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CLG to Build Their LCS Team Around Contractz in Jungle
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CLG to Build Their LCS Team Around Contractz in Jungle

After dropping all five of their players, CLG have decided to field a completely new roster with Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia as its centerpiece. On the one hand, we’re elated that Contractz will once again be given the opportunity to start in the LCS — he’s been grinding in Academy for what feels like a lifetime and has matured quite a bit.On the other hand, it’s still hard to get excited for CLG even with Contractz under their banner. This organization has done so many things wrong over the last few years that one simply cannot give them the benefit of the doubt — not yet, at least. And while things do seem to be moving in the right direction, it’s still way too early to get excited.With that being said, Contractz is both a veteran and a player who doesn’t seem to have hit his peak. Ho...
100 Thieves to Field Six-Man Roster in 2022, Tenacity to Split Play Time with Ssumday
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100 Thieves to Field Six-Man Roster in 2022, Tenacity to Split Play Time with Ssumday

The defending LCS champions 100 Thieves will field a six-man roster in 2022 with Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij splitting play time with the one, the only Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho. This, frankly, should really come as no surprise — Tenacity has shown a fair bit of promise and while he’s still not on Ssumday’s level, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to bring something unique to the table.Interestingly enough, the last time the defending LCS champions didn’t make even a single roster change was all the way back in 2013/2014 (Cloud9). This means 100 Thieves will be able to start 2022 off in the best possible way — they already have more than enough synergy to run circles around the vast majority of their peers. Whether that’ll be the case by the end of the year still remains to be seen, but the out...
2021 LCS Off-Season: Guilhoto to Team Liquid, Mithy to 100 Thieves
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2021 LCS Off-Season: Guilhoto to Team Liquid, Mithy to 100 Thieves

Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez, former Fnatic and Cloud9 head coach, will reportedly join 100 Thieves and work alongside Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu as an assistant coach. Additionally, André “Guilhoto” Pereira Guilhoto, perhaps best known for coaching Origen, Schalke 04, and (most recently) Immortals, will move on to Team Liquid and assume the role of head coach.These are hugely important signings, and even though they might not be as bombastic or exciting as, say, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s decision to sign for Karmine Corp, they’re nonetheless incredibly impactful and are more than worthy of our time and attention. It’s easy to get carried away by unexpected twists and multi-million dollar contracts — we’re all guilty of getting swept by the big headlines and signings. Still, one could ar...
The Doublelift and Reginald Drama Continues, Former TSM Associates Chime In
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The Doublelift and Reginald Drama Continues, Former TSM Associates Chime In

If you thought the drama between Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and TSM FTX CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh would subside in just a day or two, well, think again. Not only has it not blown over — despite both parties giving their “sides” of the story — but one could argue that it has grown even more intense.And, well, whenever you have third parties chiming in, you know things have gotten way too serious. It didn’t take long for Doublelift to go over Reginald’s response on the TSM subreddit; it was to be expected given just how heated the whole situation had become. You can check out the following VOD (from 49 minutes onwards) if you want to experience the whole thing in its full unabridged glory.Summarizing his thoughts and statements is no easy task. Frankly, everyone should hear it all verbatim wit...
Evil Geniuses Signing Jungler Inspired All But Official
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Evil Geniuses Signing Jungler Inspired All But Official

Kacper “Inspired” Słoma, one of Europe’s finest junglers (who also happens to be an MVP recipient), has reportedly come to terms with Evil Geniuses and will compete under their banner next year. This will surely come as a blow to many Rogue fans and those who are partial to the LEC, but it’s hard to blame Inspired for wanting to test free agency and accepting an offer that was probably too good to refuse.This was first reported by Dot’s Jacob Wolf, and while nothing is yet “set in stone,” all signs are pointing towards it being a done deal. /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-head...
TSM ‘Forced’ Doublelift to Retire, Reginald & Leena Respond
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TSM ‘Forced’ Doublelift to Retire, Reginald & Leena Respond

Just when you thought there wasn’t any more friction between Yiling “Doublelift” Peng and TSM FTX CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh, along comes a “clash” of epic proportions, one that seemingly came out of nowhere. It seems that the smallest of sparks is more than sufficient to light a flame that takes days to blow over. And, well, you’re either disgusted at this whole kerfuffle or have prepared ample amounts of popcorn and are enjoying the show. Either way, it’s worth talking about! /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.ele...
Thinkcard Announced as New CLG Head Coach
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Thinkcard Announced as New CLG Head Coach

CLG have just announced their brand new head coach and, needless to say, it’s a name most North American fans will immediately recognize: Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin! If you’ve watched the LCS over the years, Thinkcard’s name should definitely ring a bell — he’s coached Cloud9’s Academy team, FlyQuest, Echo Fox, Clutch Gaming, Dignitas, and GG Academy. That’s quite an eclectic portfolio, but also one that is a testament to his merits. Interestingly enough, he had played as a sub for CLG all the way back in 2015, too! /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-head...
TL Jensen Might Not Compete in the LCS in 2022
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TL Jensen Might Not Compete in the LCS in 2022

Here’s a headline we didn’t think we’d see any time soon: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, one of the most accomplished and revered Western mid laners of all time, might end up without a team in 2022. From winning the LCS multiple times to coming up short (twice) in 2021 to representing North America at the 2021 World Championship (and putting on a show) to potentially “sitting things out.” Baffling, to say the least. It seems that the line-up Team Liquid is going to field doesn’t have a spot for Jensen. It’s strange and baffling but also somewhat understandable given the direction TL has opted to take. And while certain top-tier teams are interested in this talented Dane, it seems that things might not pan out in his favor — for whatever reason. /*! elementor - ...
2022 Cloud9 Line-Up Has Reportedly Been Leaked and… It’s Different
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2022 Cloud9 Line-Up Has Reportedly Been Leaked and… It’s Different

Cloud9 fans might want to sit down for this one: this age-old North American organization will field one of the most perplexing line-ups in 2022 and, needless to say, it’s not what anyone expected. We’re so taken aback with this one that we’re still not sure how we feel. It’s either the most ingenious experiment from the boys in white and blue or a trainwreck waiting to happen.Either way, it’s worth taking a look at! Just keep in mind that nothing has been made official just yet and things can definitely /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elemento...