HotshotGG

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HotshotGG
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Name: George Georgallidis
Country of Birth: Canada Canada
Birthday: June 23, 1990 (1990-06-23) (age 26)
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
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Team: Counter Logic Gaming
Role: Manager
Previous Roles: Top, Jungler
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Alternate IDs: CLG HotshotBB (KR)
Kakasoul
King of Kimchi
BronzieTheBear
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger (NA)
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Team History
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Apr 2010 - May 2012
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May 2012 - Oct 2012
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Oct 2012 - May 2013
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May 2013 - Present
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George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis is the owner of Counter Logic Gaming.

Biography

George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis hails from London, Ontario in Canada and has been playing video games from a young age, including Diablo I and Warcraft 2. After picking up DotA, he realized that he truly enjoyed the MOBA genre. When League of Legends was released, HotshotGG started playing it because he wanted to try out more MoBAs. [1] His entry into LoL coincided with him taking a break from college[2] and he eventually decided to drop out of college to pursue a career as a League of Legends pro gamer. [3] He later created the Counter Logic Gaming organization, which initially sponsored a North American and European squad (Counter Logic Gaming Europe, and later Evil Geniuses) before contracting to the North American squad.

Pre-Season 1

HotshotGG founded Counter Logic Gaming in April 2010. The initial roster included HotshotGG, Lociero, Grandjudge, Chauster, Nolja, Clever, Sabertiger, bigfatjiji, Lilballz, and Kobe24. Some players left CLG and so when the official roster was finally formed, it consisted of HotshotGG, Kobe24, bigfatjiji, Chauster, and Elementz.

Season 1

CLG found early success with their roster, winning the 2010 WCG Grand Finals[4] and then the Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010 online tournament.[5] After those two early victories, jungler Kobe24 decided to retire and Saintvicious moved into CLG’s jungle.

HotshotGG’s CLG was one of three North American teams to attend the Riot Season 1 Championship in Sweden in June 2011, along with Epik Gamer and Team SoloMid. They placed second in their group, behind TSM, and then fifth overall in the tournament.[6]

Preseason 2

After the Season 1 Championship, HotshotGG with CLG won several major tournaments in a row. First, they won in the online National ESL Premier League Season 1, and then they attended their second international LAN tournament: IEM Cologne. With Salce substituting for Chauster, the lineup was HotshotGG top, Saintvicious jungle, Salce mid, Bigfatlp AD carry, and Elementz support. CLG won their group 3-0 and then defeated Millenium and TSM in the bracket to win the tournament.[7] They also won MLG Raleigh in August, this time beating Epik Gamer in the finals.[8]

At IEM Guangzhou in October 2012, Hotshot’s team streak cooled off slightly, but they still finished in second place, losing to Team WE both in the group stage and in the finals.[9] Immediately after Guangzhou, CLG attended IPL3, in Atlantic City. There, they defeated A Picture of A Goose in the first round but then lost to Dignitas in the semifinals before beating TSM in the third-place match. One week later, CLG flew to New York to play in IEM New York; this time taking home fourth place after defeats to SK Gaming and Sypher in the playoffs.

In November, CLG attempted to qualify for MLG Providence; however, in the qualifier they were intending to use a Lilac, but when he was unable to participate, they fielded Lapaka instead. Because Lapaka was officially on the roster of Absolute Legends for the event, CLG was disqualified and RFLX Gaming advanced to the top four and attended MLG Providence instead.[10]

Season 2

HotshotGG’s CLG participated in and won the online NESL Premier League Season 2 playoffs. Their next event wasn't until February 2012, when they played in the LoLPro.com Curse Invitational and came in second. In March, they attended their next LAN, the IEM World Championship in Hanover. They placed second in their group behind Dignitas and then lost in the semifinals to Moscow Five, who eventually won the tournament. CLG ended up taking home third place after a victory over against All authority.[11]

In March 2012, CLG temporarily moved to a gaming house in South Korea in order to train and participate in Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. Placed in Group B, CLG entered playoffs but immediately lost to MiG Blaze, in the quarterfinals. While in Korea, CLG also competed in the online Leaguecraft ggClassic. They lost in the semifinals to 4Not.Fire and then forfeited their third-place match against JPak and Friends. They also briefly flew to Las Vegas (in the United States) to attend IPL 4 from April 6th to April 8th. After being sent to the loser's bracket by Dignitas in the second round, they came back to play against TSM in the grand final, which they ultimately lost, placing second overall. On April 25th, HotshotGG with CLG moved back to North America.

