The League of Legends Championship Series is giving Esports fans a chance to follow pro-LoL teams closer than ever before. For those looking to catch a weekly game or two in season 3 it will be nice to get to know the teams that you’re watching. Here’s a spotlight on one of the teams we’ll be seeing during the series.
COUNTER LOGIC GAMING
Counter Logic Gaming was founded in April 16, 2010 by George “HotShotGG” Georgallidis. The team took a while to stabilize its roster with teammates coming from all around the world. By the start of season 1 the official roster was comprised of: HotshotGG, Bigfatjiji, Chauster, Kobe24, and Elementz.
CLG became a household name in the NA Esports scene after doing well in the first season. They took 5th place in Riot’s season 1 championship and placed 3rd in the season 2 NA qualifiers. The team was quickly knocked out of the running during the world championships however they did earn themselves a place in the LCS season 3.
During season 2 the team set up a temporary gaming house in South Korea and competed internationally. Their absence from the North American competitions has been considered regrettable primarily because regional fans were unable to follow their progress. CLG has however been a great force in furthering Esports as a professional occupation. Their website CLGaming.net is a major resource to Esports fans and players as well as they host their own tournament and have even partnered with enemy South Korean organization Azubu.
ID Name Role
HotshotGG George Georgallidis Top
Chauster Steve Chau Jungle
Doublelift Peter Peng AD
Aphromoo Zaqueri Black Support
LiNk Austin Shin AP
bigfatlp Michael Tang Sub
-Current Jungler for Taiwanese powerhouse TaipeiAssassins, Lilballz, was formerly on CLG and was good friends with former AP Carry bigfatlp. Hence the big/little name synergy. The two friends had to square off against each other during the world championship.
-HotShotGG’s mother, Helen Georgallidis, has been an active member of the CLG organization and briefly took over the CEO position right before the start of season 3 so Hotshot could focus on playing. She went by the gamer tag RealMomGG.
-bigfatlp had to change his name from the original bigfatjiji due to being inappropriate. Jiji is a Chinese word for male genitalia.
-CLG has sponsored three other teams, Counter Logic Gaming Black, Counter Logic Gaming EU, and a DotA 2 team. CLG.na is currently the only team under the organization.
-CLG is known for their poke team compositions, utilizing HotShotGG’s well-known accuracy with skill shots such as Nidalee spears.