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Clutch Gaming
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Team Information
Org LocationUnited States United States
Region
NA
 North America
Head CoachAnand "Curry" Agarwal
Sponsor(s)Twitch
CORSAIR
History
Created2017-11-20
Social Media & 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
NA
United States Solo Colin Earnest 1Top Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
KR
South Korea LirA Nam Tae-yoo (남태유) 2Jungler 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
NA
United States Moon Galen Holgate 2Jungler 2018-11-19 2018-07-27
EU
Netherlands Febiven Fabian Diepstraten 3Mid Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
NA
United States Apollo Apollo Price 4Bot Laner 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
NA
South Korea Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) 4Bot Laner 2020-11-17 2018-07-27
NA
United States Hakuho Nickolas Surgent 5Support 2019-11-18 2017-12-02
NA
Canada Vulcan Philippe Laflamme 5Support 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 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 41 41



LirA 41 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 47 Team EnVyUslogo std.png 18 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 16 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 122 122



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 149 36 185



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 0 254 254



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 0 180 180



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 0 150 150



Moon 17 NRG Esportslogo std.png 3 Team Liquidlogo std.png 43 FlyQuestlogo std.png 44 FlyQuestlogo std.png 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 109 109



Vulcan 2 Clutch Gaminglogo std.png 0 2 2



For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after LCS Summer 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 70Assistant 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
2018-10-08A11Unknown Infobox Image - Tournament.png Bilibili USA vs. China Showmatch1 : 0Bilibili Gaminglogo std.png BLG
 Solo,
 Moon,
 Sun,
 Apollo,
 Vulcan
2018-09-14A44WCS logo small.png NA Regional Finals 20180 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.png FOX
 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 mcscrag,
 Baby Zeus
2018-08-20A99NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Summer6 - 12Blanklogo std.png RR
 Solo,
 LirA,
 Moon,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Piglet,
 Hakuho,
 Vulcan,
 DLim,
 Curry,
 mcscrag,
 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
 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 DLim
2018-03-18A66NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Spring11 - 7Blanklogo std.png RR
 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 DLim
Total Prize: USD 20,000

Articles & Videos

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017

Highlight Videos

External Links

References