The old one Counter Logic Gaming European League of Legends Team is set to sign a new contract to be Evil Geniuses’ first League of Legends team, according to team sources.
Comprised of star players Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Peter “Yellowpete” Wüppen, Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels and Mike “Wickd” Petersen, the deal is expected to be finalized soon, with Evil Geniuses outbidding Azubu in the final steps. This would be the first time Evil Geniuses has recruited a League of Legends team. Counter Logic Gaming is one of six teams that automatically qualify for Season 3 of the League of Legends Championship Series.
The five had a breakthrough year in 2012 under CLG. The team came only 5th at all events of the year, winning DreamHack Summer 2012, placing second at Azubu Champions Summer 2012 and third at the Riot Season 2 World Championships. On December 28 it was announced that the European team would not re-sign to CLG and wanted to explore free agency in 2013.
A month ago, it had not been confirmed that Evil Geniuses would sign any League of Legends squads. EG owner Alex Garfield spoke with PCGamesN at the fifth IGN ProLeague event in Las Vegas, and said he was not sure the team would venture into the game at that time. “Obviously the numbers are awesome and the passion of the community is awesome,” Garfield said. “I think the challenge for me is just to find the right brand representatives for EG. So I was perfectly happy to wait and sit on the sidelines and let some of these guys grow up a bit.
Counter Logic Gaming will soon be moving to a home in Cologne, Germany to prepare for Season 3 of the Championships. Qualifying for Season 3 will begin on January 11 with North America first, followed by January 25 for European qualifying.
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