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LoL Esports: Misfits sell LEC Slot to Heretics

Starting in 2023, Team Heretics will take over the LEC slot from Misfits. Source: MGG/Heretics/Riot Games

Today, Misfits Gaming Group (MGG) announced that Team Heretics has purchased the Misfits Gaming LEC slot. The transaction will be effective for the 2023 season, with MGG remaining a minority partner with the team going forward. The move also means that MGG will withdraw from the LFL at the end of the 2022 season, according to the MGG press release.

For MGG, the move is another step in a broader strategy to increase its focus on nurturing creative talent as well as building competitive teams. MGG is increasingly partnering with the best creators in the gaming and streaming communities, collaborating with them to create projects that matter to them.

The most recent example of this is the upcoming launch (in August 2022) of TubNet, a new cross-platform Minecraft server launched by MGG and popular Minecraft streamer and content creator ‘Tubbo’. Check out the trailer just released at TwitchCon here:

MGG will appear in both Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch League (Florida Mayhem) and Activision-Blizzard’s Call of Duty League (Florida Mutineers), while maintaining his presence in Riot Games’ VALORANT.

Ben Spoont, Co-Founder and CEO of Misfits Gaming Group says:

“Misfits’ mission has always been to create iconic and inclusive brands that empower our community to harness what makes them unique. We’ve partnered with a variety of innovative creators who have a vision to do much more than just stream and compete. Our mission as Misfits Gaming Group is to use our creative, strategic, and financial resources to help our talent bring their ideas and dreams to life. TubNet is the first in a series of shows and businesses that will operate under the creator-run Misfits umbrella in the coming years. It’s bittersweet knowing that our mission to diversify means we can’t be everywhere at once, and it saddens us to say goodbye to the loving camaraderie and competition of the LEC, but we didn’t make this decision lightly and went through an exhaustive process in which we reviewed numerous interested vendors and concluded that Team Heretics was the right choice to continue as responsible managers of the league.”

Team Heretics Releases Statement Video

Spain’s Heretics, who will be new to the LEC starting in 2023, have already released a video, including an atmospheric trailer, about their promotion to the top European League of Legends division. Unfortunately, the following conversation is only available in Spanish at this time.

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LEC welcomes newcomer

Not only many active LEC teams, but also LoL Esports staff welcome Team Heretics to the ranks of the best European teams in League of Legends esports. The statement from those responsible for Riot Games says:

“We are excited to welcome our newest member to the League of Legends European Championship, Team Heretics, who will be competing in the 2023 season! The Spanish organization will replace Misfits Gaming after acquiring its place in the league.

As one of the most popular esports organizations in Spain with many talented teams in different leagues, Team Heretics aims to further push the boundaries and become a powerhouse in the LEC. As winners of one of the biggest esports competitions in Spain, the LVP SuperLiga, we are excited to see what the future holds for them.

As excited as we are to welcome Team Heretics to the LEC, we’re sad to see Team Misfits go. They have been an integral part of the European League of Legends scene since its inception in 2016 and have delivered more unforgettable surprises than any other team in the league. […]”

You can read the full statement here.