Darshan

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Darshan
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Background Information
Name: Darshan Upadhyaya
Country of Birth: Canada Canada
Birthday: November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12) (age 23)
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
Competitive
Team: Counter Logic Gaming
Role: Top
Favorite champions:       
Other competitive IDs: ZionSpartan
Soloqueue IDs: DmoneyakaDdollas, EthiI, LFTEAMTOPMIDJUNG, evitcepsreP
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Team History
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Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
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Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
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Apr 2012 - Jan 2013
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Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
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Jun 2013 - May 2014
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May 2014 - Oct 2014
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Nov 2014 - Present
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Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya is the top laner for Counter Logic Gaming. He was previously known as ZionSpartan.

Biography

Darshan "Darshan" Upadhyaya hails from Poway, California. He was one of the founding members of Good Game University and then went on to play for Team Coast. After Coast was relegated from the LCS, he joined Dignitas and played there during the 2014 Summer split.

2015 Preseason

On October 20th 2014, ZionSpartan announced his free agency.[1] Over the next two weeks, rumors grew that he was going to move to Counter Logic Gaming, though there were claims that Riot was investigating a possible poaching allegation. On November 7th, the rumors were proven true and CLG announced that ZionSpartan was joining the team as their new toplaner.[2]

2015 Season

For the first eight weeks of the spring split, CLG were never lower in the standings than tied for second place, and the only reason they didn't receive a playoff bye was that they lost a second-place tie breaker to Cloud9 and so ended up in third place. CLG fans called the split CLG's "golden age," but the question still remained whether CLG could perform in the playoffs, especially after a dramatic comeback loss to Team SoloMid the first time the two teams met in the round robin. Ultimately, CLG were unable to perform in playoffs, as they lost to Team Liquid in the quarterfinals and ended the split tied for fifth place with Gravity.

Echoing their spring split performance, CLG started the summer split strong, in first place at the end of each of the first four weeks and then lost four games in a row to finish tied for fifth after week six. This time, however, they rebounded and ended the season in second, behind Team Liquid and with a 13-5 record. They received a bye in the first round of the playoffs and then swept both Team Impulse and Team SoloMid 3-0, to win their first LAN event since MLG Raleigh in 2011 nearly four years prior and receive North America's top seed to Worlds. Despite having a relatively easy group draw with KOO Tigers, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming, CLG didn't advance from their Worlds group, ending with a 2-4 record including a loss to paiN.

2016 Season

After two major roster changes - Stixxay replacing long-time AD carry Doublelift and HuHi replacing Pobelter - CLG attended IEM San Jose in November 2015, where they defeated Unicorns of Love and Jin Air Green Wings before losing to Origen. ZionSpartan also renamed to Darshan going into the tournament. Their performance earned them a seed into IEM Katowice, which they attended after the seventh week of the LCS. However, despite being in a strong position domestically, in second place behind only the almost-undefeated Immortals (to whom CLG had handed their only loss of the season the week before), CLG were eliminated immediately from Katowice, losing first to SK Telecom T1 and then to Fnatic.

CLG entered the LCS playoffs in second place, still behind Immortals, and still the only team to have beaten Immortals in the regular season. They won their semifinal series against Team Liquid in five games, winning the last game with a double teleport play to catch out Piglet and close out a win. Despite seeding expectations, their finals match was against TSM, who had 3-0'd Immortals the week before. This series also went to five games, and CLG once again won, qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational.

Returning to North America for the Summer Split, CLG were expected to be at the top of the league after their MSI performance. However, not only did they fail to achieve that, but they weren't even in the top half of the standings until week 6. From there, they climbed to a fourth place regular season finish. In the playoffs, CLG first faced off against Team Liquid, whom they beat 3-1, before falling to TSM 3-0 in the semifinals. Crucially, one of Huhi's signature mid lane champions Aurelion Sol was found to have a bug partway through their first game, and the game was remade with Aurelion Sol disabled for the rest of the playoffs (though it was generally accepted that TSM would have won regardless).[3] CLG lost the third-place to Immortals but automatically qualified for the World Championship based on Championship Points due to TSM's finals win over Cloud9.

CLG were seeded into Group A at Worlds, alongside the ROX Tigers, G2 Esports, and wildcard Albus NoX Luna. Going into the group, CLG and G2 were seen as contenders for the second seed, while Tigers and Albus NoX were expected to finish first and last, respectively. Instead, CLG dropped both of their games to the wildcard team, and ANX skyrocketed to a second-place group stage finish while G2 collapsed into last place; CLG ended their Worlds run in third with a 3-3 record.

2017 Season

Transitioning into the spring split of the 2017 LCS season, CLG was the only North American team to not make any changes to its roster. They were inconsistent to begin the split, fluctuating between 5th and 7th place over the first half of the season before stabilizing with a 2-0 week 5. CLG remained in the playoffs after that, and a 3-1 record down the stretch put them in fourth behind TSM, Cloud9 and a much improved Phoenix1. In the playoffs, CLG faced off against 5th seed FlyQuest. Although they started off strong with 2 wins, they were ultimately reverse swept and lost 2-3 which knocked them out of playoffs.

In the mideason, CLG swapped junglers with Immortals, sending Xmithie, one of their longest tenured players, to the team for Dardoch. This change seemed to work out for both sides, as CLG began the season in a three way race for first with Immortals and TSM. As the season went on however, CLG's performance started to drop and eventually Dardoch left the team and was replaced by LCS rookie OmarGod. This stabilized CLG's play to some extent and they finished the regular season in 3rd place with a 12-6 record. In the playoffs CLG managed to defeat Team EnVyUs 3-2 in a hard fought series. They however lost 0-3 to Immortals in the Semifinals. In the third place match CLG swept Team Dignitas 3-0 to end their playoff run on a high note.

Their third place finish gave CLG the second seed in the Regional Finals. There, they defeated FlyQuest 3-1, setting up a match with Cloud9 to make Worlds. After they dropped the first two games, CLG managed to win the third and make it a series, but dropped the fourth and lost the series which in turn ended their 2017 season.

Trivia

  • Known for his  Fizz,  Akali,  Nidalee and  Jayce.
  • Has a reputation of playing a phenomenal  Jayce, such that he's become a standard ban for many teams facing CST.
  • His favorite champion is  Rumble.
  • Even his teacher calls him ZionSpartan.[4]
  • Was part of the Season 3 World Championship analyst desk.[5]
  • He was born in Canada and moved to Washington at the age of 2. He moved to Southern California when he was 10-11.[6][7]
  • Originates from India.

Achievements

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
2017
Date Event Result
2017-09-02 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Bronze.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 3 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2015
Date Event Result
2015-11-22 IEM Season X - San Jose Silver.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 0 : 3 Origen ESPlogo std.png Origen
2015-08-23 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 3 : 0 Team SoloMidlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2014
Date Event Result
2014-12-21 IEM Season IX - Cologne Silver.png Counter Logic Gaming Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png 1 : 3 GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming

VLOGs

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Articles & Videos

  • 2016
  • 2015

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