Clutch Gaming

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Clutch Gaming
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Team Information
Org LocationUnited States United States
Region
NA
 North America
Head CoachThomas "Thinkcard" Slotkin
SponsorTwitch
CORSAIR
History
Created2017-11-20
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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

  • 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

Damonte Tanner Damonte 4Mid Laner 2020-11-17 2018-11-26
NA

Cody Sun Cody Sun 5Bot Laner 2020-11-17 2019-03-22
NA

Vulcan Philippe Laflamme 6Support 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

Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) 13Mid Laner None 2018-11-302018-11-30 2019-06-142019-06-14
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

Note that tiebreaker games ARE included in this display even though they are typically not included for regular-season records.

LCS

Player2013201420152016201720182019Games
SpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummer
ApolloTeam Coastlogo std.pngTeam Impulselogo std.pngTeam Impulselogo std.pngDignitaslogo std.pngApexlogo std 2.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.png284
HakuhoRenegadeslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.png214
LiraTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUslogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png155
SoloEcho Foxlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.png71
FebivenClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png38
PigletTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png170
MoonNRG Esportslogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngFlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuestlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.png111
VulcanClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png33
Cody SunImmortalslogo std.pngImmortalslogo std.png100 Thieveslogo std.png100 Thieveslogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png143
HuniImmortalslogo std.pngImmortalslogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png131
DamonteEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.png51

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position

Tilman Fertitta Owner

Sebastian Park VP of Esports

Pyrex Toby Kwon (권용현) Manager & Team Operations Coordinator
whanderlust Sandra Chen Social Media Coordinator

Thinkcard Thomas Slotkin 90Head Coach

Artemis Connor Doyle 90Assistant Coach

Empyre Naser Al-Naqi Head Analyst & Player Scout

TheAzotal Ryan Friedman Esports Operations & Analyst

Andrew Barton Esports Development Analyst

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team

mcscrag Brendan McGee 90Head Coach None

Rigby Han Earl (한얼) Assistant Coach None

Kevin Wood Head of Esports Brand Management None

Baby Zeus Alec Warren 90Assistant Coach None

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

Karen Morey Social Media Manager None

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
2019-03-240090009
LCS 2019 Spring
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Huni,
 Lira,
 Damonte,

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

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

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

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Moon,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Piglet,
 Hakuho,
 Vulcan,
 DLim,
 Curry,
 mcscrag,
 Baby Zeus
2018-04-080040004$20,000$ 20,000€ 16,276.73
NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX

 Solo,
 LirA,
 Febiven,
 Apollo,
 Hakuho,
 DLim
2018-03-180060006
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