Former Counter Logic Gaming League of Legends team close to signing with Evil Geniuses

Sources say that the deal between both teams will be done soon; this will be the first time Evil Geniuses has picked up a League of Legends team.

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The former Counter Logic Gaming European League of Legends squad is close to signing a new contract to be Evil Geniuses’ first League of Legends team, according to team sources.

The Counter Logic Gaming European LoL squad.

Consisting of star players Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Peter “Yellowpete” Wüppen, Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels and Mike “Wickd” Petersen, the deal is said to be done soon, with Evil Geniuses outbidding Azubu in the final stages. This would mark the first time Evil Geniuses have picked up a League of Legends team. Counter Logic Gaming is one of six teams automatically qualified into Season 3 of the League of Legends Championship Series.

The five had a breakout year in 2012 under CLG. The team came no worse than 5th at any event all year, winning DreamHack Summer 2012, placing second at the Azubu Champions Summer 2012, and third at the Riot Season 2 World Championships. On December 28, it was announced that the European Squad would not be re-signing to CLG and wanted to explore free agency in 2013.

As of a month ago, it wasn’t confirmed that Evil Geniuses would be signing any League of Legends teams. EG Owner Alex Garfield spoke to PCGamesN at the fifth IGN ProLeague event in Las Vegas, and said that he was unsure if the team would venture into the game at the this time. “Obviously the numbers are impressive, and the passion of the community is impressive,” Garfield said. “I think the challenge for me is just to find the right brand representatives for EG. So I’ve been perfectly happy to wait and sit on the sidelines and let some of those guys grow up a little bit.”

Counter Logic Gaming will move into a house in Cologne, Germany, soon to prepare for the Season 3 Championship Series. The qualifiers for Season 3 kick-off on January 11 with North America up first, and then on January 25 for the European qualifiers.

Discussion

85 comments
tgwolf
tgwolf

Well if they played that game then wouldn't they have already signed with evil geniuses...?

eriktkire
eriktkire

I bet the 2nd one in from the left has VOIPed "I'll kill you" on noob servers because someone screwed up the first 30 second strategy.

Zloth2
Zloth2

There's no way they can join Evil Geniuses until they grow some facial hair.

ribas14
ribas14

HIDE YO KIDS, HIDE YO WIFE, cause LoL Squad bee rapin e'erbody out here!!

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

I love the photo caption: "The Counter Logic Gaming European LoL squad.". I'm not sure if the caption was intentionally meant to be funny but I too am LoLing right now.

Ardus
Ardus

Don't know wtf this obviously sponsored article is talking about, but those guys look like some hood ass gangstas.

frozenux
frozenux

Gee those guys look like they don't fuck around

Amster_G
Amster_G

These fellas look like serious business...

eoin
eoin

Parents lock up your daughters it's the Motley Crue of LOL. That pic is wicked Gnar but it could do with more endorsements down the bottom.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

It's just League of Legends.  Not really a big deal.  Call of Duty, or Street Fighter, maybe.  But not this crap. 

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

That picture is hilarious. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

What's up with their picture? Do they really expect me to take them seriously or think they really are some sort of badasses? Not going to happen.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Wonder if they will be moving out of the big CLG gaming house. Wonder how big of an impact it is to have the EU team out and only the NA team paying for things.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

These pictures of "professional gamers" trying to look hardcore are hilarious. If you can get paid playing games, great. But trying to look like you would beat someone down with those prepubescent physiques is too much.

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

Can we please just stop reporting on "professional" gaming like it's a real sport? Please? This crap is beyond pathetic. The only thing worse than "professional" gamers are the idiots that actually watch them play. You shouldn't be wasting time writing about this garbage.

WTBG
WTBG

 @eriktkire lol yeah, that picture is everything wrong with pro gaming.

Poodger
Poodger

 @Fartman7998 League of Legends is the most played online game in the world. More hours of League are played online in a single month than ALL of the Halo games combined over the entire lifespan of the Halo Franchise. That is not a made up stat. I hope this gives you a sense of how large this game has become.

