Clutch Gaming

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Clutch Gaming
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Team Information
Org LocationUnited States United States
Region
NA
 North America
Head CoachBrendan "mcscrag" McGee
SponsorTwitch
CORSAIR
History
Created2017-11-20
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
Clutch Gaming 2019 LCS Spring Roster.jpg

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

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR

Huni Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈) 2Top Laner 2019-11-19 2018-11-27
KR

Lira Nam Tae-yoo (남태유) 3Jungler 2019-11-19 2017-12-02
NA

Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) 4Mid Laner 2020-11-17 2018-11-30
NA

Damonte Tanner Damonte 5Mid Laner 2020-11-17 2018-11-26
NA

Cody Sun Cody Sun 6Bot Laner 2020-11-17 2019-03-22
NA

Vulcan Philippe Laflamme 7Support 2020-11-17 2018-11-28
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.

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
NA

Solo Colin Earnest 11Top Laner Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox 2017-12-022017-12-02 2018-11-242018-11-24
NA

Apollo Apollo Price 14Bot Laner Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox 2017-12-022017-12-02 2018-11-242018-11-24
NA

Hakuho Nickolas Surgent 15Support Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox 2017-12-022017-12-02 2018-11-242018-11-24
EU

Febiven Fabian Diepstraten 13Mid Laner Misfits Gaminglogo std.pngMisfits Gaming 2017-12-022017-12-02 2018-11-202018-11-20

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
                                                           
Solo 5 Echo Foxlogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Echo Foxlogo std.png 0 59 59



LirA 41 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 47 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 16 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 140 140



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 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Misfits Gaminglogo std.png 167 36 203



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 16 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Echo Foxlogo std.png 0 272 272



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 16 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Echo Foxlogo std.png 0 198 198



Piglet 12 Team Liquidlogo std.png 18 Team Liquidlogo std.png 18 Team Liquidlogo std.png 9 Team Liquidlogo std.png 47 Team Liquidlogo std.png 44 Team Liquidlogo std.png 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 168 168



Moon 17 NRG Esportslogo std.png 3 Team Liquidlogo std.png 43 FlyQuestlogo std.png 44 FlyQuestlogo std.png 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 3 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 0 112 112



Vulcan 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 20 20



Huni 18 Fnaticlogo std.png 18 Fnaticlogo std.png 18 Immortalslogo std.png 43 Immortalslogo std.png 18 Echo Foxlogo std.png 18 Echo Foxlogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 36 115 151



Damonte 5 Echo Foxlogo std.png 2 Echo Foxlogo std.png 12 Echo Foxlogo std.png 16 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 35 35



Cody Sun 44 Immortalslogo std.png 45 Immortalslogo std.png 18 100 Thieveslogo std.png 18 100 Thieveslogo std.png 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 127 127



For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after Spring 2019

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position

Tilman Fertitta Owner

Sebastian Park VP of Esports

Karen Morey Social Media Manager

Pyrex Toby Kwon (권용현) Manager & Team Operations Coordinator

mcscrag Brendan McGee 90Head Coach

Artemis Connor Doyle 90Assistant Coach

Baby Zeus Alec Warren 90Assistant Coach

Empyre Naser Al-Naqi Head Analyst & Player Scout

TheAzotal Ryan Friedman Esports Operations & Analyst

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team

Curry Anand Agarwal 90Interim Head Coach FlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuest Academy

DLim David Lim 90Head Coach FC Schalke 04 Esportslogo std.pngFC Schalke 04

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Clutch Gaming Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2019-03-240090009LCS 2019 Logo Small.png LCS 2019 Spring
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Huni,
 Lira,
 Damonte,

 Piglet,
 Cody Sun,
 Vulcan,
 mcscrag,
 Artemis
2018-10-080010001Unknown Infobox Image - Tournament.png Bilibili USA vs. China Showmatch
1 : 0Bilibili Gaminglogo std.pngBLG

 Solo,
 Moon,
 Sun,
 Apollo,
 Vulcan
2018-09-140040004WCS logo small.png NA Regional Finals 2018
0 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 mcscrag,
 Baby Zeus
2018-08-200090009NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Summer
6 - 12Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Moon,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Piglet,
 Hakuho,
 Vulcan,
 DLim,
 Curry,
 mcscrag,
 Baby Zeus
2018-04-080040004$20,000NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 DLim
2018-03-180060006NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Spring
11 - 7Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 DLim
Total Prize: USD 20,000

Articles & Videos

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017

Highlight Videos

Gallery

External Links

References