In May 2012 HotshotGG moved into the jungle for CLG after Saintvicious left and CLG acquired Voyboy. With the new lineup, CLG placed second at the 2012 Major League Gaming - Spring Championship in June[12] and then third at the GIGABYTE Esports LAN. On July 2nd, 2012 HotshotGG stepped down from the position of active CEO of Counter Logic Gaming, being replaced by his mother Helen "RealMomGG" Georgallidis. [13]

CLG returned to Korea to compete in Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 in July. Once again they placed second in their group, and once again they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, this time losing to Azubu Frost - who went on to win the tournament. After their elimination from the tournament, the team remained in Korea to continue to practice for the upcoming Season Two North American Regional Finals. There, they would take third place, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship.

CLG didn't advance out of their group at Worlds, losing to Invictus Gaming and Azubu Frost, beating only SK Gaming by using strategy that involved running three Teleports and a Promote. Infamously, Chauster commented in an interview that the team had prepared primarily strategies to be used if they got blue side in the coin toss, but all three of their group-stage coin tosses gave them purple side.[14] After Worlds, Voyboy left the team and HotshotGG moved back to top lane.

Pre-Season 3

HotshotGG with CLG Prime (rebranded so as to distinguish from its sisters teams CLG EU, and CLG Black) would attend the 2012 MLG Fall Championship in Dallas on November 2nd through 4th. In the first round they faced the Korean powerhouse NaJin Sword, where they were routed in two lopsided matches. Falling to the losers bracket, CLG Prime would sweep Curse Gaming in round one, and then pick up a close 2-1 series against another NA team Dignitas. They would face their sister team CLG EU in Round 3. Unfortunately, they were outmatched as the European team eliminated them 2-1 from the tournament. CLG Prime would place 4th with $2,000 in winnings.

In November Hotshot’s CLG entered the IPL 5 tournament held in Las Vegas. In the group stages they dispatched the newly formed Team FeaR twice while dropping a game to CLG EU to advance. In the first round they defeated Curse EU 2-1, and then moved on to face FnaticRC. CLG (Prime) managed to take the first game off Fnatic with sharp play from their Jiji's Twisted Fate, however the champion was quickly banned out and CLG lost the next two games. In the losers bracket they faced Moscow 5, and took the first game of the set, but then fell twice against the Russian team, finishing their run in the tournament. Hotshot and CLG would place 5th-6th with $2,500 in prize money. CLG Prime outperformed most expectations of them at tournament, with a strong showing of Chauster as the new jungler, they also challenged the perception of Team Solo Mid as the strongest team in the NA scene[15].

Season 3

In Feburary, HotshotGG with CLG (rebranded back from CLG Prime) participated in Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series Spring Season. After 10 weeks Round Robin, CLG successfully qualified for the Sping Season Playoffs. However, CLG was outplayed by Team Vulcun in the Quarterfinals, placing 5th-6th with Team Dignitas. Also, CLG failed to qualify to Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series Summer Season and participated in Summer Promotion. In the Summer Promotion, CLG faced Azure Cats in the promotion match. Fortunately, CLG defeated Azure Cats 3-0, securing their spot in the Riot Season 3 NA Championship Series Summer Season.

