Most of the community and spectators of NA LCS know by now that Counter Logic Gaming have not been performing at the ability the players have worked so hard to achieve during this Summer Split. After back to back 0-2 LCS weeks and previous inconsistent performances, the team and management have considered various methods and solutions to remedy the situation before the World Championships.
As of right now, it is time for Seraph to renew his visa so he can continue living in the United States with the team. In order to do this, Seraph will have to go back to Korea so he can complete this process by August 1st. It is important to note that Seraph’s new P1-A athlete visa is already approved, but in order to avoid further legal complications, he can’t overstay in the country with his current visa. Resulting from those facts, Seraph needing to finalize everything in Korea is still required.
With those factors in mind, the CLG players and management have decided the best course of action moving forward is to send the whole team to Korea this week and bootcamp with coach MonteCristo. The team will be staying with Monte and continually scrimming against the top Korean teams. The team noticed a substantial improvement in performance and communication the last time Monte was in their presence, so this will be a great bonding experience for the team to replicate that success in a new environment. During their stay, iBUYPOWER will also be sending the players custom Revolt PC systems in order to have optimal equipment to play on while they bootcamp.
Needless to say, the full CLG roster will not be performing during NA LCS Week 11 (super week). No matter the team’s results, CLG’s placement for playoffs are relatively secure. Irrelevant to the decision to bootcamp in Korea, Seraph would have been absent from all four games this week anyway. By leaving now, the team will have almost a full extra week in Korea, which is crucial under the limited time they have available. Due to the team being in unanimous decision that their absence from Week 11 LCS will not jeopardize their performance during playoffs, this trip is a terrific chance to give the players the preparation and training needed to successfully qualify for Worlds. Playing against the best teams in the world and having direct access to MonteCristo will be invaluable for this goal.
As for the matter of what will happen to CLG during Week 11, the team will be using a 5-man substitute roster in their Super Week games against Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, compLexity, and Cloud 9. The substitute roster is as follows:
Top - Nien
Mid - HotshotGG
Jungle - ThinkCard
Marksman - Chaox
Support - Kon Kwon
Using Nien and Hotshot as subs was an easy choice considering their previous tenure as starting LCS players with CLG. ThinkCard is a top Challenger player and also has LCS experience with his stay on Evil Geniuses. The Chaox choice may come as a surprise to most, but the team currently considers him to be the best free agent player of the position, and obviously Chaox brings a lot of professional experience with him from Team Solomid and as a coach for Team Coast. Kon Kwon is the roommate of ThinkCard and another top Challenger player that will round out CLG’s temporary LCS team.
Everything being done here are within Riot Games’ LCS rules and has already been approved.
To our supportive fans, we are aware this is probably a lot to take in right away, but we ask you to please continue your support and look forward to a new and improved CLG roster after the bootcamp. The best interest of the players and the success of CLG at Worlds will always take priority, and there is an agreement from everyone here that this is the best course of action under the circumstances. This Korean bootcamp plan is a unique opportunity for CLG to have a significant advantage over the other NA teams, and you can count on the fact that every player will be using this time to focus on in-game improvement, team synergy, and becoming the best team possible.