The flitting era of CLG Dardoch is over. Omar “OmarGod” Amin has been anointed as the new Counter Logic Gaming jungler, but should the World Championship hopefuls invest in the rookie’s long-term future or look to make their second signing of the year?
For too many consecutive splits, the Counter Logic Gaming roster were considered ‘too nice’ to do what is necessary to get their hands back on the NA LCS trophy.
The organisation responded by adding Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett to their roster in exchange for Jake “Xmithie” Puchero. The move marked the team’s first roster swap in over a year, tearing away a piece of the close-knit core that had become so synonymous with CLG brand.
Counter Logic Gaming’s ambitions for the Summer Split were clearly outlined: success is the overarching aim and any pre-existing niceties can be thrown out of the window.
Before long, this rule was appropriately applied to the team’s jungle position, as Dardoch was swiftly replaced by OmarGod after an internal conflict.
“Over the course of the split, we found that Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett did not align with our focus on teamwork and culture.
“We therefore brought in Omar “Omargod” Amin as part of a six-man roster in order to show Dardoch what a group of five people invested in teamwork can accomplish.
“We decided that we would need to move forward in order to create the best possible position for the team to win an LCS title. Omar is the player who will take us there.”
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To his credit, a place in the LCS for OmarGod was only a matter of time. The rookie jungler was drafted first overall in the inaugural NA Scouting Grounds, hinting at how talented and valuable CLG’s scouts perceived him to be.
OmarGod was a standout player for CLG Academy, earning himself a call-up to the starting roster. Counter Logic Gaming’s confidence in their rookie paid off as OmarGod shone on his LCS debut.
First game on stage today. I felt really nervous, but I'm glad I was able to perform for the team. Excited for future games ??
— CLG OmarGod (@omargod) July 15, 2017
Overwhelmed with the amount of support and encouragement. I'm going to do my utmost to become the best teammate and player I can be!
— CLG OmarGod (@omargod) July 26, 2017
Promoting OmarGod has the potential to be extremely beneficial to the long term success of the team. A talented jungler, the ability to perform well whilst adhering to the team’s philosophy should raise the ceiling for just how good CLG could be.
As a rookie, OmarGod’s performances have been strong, but not without room for improvement. The jungler will need time to grow, but for many Counter Logic Gaming fans, this process may take too long.
OmarGod notched a scoreline of 5/0/13 on Olaf as he tore through FlyQuest eSports to secure his first series with the team, but has since played almost exclusively on Gragas, raising concerns amongst the CLG fanbase with regards to his potentially limited champion pool.
Counter Logic Gaming fans fear that OmarGod’s potential may not be enough to reestablish the team at the summit of the North American scene.
Instead, many consider the widely publicised issues within the Team Liquid organisation to present an unmissable opportunity for CLG to strengthen in the jungle position.
Rumours are beginning to circulate that Team Liquid jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin’s signature could soon be up for grabs, following the arrival of Son “Mickey” Young-min and Riot’s subsequent limit on international roster spots in North America.
Whether Counter Logic Gaming choose to splash some of the organisation’s newfound cash, to secure the services of one of the region’s most experienced talents, will be a test of the team’s traditional values.
Having dropped the ‘Friendship Team’ tag once already to improve the team’s chances of success, Counter Logic Gaming may be required to demonstrate the same level of ruthlessness in their forthcoming roster decisions.