Formerly known as ZionSpartan, and even known as an ‘Undercover Koala’ for a meme-worthy period of time, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha is now Counter Logic Gaming’s longest serving top laner.
As one of the longest standing eSports organisations, Counter Logic Gaming have boasted some of League of Legends finest talents during their time in the NA LCS.
With CLG sitting at the summit of the regional league table, Darshan became the longest serving top laner in the team’s history, surpassing the legend of team owner George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis.
To commemorate Darshan’s defining achievement, CLICKON eSports looks back at the history of Counter Logic Gaming’s notorious top lane:
In Pictures: Darshan Becomes Counter Logic Gaming’s Longest Serving Top Laner
1. HotshotGG (764 days)
16th April 2010 - 19th May 2012. The original face of Counter Logic Gaming, HotshotGG was instrumental in establishing the team as a brand, renowned for his prowess on Nidalee in the top lane.
2. Voyboy (155 days)
19th May 2012 - 22nd October 2012. Regarded as CLG's young prodigy, Voyboy was expected to continue the legacy of CLG's top lane as HotshotGG stepped into a jungle role. Voyboy never gelled with the team however, leaving for Team Curse after less than half a year.
3. HotshotGG Returns (215 days, Total 979)
22nd October 2012 - 26th May 2013. Post-Season 2 saw the CLG roster rotate once again. HotshotGG returned to the top lane as Voyboy departed, admittedly a shadow of his former self. The legend would step down ahead of the 2013 Summer Split.
Nientonsoh (334 days)
26th May 2013 - 26th April 2014. Nientonsoh would experience a difficult period as Counter Logic Gaming's top laner. The team ultimately finished in 3rd place, but after suffering a poor start Nientonsoh never regained the trust of the fanbase and was pressured into stepping down.
Seraph (189 days)
1st May 2014 - 7th November 2014. Seraph was part of the darkest days in CLG's history. From 1st place the team fell into the relegation places, one game away from joining the Challenger Series. Seraph left the squad during the off-season as a continued feud with Doublelift came to light.
Darshan/ZionSpartan (980+ days)
7th November 2014 - Present. CLG were initially fined $2000 for coaxing Darshan to break his contract and join the team; the top laner was banned from playing in the team's opening game of the split. Darshan would make it all worthwhile however, as CLG were crowed NA LCS champions for the first time in the summer of 2015. From that point onwards, Darshan has been a core member of the CLG roster, with yet another title in sight.