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[LoL] Dignitas (Clutch Gaming) Roster Overview & Roster Moves

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    CG 2019 Spring Split


    Pre-season interview with CG's head coach Brendan McGee (League Leaders Podcast)

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    CG 2019 Spring Split

    CLUTCH GAMING ROSTER


    Top: Huni
    Seung-Hoon Heo
    Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Twitch | Facebook

    Jungle: LirA
    Tae-yoo Nam
    Twitter

    Mid: Damonte
    Tanner Damonte
    Twitter | Instagram | Discord | Twitch

    Bot: Piglet
    Gwang-jin Chae
    Twitter | Instagram | Twitch

    Support: Vulcan
    Philippe Laflamme
    Twitter | Instagram | Twitch


    Coach: McScrag
    Brendan McGee
    Twitter


    ____________ . ____________


    CLUTCH GAMING ACADEMY ROSTER

    Top:
    Rodov
    Tom Rodov
    Twitter

    Jungle:
    Magerdanger
    Jason Magerkurth
    Twitter | Twitch

    Mid:
    Sun
    Joshua Cook
    Twitter | Instagram

    Bot:
    Cody Sun
    Liyu Sun
    Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Twitch | Discord | Facebook

    Support:
    Papachau
    John Le
    Twitter | Instagram | Twitch


    Coach: Artemis
    Connor Doyle
    Twitter



     
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    Still getting used to Piglet playing for CG. Should be fun.
     
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    Our top laner taking this picture?

    Morey growing a beard now?


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    Day1 post-match interview


    *Backstory: CG vs Fox

     
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    Looks like the brand Clutch Gaming will be no more at the end of 2019




    Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the Philadelphia 76ers and Dignitas, has agreed in principle to acquire a majority stake in professional League of Legends team Clutch Gaming from their current owner, the Houston Rockets, for a total investment of $20 million, according to documents obtained by ESPN.

    Per the deal, Clutch Gaming will be rebranded to Dignitas later in the year, probably after the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, sources said. It will mark the return of the 16-year-old esports team to League of Legends for the first time since it was not accepted as a franchise partner for the league in October 2017.

    When the deal is completed, Clutch will become the first League of Legends Championship Series team that has sold a majority stake since the league franchised in October 2017. Two other teams, OpTic Gaming owner Infinite Esports & Entertainment and Echo Fox, are also in the process of raising significant capital in exchange for majority share, league sources told ESPN.

    Of the $20 million, the Rockets will take $12.5 million in cash over multiple payments from Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment and retain a 31.8 percent equity share in a new entity that will own both Dignitas and the Clutch Gaming League of Legends slot, sources said. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment will own 68.2 percent of that new entity. The company declined to comment through a spokesperson. The Houston Rockets did not respond to a request for comment.

    The remaining $7.5 million will be used to fund the team's operations for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 calendar years, as well as pay $1.5 million this year toward the outstanding debt to Riot Games for the $13 million franchise tag. So far, the Rockets have paid $8 million of that debt and funded Clutch Gaming operations since October 2017, when their application was accepted into the League of Legends Championship Series.

    Together, that new entity -- named Mal País -- is being valued at $47.5 million before the investment, with Clutch being valued at $30 million and Dignitas worth $17.5 million. Leading that new entity will be Dignitas CEO Michael Prindiville, whom Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment hired in May from NBC Sports.


    The board of Mal País will be led by David Abrams, the head of investments and strategy for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, and will include HBSE CEO Scott O'Neil, HBSE Ventures partner Chip Austin and former Electronic Arts vice president Greg Richardson, who has worked with Dignitas since HBSE acquired the team in September 2016.

    Prindiville told ESPN in March during the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, that Dignitas desired to re-enter the League of Legends Championship Series. Dignitas was not accepted as a franchise member to that league in October 2017, something Prindiville said he wanted to change. The deal for Clutch would do just that.

    "The history with League of Legends and Dignitas is definitely substantial, and for me, it's really connected to the North American League of Legends Championship Series first and foremost," Prindiville said. "That's going to be our focus, that's the story that's been written and the narrative we want to tell going forward of, how do we get back there? It's aspirational, but I think we can do it. ... We really have the capabilities of building something big throughout North America through HBSE and so my focus was what we could do to build something in North America, specifically with Riot and the League Championship Series."

    In January, Infinite's majority shareholders, led by Texas Rangers owners Neil Leibman and Ray Davis, and Houston Astros minority owner John Havens, listed the team for sale seeking around $150 million, as reported by ESPN. That sale is now being overseen by investment bank J.P. Morgan Chase.

    Meanwhile, Echo Fox founder and three-time NBA champion Rick Fox and his partners recently made a ploy to regain majority control in Echo Fox, sources said. Echo Fox had previously become a part of Vision Venture Partners, a firm led by former San Jose Sharks owner Stratton Sclavos. With Fox back at the helm, Echo Fox is looking to raise capital again, according to sources.

    In the past four years, magnates in sports have invested heavily into esports, a trend that started with Fox and others in late 2015. Among them, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment partners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer have been some of the most bullish, making the purchase of Dignitas and Apex in September 2016.

