CLG were recognized as the best-coached team in NA following their Summer Split turnaround.
CLG has won the LCS coaching staff of the split award for the 2022 Summer Split, the league revealed earlier today. The recognition for CLGs coaching staff comes after a significant turnaround for the franchisethe team posted its first positive record in three years this summer.
At the helm of CLGs coaching staff was head coach Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin, who played the jungle position for CLG between 2014 and 2016. Additionally, CLG recruited former professional players, including Apollo Price and Tanner Damonte, to serve as positional specialists for CLGs starting players.
Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, and Team Liquid were the only other LCS franchises to receive first-place votes in this summers balloting. Four different teams have now won the LCS coaching staff of the split award dating back to the 2021 Spring Split, with Cloud9, EG, Liquid, and now CLG being recognized over the last four splits.
This summer, CLG put together its first winning split since the summer of 2019. The teams 11-7 regular season record in this split was the franchises best in three seasons, and it was good enough to lead CLG to its first playoff appearance since 2019. This past weekend, CLG took C9 to the brink and they nearly beat C9 in a five-game series before eventually falling to the lower bracket of the LCS Championship.
CLGs complete 180 this summer came as a result of the team finding its footing with a fully solidified roster of starters. After experimenting with its roster in the Spring Split, CLGs core five of Dhokla, Contractz, Palafox, Luger, and Poome played all 18 games of the split.
That lineup of players will return to the stage of the LCS playoffs this weekend when theyll fight for their postseason lives in a lower bracket match against Golden Guardians. Should CLG run the gauntlet through all four rounds of the postseasons lower bracket, theyll have a chance to make their first World Championship since 2016.