Following their most recent loss and subsequent elimination from 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs contention, Counter Logic Gaming announced that they would be starting the CLG Academy roster in their final match of the LCS Spring Split.
There are no stakes regarding post-season qualification for CLG in their final match against Evil Geniuses and the organization is looking to give the Counter Logic Gaming Academy roster, who finished 1st in the 2022 LCS Academy League Spring Split, a chance at some experience at the highest level of North American League of Legends esports competition.
The response to Counter Logic Gaming starting CLG Academy for the final match of the LCS Spring Split was mixed. Some disapproved of the organization's choice given that their opponent Evil Geniuses is currently in a three-way tie for 4th place with FlyQuest and Golden Guardians. Others were in favor of the move, stating that CLG Academy had earned this chance for experience given their strong performance in 2022 thus far, especially given the lack of stakes to the match result.
All five members of Counter Logic Gaming Academy have experience in the Academy system predating 2022, but top laner Niship "Dhokla" Doshi and mid laner Stephen "Triple" Li also have previous experience in the LCS with OpTic Gaming and FlyQuest, respectively. Dhokla started for OpTic Gaming for part of the 2018 season and the entire 2019 season, and Triple, while part of the FlyQuest Academy roster, started for FlyQuest for 9 games in the most recent Summer Split.
Counter Logic Gaming are the third team to be mathematically eliminated from 2022 LCS Spring Playoffs contention after TSM and Immortals were eliminated the day prior. Ironically, it was TSM who handed CLG their 11th loss of the season this Saturday, which ended their post-season hopes.