    In addition to Dignitas, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment are the owners of the 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. HBSE are also partners in Crystal Palace, the British soccer team that competes in the Premier League. HBSE is based in Camden -- home of the Sixers' operation base -- and Newark, New Jersey, where Prudential Center is located. On Monday, Prudential Center announced it would host its first esports event, the 2019 Rocket League World Championship.
     
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    More evidence to fuel Tillman's firesale.
     
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    Riot Games - LCS
    2019 Spring Split



    Riot "Chopper" who "runs LCS" interviewed by Travis Gafford the day after the owners' meeting 2019 Spring


    @3:28-9:16 On how deals like the reported transaction plan between the Rockets & the 76ers are to work out



     
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    CLUTCH GAMING + DIGNITAS


    A must listen!

    Much thanks to George, Zach, League Leaders & Heather Garozzo (Dignitas, VP of Marketing) for this potcast.

    @10:56 Heather to Houston fans




     
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    CLUTCH GAMING + DIGNITAS



    Dignitas Delves into Background and Progress of Clutch Gaming Merger

    August 5, 2019
    The Esports Observer (TEO)
    Graham Ashton


    Next year will see the return of two long-established esports brands to League of Legends: Immortals and Dignitas. The latter competed in the League of LegendsChampionship Series (LCS) as far back as 2011, but when the league introduced a permanent partnership model, Dignitas was one of several endemics that didn’t make the cut. Through a merger with Houston Rockets-owned Clutch Gaming, the beady-eyed owl logo has already made its way into Riot Games’ studio, and come 2020, it will make a full brand comeback.

    “Getting back into the LCS has always been a top priority for us, ever since not making in the first round of franchising in 2017,” said James Baker, manager of business development for Dignitas, speaking on The Esports Observer podcast. Baker noted that the organization had been in constant communications with Riot Games on the steps they could take to be reinvited. “In Spring of this year, that opportunity came up with the Houston Rockets, and it seemed like a perfect fit for us.”

    Even though Dignitas will take the reins of the squad, Baker emphasizes that the Rockets will still be involved. He also adds that while there were other opportunities to be found some Riot Games’ other global leagues, North American LCS was the top priority. “We’re a North American organization, and we have a very strong belief in North American esports.”


    Dignitas was the first esports team organization to be acquired by a U.S. sports team; the Philadelphia 76ers. Now under the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HSBE) umbrella, the company has recently been building out its infrastructure—including a training facility and headquarters near the New Jersey Devils’ Prudential Center home.

    Heather Garozoo, Dignitas’ VP of marketing, is based in Los Angeles, where the current Clutch Gaming roster competes. Also speaking on the podcast, she said that Dignitas immediately brought in staff after the merger had been agreed, and are now running operations for the team alongside existing Clutch Gaming staff.

    Our CEO, Michael Prindiville, is essentially in day to day talks with the teams,” she said. “We’ve already taken a number of steps to include Dignitas staff into Clutch, and from a marketing and content perspective, we have some really exciting plans over the next couple of months.”

    “We know that a good majority of our followers across social are dormant League of Legends fans, and we are excited to engage them again.”


     
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    Goodbye CLUTCH GAMING & hello, DIGNITAS


    (If not for this thread in the GARM, I wouldn't have known about our GM's interview since I don't care for 100T or their owner. Thanks for directing me to this vid, @adeelionaire.)


    Daryl Morey on The State of Clutch Gaming & Esports (@ 53:15-1:03:15)​


    @57:50 - DM explaining what Dignitas (ex-Clutch Gaming) is going to be as part of the Houston Rockets organization.


     
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    CLUTCH GAMING / DIGNITAS
    2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    (10/2/2019 - 11/10/2019 @ Europe)




    Damonte Interview by The Shotcaller @Berlin, Sep 22, 2019​




     
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    DIGNITAS
    LCS 2019 Scouting Grounds Mock Draft





    LCS 2019 Scouting Grounds Mock Draft
    Robert Hanes (thegamehaus.com)
    November 11, 2019

    The LCS has brought back the Scouting Grounds Draft. This year sponsored by Honda, it seems as though Riot are trying to make this a more permanent addition and something that they pay more attention to in the future. After a bad showing at Worlds the common opinion has been NA needs to invest more into their players both in Academy and those trying to make their push into it. With all the players confirmed and the games starting up it is time to take an initial look at who could get drafted by which teams


    8. Dignitas - Frostynomad, Jungle

    Dignitas are back and coming off of a Worlds appearance. They also just signed Huni to a massive deal to keep him with the team. As of now, there is no need to fill any position at the LCS level, but the academy team is a different story though. They currently only have a top lane, bot lane and support. This means that they could go either jungle or mid lane.

    Frostynomad could be a huge sleeper pick for Dignitas here. He is a player that is skilled at a multitude of different champions. Some popular ones like Lee Sin, Skarner or to a lesser degree Sylas seem to be one that he is just average with. There is no doubt that his skill is there, but he will have to learn some of these extremely important picks if he wants to make it to the next level. Learning under Lira and playing at Dignitas Academy for a year or two could give Frostnomad all he needs to make it to the LCS.​



     
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