Counter Logic Gaming
|Counter Logic Gaming|
|Managers:||Kelby "sayocean" May|
|Team Captain:||Steve "Chauster" Chau|
|Number of Players:||6|
|Created:||April 16, 2010|
|Player Trades:||2012-12-28 acq. LiNk|
2013-02-09 acq. BloodWater
2013-02-03 BloodWater leaves
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Counter Logic Gaming is a North American eSports organization. Founded in April 2010 by George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis, CLG is the oldest League of Legends team still active to this day. Counter Logic Gaming currently only hosts their flagship team, though in the past have sponsored Counter Logic Gaming Black, Counter Logic Gaming EU, and one Defense of the Ancients 2 team.
 Creation of Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming was founded by HotshotGG on April 16th, 2010, after he left messiahwins due to an inconvenience between HotshotGG and Reginald. The initial roster consisted of Locicero, Grandjudge, Chauster, Nolja, HotshotGG, Clever, Sabertiger, Bigfatjiji, Lilballz, and Kobe24. This large roster did not last long, however, as many members left due to various reasons; Locicero left to focus more on school, Grandjudge had difficulty competing in tournaments due to living in Korea and eventually lost contact with HotshotGG, Nolja was in Korea as well and also had difficulties attending tournaments in addition to being very inactive, Clever left as he wanted to play more casually, Sabertiger left since he was recruited into the army, and Lilballz had difficulty attending tournaments due to living in Taiwan.
Eventually, the official roster was formed, consisting of HotshotGG, Bigfatjiji, Chauster, Kobe24, and Elementz.
 Season 1
On November 30th, 2010, Counter Logic Gaming attended the Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010 online tournament. At the event, CLG took out DIN0, Team OP, and Rock Solid in the playoffs to reach the finals, where CLG played Team OP again. CLG lost the first best of three series 0-2 to Team OP, but came back in the final set and won 2-1 against the Korean team, taking home first place. 
In early 2011, Kobe24 officially retired from professional gaming and thus left Counter Logic Gaming. On February 23rd, 2011, Saintvicious took Kobe24's place and joined CLG as their new jungler.
On June 18, 2011, Counter Logic Gaming attended the Riot Season 1 Championship in Sweden. CLG started off going 2-1 in the group stage, defeating gamed!de and Xan, while falling to Team SoloMid. In the playoff bracket, CLG fell in the relegation round 0-2 against FnaticMSI, knocking CLG out of contention for first place. CLG ended up defeating gamed!de once again in the fifth place match. 
 Pre-Season 2
One month later, on July 16, 2011, Counter Logic Gaming attended the National ESL Premier League Season 1. CLG placed second in the group stage, going 9-2 by defeating Low Elo, jpak and friends, WHALE, complexity, HKEGG, TeamLiquid, Defy All Odds, and OGODBEARS, while falling to Team SoloMid and unRestricted. Advancing into the playoffs, CLG defeated Rock Solid in the semifinals, placing them to compete against unRestricted for the grand prize. CLG took first place in the NESL Season 1 Championship after defeating unRestricted 2-0 in the grand finals.
Counter Logic Gaming participated in their second international LAN tournament, flying out to Cologne to play in the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne on August 17, 2011. CLG started the event by going 3-0 in group stage, defeating FnaticRC, SK Gaming, and Frag Executors. They continued into the playoff bracket, defeating Millenium 2-1 in the semifinals and playing against Team SoloMid in the grand finals, where CLG finished with a 2-1 victory. 
Moving back home to North American, CLG attended the 2011 MLG Pro Circuit - Raleigh on August 26, 2011. Counter Logic Gaming once again placed first in their group stage, going 3-0 over Epik Gamer, Team SoloMid, and Curse Gaming. CLG faced off against Epik Gamer in the finals and came out victorious with a 2-1 victory, finishing first place for the event. 
