Counter Logic Gaming's Support Player Chauster Retires, Jungle Moves to Bench

Professional League of Legends organization Counter Logic Gaming has announced the retirement of one of its founding members and support player. CLG's jungler will also be leaving the starting lineup.

Professional League of Legends team Counter Logic Gaming announced today that their oldest member, Steve “Chauster” Chau is retiring from competitive League of Legends. Chauster, whose professional career began in 2010, is one of the longest standing professional players and is the only League of Legends competitor to hold two WCG first place victories (2010/2011). More can be read on CLG's website.

The organization also announced the move of Michael “bigfatlp” Tang to the sub position, leaving none of the original members of CLG on the starting roster. With George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis and Cody “Elementz” Sigfusson coaching, while Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler casts for Riot Games, Season 4 will likely mark the first time that none of the original members of Counter Logic Gaming compete professionally.

Among his other accomplishments, Chauster is the only person to play all five roles competitively, and is known for his highly analytical mind and the unique strategies he crafted for Counter Logic Gaming. Chauster’s bold statements and outspoken attitude are highly favored by his fans. All-star AD carry and former teammate Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng attributes much of his success to the personal mentorship he received from Chauster who he has calls his, “closest friend on the team and the person [he] connected most with.”

Regarding his post retirement plans, Chauster told GameSpot, “I plan on becoming a streamer and analyst, although I don’t know if many teams have the resources or necessity to acquire an analyst. While streaming, I will also be going back to school, unless a full time gig in something League of Legends related is actually worth chasing.”

Speaking to GameSpot, Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen said, “Chauster has been an important component of the League of Legends community. With his strategic insight, Chauster will have a lasting influence on the game."

Chauster's former teammate and current LCS commentator Kobe told GameSpot, "I wish Chauster the best of luck in his retirement. I will always remember playing and traveling with the original members of CLG, that's what really got me into eSports."

“Chauster has been an essential part of the team for a long time now,” said HotshotGG, Co-Founder and President of CLG. “He's not only been a great teammate, but also a great friend (sorry about the fudge bars, RIP). I have nothing but respect for him for making this decision; CLG would not be what it is today without him. I wish him the best in whatever he decides to pursue next!”

CLG has not yet announced replacements for either Chauster or bigfatlp and are said to be actively trying out new jungle and support players. The organization hopes to have an official roster in time to practice before their debut at IEM Cologne in late November.

When asked by GameSpot if he had any final words for his fans, Chauster ended his statement with, “Take care, don’t rage, and try to work with your teammates in solo queue. pls”

Read GameSpot's full interview with Chauster regarding his retirement here.

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nameaprice
nameaprice

who the hell plays lol and MORE importantly WHO THE HELL WATCHES SOMEONE PLAY LOL!?

dakedoom
dakedoom

LOL that "How can there be 2 teams if there are 7 million people in the world?" guy. 'murica

lostn
lostn

"I have nothing but respect for him for making this decision; CLG would not be what it is today without him."

 Umm.. considering CLG is pretty irrelevant right now and has not won anything since 2011, wouldn't CLG have been better off without him? I think where CLG is today is nothing to write home about, so being without him till now would have been a good thing.

skabb15
skabb15

And still...nobody cares...

Daian
Daian

Considering how much these guys can make with that kind of success he probably saved enough money to retire comfortably while still pursuing some sort of career to fill his time.

trollbear123
trollbear123

Why didn't you interview boxbox? he was right there at 2:55

clg_sofa_king
clg_sofa_king

"Another Legend Leaves the League" would have been a much better title... informative and punny

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

That headline made absolutely no sense. I mean, I'm sure it does if you know what the eff is going on in pro gaming. But for me? Nadda.

themachinae
themachinae

Sad to see him go.

Best of luck for his future.

wezkilla
wezkilla

@nameaprice about 45million which is 5million more than there is xbox live subscribers, try a bit harder next time when trying to act hipster 

meatz666
meatz666

@Daian You wish. They are extremely underpaid, the only rich pro players are the ones that actually wins frequently.

lostn
lostn

@clg_sofa_king It's smart and punny, but misleading. Chauster played a big role, but he's no legend. 

 He started in top lane, wasn't good enough for top so went ADC, wasn't good enough for ADC so went support where he seemed to do well for a while, then got moved to jungle because they booted their jungler, wasn't good enough for jungle so went back to support, wasn't good enough for support so he retired.

The best thing about him was his candor.

Luunaa
Luunaa

@meatz666 @Daian Underpaid? getting any money to play video games is overpaid in my opinion.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

@meatz666 @Daian *cough* that article about Ocelote *cough*