Following James “hazed” Cobb, the in-game leader of Counter Logic Gaming, leaving the team, the org obviously needed to replace him with someone. The talent pool isn’t as deep in NA as it is in EU, if only because CS:GO is not as culturally popular in the region. Somewhat exacerbating the problem, CLG is not what you would call one of the Top 3 teams in the region. As a result, they had to go with someone who’s played for them in 2015, Pujan “FNS” Mehta.
“During the interview process, I was looking for players with innate leadership qualities,” said CLG’s Director of Esports, Matt “Trinitii” Nausha. “FNS clearly outlined his direction for the team and plan of action during our discussions. He elaborated on how he expects players to act and respond and how he is willing to put in the extra time out of the game. This is especially helpful to the younger talent on the roster. In our discussions he understood the idea of modeling behavior and what it means to lead as an example. I will always invest in hard working people and believe they have a much higher performance ceiling than someone who is not willing to challenge themselves. FNS is a leader that the team needs to help facilitate direction and structure for future success.”
In recent times, the org originating from League of Legends has been trying to give their CS:GO team more resources to help them find their place as one of the better CS:GO teams in the region, the status their LoL squad enjoys in the North America League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS). For this purpose, CLG hired a player development coach, hired a new Coach and started looking for a full-time analyst.
"I'm very happy to be back on CLG. I know, with time, I can help make this team more dangerous than it was with our original roster. I have full confidence in every player on my team and I love how hungry they are to improve. That makes me genuinely want to give it everything I have to help us become a top tier team," said FNS in the official statement on clgaming.net. Hopefully, FNS can successfully work on figuring what the team’s identity is supposed to be with the help of the newly hired staff. In time, CLG could possibly challenge Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, and Immortals for their spots among the region’s best, however, it will take a lot of patience. Even if they were successful, it wouldn’t be easy to go even further and challenge SK Gaming for their crown as the Kings of NA.