On October 5th, 2011, Counter Logic Gaming participated in the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou. In the group stage CLG placed second after defeating Millenium and Team Flash, but falling to Team WE. In the playoffs, CLG defeated SK Gaming 2-1 in the semifinals, but was again defeated by Team WE in the finals 1-2, taking home second place. 
The next day, Counter Logic Gaming attended IPL3 in Atlantic City. CLG's first match was against A Picture of A Goose, where CLG won 2-0. In the semifinals, CLG lost to Dignitas 0-2, knocking them out of contention for first place. CLG played against Team SoloMid for third place, in which CLG came out with a 2-0 victory.
On October 13th, 2011, Counter Logic Gaming flew out to New York and participated in the IEM Season VI - Global Challenge New York. CLG went 2-1 in the group stage, defeating Dignitas and Team SoloMid while losing to FnaticRC. CLG fell to SK Gaming 0-2 in the semifinals, knocking them down to play against Sypher for third place. Against the French team, CLG fell short in a best of three which resulted in a 2-1 victory for Sypher.
CLG attended the MLG 2011 - Providence Qualifiers, but were disqualified in the quarterfinals. CLG won their Top 4 placement match against RFLX Gaming. However, during this match, CLG elected to use Lapaka, from Absolute Legends, in the place of CLG Lilac. AL Lapaka was registered as the team leader for AbsoluteLegends, another team in the tournament, and played in the AL vs TSM match. As CLG made the decision to illegally substitute him into their active roster in the match against RFLX, CLG have been disqualified from the Tournament and RFLXGaming advanced into the Top 4. 
 Season 2
A day after the start of Season 2, Counter Logic Gaming benched long standing member Elementz in order to add Doublelift to their active roster. As a result, Chauster moved to the support position while Doublelift took up the position of AD Carry. Elementz left the team soon after, accepting an offer to play for Curse Gaming.
In order to participate in the 2011 World Cyber Games, Counter Logic Gaming formed a team consisting of only Canadian players, Chaox, bigfatlp, HotshotGG, Elementz, and TheOddOne. In the group stage, this CLG squad placed second, defeating Sequential Gaming, Team Redbyte, Bida Gaming, while losing to Chicks Dig Elo. In the playoffs, Counter Logic gaming defeated the Chinese Invictus Gaming 2-0, advancing the Canadian team to the semifinals. Here, CLG faced off against the Polish ExGameburg Team, where CLG lost 0-2. The Canadian team played against the French team Millenium for third place, where CLG came out victorious 2-1.
One week later, Counter Logic Gaming, with their normal roster of HotshotGG, Bigfatlp, Chauster, Doublelift, and Saintvicious, participated in the National ESL Premier League Season 2 playoffs. CLG defeated YMN7 2-0, LeagueCraft 2-0, and Curse Gaming 2-1, advancing to the winner's bracket finals against Team SoloMid. Against TSM, CLG came out victorious 2-0. In the finals, Counter Logic Gaming defeated Curse Gaming 2-0, taking home first place for the second time at a NESL event.
On February 11, 2012, Counter Logic Gaming participated in the LoLPro.com Curse Invitational. In the playoffs, CLG defeated Choppa In Da Car 2-0 in the first round, and Team SoloMid 2-1 in the semifinals. In the finals, CLG lost to Team Dignitas 1-2.
CLG participated in the sixth event of the global league of the Intel Extreme Masters in Hanover on March 6th, 2012. In the group stage, Counter Logic Gaming went 4-1 and placed second, defeating against All authority, Team ALTERNATE, FnaticRC, and Millenium, with their only loss coming from Team Dignitas. In the playoffs, CLG defeated Curse Gaming 2-0, but lost to Moscow 5 in the semifinals, knocking them down to play the 3rd place match against aAa, whom CLG beat 2-1.
On March 12th, 2012, Counter Logic Gaming moved into a temporary gaming house in South Korea in order to train and participate in the Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. Placed in Group B in the 2012 OGN Spring Championships, CLG went 2-1 and placed second, losing their first match against Xenics Storm, but defeating XD and NeL to qualify for the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, CLG fell to eventual OGN champion MiG Blaze 2-0. On April 25th, 2012, Counter Logic Gaming moved back to North America.
