Thunder Miss MXL Playoffs but Future Bright
Team Norse Thunder's League of Legends roster finished 4th in division three of their debut campaign in the MXL, missing out on the playoffs by a single position. Thunder secured two wins and suffered three defeats in the opening split of 2022, but staff behind the scenes are confident that foundations have been built for the future.
The opening day of the campaign saw Thunder slip to a 2-0 defeat against the Cheesy Garlic Bread Mafia before another 2-0 defeat to division winners Deus Ex Machina the following week.
Week three saw Thunder put up a spirited, battling performance in their match against The Arena Merchants in front of a live audience, but ultimately couldn't turn that promise into victory.
Thunder's first victory of the MXL campaign came against Tifon, who finished 5th in the division, before a walk over victory was awarded against Exotic Astravian after their disqualification was confirmed.
Speaking about the MXL campaign, and the team's future plans, Team Norse Thunder's Dave Scotford said: "We know the rough and tumble of competition was us going into the unknown for the first time, but there are positives to take from what the roster did - there's a lot that we've learnt.
"We're overhauling our League of Legends program at the moment and there's some really exciting things coming down the track. This campaign has been a massive learning curve for everyone involved so now it's about putting that learning to use.
"As a group, the roster did make some good progress and honestly, but for a bit of a miss-play in the second game against The Arena Merchants, I think we'd have gone on to win that match and so make the playoffs. We didn't quite get there on the day and it's those fine margins that can make the difference."
After the conclusion of the MXL regular season split, Team Norse Thunder confirmed that they and the roster's Head Coach, Max Ward, parted company by mutual consent.