The LCS Lock In tournament was full of replacements and stand-ins as teams scrambled to fill out their rosters for the event. This meant that a few teams were without their starting junglers and had to substitute in their academy counterparts for the group stage of the tournament.
That was a really fun LPL game 😂😂
— Ray Griffin (@lol_Wiggily) January 17, 2021
Griffin had a tall task ahead of him going into the tournament. Unfortunately he could not bring CLG over the finish line as the team was the first to be eliminated from the playoff bracket. But, he did perform surprisingly well for a player that was demoted to the academy roster this past offseason.
Aside from his first game against Team Liquid, Griffin was competitive in the early game for all of his matches, securing early objectives or contesting them accordingly. His standout game was in the team’s only win, but he did outclass his opponent on 100 Thieves. By the end of that game, Griffin had done over 1,000 more damage and secured more dragons and barons.
He finished out the event with a 2.3 KDA and was a far cry away from the ineffective jungler that he was towards the end of last split. As CLG prepares for life without its imported talent Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, who is stuck overseas due to visa and travel complications, Griffin will be given his space to prove to the organization, and other teams, that he can still perform at the top level.
Potluck was starting in the stead of Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir who is also still overseas. The Canadian was given the starting spot at the beginning of last summer but was quickly pulled after some poor performances. He was put in a difficult start in this event, facing Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses which both have former MVP junglers in their squads.
In both of those games, he was unfortunately outclassed, with no objective control and a low KDA. But Potluck did shine in the squad’s more even matchup versus Dignitas. In that game, Potluck went deathless and secured four dragons, two rift herald’s and one baron for his team. The singular performance put his KDA up to 3.3 and moved his kill participation to over 70%.
He showed some genuine promise as a young talent, even though he and his bottom lane were standing in. Even in Immortals losses, Potluck was the driving force around many of the team’s proactive plays around the map.
Both of these players have had time in the LCS and have not had their best showings in the past. But these recent performances have highlighted their strengths, in both wins and losses, and may put them on the map when other organizations, or their own, are looking for a new jungler.