CLG Broxah Finally Gets His Visa Approved
Former Fnatic and Team Liquid jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen has finally gotten his visa approved and will be joining CLG in days. On the one hand, this is fantastic news for everyone involved. On the other, seeing how we’re entering the third week of regular season play (or sixth, if we count the LCS Lock-In), this kind of feels like a case of “too little, too late.”
Simply put, Counter Logic Gaming is one of the worst-performing teams in North America, and it seems like that won’t change any time soon. They have but a single win that came at the Golden Guardians’ expense, along with five crushing defeats. Losing in itself isn’t the be-all and end-all; the biggest problem lies in the fashion in which they’d lost so many times. There’s just no cohesion to speak of, and all five players have entirely different ideas on how the game should be played. Whenever someone engages (mostly Andy “Smoothie” Ta), there’s very little follow-up (if any at all), and their teamfighting isn’t much better either. There’s just nothing to praise them for, other than a couple of standout moments sprinkled throughout their first six games of the regular season.
Too Little, Too Late
Now, the fact that they’ll have a seasoned veteran like Broxah aboard will surely help them out in more ways than one — of this, we’re all aware. But there are just four weeks of play left before the playoffs, and by the looks of it, Broxah might not even land in time to join CLG for this week’s games. And even if he does, it’s not like he has any synergy with the rest of his teammates. For CLG, it’s back to square one, and the chances of them qualifying for the playoffs are about as bleak as possible, if not non-existent.
They’re scheduled to face Cloud9, Immortals, and Evil Geniuses up next. That’s an insanely tough strength of schedule, and two out of those three games are all but guaranteed losses. Whether they’ll be able to compete with Immortals is anyone’s guess at this point, but the odds aren’t exactly stacked in their favor. Immortals hold two wins over Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, so it’s not like they can’t pack a punch — on the contrary.
In the end, it’s fair to say that CLG’s 2021 didn’t start well. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. There are some glimpses of potential, but they’ll have to work harder than ever if they intend on leaving a mark come Summer Split.