PXzin
PXzin

 @WantYouBad but i can bet you don't comment in professional ping pong articles

supwidit
supwidit

 @tightwad34 no its just a picture of the team.. you've seen other humans before, right?

hamnut
hamnut

@OHGFawx do you even understand that advertising exists? when do you see a product in commercial actually being used informatively?

supwidit
supwidit

 @OHGFawx TIL every time im not smiling I'm "trying to look hardcore"/

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @OHGFawx

 Damnit, you beat me to it. I just posted something similar before scrolling down to see other comments. Oh well, you know what they say...

javasucks1
javasucks1

 @OHGFawx The presentation is intensity and confidence, how would you market something like this to the growing fanbase?  Or would you prefer this growth not occur?

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

 @CyhortI82 yea i watch professional starcraft 2 games and its fun to watch. well i also think anime is retarded and anyone who likes anime is also an idiot haha

david255
david255

 @CyhortI82  can we please just stop reporting on 'professional' chess players like it's a real sport? please?

 

see how this argument is bullshit now?

 

LoL is the biggest game in the world. more people watch it than the superbowl. TPA won a million dollars, others won hundreds of thousands. so i guess you could ignore the fact that it is a sport, that millions upon millions of people see it as a sport, but you would simply be wrong.

GWGolfer75
GWGolfer75

 @CyhortI82 Yet you are spending you time on a videogame website, taking the time to click on these articles just to bash them. That sounds pretty pathetic if you ask me. People are passionate about professional gaming (myself included) and like to hear the latest team news, like you would want to in any other type sport or competitive setting. If you don't want to read then don't click on the link that no forces you to click on.

Legitispro
Legitispro

 @CyhortI82 Actually no, because enough people care and think of it as real competition. You didn't have to click this link here, and just for future reference, no one gives a crap about your biased, unwarranted, negative opinion. Have a good day, and play games!

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

 @seabiscuit8686 Yes I'm well aware of that. I've played the game for quite some time myself. But one look at that picture and I think a lot of people see them as the LOL Squad and I don't mean League of Legends.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

 @Poodger  @Fartman7998  Yup I just came back from playing three matches of LoL and I can say this game is more dynamic than Call of Duty and Street Fighter. LoL is by far one of the best RTS games I've played in many, many years.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

@hamnut In every Billy Mays infomercial (may he rest in peace).

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

 @supwidit If, in addition you are crossing your arms and looking angry in a dark room, then yes.

javasucks1
javasucks1

 @tightwad34  When in Rome? I'm here to have an open discussion, let us hear your thoughts. 

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

 @javasucks1 Show them playing the game, wearing headsets, discussing strategy. The things they actually do, not this false bravado.

GWGolfer75
GWGolfer75

 @david255  Sorry, but more people do not watch LoL than the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has like 115 million viewers each year, while I believe the S2 finals hit like around 1 miilion. A lot of people watch it, yes, but don't lie in trying to support it.

eriktkire
eriktkire

 @Dirk_McHardpeck  that's why that moba community is so sensitive... they don't understand wit or sarcasm.... only RRRAAAGGGEEE!!!!!

 

See there you go, it really is meant to be taken literally.. Counter Logic LOL squad indeed.

PXzin
PXzin

 @WantYouBad  @mr_azim i think is pretty possible grow up when you earn more money than your entire family, playing videogames. I can't play like this guys :( So, i need to work... bye!

mr_azim
mr_azim

 @WantYouBad  @PXzin Well, they make more money than you and will destroy you and practically any game............... don't be a hater :P

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

 @javasucks1 I admit the quotes were unnecessary, I have no problem with concept of professional gaming, only the imagery used here.

javasucks1
javasucks1

 @OHGFawx All of those things exist and have been used in Fan montages, highlights from events, event footage, and the list goes on.  I see your point but it might be a little underwhelming when you're trying to sell/hype up a product.  Additionally, not sure about the quotations around professional gamers;  You seek to trivialize it by doing that while, in reality, it has already arrived and will continue to grow as the current and the next generation have latched on.  Best to just enjoy it while it grows.