Counter Logic Gaming is the oldest League of Legends team that’s still active to this day. Founded in 2010, CLG’s first roster included founder George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis and Sam “Kobe24” Hartman-Kenzler, who later became a caster for Riot. Season 1 saw CLG at the top of their game. They won the 2010 WCG Grand Finals and the Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010.
CLG was one of three North American teams to attend the Riot Season 1 Championship in 2011. They ended up placing second in their group behind TSM, and fifth in the overall tournament.
CLG won several more tournaments in the months leading up to Season 2. But a failure to qualify for MLG Providence in November saw CLG make some major roster moves. This included adding Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to the team. The new roster competed in the NESL Premier League Season 2, winning the tournament. They also took third at the IEM World Championship that year.
In 2012, CLG moved to a gaming house in South Korea to train for the Azubu The Champions Spring 2012 tournament. They entered the playoffs there, but immediately lost to MiG Blaze in the quarterfinals. That year, HotshotGG stepped down from his position as CEO. His mother, Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis, replaced him.
The team qualified for the Season 2 World Championship, but didn’t advance out of their group at the international event.
In 2013, CLG participated in the Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series Spring Season. After 10 weeks of competition, CLG qualified for the Spring Split Playoffs. Unfortunately, Team Vulcan defeated them in the quarterfinals. They failed to qualify for the Summer Split, but secured a spot after playing in the Summer Promotion. In the summer of 2013, MonteCristo joined CLG as a coach.
The team placed fifth in the Season 4 Spring Split, earning a continued spot in the league. Before the 2014 season began, CLG announced that Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black and Brian “TrickZ” Ahn would fill in their support and jungler positions, respectively.
In August of 2014, Riot announced that CLG had violated the LCS rules when they were accused of account sharing during their bootcamp in Korea. Doublelift and Aphromoo were among the players fined $1,250. They were also banned from OGN and KeSPA-owned tournaments for two years.
In December of 2014, CLG was fined $10,000 when Riot found them guilty of poaching William “Scarra” Li from Dignitas. Just a month later, CLG and Doublelift were fined after they were found guilty of poaching Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaya.
Despite the controversy, CLG had a strong 2015 season thanks to the addition of Jake “Xmithie” Puchero. Each week saw them in first or second place, ending with a 12-6 record. They lost to Cloud9 the last day of the split, missing out on the playoff bye. They lost to Team Liquid in the quarterfinals.
Before the Summer Split, CLG added Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun. Pobelter played in every game throughout the Summer Split. They started similarly to the Spring Split, finishing in fifth. This time they clawed their way to a victory in the playoffs, their first LAN victory since MLG Raleigh in 2011. They competed in the World Championship as North America’s top seed, but ultimately lost in groups.
Counter Logic Gaming was the only team to beat Immortals in the regular season of the 2016 Spring Split. They qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational after beating Team Liquid and Team SoloMid in the playoffs, with both series going to a decisive fifth game. Despite low expectations, CLG did well at MSI, going 1-1 with SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up. Aphromoo was a crowd favorite, but new AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes also had a strong performance.
Upon their return to North America, CLG failed to perform in the Summer Split. They eventually made their way to fourth place. In the playoffs, they beat Team Liquid but lost to TSM soon after.
It was discovered that Aurelion Sol, mid laner Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun preferred pick, was found to have a bug halfway through the first playoff game against TSM. The game was remade with Aurelion Sol disabled for the remainder of the playoffs, a major blow to Huhi and to the team. CLG still qualified for the World Championship due to Championship points. CLG came in third in their group and dropped from Worlds with a 3-3 record.
CLG went into the 2017 season without changing their roster. They were inconsistent at first, but still made playoffs. They surprisingly lost to FlyQuest, the fifth seed, ending their season. CLG then decided to swap junglers with Immortals, taking in Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. This helped CLG tie with TSM for second, but Dardoch left soon after for Team Liquid due to interpersonal conflicts with teammates. Despite the drama, CLG made it to the Regional Finals. A loss to Cloud9 saw them drop to fourth, with Worlds qualification just out of their grasp.
Expectations were high for CLG going into 2018 thanks to the addition of new support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang. But CLG didn’t live up to the hype, and were eliminated from playoff contention by TSM and Team Liquid in the final week of play.
Even though they had an unfortunate Spring Split, CLG kept the same roster for the Summer Split. They got their fans’ hopes up at the start of the season, but ended up being eliminated from the playoff contention by FlyQuest. CLG then fired their long-time head coach Anthony “Zikz” Gray, which frustrated some fans.
No longer able to participate in the playoffs, CLG decided to sub in academy jungler Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin. Wiggily managed to improve the team and won Player of the Game during what was only his second game as an LCS pro. Despite a 7-11 record, CLG went into 2019 with high hopes thanks to their new roster.
Counter Logic Gaming had a subpar 2019 season, coming in seventh at the end of the Summer Split. Still, their fans had high hopes for 2020 thanks to the addition of former world champion mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho.
Unfortunately, CLG had a dire start to the 2020 Spring Split. They eventually dropped Crown, opting to go instead for veteran free agent Pobelter, seeing immediate improvement with the North American mid laner on the rift.