As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you keep up to date and in the know. In this profile Carissa Jackson takes a look at a big North American LCS team, Counter Logic Gaming.
Previously known as ZionSpartan, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha has been the top laner for NA’s current leading team, CLG. His association with CLG began during the 2015 LCS Season and has been nothing short of extraordinary for his team. Darshan is known for putting an immense amount of pressure during pro play. He is not only highlighted for his split pushing but, also his mechanical plays during team fights. His Jax and Ekko are two of his main champions and reflect his playstyle. He works hard to carry his team if needed. The expectations are high for Darshan this Summer Split.
Jake “Xmithie” Puchero began his NA LCS career with CLG during the 2015 LCS Season. He was first criticized for this weak jungle gameplay during the Spring and Summer splits of 2015. People even began using Xmithie as a coined term for when a player misses a Sejuani ultimate during the time! But, during the 2016 Spring Split, Jake proved the audience wrong. He played began making incredible plays with champions like Elise and Udyr. He plays consistently and helps snowball CLG to victory.
CLG’s current Korean midlaner, Choi “Huhi” Jay-hyun, joined NA’s top team for the 2016 Spring Split. He had huge shoes to fill because CLG’s previous midlaner was the infamous Pobelter. Choi may not be CLG’s strongest player but, he always provides a reliable performance. His LeBlanc and Ekko did very well during Spring split this season to bring in some wins. With the meta changing, all the midlaners must start to adapt. Fortunately for Huhi, he already has a wide champion pool to pick from so his adjustment will come easy.
Coming from Cloud9’s Challenger team in 2015, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes joined CLG as their new ADC for the 2016 Spring Split. Stixxay, being relatively new to the competitive scene, was replacing the world famous player, Doublelift. Many CLG fans were worried to see what was ahead for the 2016 Spring Split. Little did they know, Stixxay ended up playing fantastic for the split and ended up carrying his team to finals. His positioning is flawless when it comes to team fights and consistently puts out damage on champions like Caitlyn and Ezreal. Stixxay had a fantastic Spring Split; let’s hope it reciprocates into this Summer Split.
Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black is one of the best supports in NA LCS. He started his competitive career dominating with Thresh but, when Bard was released, he evolved into a game changing play maker. During this year’s MSI, teams from all around the world would automatically ban Bard from Aphromoo, knowing how dangerous it is for him to be that champion. If Zaqueri is not on Bard, he is on other champions like Morgana or Braum to dominate laning phase with his partner, Stixxay. CLG fans wait patiently to see what new strategies and plays Aphromoo comes up with next.