CLG's League of Legends team has had a terrible year, but the organisation is now making a roster change. CLG revealed yesterday that it will bench LCS veteran Pobelter and start former 100 Thieves mid laner Damonte for the upcoming weekend of games.
ROSTER UPDATE— CLG (@clgaming) July 13, 2021
We are making a change in the mid lane. @Damonte will be starting for CLG this weekend. Thank you to our fans for continuing to support the team. We're committed to finishing this season strong. #CLGFIGHTING pic.twitter.com/56XQpL1WZa
The storied institution has been in trouble for a long time, with 2021 proving to be one of its most turbulent years ever. Despite having some of the league's most experienced players, the squad had a poor 10-26 record in both the Spring and Summer Splits of 2021.
Many LoL fans believed that this team, with well-known names like Broxah, WildTurtle, Finn, Smoothie, and Pobelter, could be a dark horse for the playoffs because almost every player on the roster has plenty of experience with high-pressure situations, from competing in the postseason to attending high-stakes international tournaments. However, after six weeks, it was evident that the lineup was not working.
This could be just one of many adjustments being made to right the ship, especially after the organisation broadcast a now-deleted video of a "secret team meeting" in which CLG's general manager Tafokints claimed that roster swaps would be made owing to a lack of favourable results.
The team's decision to make such a private and saddening occasion public drew widespread criticism from the LoL community. Multiple Bud Light sponsorship logos were also edited over the material in this serious video, which didn't help. CLG apologised and removed the video as a consequence.
After quitting 100 Thieves in May, Damonte, a 23-year-old, will make his 2021 Summer Split debut. This weekend, he'll begin the split with games versus Team Liquid, Cloud9, and Immortals. Pobelter, on the other hand, has been tight-lipped regarding his NHL future.
When the 2021 LCS Summer Split resumes on Friday, July 16th, 2021, you can catch Damonte and CLG in action.