On the first of April, CLG competed in the Leaguecraft ggClassic. At the event, Counter Logic Gaming placed fourth, defeating Icons of Vanity 2-0 and Epik Gamer 2-1 before falling to 4Not.Fire 1-2, knocking them to play the deciding match for third place. However, CLG decided to forfeit their third place match, giving the win to jpak and friends.
In the midst of the OGN tournament, CLG flew to Las Vegas to compete in the IGN ProLeague Season 4 - Las Vegas, which was held on April 6th, 2012. At the event, CLG defeated against All authority 2-0 in the first round, but fell to Dignitas 1-2 in the second round. Being knocked down to the loser's bracket, CLG defeated v8 Esports and Monomaniac 2-0 to face off against Dignitas once again in the loser's bracket finals, where CLG defeated them 2-0. In the grand finals, CLG played against Team SoloMid, whom they took the first set 2-0 from. However, TSM defeated CLG in the second set 2-0, thus putting CLG in second place.
On May 19th, 2012, Counter Logic Gaming went through a roster reformation, benching long time CLG member Saintvicious, adding top laner Voyboy from team Dignitas, and having HotshotGG switch to the jungling position.
Two days after the roster change announcement, CLG also announced their name change from Counter Logic Gaming to Counter Logic Gaming Prime to avoid confusion with their second North American team, Counter Logic Gaming Black.
The next premier event that CLG.Prime participated in was the 2012 Major League Gaming - Spring Championship on June 8th, 2012. In the tournament, CLG.Prime defeated Orbit Gaming 2-1 in the first round, and Curse Gaming 2-0 in the second round before falling to team Dignitas 1-2 in the third round. Knocked to the loser's bracket, CLG.Prime faced off against their European squad, Counter Logic Gaming EU, whom CLG.Prime defeated 2-1. From there, CLG.Prime played against Team Dynamic, which resulted in a 2-0 victory for CLG.Prime. Counter Logic Gaming Prime then played Dignitas again after being knocked down to the loser's bracket by them previously. The set ended in a 2-0 victory for Counter Logic Gaming, which set them to play against Team SoloMid in the grand finals. Counter Logic Gaming Prime won in the first best of three 2-1, but fell in the second best of three 1-2 against TSM. CLG.Prime took home second place at this tournament. 
Five days later, CLG.Prime played in the GIGABYTE Esports LAN event located at the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona in Southern California. In the group stage, CLG.Prime placed second, going 2-1 in the group by defeating Dirtnap Gaming and mTw.NA, while losing to Team Dynamic. In the playoffs, CLG.Prime faced off and defeated Curse Gaming 2-1, advancing them into the semifinals. There, CLG.Prime fell to Team SoloMid 1-2, knocking CLG down to play for the third place match against Team Dynamic. In the third place match, CLG.Prime was victorious with a 2-1 finish over Team Dynamic.
On July 2nd, 2012, HotshotGG steped down from the position of active CEO of Counter Logic Gaming, being replaced by his mother Helen "RealMomGG" Georgallidis. 
Counter Logic Gaming Prime would be one out of the two North American teams to be invited to compete in the Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 tournament hosted in Seoul, South Korea. Placed into Group D, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would fall in their first game in group stage to Counter Logic Gaming EU. Despite the early loss to CLG EU, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would come back and qualify for the playoffs by defeating LG-IM and MVP Blue in the fifth and sixth games in the group stage, ending group play with a 2-1 second place finish. In the playoffs, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would unfortunately be eliminated from the tournament by losing to Azubu Frost 0-2, ending the event with a 5th-8th place placing. Despite no longer competing in the Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 tournament, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would stay in a gaming house in Korea to practice for the upcoming North American Regional.
