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CLG confirms Seraph as leading candidate for top lane, will tryout at the CLG team house

Korea's Shin 'Seraph' Woo Yeong will be flying to North America to tryout at the Counter Logic Gaming team house.

Zach 'Nien' Malhas's departure has left a hole in the top lane that CLG is still trying to fill.

The former NaJin White Shield substitute Shin 'Seraph' Woo Yeong will be traveling this Sunday to Counter Logic Gaming's team house in Diamond bar, California to try out for the team, onGamers has learned. Last week onGamers reported CLG top lane Zach 'Nien' Malhas was stepping down from the team, and the search for a replacement has been on since then.

CLG General Manager Kelby May says Shin will arrive Sunday night and will tryout at the team house indefinitely. Shin will continue to play and stay at the CLG house until a decision has been made on whether he will join or not.

Shin 'Seraph' Woo Yeong

Shin is the leading candidate for the top lane position, with other no plans to fly anyone in for a tryout. CLG was considering a second player from a relegated North American team, but that the buyout amount was too high for consideration.

Earlier today former Ninjas in Pyjamas top lane Morten 'Zorozero' Rosenquist confirmed to onGamers that he was offered the spot, but will instead be taking a break from professional League of Legends to study.

Shin was tested for game knowledge, English proficiency, and mechanical skill by CLG Head Coach Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles. CLG believes Shin's English sufficient to communicate in-game with a solid foundation to develop fluency through immersion in America.

While May says that while they are not necessarily looking for someone with a similar play style as Malhas, it would indeed help for their selection process.

"Seraph possesses a much different playstyle than Nien and we must test his synergy with the team and his ability to communicate in English before committing to him as a starting top laner", Mykles told onGamers

"Beyond this announcement, we are not comfortable discussing our try-out process further until we make a final selection".

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Posted by igotgame911

Very excited to see him. I have only seen him in solo q in Korea and he is a boss at least from what i have seen. If he does end up being top for CLG i think he will do just fine!

Edited by jhunsber

If he's the same guy MonteCristo mentioned on Summoning Insight, I think MonteCristo has a pretty high opinion of this guy. I've never actually seen any of his play, but I'm also excited to see how he can impact the game in the NALCS. Good luck to him.

Posted by Kizoja

It would make more sense, to me, if you referred to people by their nickname. I mean it wasn't hard to follow, but in maybe a longer piece, I wouldn't want to have to be like, "Malhas... that was Nien, right? <scrolls back to make sure>."

Edited by mezzy

When i get it right his english is just barely enough for small ingame-communication. while league is getting pretty macro-oriented which needs lots of talking to each other i guess this is a step backwards for clg. even when he is on a top korean skilllevel this will be very hard. i think i makes no sense to do this in the really important spring ...

i think this possible pickup will cost clg worlds

Posted by Ronald

That's a worst case scenario and you are assuming his english will not improve drastically when in the US.

Posted by Slasher

Posted by Kizoja - May 01, 2014 at 9:33 PM

It would make more sense, to me, if you referred to people by their nickname. I mean it wasn't hard to follow, but in maybe a longer piece, I wouldn't want to have to be like, "Malhas... that was Nien, right? <scrolls back to make sure>."

I always refer to players and people in my articles by their full name first, including their nickname, and last name thereafter. Although this may be confusing for some esports fans, I believe this will get easier over time, and that it is important to emphasize players real names as we generally only ever call them by their nicknames.

Posted by swkim110

Monte Cristo has already stated on an episode of summoning insight that the reason why he would not consider Maknoon for the CLG top lane position was because of his inability to be able to communicate effectively in-game. Considering this, Monte's decision to give Seraph, another korean top laner, a try-out might mean that his english is already sufficient enough (at least of Monte). For Monte, a coach who seems to put a lot of emphasis on macro strategy and rotations, refusing to consider Maknoon and then bringing in Seraph (if his english isn't as polished, say like LMQ right now), would be really dumb. Unless they were banking on Zorozero and they don't have any other talent to look at, which didn't seem to be the case when he was asked about it.

Posted by Dstandard