Darshan Upadhyaha 
United States
Counter Logic Gaming
Struggled in teamfights late
February 25, 2018
Darshan posted a 0/2/3 KDA on Gnar in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
The laning phase wasn't kind to Darshan as he fell victim to an early gank. Luckily CLG's bottom lane duo was able to rotate and cover for Darshan's lack of lane pressure. Counter Logic Gaming stalled out the game and gambled it all on in a battle over Elder Dragon. The risk didn't pay off and Darshan was left waiting to respawn while the CLG Nexus was destroyed.
Lead doesn't translate
February 19, 2018
Darshan ended CLG's Sunday loss to 100 Thieves with a 2/2/6 KDA.
As Gnar against the Sion of Ssumday, Darshan was able to find the CS lead that was to be expected of him early on. Unfortunately, he received little opportunity to split-push as the game went on, as the match was decided largely by teamfights. In most of these, he performed decently, but there were a couple of missteps that proved somewhat costly. Ultimately, he couldn't make his lead count for as much as Ssumday's superior engagements and tankiness.
Solid efforts fall flat
February 12, 2018
Darshan ended CLG's Sunday loss to TSM with a KDA of 0/3/2.
Given that Darshan picked Vladimir in this game into Hauntzer's Gangplank, and that there was no jungle pressure all game, he should've been able to accrue a CS advantage, but didn't. He did have a fantastic Hemoplague that might've secured the first teamfight of the game for CLG, but Mithy's Cosmic Radiance nullified it almost completely. After that, TSM seemed to be in control for the remainder of the game, and there wasn't anything Darshan could do about it.
Shut down in the split-push
February 5, 2018
Darshan ended CLG's Sunday win over FlyQuest with a KDA of 4/3/9.
Darshan didn't get off to a bad start for a Gangplank, as he managed to grab a couple of kills during a turret dive after taking an early death and CS deficit. This allowed him to have plenty of confidence going into the mid game, as he had the capability to put out tons of damage. Unfortunately, he played a bit too confidently, extending too far in the side lanes and getting picked off multiple times, and just barely missing out on kills back onto the enemy ADC in the process. Thankfully, these were minor setbacks for a CLG that dominated the match overall.
Counter pick pays off in victory
February 4, 2018
Darshan's Gnar scored a 4/2/5 KDA as Counter Logic Gaming took down Echo Fox on Saturday.
Darshan got to counter Huni's Gangplank with a Gnar pick that let him win the laning phase. A lead in CS along with a solo kill gave Darshan a little too much confidence as he wasted his jump engaging and left an opening to be ganked and killed. The death didn't hurt him much as he returned to being the aggressor in the split pushing battle after respawning. Darshan focused on the side lane push, letting his teammates lose a few skirmishes while he pushed down turrets. When Darshan did join up for fights, he landed clutch Gnar ultimates and CLG would win the trades. After CLG crashed EF's Elder Dragon attempt and scored an ace, it quickly pushed down bottom lane to victory.
Snowballs lead after first blood in victory
January 29, 2018
Darshan posted a 7/0/7 KDA on Gangplank as Counter Logic Gaming picked up a win against the Golden Guardians on Sunday.
The top lane saw a lot of action early as GG tried to keep Darshan's Gangplank from getting a lead. The plan backfired as Darshan ended up getting first blood and slowly snowballed his gold lead into the late game. CLG stumbled as a team through the mid-game but turned it around in the teamfights late. Darshan raked in the kills in assists on his way to 100 percent kill participation and second most damage dealt to champions in the game.
Can't push his advantage
January 28, 2018
Darshan ended 1/2/1 in CLG's Saturday loss to CG.
Darshan was gifted a fantastic early advantage on Vladimir, as a three-man dive put his opponent miles behind on Gangplank. However, Darshan found himself unable to grow the large CS lead he was given as a result, and Febiven quickly took over the game before Darshan could scale.
Solid start fizzles out late in loss
January 21, 2018
Darshan scored a 2/3/4 KDA on Ornn in a loss to Cloud9 on Saturday.
Darshan had plenty of gank help early as Reignover was spending a lot of time counter jungling on the top side. However there was little Darshan could do to slow down Licorice's Gangplank from farming up a nice lead. Eventually CLG's luck ran out and C9 stopped getting picked off and starting to win the 5-vs-5 teamfights. There was little Darshan could do late as his efforts to disengage fell short and often cost him his life. After losing in back-to-back teamfights, there was little that could stop C9 from taking the win.
Resigns with CLG through Season 8
November 20, 2017
According to Riot Games contract database, Darshan has resigned with Counter Logic Gaming through Season 8.
