CLG sign academy team

CLG have announced the signing of an academy team, which will have many of the same resources as CLG's main lineup.

The lineup in question is the team formerly known as Premier Rejects, who come off of a 5th place finish in the last season of ESEA Premier. The signing of the team, according to the organization, is to help foster and develop rising talent.


Char & co. will now don the CLG jersey

The players will still be playing from home, but they will have access to a head coach, a strategic coach, a player development coach, and an analyst, and will be seen playing under their new banner in the upcoming ESEA Premier Season 25.

"CLG is committed to assisting the growth and development of our players and the new CS:GO Academy team is no exception to that. The players will have opportunities to fill in for the main roster in the event of injuries, illness, or performance concerns. While the team has a lot of work ahead of them, we are confident that this group of players are committed to being the best CS:GO players. I am excited for them to join CLG and look forward to their development."

- Matt "Trinitiii" Nausha, Esports Director

The CLG Academy team consists of:

United States Tyler "Char" Wallace
United States Alex "aproto" Protopapas
Canada Jonathan "djay" Dallal
Canada Victor "cardiac" Kwan
United States Chase "mcs" Sullivan 

United States Corey "ruin" Hartog (coach)

United States Corey 'ruin' Hartog
Corey 'ruin' Hartog
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
25
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.09
Canada Victor 'cardiac' Kwan
Victor 'cardiac' Kwan
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
160
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
290
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
United States Chase 'mcs' Sullivan
Chase 'mcs' Sullivan
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
90
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.18
United States Tyler 'Char' Wallace
Tyler 'Char' Wallace
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
167
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
United States Alex 'aproto' Protopapas
Alex 'aproto' Protopapas
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.11
2 weeks
2017-05-04 23:53
#18
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United States donaldjae 
EZ FOR CHAR
2017-05-04 23:53
#106
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Other anarh1st47 
Ez for unsigned int
2017-05-05 11:55
#71
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Finland Smoonah 
All That Remains - Two Weeks (Till Disbanded) LUL
2017-05-05 01:01
Do you really think that many people are going to get this joke?
2017-05-05 12:28
ay lmao
2017-05-05 14:12
#132
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Finland Smoonah 
The few people that will get it are the only ones I really care about.
2017-05-05 21:19
#131
jdm64 | 
United States aveng3 
+1
2017-05-05 20:08
Oscar should make an academy team...
2017-05-05 13:01
#4
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Europe SteffeM 
Expected
2017-05-04 23:53
#7
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France Ryzerr 
The lineup don't look good at all, would be surprise if they go in T2 Tournaments. Gl to them anyway
2017-05-04 23:54
Academy teams arent tier 2 derp
2017-05-05 04:01
#102
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Finland paahtis 
T2 tournaments would be a huge success for academy teams tho
2017-05-05 10:57
#104
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France Ryzerr 
A team like North Academy could make it
2017-05-05 11:44
#8
mighty | 
United Kingdom m1yata 
n1
2017-05-04 23:53
#11
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Poland kaefix 
gj
2017-05-04 23:53
Congrats!
2017-05-04 23:53
#15
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Not even rank S? gl
2017-05-04 23:54
#16
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United States gtmaniacmda 
clg acd xd omg
2017-05-04 23:53
#17
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Brunei Jar_Jar_Binks 
B 0 T
2017-05-04 23:53
#20
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Pakistan perth 
cool
2017-05-04 23:53
wtf not again
2017-05-04 23:54
#23
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United States jekl 
:thinking:
2017-05-04 23:55
No Roy - No Party
2017-05-04 23:56
#28
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Didn't an article come out saying that academy teams are going to have to find a new org? The stupid WESA or the other one
2017-05-04 23:56
first of all that rule is right and secondly orgs can have academy teams but they cant play the same tournaments(same rule like for majors)
2017-05-05 00:04
#40
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Slovakia TatKo 
Not really, only ESL said that they are not gonna allow more than 1 team per org for their tournys so as long as only one squad participate or its not ESL its fine
2017-05-05 00:05
#29
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Brazil RauleS 
1 week for this team
2017-05-04 23:57
#30
Sweden ald; 
Better than main team
2017-05-04 23:57
#31
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Brazil brguz 
SK Academy, please! +kNg +cogu
2017-05-04 23:59
#78
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Pakistan perth 
who would be in it tho most people don't even know any teams except sk and imt ofcs and luminosity and that g3x or whatever
