To the delight of Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek and the Mysterious Monkeys organisation – but to the disappointment of a fanbase that thrives on schadenfreude – MM comfortably dispatched Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-0 sweep.
Ahead of the matchup between the two worst sides in the EU LCS, neither Ninjas in Pyjamas nor Mysterious Monkeys had succeeded in picking up a single series win in the entire Summer Split.
Many fans predicted a clown-fiesta to rival the debacle of the Team ROCCAT and Origen series witnessed in the Spring, ironic considering that these two teams were supposed to have improve the standard of the region, having replaced the hopeless organisations Origen and Giants Gaming.
Victory for the Mysterious Monkeys boosted the team’s chances of survival, but in reality both teams remain as the hot favourites to end in the EU LCS relegation spots at the end of the split.
Ninjas in Pyjamas look set to rival Origen’s record for consecutive matches without a win. After losing convincingly to their nearest rivals MM, it’s a mystery as to where their lifeline will come from.
For Mysterious Monkeys, bolstered by the additions of former Fnatic Academy veterans Kikis and Amazing, Team Vitality are now within touching distance.
For Amazing and Kikis, the matchup against the Ninjas provided a precious opportunity to both exact revenge and prove their credentials as EU LCS competitors.
Amazing and Kikis are amongst European League of Legends most seasoned players, yet both were made suddenly redundant upon Ninjas in Pyjamas’ acquisition of Fnatic Academy at the end of the Spring Split.
Demonstrating his prowess in the top lane, Kikis unveiled Mordekaiser to the EU LCS crowd. The first time the champion has been used in the EU LCS this split, the pick provided false hope of a clown fiesta.
Mysterious Monkeys dominated in objectives, securing every single Baron and dragon the game had to offer. King of the rift, Kikis would proceed to march the dragon down the mid lane to claim MM’s first EU LCS win.
— lolesports (@lolesports) June 29, 2017
Ninjas in Pyjamas’ over-reliance on top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung proved to be the team’s downfall in Game 2. Kikis and Amazing combined their game experience to zone the Korean away from team fights, allowing the remainder of the team to chip away at the NiP foundations.
The conclusion of the series lacked the anticipated fireworks of a relegation dogfight, not that the former Fnatic duo seemed to care:
I got to say, this win felt a bit sweeter than usual. #FNAWIN
— Amazing (@Amazingxlol) June 29, 2017
— Mateusz Szkudlarek (@Kikis1205) June 29, 2017
The duo’s return to the EU LCS has provided a glimmer of hope for the Mysterious Monkeys. Having fulfilled their personal vendetta against the Ninjas in Pyjamas organisation, Kikis and Amazing will need to sustain their level of motivation if they are to avoid yet another Promotion Tournament appearance.