A Rift on the North American Rift

Team Solo Mid +1 || Counter Logic Gaming -1

      In a shocking announcement on Halloween night Counter Logic Gaming parted ways with their long time AD Carry Peter “Doublelift” Peng. Almost instantly after this departure the long awaited try-outs for Team Solo Mid were instantly closed and Doublelift was added to their roster. This closes early rumors importations of players such as “Freeze” and “F0rgiven”. However, it reopens this discussion for Counter Logic Gaming, though as of yet no such indications have been made. At this point WildTurtle has not yet been released and currently remains in the sub position. This is THE American dream for long-time LCS fans. A duo that we’ve long awaited… or is it?

Two Captains, One Team

      These two have not always been captain. If you’re at all familiar with Doublelift he wasn’t the vivacious AD Carry we know him as today. Long ago in Beta / Season 1 Doublelift was a support. All he played was Blitzcrank. Even on his first team (which actually was CLG as a sub, then moving to Epik Gamer to start) he played support. This was quickly changed, within the year Doublelift assumed the “carry” role for unRestricted eSports (Curse) and the Doublelift the community knows was born. Upon reuniting with George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis at the end of the year Doublelift would start as the AD Carry for Counter Logic Gaming where he would spend the next four years of his life.

      Bjergsen’s upbringing was not so complicated. He left school at a young age due to emotional issues and only played League of Legends. He was scouted at the young age of sixteen (the youngest a player ever has been scouted at) by the Copenhagen Wolves. Due to age restriction he would not play until his seventeenth birthday, but would enter the LCS and send the Wolves crashing through the scene in Europe. The team would rebrand with the Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsor over the summer where Bjergsen would remain for another split before departing to North America to dominate the scene.

      Understanding where these players come from is a key part to understanding how they’ll fit together. Both players have only ever played on a team centered around them. Multiple graphics show the gold distribution favoring each of the respectable players on their teams throughout history. But that can’t happen on a team where there is only so much gold to go around.

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CLG vs. TSM gold distribution during Season 2 (source ongamers.net)

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CLG vs. TSM gold distribution during Season 5 (source thescoreesports.com)

Off the Stage: Learning to Play Nice

      The West is constantly cited as for its emotional turmoil and letting personal differences get in the way of gameplay, something that doesn’t tend to happen in the Eastern Regions. In TSM Legends we see Coach Yoonsup “Locodoco” Choi struggling to maintain control of highly emotional mid-laner Bjergsen at IEM. At home we see the two constantly arguing about gameplay and strategy.

      On the opposite end of the spectrum there is no controlling Doublelift. In a recent VLOG Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black discusses controlling the beast of CLG, and Doublelift’s attitude issues. It is worth noting that on-stream that Doublelift has claimed that he and Aphromoo were, and are not, friends. His attitude has baffled CLG fans somewhat, and the community is torn as whether to support this new partnership with TSM fans or shun it.

The Light Amidst the Darkness: Resolving TSM’s In-Game Issues

      This is something that has plagued TSM for so long, and Doublelift may be the answer: shotcalling. Bjergsen is not a natural shotcaller, and never wanted to be one. On NiP and Copenhagen Wolves he was not in this position and was only worried about one thing: winning his lane and carrying his team. He left the macro level calls up to his team mates. TSMs former bot lane (Jason “WildTurtle” Tran and Jang-sik “Lustboy” Ham) were not only mechanically facing some challenges, but had difficulty knowing where to be and when to be there. These weaknesses combined with a top lane that was either feast or famine ultimately cost TSM the summer split. In TSM Legends we again see Owner and Coach Andy “Reginald” Dinh teaching the mid laner to shotcall two years into this position. This is something we would surely expect him to have down at this point, but he still has trouble micro managing his team properly. But Doublelift brings a new type of game sense to TSM’s bot lane. With years of experience and the strength and aggression to control when Bjergsen can’t, TSM could finally be a formidable force on the International Stage.

Written by asunderpanic

Edited by Williaf

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