2017-05-05 02:17
#134
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Switzerland Yabbahh 
Fox coaching xD
2017-05-05 21:48
main team is bad this team is .. lol
2017-05-04 23:58
yeah playoffs at star series is really bad, that's why sk and vp didnt make it ))
2017-05-05 13:21
Clg did well but they were still a little lucky
2017-05-05 15:15
clg won 35 rounds against astralis winning 48 they consistently held their own against astralis while beating 2 top 10 teams convincingly (gambit) (immt)
2017-05-05 15:22
#122
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Australia weedloll 
hes had that copied on his clipboard for this moment since starseries
2017-05-05 15:30
punctuation thats the only thing i have copied
2017-05-05 15:32
Against immt was solid and astralis obviously did not take them seriously at the beginning of the first match
2017-05-06 04:25
#33
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United States Free_Swag 
EleGiggle
2017-05-04 23:58
"academy" mcs age:23 char age:24 lul
2017-05-04 23:59
Most of these players have been around semi-professional CS for quite a long time now. And many of the players have a prior relationship with a CLG analyst. There were like 10 players in premier last season who I would peg as somebody who would fit well in an "academy"-esque team. This team only has one of those players (aproto).
2017-05-05 00:08
Imo if u wanna name a team as an academy team,u have to sign 15-19 yo talented kids and a decent coach.this is just another tier99 team,not an academy team.
2017-05-05 00:16
Pretty much. Hard to see where the ROI will come from, since even bottom tier invite teams are struggling to find a sponsorship (i.e., even if this team does make professional, there are not buyers in the market... compounded by the buy-out that will accompany the team) and a majority of the players are already known quantities.
2017-05-05 00:29
I dont understand this move for CLG to pick up an academy team. I can see an advantage if they put an 18 year old under contract like mouz did with NiKo and can either bump him into the main team if/when he gets good or sell the contract to another org for a shit tonne of money. But like its been said 23/24 year olds, chances are they have already hit or about to hit their prime and they are only at a semi-pro level. I dont see them developing much more. It makes sense for a team like fnatic whose main team is only attending T1 events. Its good exposure for the org sending an upcoming team to represent them at T2 events, it helps them if one of those players pop off and suddenly having them under contract may make a lot of money. Its also good for the Swedish scene in general as their young talent gets advantages in being coached early and attending LAN events early in their careers.
2017-05-05 04:59
Proven nothing and now they get all this? American cs scouting is 100% retarded
2017-05-04 23:59
#36
roca | 
United States Lokiir 
gl aproto
2017-05-05 00:00
#42
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Haha can't wait to see them winning against CLG xD
2017-05-05 00:05
and another one..
2017-05-05 00:11
Can anyone explain the pros of signing an academy team? Why is there a sudden rise in it? I'm glad seeing NA starting to embrace academy teams since NA talent needs to be fostered if we want to catch up with EU but why is this suddenly rising up?
2017-05-05 00:11
#55
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Because it gives a chance for lesser known players to get accustomed to playing for an org. It's not necessarily about age, but skill. These guys are all semi-pro, and now they have a chance to play for a real org, not just some players they met in ESEA.
2017-05-05 00:36
I doubt a business is out for the best interest of the people. I meant in a business context, how does CLG financially benefit from this?
2017-05-05 00:39
#61
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Well, professional teams have to pass up a lot of smaller tournaments because they would just crush the opposition, or are expected to, anyways. This gives CLG a chance to attend smaller events with decent prize pools.
2017-05-05 00:40
#76
Sp|ke | 
Guatemala spike148 
they tie them up to contracts and are able to sell them/quickly move them into their own team if any of the players turn out good enough
2017-05-05 01:49
Buyouts are becoming so large that if you're team does fail you're forced to gamble on young talent or payout a huge amount & even that is a gamble. We're getting better with salaries but we're not at the levl that ORGs are willing to buy everyone out of big contracts. Teams are banking that some of these players come good so when they're team fails that they can just move someone from the academy team up. Also everyone is signing longer contracts so it's not even a waiting game anymore.
2017-05-05 03:58
CLG is already like an academy team in skill level LUL
2017-05-05 00:12
NA academy team => EU pro team PogChamp Kappa
2017-05-05 00:39
Late as fuck, smh.
2017-05-05 00:12
honestly I don't see the reason for this CLG struggles enough
2017-05-05 00:14
Why not StrongLegs wtf?
2017-05-05 00:32
Academy teams, academy teams everywhere
2017-05-05 00:32
#57
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Just out of curiosity, do you not want academy teams, or were you just making a meme? I think they're a great way for lesser skilled players to be able to get a foot in the door for professional teams.
