Counter Logic Gaming just announced their arrival to Overwatch live on stage at MLG Vegas. Best known for their professional League of Legends teams and founded by HotshotGG, CLG have been rumoured to be on the hunt for an Overwatch roster for several months. Today we learn that The 1 Percent is that roster.
Counter Logic Gaming are big players in North American esports and part of the Professional eSports Association along with Team Solomid, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Immortals, NRG eSports and compLexity Gaming. In the context of Overwatch's esports aspirations and with Blizzard's own Overwatch League set to begin the bidding process for city franchises in 2017 this announcement, live on stage at a Blizzard event, should be seen as a firm endorsement.
Very much a team with big potential as opposed to big scalps, The 1 Percent's most significant result in recent times has been taking down H2K Gaming at the DHW NA Qualifiers in October. Currently ranked at #25 in GosuGamers North American rankings, this new roster will have to work hard to try to make a name for themselves amongst a cutthroat field of Tier 2 teams.
Their in-game leader, Mikado, had this to say in the announcement:
"Our roster is the most dedicated group of players I've ever worked with and I take pride in the fact that despite having full-time students and jobs that we stayed as a solid six-man roster and play at the highest level. Having the entire roster sign with CLG is the realization of a dream I've had since playing in the closed beta and a testament that commitment and hard-work pay off."
The Counter Logic Gaming roster is:
- Bryan "iShiny" McCarthy (Tank)
- Nathan "Miso" Lui (Flex)
- Daniel "Mikado" Yamilkoski (Support)
- Joao Pedro "Hydration" Goes Telles (DPS)
- Adam "waffletastic" Sydnor (DPS)
- Michael "The" Kuhns (Support)