LoL: TSM suffer shocking loss to Clutch Gaming in LCS Worlds Qualifier - Dexerto
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LoL: TSM suffer shocking loss to Clutch Gaming in LCS Worlds Qualifier

Published: 9/Sep/2019 0:54 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 2:50

by Andrew Amos

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Clutch Gaming have handed a stunning loss Team SoloMid in the LCS 2019 Regional Finals, qualifying for their first League of Legends World Championship.

After going down 0-2 to one of North America’s most recognizable League teams in Team Solomid, Clutch Gaming won three in a row to make it to Worlds. It will be the organization’s first appearance at the end-of-season tournament, set to be held in Europe in October.

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Off the back of a late-season resurgence, Clutch Gaming stormed home through the Regional Qualifier Gauntlet to face off against TSM for the final spot at Worlds. The experienced roster was expected to qualify for their eighth Worlds after missing out in 2018, but the rising stars rose up to the occasion.

Riot GamesClutch Gaming will be NA’s third representative at Worlds 2019.

Veterans Sun ‘Cody Sun’ Li-Yu and Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon shone for the Dignitas-affiliated team throughout the postseason.

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In the final series on their run to Worlds, Cody Sun’s Ezreal and Kog’Maw proved to be a nuisance for TSM, drawing multiple bans. This freed up the map to allow Huni to shine on some signature picks like Gnar and Irelia, with jungler Nam ‘Lira’ Tae-yoo helping keep the pressure up across the map.

The LCS tweeted out the final moments of the five-game series, saying “They’ve done it! @ClutchGaming reverse sweep @TSM and qualify for the 2019 World Championship!”

Mid laner Tanner ‘Damonte’ Damonte was left speechless after the upset in an on-stage interview with Ovilee May.

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“Holy shit. This is surreal. I feel like this split there’s been so much shit that us as a team has had to go through, so much shit I’ve had to go through, and this feels crazy,” he said.

Damonte was able to match star mid laner Søren ‘Bjersen’ Bjerg, negating his influence across the final three games.

Clutch played 27 games across both the LCS Summer 2019 Playoffs and the Regional Finals to make the run to Worlds. After finishing the Spring Split in ninth, the team changed the way they approached the game, allowing for a miracle run like Cloud 9’s last year.

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For TSM though, the loss is the end of a bitterly disappointing 2019 season. They lost to Team Liquid in the Spring Playoffs in a reverse sweep and missed out on MSI, while they didn’t make it past the quarters in Summer.

Clutch will join Team Liquid and Cloud 9 as North America’s hopefuls at the tournament. North America have never won a world championship, but Cloud 9 got to the semi-finals in 2018, while Team Liquid lost to Europe’s G2 Esports in the final of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational.

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You can keep up with who has qualified for Worlds via our League Worlds 2019 hub.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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