2017-05-05 00:38
Oh I have totally nothing against them. It's just funny how they started suddenly "popping" out of nowhere :D
2017-05-05 00:53
Who is the next? NiP? Na'Vi? VP? I think this is good, more plays :)
2017-05-05 00:37
#58
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United States Logic_CSGO 
+1 NiP and Na'Vi should, but V.p. just needs a new lineup of younger players. They can forgo the academy part lul
2017-05-05 00:39
RIP VP KINGUIN>VP, I Hope VP (and NiP, Fnatic) Can return good like time ago
2017-05-05 00:54
god aproto
2017-05-05 01:02
every NA team already have an academy team, their main one! :-D
2017-05-05 01:20
Tier9 team
2017-05-05 02:07
What's the point of investing in people who have been playing at the premier level for years that struggle in it?
2017-05-05 03:42
#91
North America Oakz 
This
2017-05-05 05:39
#85
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Bahrain CRY_A_RIVER 
are you serious? tier 3/4 team making an academy LOL CLG can't even be a consistent team ...
2017-05-05 04:09
#87
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
good luck boys and org! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-05 04:32
tier 1 na
2017-05-05 05:13
didnt godsent start the academy team trend?
2017-05-05 05:16
#130
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Canada Yoseikanben 
Fnbatic started it
2017-05-05 19:56
even tier 57 team started the academy team lul csgo in 2k17 lul
2017-05-05 06:08
NA trying to copy EU xD. NT NA
2017-05-05 06:24
I really don't get these "academy" teams with multiple players that are on their 20s
2017-05-05 06:46
Name me 1 or 2 players in CSGo, or even 1.6 history that became a tier 1 player after being on an academy team
2017-05-05 07:22
#120
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Academy teams have only recently become popular. There were no academy teams in 1.6. If that's your point, then there may have been more pros in the scene if they had a proper introduction into the professional scene. While this particular academy team is a bit strange, simply because of how old the players are, academy teams give players a foot in the door for going pro. Edit: OCEAN's team is pretty much an academy team lul.
2017-05-05 15:18
There were academy teams in 1.6 and they were all shit
2017-05-06 04:25
#139
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Ah. My apologies for being misinformed. I don't know, I just think it, at the very least, gives the players a sense of accomplishment by being signed by a major org. I sure as hell wouldn't turn down Fnatic offered me a job as an academy player. They won't, because I suck, but you get what I mean. Hopefully.
2017-05-06 14:48
#96
rain | 
Indonesia lather 
c9 academy
2017-05-05 07:31
#97
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
Theirs main team plays like academy. Why they sign another one
2017-05-05 07:54
CLG are a academy team as it is....
2017-05-05 08:01
#99
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China Paracios 
CLG = academy team
2017-05-05 08:01
This is a really below average line-up imo, I could have picked atleast 5 NA players who are better
2017-05-05 09:49
djay looks like shroud lul
2017-05-05 11:18
lol wtf is it his brother??
2017-05-05 12:32
#105
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Poland Mannix 
Doesn't have a solid main team signs a academy team LUL
2017-05-05 11:47
did better than vp at starseries )))
2017-05-05 15:33
#109
Zeus | 
Russia NikXD 
The main line-up plays as the Academy, and they also signed the second line-up. WHAT FOR?
2017-05-05 12:51
#113
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Serbia ZAG0R 
NA Academy team LUL
2017-05-05 13:45
#114
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African Union remiska 
why do all shit teams sign even shittier teams to be academia? fnatic, north, clg
2017-05-05 14:01
24 and 23 yr olds on academy team ... LUL
2017-05-05 14:11
#117
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Bot's Academy
2017-05-05 14:43
#118
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Denmark U w0t m8? 
Shouldn't they learn to play CS themselves, before signing an acadamy team? :D
2017-05-05 15:15
#125
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Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
i cant get it they sing academy with 30 years old players not only clg but everyone academy is with players like 15-16-17-18 till 20 years old
2017-05-05 15:41
#126
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Brazil mrk_92 
NA TIER 3 LUL
2017-05-05 16:00
#127
steel | 
Norway S0ldat 
GL
2017-05-05 16:02
#128
Korea yuh 
why do teams get whole teams as academy teams? arent you supposed to develop players on an academy team, doesnt have to be 5 players who played together
2017-05-05 18:24
#129
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Sweden Virr 
oh i thought clg was a academy team cuz they suck BALLLLLLLLZZZZZZZZZZZ xdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxdxd
2017-05-05 18:52
char = bad
2017-05-05 21:41
#135
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Brazil Marcola 
SK Academy: Cogu, Bit, nak, pava, kng
2017-05-05 22:59
#136
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Sweden lagcats 
all these academy teams and they're all pretty bad xD
2017-05-05 23:01
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