Despite his team not making it to Worlds this year, Darshan played well mainly during the Summer Split. He posted a 4.2 KDA among the best in the NA LCS and has been with the team since 2014.
Leads top laners with 4.2 KDA during Summer Split
November 20, 2017
Darshan ended the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split with a 164/101/261 combined KDA.
Darshan helped CLG to a regular season third place finish while leading all North American top laners with a 4.2 KDA. He led top laners with 164 kills, finishing 37 ahead of the closest competitor, and had the fourth highest assist total. Compared to his teammates, Darshan had CLG's lowest assist total for full-time players and third highest kill total during the regular season. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for CLG in the postseason, resulting a third-place finish in the Summer Split playoffs before falling to Cloud9 in the regional qualifier, failing to qualify for the World Championships. A member of CLG since 2014, Darshan should be expected to continue with the team during the 2018 season.
Lackluster on tanks
September 12, 2017
5/13/18 was Darshan's overall KDA in CLG's 3-1 loss to Cloud9 Sunday.
This series saw Darshan return to his roots, which is to say, he excelled as a split-pusher but struggled on more teamfight-oriented picks. Even on Gnar in Game 1, a champion capable of both playstyles, Darshan couldn't make much of an impact despite getting first blood at level 1. Game 2 was by far Darshan's best of the series, as his Jax took an early CS lead before grabbing an assist on first blood. From there, he was able to scale hard enough to kill Impact's Shen in the 1-vs-1 split-push, but not hard enough to take the game for CLG. Darshan went over to Maokai for Game 3, and although he didn't necessarily look bad, Impact's Shen still outfarmed and generally outperformed him, despite CLG taking the game. Finally, on Shen for Game 4, Darshan struggled mightily to stay alive on the frontline and ended with a sorry 0/5/7 KDA despite the game being close.
Monster on Cho'gath
September 11, 2017
Darshan ended CLG's 3-1 win over FlyQuest with a 17/6/28 combined KDA.
Darshan finished Game 1 with a 1/3/9 KDA as Dr. Mundo. He was involved in ten of 12 kills, leading CLG with nine assists. In Game 2, Darshan used Cho'gath and ended with a 6/0/8 KDA. He was unkillable, involved in 14 of 19 kills while leading CLG with six kills. In Game 3, Darshan played Jax and earned a 3/0/5 KDA. He was unkillable again, involved in eight of 12 kills while finishing with his team's second-highest kill total. Returning to Cho'gath for Game 4, Darshan ended with a 7/3/6 KDA. He was involved in 13 of 19 kills, tying Huhi for CLG's high in kills with seven.
Takes the fight to Ssumday
September 5, 2017
Darshan ended CLG's 3-0 win over DIG with a 15/5/24 combined KDA.
Darshan finished Game 1 with a 4/2/11 KDA as Jarvan IV. He was involved in 15 of CLG's 18 kills, finishing tied with Huhi for the second highest kill total and tied with OmarGod for the second most assists. In Game 2, Darshan used Camille and earned a 5/1/6 KDA. He was involved in 11 of 14 kills, leading CLG with five kills. For the final game of the series, Darshan used Jax to end with a 6/2/7 KDA. He was involved in 13 of 19 kills, leading CLG with six kills and finishing with the second most assists with seven.
Decent performance in series defeat
August 27, 2017
Darshan earned a series KDA of 13/13/16 in CLG's 0-3 loss against IMT.
Although CLG was rather convincingly defeated in the team's series against IMT, Darshan had a decent performance throughout his team's loss. Throughout the series, he consistently found himself a decent foothold in lane, bringing himself into a strong position moving into the teamfight portions of the games. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the rest of his team. Without leads of their own, the rest of CLG struggled immensely throughout the series to control the games. Notably falling behind in regards to objectives, it quickly allowed IMT to take control of each game. Though he was able to show up decently, Darshan could not find a big enough lead in any of the three games to swing things in CLG's favor. As a result, IMT took a convincing 3-0 series victory.
Smashes Seraph
August 22, 2017
Darshan went an overall 15/8/24 in CLG's 3-2 victory over NV on Sunday.
Given that the series went to five games, Darshan's KDA is highly impressive, making it a good representation of his performance. He did have a rough Game 3 on Maokai, as his overaggression cost his team an early fight that snowballed out of control, but outside of that, his play was nearly immaculate. He earned a strong 11/0/10 KDA between his Games 1 and 4 on Gnar, and redeemed himself from Spring Playoffs with a fantastic Game 5 on Camille, absolutely demolishing the Gnar of Seraph time and again.
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