Counter Logic Gaming Prime would fly back to North America to participate in the Season Two North American Regional Finals. In their first match at the event, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would pull out a 2-1 victory over Team Legion. However, in the semifinals Counter Logic Gaming Prime would fall to Team Dignitas 0-2, dropping to play in the third place match in order to qualify for the Season 2 World Championship. There, Counter Logic Gaming Prime would win two games in a row against Curse Gaming to take third place at the event and secure a spot at the Season 2 World Championship.
At the Season 2 World Championship in October, CLG Prime only managed a 9th-10th place finish. Despite attempts at several unconventional strategies, the team was knocked out in the group stage, falling to Invictus Gaming and Azubu Frost. Their sole win came against SK Gaming through a triple Teleport and Promote tactic, but it was not enough for CLG to advance. They took home $ 50,000.
On October 22nd, Counter Logic Gaming Prime's lineup went through several changes. First, Voyboy departed and former MiG Frost AD player Locodoco was picked up to play as the new support. With this change, long time support player Chauster shifted to the jungle position and HotshotGG would move back to his original top lane role.
 Pre-Season 3
CLG prime would attend the 2012 MLG Fall Championship in Dallas on November 2nd through 4th. In the first round they faced the Korean powerhouse NaJin Sword, where they were routed in two lopsided matches. Falling to the losers bracket, CLG Prime would sweep Curse Gaming in round one, and then pick up a close 2-1 series against another NA team Dignitas. They would face their sister team CLG EU in Round 3. Unfortunately, they were outmatched as the European team eliminated them 2-1 from the tournament. CLG Prime would place 4th with $2,000 in winnings.
On November 29th, CLG would enter the IPL 5 tournament held in Las Vegas. In the group stages CLG Prime would dispatch the newly formed Team FeaR twice while dropping a game to CLG EU to advance. In the first round they would defeat Curse EU 2-1, and then move on to face FnaticRC. CLG Prime managed to take the first game off Fnatic with sharp play from their Jiji's Twisted Fate, however the champion was quickly banned out and CLG Prime would lose the next two games. In the losers bracket CLG Prime would face Moscow 5, they would take the first game of the set, but then fell twice against the Russian team, finishing their run in the tournament. CLG Prime would place 5th-6th with $2,500 in prize money. CLG Prime outperformed most expectations of them at tournament, with a strong showing of Chauster as the new jungler, they also challenged the perception of Team Solo Mid as the strongest team in the NA scene.
After the event, Locodoco expressed in an interview that "coming to America was a mistake", but added that it did not indicate he would be leaving the team. On December 4th however, CLG announced the departure of Locodoco. They would use Nhat Nguyen as temporary substitute in the coming MLG Prizefights.
On December 28th, CLG officially announced Aphromoo as their starting support player to fill the position left by Locodoco, and the acquisition of LiNk as an alternate player. Also announced were the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis and Chief Operations Officer Robert “CyberBob” Del Papa, promotion of Kelby “sayocean” May to General Manager and Mark “Garvey” Candella to serve as Director of Business Development for the organization, and the renaming of the premier squad back to the original Counter Logic Gaming name from Counter Logic Gaming Prime, due to the departure of Counter Logic Gaming EU and disbanding of Counter Logic Gaming Black, leaving the previously known Prime as the only team under the CLG banner. 
Following the acquisition of LiNk, on January 15th, Bigfatlp announced that he would be stepping down from the starting roster to a substitute position, citing lack of confidence in his own play. 
 Season 3
- April 16th, Counter Logic Gaming founded by George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis. HotshotGG, Bigfatlp, Chauster, Elementz and Kobe24 join. 
- October 3rd, 1st place at 2010 World Cyber Games Grand Finals.
- November, Reginald and Dan Dinh join. 
- December, Reginald and Dan Dinh leave.
- January, Kobe24 retires.
- February 23rd, Saintvicious joins. 
- July 5th, Razer sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
- March, Doublelift joins.
- May, Doublelift leaves.
- August 21st, 1st place at IEM VI - Cologne.
