CLG continues to tinker with their roster, and following a disappointing loss to Pulse in the IEM Sao Paolo qualifier, Bigfatjiji announced he would no longer start for the team. Their substitute, Link, will come in as the new starting AP Mid player, and Jiji hinted in his announcement that he could take over as the team coach but he will certainly still be involved with the team.
Jiji's post on Facebook was a pretty frank post about how he felt, and what he went through in recent months with the team. In short, he felt his teammates confidence in him was waning, and the arguments amongst the team were increasing to a point that eventually boiled over for him.
Curse of Elementz?
CLG has made roster moves at the drop of hat ever since shuffling their roster around in late 2011 that resulted in Elementz benching. Including that move, they have gone through 5 different members on the team in a starting position, and their other players have shifted positions. They have also not won a LAN tournament since MLG Raleigh in 2011 (before the Elementz benching). Roster moves can improve your team, and the rest of the world has certainly gotten better since CLG dominated the scene during its origin, but if they doesn't fix their other issues it will be a long Season for them that could even see them relegated.
This harkens back to the days of the Curse of Bambino in baseball. Babe Ruth was famously sold from the Boston Red Sox to the rival New York Yankees and suffered some truly excruciating losses. The Red Sox had been one of the most successful teams prior to selling of Ruth winning 5 championships, but didn't win one for 86 years after. Elementz could have put some Canadian black magic on the team following his departure, but the real evidence of CLG's shortcomings are far more tangible.
Nothing is out of the question for how far a team can fall, especially one that can't get along. Team chemistry matters, we've learned that time and time again over the course of all sports. Being able to band together and work as one unit can mask so many individual flaws, whereas teams that don't believe in each other end up amplifying the faults in themselves and their teammates. Changing a roster with the frequency that CLG has been can only make a team worse. Hopefully, for their sake, this will be the last move they need to make to their starting lineup for awhile.
Another Fresh Start
The new AP mid player for CLG has plenty of talent. Link was CLG.Black's AP and is known for being a good player with a great mind for the game. CLG has never been short on talent, and he will get an opportunity that he assuredly deserves. Hopefully, the team will be able to get past its shortcomings and realize that things go wrong in games, especially when the team isn't playing well and it isn't healthy to blame but simply to learn.
CLG has always been a team that is quick to fall apart and be at each others throats as soon as things start going wrong in games, and on stream on countless occasions viewers could hear them arguing about the same plays that went wrong for half an hour or more. Their practice schedule is often erratic, and but they have time to fix it. Season 3 starts in about 3 weeks time and CLG has the talent to compete with any of the teams who qualify. The lingering question will always be: can they overcome their individual egos to become a cohesive sharp unit?
So RoG'ers what do you think of CLG's newest roster move? Was it the right call and will it help the team improve or was it a step in the wrong direction? How will CLG fare in Season 3 with their new starting lineup? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to RoG for all your LoL-related needs!
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