CLG finished the regular season with a 12-6 score, making them third alongside Cloud9. Their roster has Darshan in the top lane, OmarGod in the jungle, Huhi in the mid lane, Stixxay in the AD carry position, and Aphromoo in the support role. Can they make it to Worlds?
Climbing the Ladder
When the season began, CLG’s stock was at the all-time high. With the addition of Dardoch to the jungle and massive improvements from other players, it looked like this team was going to take the NA LCS by storm. Unfortunately, attitude issues broke up yet another great roster, and CLG was forced to replace Dardoch with OmarGod. And while 4.0 KDA and 3.8 CS per minute from the new jungler don’t look too bad on paper, his lack of competitive experience shows on stage.
Luckily for CLG, the rest of their lineup is rock solid. Darshan made a return as the carry top laner he used to be during his glory days, and Huhi’s massive growth puts him on the way to becoming a top-3 mid laner in the league. As for the bottom lane, few duos can match the sheer firepower of Stixxay and Aphromoo.
This veteran presence also means that CLG have plenty of cards to play in the late game. They are an incredibly cerebral team that can come up with out-of-the-box strategies and adjust game plan on the fly. Even so, their tactics tend to backfire because of pure mechanical mistakes, and a botched tower dive or a missed smite is all it takes for CLG to give up their leads—a fact that’s reflected by their -299 gold difference at 15 minutes.
In the end, CLG always seem to be playing to the level of their opponents. They’re a team that can lose 0-2 to Phoenix1 only to score a confident victory against Team Dignitas a week later. At their best, they can challenge anyone in the league, but the jungle swap and the lack of consistency make them clear-cut underdogs in the 2017 Summer Split Playoffs.
Players to Follow
We can’t praise Darshan enough. With a 4.2 KDA and 7.6 CS per minute, CLG’s top laner combines a versatile champion pool with the veteran game sense that allows him to show up in lane and out of it. His trademark splitpushing poses a major threat to his opponents, but what’s even more important is him finally making his presence known in teamfights.
If someone had told us a year ago that Huhi would end up becoming the main carry of CLG, we’d laugh at the notion. Yet here we are. Sporting a 4.7 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, Huhi is a clutch playmaker that’s always ready to make the right roam or sacrifice his lead for the good of the team. And the sheer presence of his Aurelion Sol pocket pick makes CLG that much more of a threat in the draft.
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, CLG will clash with Team EnVyUs in the first round of the 2017 Summer Playoffs. Can CLG pull it together and take down the sixth-place team? Or will they crumble under the weight of their own mistakes? Check out our preview to see what we think about this matchup.
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