Immortals vs. CLG Predictions for January 15 | 2022 LCS Lock-In

Immortals taking on Counter Logic Gaming (or CLG, for short) is by no means the most hype-inducing match-up the 2022 LCS Lock-In has to offer, but it’s nonetheless worthy of our time and attention! The reason why is quite simple: these are two very capable gatekeepers, one of which could, potentially, leave a mark once all is said and done.

We’re obviously talking about Immortals here, but CLG are not to be trifled with either — they’re not going to blow anyone’s mind away but they will make things a lot more competitive than one would expect.

Immortals’ line-up is obviously a fair bit more seasoned and, therefore, promising. In fact, one could even go a step further and say that Immortals have somehow managed to end up with one of the better rosters in the LCS — not astounding or world-class by any means, but pretty darn capable and way better than we had expected coming into 2022.


Mohamed “Revenge” Kaddoura, Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, and Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw have all the tools they need to not only reach the playoffs but make waves in the process as well.

Their jungle and mid duo, in particular, could definitely leave a mark:
We’re talking about two exceptional veterans who, while perhaps a bit limited in terms of playstyle, have been around for what feels like an eternity. PoE’s penchant for control mages will come in clutch (especially in today’s meta) and the same goes for Xerxe’s staggering champion pool as well.

Revenge and Destiny might not be household names just yet, but they’ve been pretty darn great last year and if they continue growing in such a positive direction, Immortals will no doubt be able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. How high they’ll eventually be able to soar still remains to be seen, but we’re pretty optimistic about their chances.

Slow and Steady

CLG’s 2022 line-up is young, talented, and pretty solid overall. Well, more or less. Cristian “Palafox” Palafox wasn’t all that impressive last year, and the same goes for Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere, formerly of 100 Thieves. They’re by no means going to bring the house down but they could, eventually, do enough to justify CLG’s trust.

Poome’s recent stint in Academy was pretty darn great, so we’re interested to see what he’ll be able to do and whether he’s really grown enough since the last time he played on the LCS stage. He’ll compete alongside Fatih “Luger” Güven so there’s definitely a reason to be optimistic.

Much of the same can be said for CLG’s top side of the map:
Thomas “Jenkins” Tran and Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia are bound to impress in one way or another.

All in all, we like the (budget-friendly) direction that CLG have opted to take. They’re not going to be upending the LCS status quo any time soon (if ever), but you can see that there’s a bigger plan in mind behind all of these signings.

They’re taking it slow which is undoubtedly the best course of action.

As for this match-up, specifically, we don’t think they’ll be able to beat Immortals’ veteran-heavy roster, but they’ll definitely put up a much bigger fight than most folks expect.

The Pick
Immortals
Elias Andrews / Author

Elias identifies as more of an esports geek rather than a sports geek. While he enjoys playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors once in a while, he’s most comfortable in the darkness of his self-proclaimed “man cave.” When Elias isn’t partaking in anything himself, he enjoys writing about the nuances of the esports betting world, including covering controversial takes, where esports might be headed, and why bettors should get in on the industry while it’s growing.

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