CLG to Build Their LCS Team Around Contractz in Jungle
After dropping all five of their players, CLG have decided to field a completely new roster with Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia as its centerpiece. On the one hand, we’re elated that Contractz will once again be given the opportunity to start in the LCS — he’s been grinding in Academy for what feels like a lifetime and has matured quite a bit.
On the other hand, it’s still hard to get excited for CLG even with Contractz under their banner. This organization has done so many things wrong over the last few years that one simply cannot give them the benefit of the doubt — not yet, at least. And while things do seem to be moving in the right direction, it’s still way too early to get excited.
With that being said, Contractz is both a veteran and a player who doesn’t seem to have hit his peak. How that’s even possible after so many years of playing professionally is anyone’s guess, but his performance speaks for itself and, well, we can’t wait to see him on the LCS stage — doubly so if the current meta doesn’t shift too much!
Let’s Talk Rumors
According to a leak from Travis Gafford, CLG will also field Thomas “Jenkins” Tran, Cristian “Palafox” Palafox, Fatih “Luger” Güven, and Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere. So that’s three Academy players (from Team Liquid and 100 Thieves, respectively) and one LCS mid laner.
Not too shabby for a complete roster rework!
Jenkins showed a ton of promise a few months back when he was subbing in for Barney “Alphari” Morris and the fact that he’ll now be a full-time starter is definitely a reason to celebrate — he’s earned it fair and square. He didn’t feed nor was he a weak link, which was quite a nice surprise. Heck, he even hard-carried a few games on Akali so credit where credit is due.
Palafox didn’t really stand out and was, in fact, relatively mediocre. Whether he just needed a bit more time to “spread his wings” and show his worth is up for debate, but he’s definitely going to enter 2022 looking for redemption. Finally, we have the former 100 Thieves Academy bottom lane duo. They’re pretty darn good overall but it’s still a bit too early to predict how well they’ll perform on the LCS stage.
Poome is no stranger to competing in the LCS, but his relatively short stint back in 2020 didn’t exactly net him much praise — and we’re really putting it mildly here. Did he improve enough to stand a chance in the “big leagues?” We’re not convinced, but at least we won’t have to wait long to find out.
Overall, this is a pretty acceptable roster. CLG needed a fresh start, and with Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin aboard, they might leave a good first impression come 2022. The odds will obviously be stacked against them, but as long as they’re not dreadful — and can show improvement on a weekly basis — we’ll be satisfied.