UOL, as ROCCAT laid the foundations once more for a strong finish to the split.
— ROCCAT (@ROCCAT) July 20, 2017
ROCCAT were keen to make roster changes during the off-season, maintaining only Mid laner Felix “Betsy” Edling from the squad that finished 10th in the EU LCS at the end of the 2016 Summer Split, barely avoiding relegation.
A slow start to their season saw ROCCAT deservedly winless at the halfway point, and a spot in the relegation tournament seemed to be a certainty once again.
Once again experiencing the nagging dread of the Challenger Series, something within Team ROCCAT changed; ROC came alive to the tune of four straight wins in the EU LCS.
Establishing dominance over the Ninjas in Pyjamas and picking up yet another unlikely win over Fnatic in Week 2, ROCCAT established firmer footing early on in their Summer Campaign.
Now with three wins under their belts, Team ROCCAT has established a solid foundation upon which to build a playoffs challenge.
Speaking in a stunned state in the post-match interview, ROC’s AD carry, Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss attempted to explain the key to the team’s unexpected success:
“We just played our game, and [Unicorns of Love] were not the strongest – like H2K – at playing the early game.
“We could play a comp that had a bit more scaling, and overall we just played as we did in practice; it was quite easy in the end.”
Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss
Team ROCCAT are a simple team, reliant on their handful of refined strategies and the prowess of jungler Milo “Pridestalker” Wehnes to carry them to victory.
The gap has closed slightly between ROC and their nearest rival in Group A, Misfits. The chance of the underdogs surpassing the playoff favourites remains slim, but if they are able to recreate the late win streak of the Spring Split, the ROCCAT squad may make the most unlikely of appearances.