When Counter Logic Gaming published their new general manager and setup reconstruction for its League of Legends team, fans as usual took it with a grain of salt after the side didn’t perform the last couple of seasons in the LCS.
Nevertheless, CLG had an incredible resurgence in the 2022 Summer Split, as such the organization revealed its plans to run with the same roster in 2023. Dhokla, Contractz, Palafox, Luger, and Poome will continue to wear the CLG banner while attempting to live up to the organization’s expectations.
CLG fans have found themselves in despair since the early golden days of the NA LCS, mainly after finishing in the bottom places of the table for five seasons in a row. The team tried different philosophies, mainly attracting the services of veteran players to search for some consistency.
Later on, the team decided to start anew by cutting ties with its entire roster and changing its coaching staff, signing Jonathon McDaniel as the squad’s new general manager. As a GM he looked forward to giving opportunities to younger talent, after signing prospects like Luger and Poome, they slowly but surely became LCS caliber players while also being loved by fans.
Now, the roster will look towards improving themselves for the 2023 Spring Split, where they will play against stacked rosters all around the league.
Going into our second team, we will look at a squad that definitely didn’t meet up expectations.
Team Liquid’s head coach Kang “Dodo” Jun-hyeok sat down and explained the team’s new roster construction approach going into 2023, while also showing the 2 newly promoted players coming from TL’s Academy lineup. Mid-lane main Harry “Haeri” Kang and bot laner Sean “Yeon” Sung will be showcasing their skills as LCS starters in 2023.
Both Haeri and Yeon have been key pieces to Team Liquid’s success in the Academy league, helping the organization achieve back to back Proving Grounds titles in 2022. And now, the staff and organization is looking to cash on this talent for next year instead of bringing veteran or overpriced players into their team.
Don’t worry Team Liquid fans, CoreJJ will remain in the roster, as he was a huge influence for team Liquid this offseason since he’ll be the captain for these young guns, thanks to the years of experience he has on his resume.
As for the rest of the starting lineup, Team Liquid has yet to announce their top side of the map (top and jungle roles). With some reports suggesting that ex Cloud 9 top laner Park “Summit” Woo-tae will be coming back to the LCS with Team Liquid.
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