Counter Logic Gaming: Back to the Top?
Every team in esports have their up and downs, sometimes they’re at the top and sometimes at the bottom. Counter Logic Gaming has gone off radar in the CS:GO competitive top for a while, but was DreamHack Summer 2017 their ticket back to the majors?
The MLG Call and The Disappearance
CLG joined the CS:GO competitive scene in December 2014, and was invited to their first big appearance in the MLG X Games (a Major League Gaming event taking place in Aspen, Colorado) on January 2015. The team started well but ended up being eliminated, returning home in the 7-8th place. From then CLG had a rough playthrough with disappointing performances in majors and other big tournaments, and a constantly changing roster until they just went off the radar in 2016 after ESL Cologne, which was their last major appearance until now.
A New Roster for Counter Logic Gaming in 2017
CLG had a shaky roster throughout their CS:GO organization life, with many players stepping down for the sake of personal reasons. But after a couple of deals in 2017 the roster now consists of: reltuC, koosta, nahtE, FNS and Rickeh, with ImAPet as their coach. With Rickeh and FNS being their newest acquires coming from Renegades and SoloMid.
DreamHack Summer 2017
On June 17th team CLG had qualified from the NA qualifier to play in the DreamHack event in Sweden, and was placed in the 2nd group together with Fnatic, Cloud9 and Gambit. CLG didn’t really had a great performance before the event, and were considered the underdogs by many and one of the teams to be eliminated in the group stage. But CLG managed to surprise us all, with a flawless 2-0 score and an automatic qualification to the semi-finals (after being excluded from the decider match and the elimination one).
CLG vs Gambit (Overpass): Gambit got the advantage at the half-time, with a 9-6 lead, but on the second half CLG managed to close it with their own 9-6 lead, going into overtime, where CLG sealed the game with a 4-1, making the overall game a 19-16 win for Counter Logic Gaming.
CLG vs Fnatic (Train): The situation was even worse at the halftime with Fnatic than with Gambit, with Fnatic leading with a decisive 11-4 advantage at the half, but CLG made an amazing comeback with their own 11-4 lead on the second half, pushing the game into overtime (once again!). From there, it became the longest game the CS:GO esports pro scene had in a while: Back and Forth wins between CLG and Fnatic has pushed the teams into 58 rounds, but at last CLG managed to grab the victory in the 59th round, after taking out Fnatic with a 4-1 win on the last overtime, finishing the game with 31:28 and moving to the semi-finals.
CLG vs SK (Mirage, Train, Cobble): The first game against the all-mighty SK Gaming started off good, with a great 12-3 lead on the first half of Mirage, and after the second half the game ended with a 16-9 win for CLG, taking the series balance to 1-0. The second game did not turn out to work so well however, with a 3-12 loss on the first half, and no longer after that SK finished the match on Train with a 16-7 win, tying the series 1-1. But it was the final game of the series that sent CLG home: on Cobblestone CLG had the worst first half of the tournament, with a shaming 2-13 loss on halftime, CLG did managed to rack up some points in the second half, but it was too late; SK only needed 3 rounds to advance for the finale, and after 7 rounds for CLG, SK managed to finish the deal, winning the last game of the series 16-9, sending CLG, who had a great run, home.
So maybe CLG are not the best team in the world right now, however they did manage to win against teams considered to be better than them. So who knows? Maybe we will see them playing in other big events soon, but definitely, you need to keep your eyes wide open on them for your betting predictions!