The new season of the League of Legends Championship Series is fast approaching and fans have been clamoring for their favorite teams to get back into the limelight, until Counter Logic Gaming announced their new 2019 jerseys.
Esports teams usually like to keep their threads fresh by introducing a redesign for every new year of competition; but CLG has been under fire for their latest designs that seem to be heavily inspired by another prominent North American organization.
Soon after CLG announced their new jerseys for 2019, they were met with harsh criticism on social media because of the kit's similar color palette and design to Cloud9's iconic white and blue shirts.
"We may not look like them on the Rift, but at least our uniforms will copy C9's colors."
— Xing League (@xingtheli) January 14, 2019
The organization have experienced a sort of lull with its fans but the new jerseys have hit a sore spot for those that have stayed loyal to the brand.
“Seriously, I hate them,” Reddit user CounterInsanity said. “Why not keep the Blue and Black? We had one of the better color combinations in Esports IMO. Make the designs different, don't change the colors. These are awful."
The comments weren’t any better from there. Across Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, fans are headstrong in noting their disappointment with the latest look for the legendary team.
“Why are people fans of CLG? The legacy. What is left of the legacy? The name CLG and the colors black and blue. But let’s just keep driving this org into the dirt and change the colors when literally no one ever wanted that. Good business decisions as usual CLG,” said Twitter user StormBred.
CLG has taken some hits as of late, but all can be forgiven with great performances on the Rift. The org will play their first game of the LCS on January 26 against OpTic Gaming.