- August 27th, 1st place at MLG 2011 - Raleigh.
- November 23rd, Doublelift joins as the AD carry, Elementz becomes a substitute, Chauster moves to support. 
- December 14th, Elementz leaves.
- March 12th, moves to South Korea to participate in Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. 
- April 8th, 2nd place at IPL 4 - Las Vegas.
- April 25th, moves back to North America after being knocked out of the Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. 
- May, ELOBUFF sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
- May 19th, Voyboy replaces saintvicious. HotshotGG switches to jungling position. 
- May 21st, Counter Logic Gaming renames to Counter Logic Gaming Prime.
- June 10th, 2nd place at MLG 2012 - Spring Championship.
- June 14th, XMG sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
- July 2nd, CLG appoints new CEO, Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis.
- September 2nd, 3rd place at Season 2 North American Regional Finals.
- October 22nd, Voyboy leaves. Locodoco joins as support while HotshotGG moves back to top and Chauster moves to jungle. 
- December 4th, Locodoco leaves.
- December 28th, LiNk and Aphromoo join. 
- Helen "RealMomGG" Georgallidis and Robert "CyberBob" Del Papa resign. 
- Kelby "sayocean" May becomes General Manager. 
- Mark "Garvey" Candella becomes Director of Business Development.
- Counter Logic Gaming Prime renames to Counter Logic Gaming.
- GGWP Apparel sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
- January 15th, Bigfatlp steps down from starting roster to a substitute position; LiNk takes starting mid lane role.
- January 16th, AZUBU TV sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
- February 9th, BloodWater joins as the substitute.
- February 13th, BloodWater leaves.
- May 14th, iBUYPOWER sponsors Counter Logic Gaming.
 Player Roster
|Bloodwater||Lyubomir Spasov||Sub||Good Game University|
|Locodoco||Choi Yoon-sub||Support||NaJin Shield|
|Voyboy||Joe Esfahani||Top||Team Curse|
|Saintvicious||Brandon DiMarco||Jungle||Team Curse|
|Elementz||Cody Sigfusson||Support||Team Curse|
|Reginald||Andy Dinh||Mid||Team SoloMid|
|Dan Dinh||Dan Dinh||Jungle/AD||Epik Gamer|
|Lilballz||Alex Sung||Jungle||Taipei Assassins|
|Nolja||Lee Hyun-jin||Jungle||Team OP|
 Temporary Subs
|Salce||Trevor Salce||Mid||Chauster||IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne|
|Voyboy||Joe Esfahani||Top||Bigfatlp||2011 MLG Raleigh|
|Chaox||Shan Huang||AD||Chauster||2011 World Cyber Games|
|TheOddOne||Brian Wyllie||Jungle||saintvicious||2011 World Cyber Games|
|xHazzard||Michael Kuhlman||Top||Voyboy||GIGABYTE Esports LAN|
2012 MLG Anaheim
|sayocean||Kelby May||General Manager|
|Garvey||Mark Candella||Director of Business Development|
|RealMomGG||Helen Georgallidis||Chief Executive Officer|
|CyberBob||Robert Del Papa||Chief Operating Officer|
 Team Achievements
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-02-01||3rd||National ESL Pro Series V||2 : 0||Team FeaR||$ 900|
|2012-11-07||1st||National ESL Pro Series IV||2 : 0||Team FeaR||$ 6,000|
|2012-06-17||3rd||GIGABYTE Esports LAN||2 : 1||Team Dynamic||$ 1,000|
|2011-12-18||1st||National ESL Premier League II||2 : 0||Team Curse||$ 2,400|
|2011-07-16||1st||National ESL Premier League I||2 : 0||unRestricted eSports||$ 2,400|
|2010-11-30||1st||Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010||2 : 1||Team OP||$ 3,500|
 Highlight Videos
- Doublelift Graves Pentakill in the Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 Qualifiers
- Top 10 MLG League of Legends Plays from CLG.Prime
