Thinkcard Announced as New CLG Head Coach
CLG have just announced their brand new head coach and, needless to say, it’s a name most North American fans will immediately recognize: Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin! If you’ve watched the LCS over the years, Thinkcard’s name should definitely ring a bell — he’s coached Cloud9’s Academy team, FlyQuest, Echo Fox, Clutch Gaming, Dignitas, and GG Academy. That’s quite an eclectic portfolio, but also one that is a testament to his merits. Interestingly enough, he had played as a sub for CLG all the way back in 2015, too!
What’s the Team Dynamic?
He’ll be joined by Chris “Croissant” Sun who has also made the jump from GGS to CLG. They’re a great duo and have accomplished phenomenal things during their (admittedly short) stint under the GGS banner. As for Thinkcard, his stellar coaching skills have been proven on many different occasions. Heck, he was arguably one of the biggest reasons why Clutch Gaming pulled off that amazing turnaround back in 2019 — they went from being a bottom-tier dweller to qualifying for Worlds, and that change in fortune began from the moment Thinkcard took the reins.
If he can apply the same approach to CLG — and get actual support from upper management — there’s no doubt in our mind that he’ll (eventually) be able to accomplish great things.
“I’m super excited to be back, the last time I was here was 2015 and I know we have the tools to build something amazing so I’m just really excited to get started and start putting down the foundation to a successful few years at CLG,” Thinkcard said in an official video.
After CLG’s 2021 season, one thing became quite obvious: huge, sweeping changes were absolutely necessary for them to stand even the slightest chance of ever correcting course. Fortunately, the folks in charge seem to agree, which is why they’ve reportedly released their entire coaching staff (across both LCS and Academy), including most — if not all — of their players.
“We really share a longer term idea on how to be successful in the LCS. This isn’t like a ‘we’re putting together a group and we’re hoping that by the end of the year we’re going to Worlds hitting quarterfinals,’ that’s not the plan here. The plan is to do the best in the short term, but ultimately keep our eyes past the horizon to year two, year three, like a longer term system so that we can get to our goals in a timeline that makes more sense,” said Jonathon McDaniel, CLG’s General Manager.
It’s a good approach, one that we welcome whole-heartedly. Whether it’ll yield any noticeable results still remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction, that’s for sure.