As the unsatisfactory result of LCS Spring Season and preparing for LCS Summer Season, HotshotGG decided to step down from top lane and acquired Nientonsoh to fill the position. Hotshot then went on to become a sub for CLG in what appeared to be his move towards retirement in addition to focusing on management of CLG.[16]

2014 Season

During Season 4 he returned as the mid-laner while Link switched to the jungle temporarily ahead of the start of the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split - which featured a Week 1 midlane clash of two North American stalwarts playing signature champions as, when CLG played Team Dignitas, HotShot played his signature  Nidalee against Scarra's  Katarina. It was also announced on July 29th, 2014 that HotshotGG would play as CLG's mid laner while the main roster conducted a boot camp in Korea with MonteCristo. [17]


Trivia

  • He was known for his  Nidalee early in his career.
  • Nicknames include "Hotshot Nidalee GG", "King of Kimchi", "HandsomeshotGG", and "FarmshotGG".
  • Became known as "George of the Jungle" after he switched to Jungling.
  • He was the first big streamer to pull in numbers of 20,000 viewers consistently.[citation needed]
  • MVP at IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne. [18]
  • He was considered one of the best  Cho'Gath players in the world.
  • His favorite champion is  Nidalee. [19]
  • According to Doublelift, HotshotGG was one of the only players in the world who can kite ranged champions with melee champions. [20]
  • Was featured in a cameo appearance in the anime The Unlimited – Hyoubu Kyousuke at 4:29 in episode 12. [21] [22]
  • Claims to have missed 350 days of high school, but still graduated. [23]
  • Almost exclusively played  LeBlanc in Season 3.
  • Faker believes that HotshotGG's  LeBlanc was better than Faker's in many ways and deserves for a #thingsHotshotGGdoes tag. [24]
  • While practicing in Seattle ahead of a PAX event in 2012, he had an APM battle with DotA 2 mid-lane legend Danil Ilshutin (Dendi) where HotShot played League (picking  Cho'Gath) while Dendi played DotA and appeared to pick Rubick. [25]
  • Had his hair dyed pink on Primetime League after losing a bet to Reginald that stipulated that the losing team's owner after the first CLG-TSM game of the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split would dye his hair pink.

Achievements

  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

Gallery

References

  1. CLG Prime Team Info clgaming.net
  2. HotshotGG AMA youtube.com
  3. HotshotGG interview youtube.com
  4. WCG 2010 Medal List wcg.com
  5. Newegg Winter Wanfest 2010 Double Elimination Finals Bracket wanfest.newegg.com
  6. Official Season One Championship Page season-one-championship.eu.leagueoflegends.com
  7. IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne esl-world.net
  8. MLG Raleigh 2011 Finals VODs tv.majorleaguegaming.com
  9. IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou esl-world.net
  10. MLG Providence 2011 Qualifier Results majorleaguegaming.com
  11. IEM Season VI World Championship - Hanover 'esl-world.net
  12. MLG Spring Championship 2012 Results majorleaguegaming.com
  13. CLG appoints new CEO, Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis clgaming.net
  14. Chauster Talks About The S2 Worlds Loss feat. his girlfriend Maggie - IPL Interview youtube.com
  15. Chauster talks about their run at IPL 5, 2013, and training more gamespot.com
  16. HotshotGG steps down as Top Laner for CLGclgaming.net
  17. CLG LCS Week 11 Announcementclgaming.net
  18. Vote for LoL MVP ESL World
  19. League of Legends - Pro Player Pick: HotshotGG Picks Nidalee Riot Games
  20. Doublelift's "Grilled" interview with Acer Esports
  21. HotshotGG's Facebook post about anime cameo facebook.com
  22. still image of HotshotGG in anime i.imgur.com
  23. summary of HotshotGG's AMA reddit.com
  24. Faker: I hope they make a #ThingsHotshotGGdoes tag.youtube.com
  25. DotA 2 Vs. LoL APM Battle at The International 2 - Na'Vi Dendi (Rubick) vs. CLG HotShotGG (Cho'Gath) YouTube (Natus Vincere DotA 2 official channel)