In one giant post today, Counter Logic Gaming announced several pieces of news regarding the CLG organization, its teams, and what’s ahead in 2013. We’ll start with what is probably the biggest news.
CLG.EU Leaving Counter Logic Gaming
The League of Legends pro team that we will refer to for now as ‘the team formerly known as CLG.EU’ have decided not to renew their contracts with the CLG organization, and after their current agreement expires at the end of December, will be moving on. No word yet on whether or not the new team name will simply consist of a symbol. (Bad jokes are bad) Rumors are stirring about a possible deal with Azubu, but no confirmation has come thus far, and most likely no official announcement regarding the future of the EU team until after the current CLG contract expires. Consisting of Snoopeh, Krepo, Yellowpete, Froggen, and Wickd, CLG.EU established a name for themselves last season as not only one of the top teams in Europe, but also the World. 10 top 3 finishes this past year certainly made them the dominant CLG sponsored team.
CLG Co-Founder and President George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis posted the following statement:
“While I am sad to see CLG EU leave, I understand their position and the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to them. In their time with the organization, Snoopeh, Krepo, Yellowpete, Froggen, and Wickd have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent and formidable teams in the League of Legends professional scene. I am proud of what they have accomplished; grateful for the value and honor they brought to CLG; thankful for the time we spent together as teammates and friends at events, in Korea, at the gaming house in California; and excited to see them continue to develop and grow not only as players, but as people. Good luck in Season 3 and beyond!”
Aphromoo Joins CLG
After several weeks of searching for a new support player, CLG have officially added Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black to the roster. Aphromoo has been a top-tier AD Carry for Team FeaR, Monomaniac Ferus, mTw.NA, Team SoloMid Evo, v8 Esports, and Epik Gamer, but now moves in the support role alongside Doublelift in the bottom lane, filling the void left by the departing Locodoco.
CLG Premier Series
CLG has announced a 16 team tournament with entrants decided by the North American 5v5 Premade Ladder. Teams have until Friday, January 18th at 11:59 PM PST to climb the ladder in order to qualify for the tournament. The tournament will begin with group stages on Monday, January 21st with matches continuing until the tournament concludes on Sunday, January 27th. CLG will be donating the initial prize pool of $10,000 but all future installments of the tournament series will be dependent on revenue generated through viewership and sponsorship revenue generated by each of the series respective previous installment. All revenues will be made public and all proceeds derived from the CPS will go towards funding future productions of the series so long as it continues. You can find more information about the tournament at its website, http://wellplayed.org/cps
The team members of CLG.Black are going their separate ways, leaving CLG.Prime as the only team under the CLG banner when CLG.EU is officially gone at the end of December. Mid player Austin “Link115” Shin will be joining the main team roster as an alternate and moving into the CLG house to practice with the team. CLG.Black was founded primarily as a scrimmage team for CLG.Prime, with hopes of climbing the ranks and competing with the big boys in LoL.
I’m not gonna hock their merchandise for them, but CLG also announced a new apparel deal, as well as an upcoming documentary which follows the team during the Season 2 run. You can find out more info on the official site. I know I have one friend (LoL name JimboshotGG) who will be buying each and every item they put out, as his unhealthy obsession with HotshotGG compels him to do so. Feel free to give him hell; we do.
Some big news from CLG Gaming today. What do you think about Aphromoo joining CLG? Where do you think CLG.EU will end up? Let us know in the comments below.