Clutch Gaming

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Clutch Gaming
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Team Information
Org Location: United States United States
Region: News Label - North America.png North America
Head Coach: Anand "Curry" Agarwal
Sponsor(s): Twitch
CORSAIR
Other Teams In Organization
Active LoL Teams Clutch Gaming Academy
History
Created: 2017-11-20
Social Media and Links
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Current Roster
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Clutch Gaming is an American esports organization owned by the NBA team Houston Rockets.

History

2018 Season

Spring Split

Clutch Gaming was one of four new organizations awarded a slot in the newly franchised LCS. Their first roster was made up of jungler LirA, AD carry Apollo and support Hakuho from the disbanded Team EnVyUs, as well as former EULCS MVP mid laner Febiven and former Challenger series top laner Solo. Clutch was considered one of the better newly formed teams, but not strong enough to challenge for a top spot. All of the former EnVy players were considered solid but not spectacular, and Febiven's strength in the mid lane was thought to be balanced by Solo's inexperience, especially given the presence of many Korean import top laners.

Once the Spring Split began, Clutch quickly acquired a reputation for beating every team below them and losing to every team above them, only managing three wins against teams that would later make the playoffs, two of which were early season wins against a slumping TSM. However, in a very volatile split, they were also one of the most consistent teams, only ever falling out of the top six once and posting only a single 0-2 week. This consistency led to them clinching a playoff spot by Week 7 with a 9-5 record. However, Clutch stagnated over the final two weeks, only managing to go 2-2 as teams like 100 Thieves and Team Liquid surged, causing them to fall into a historical four-way tie for third that necessitated a tiebreaker series. Their struggles to beat other strong teams continued in that series, as they lost both tiebreakers to fall into sixth place.

In the playoff quarterfinals, Clutch faced third seed TSM, who were the overwhelming favorites due to their veteran lineup and having gone 5-1 over the final three weeks of the season. TSM easily dispatched Clutch in game 1 by focusing LirA early, but Clutch struck back with a comeback victory in game 2. However, with TSM failing to ban Hakuho's Thresh in either of the two final games, Clutch stomped a faltering TSM in a historic upset, becoming the first team in the history of the NALCS to defeat them in quarterfinals, and keeping TSM out of the finals for the first time. Clutch then moved on to face the 1st seeded 100 Thieves in the semifinals. Similar to the TSM series, Clutch were heavy underdogs, but managed to keep pace with 100 Thieves to take the series to five games. Clutch took an early lead in game 5, but the game extended into an excruciating, tense 74 minute siege in which Clutch took 100 Thieves down the wire but finally lost the game off a teamfight in their base. This sent Clutch to the 3rd place match against 2nd seed Echo Fox. Despite expectations of a close series, Echo Fox stomped Clutch in three quick games, meaning that their only playoff reward would be 30 Championship Points.

Timeline

  • 2018
  • 2017

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
News Label - North America.png United States Solo Colin Earnest 11Top Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
News Label - Korea.png South Korea LirA Nam Tae-yoo (남태유) 12Jungler 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
News Label - North America.png United States Moon Galen Holgate 12Jungler 2018-11-19 2018-07-27
News Label - Europe.png Netherlands Febiven Fabian Diepstraten 13Mid Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
News Label - North America.png United States Apollo Apollo Price 14Bot Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
News Label - Korea.png South Korea Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) 14Bot Laner 2020-11-17 2018-07-27
News Label - North America.png United States Hakuho Nickolas Surgent 15Support 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
News Label - North America.png Canada Vulcan Philippe Laflamme 15Support 2020-11-17 2018-07-27
Note: Teams are free to switch players between their LCS and Academy League rosters as long as their roster for each game complies with the rules outlined in this article. Therefore, more players are eligible to start than are listed on this page - we will only list those that do play.

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
                                                       
Solo 5 Echo Foxlogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 23 23



LirA 41 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 47 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 106 106



Febiven 18 Fnaticlogo std.png 18 Fnaticlogo std.png 18 Fnaticlogo std.png 36 Fnaticlogo std.png 30 H2k-Gaminglogo std.png 29 H2k-Gaminglogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 149 18 167



Apollo 28 Team Coastlogo std.png 18 Team Impulselogo std.png 18 Team Impulselogo std.png 18 Dignitaslogo std.png 46 Apexlogo std 2.png 45 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 47 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 238 238



Hakuho 12 Renegadeslogo std.png 42 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 45 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 47 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 164 164



For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Spring 2018

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
United States Tilman Fertitta Owner
United States Sebastian Park Director of Esports Development
United States Pyrex Toby Kwon Manager & Team Operations Coordinator
United States Curry Anand Agarwal Interim Head Coach
United States Baby Zeus Alec Warren 80Assistant Coach
United States TheAzotal Ryan Friedman Data Analyst
Kuwait Empyre Naser Al-Naqi Analyst & Scout

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
Canada DLim David Lim Head Coach
None

Team Achievements

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-09-14A44WCS logo small.png NA Regional Finals 20180 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.png FOX
Toprole icon.png
 Solo,
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 LirA,
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 Febiven,
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 Apollo,
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 Hakuho,
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 mcscrag,
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 Baby Zeus
2018-08-20A99NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Summer6 - 12Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Solo,
Junglerole icon.png
 LirA,
Junglerole icon.png
 Moon,
Midrole icon.png
 Febiven,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Apollo,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Piglet,
Supportrole icon.png
 Hakuho,
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 Vulcan,
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 DLim,
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 Curry,
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 mcscrag,
Coachrole icon.png
 Baby Zeus
2018-04-08A44$ 20,000$ 20,000€ 16,276.73NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs0 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.png FOX
Toprole icon.png
 Solo,
Junglerole icon.png
 LirA,
Midrole icon.png
 Febiven,
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 Apollo,
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 Hakuho,
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 DLim
2018-03-18A66NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Spring11 - 7Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Solo,
Junglerole icon.png
 LirA,
Midrole icon.png
 Febiven,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Apollo,
Supportrole icon.png
 Hakuho,
Coachrole icon.png
 DLim
Total Prize: USD 20,000

Articles & Videos

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017

Highlight Videos

External Links

References

Promotional Content