- Top 5 CLG Plays from NA LCS
- October 2nd, 2010 - WCG Grand Finals Interview - Team NA with RiotGames
- October 3rd, 2010 - WCG Grand Finals - Team NA Post-Game Interview with RiotGames
- June 19th, 2011 - CLG Interview at Dreamhack 2011 with Dreamhack
- September 4th, 2011 - Counter Logic Gaming, League of Legends 1st place team, at MLG Raleigh with Cyber Sports Network
- April 3rd, 2012 - Interview: CLG with Azubu
- June 17th, 2012 - Counter Logic Gaming at GESL 2012 (video) with Derick T
- July 6th, 2012 - 열정으로 가득한 CLG.NA, 여러분의 질문에 대답합니다! (Korean) (English Translation) with Inven
- August 30th, 2012 - CLG Del Papa Interview with MonteCristo - NA Regionals (video) with ggChronicle
- September 5th, 2012 - Interview with Voyboy and Doublelift from CLG (video) with Gamespot
- October 10th, 2012 - CLG COO Robert DelPapa at the League of Legends World Playoffs (video) with CyberSportsNetwork
- October 18th, 2012 - Azubu Exclusive Interview: CLG.NA (video) with Azubu
- February 9th, 2013 - Kelby May talks about how he made it in CLG, a new sub, and more (video) with Gamespot
 See Also
 External Links
- CounterLogicGaming YouTube Channel
- CounterLogicVideos YouTube Channel
- CLG Prime Preview: Season Two World Finals by ggChronicle
- Azubu visits CLG Gaming House
- Living the Dream: Counter Logic Gaming by SK Gaming
- CLG Team Profile on lolesports.com
- ↑ WCG 2010 Medal List wcg.com
- ↑ Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010 Double Elimination Finals Bracket wanfest.newegg.com
- ↑ Official Season One Championship Page season-one-championship.eu.leagueoflegends.com
- ↑ IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne esl-world.net
- ↑ MLG Raleigh 2011 Finals VODs tv.majorleaguegaming.com
- ↑ IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou esl-world.net
- ↑ MLG Providence 2011 Qualifier Results majorleaguegaming.com
- ↑ WCG 2011 Tournament Brackets wcg.com
- ↑ IEM Season VI World Championship - Hanover 'esl-world.net
- ↑ MLG Spring Championship 2012 Results majorleaguegaming.com
- ↑ CLG appoints new CEO, Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis clgaming.net
- ↑ Chauster talks about their run at IPL 5, 2013, and training more gamespot.com
- ↑ “Coming to America was a mistake.” – This Is Game interviews Locodoco of CLG Prime ggchronicle.com
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 CLG in 2013 clgaming.net
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 hello peepzorz,... (in jijispeak) facebook.com; manisier comments on Bigfatlp is now a sub for CLG (English translation) reddit.com
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Kelby May talks about how he made it in CLG, a new sub, and more gamespot.com
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Good Game University Facebook Status
- ↑ The beginning of CLG (1st Anniversary) clgaming.net
- ↑ Newegg Wanfest newegg.com
- ↑ Counter Logic Gaming summonersriftlol.wordpress.com
- ↑ Counter Logic Gaming tie the knot with Razer clgaming.net
- ↑ CLG Welcomes Doublelift back to the Fold clgaming.net
- ↑ CLG NA heads to Korea after IEMclgaming.net
- ↑ Doublelift post-OGN loss AMA qqreddit.com
- ↑ Counter Logic Gaming announces a new partnership with ELOBUFFclgaming.net
- ↑ CLG Roster Changesclgaming.net
- ↑ Introducing CLG's Second NA Team: CLG Backclgaming.net
- ↑ Counter Logic Gaming Partners with XMG Schenker Notebooksclgaming.net
- ↑ CLG NA Roster Changesclgaming.net
- ↑ CLG Roster Change and Season 3 Tryouts clgaming.net
- ↑ CLG partners with Azubu clgaming.net
- ↑ CLG Partners with iBUYPOWER clgaming.net