Darshan
Darshan Upadhyaha 
United States
Counter Logic Gaming
Lackluster on tanks
September 12, 2017
5/13/18 was Darshan's overall KDA in CLG's 3-1 loss to Cloud9 Sunday.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Strong Game 2 not enough for win
August 7, 2017
Darshan posted a 5/7/13 KDA in CLG's loss to TSM on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Darshan did his best to push CLG ahead in this final matchup of the season, but they just couldn't manage to work as a team enough to topple TSM. He was much better when on a carry champion in Game 2, but even his Fiora didn't save CLG. It seemed as though a lot of the teamwork and coordination that normally allows CLG to excel was sorely missing in this series. That being said, it wasn't something that can't fixed or adjusted. All of CLG was much better in the second game, but was just a bit short. They'll now have a couple weeks to prepare before taking on Team EnVyUs in the first round of the playoffs.
Struggles in teamfights throughout reverse sweep
July 31, 2017
Darshan scored a 8/10/7 KDA in Counter Logic Gaming's series loss to Phoenix1 on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Darshan had a good performance on Renekton in Game 1. He was able to easily bully the Gragas in the laning phase and built a CS lead before becoming a split push nuisance the rest of Game 1. In Game 2, Darshan's Gragas outplayed zig and MikeYeung's turret dives early, but the two early kills would be all he got. Darshan greedily chased low health bars throughout Game 2 and it ended up costing him his life. In Game 3, Darshan's Jarvan IV slowly fell behind in lane and wasn't able to find any good engages late. Darshan tried to break P1's siege, but often died for his efforts as he finished with a 0/5/1 KDA.
Goes off in top lane
July 30, 2017
Darshan put up a 9/2/12 KDA in CLG's win over EnVyUs on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Darshan continues to have himself quite the split with another strong performance in this series. He started things off with a Camille pick in Game 1 and made his first major impact on the game with an outplay in a 1-vs-2 situation against Seraph and LirA. That was an omen of things to come for EnVyUs, as Darshan never let up one bit in this game. Even when he switched over to Jarvan IV in Game 2, he was still on top of his game. While he wasn't as great as he was in Game 1, that certainly would have been asking a lot. He continued to play his lane well, and did his part in teamfights to give his team an edge in this eventual sweep.
Struggles to carry on Gnar in series loss
July 18, 2017
Darshan earned a 4/4/5 KDA over his team's 0-2 defeat against DIG on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Starting off the series, Darshan had a strong performance on Gnar. Picking up early kills, he amassed a decent lead in lane. Unfortunately, the rest of his team didn't find the same success, falling behind early and making the game increasingly more difficult to win. As things got out of hand, Darshan and CLG could not bounce back, resulting in a loss.Despite this, Darshan was able to pick up a number of kills throughout his team's defeat. Game 2 didn't go as well for Darshan who once again picked Gnar, but couldn't repeat the steps from last game that allowed him to find a lead. As his team fell behind, he could do little to find an opening. As Dignitas won back-to-back teamfights, he was repeatedly killed, resulting in Dignitas taking a convincing Game 2 victory to close out the series.
Solid play on and against Gnar in series sweep
July 15, 2017
Darshan scored a 6/3/20 KDA in Counter Logic Gaming's 2-0 sweep of FlyQuest on Friday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Darshan's Gnar got taken down by Rumble before level 6 and found himself in a small CS deficit because of it. Darshan stuck to split pushing and finally got CLG its first turret 26 minutes in. He started to group up with the rest of CLG after and started to win teamfights and take control of Game 1 despite being behind in gold. After a 4-for-0 teamfight victory, CLG pushed to a series lead. In Game 2, Darshan was on Galio and laning against Gnar. He kept the CS close and stopped any split pushing attempts that Balls made. When Darshan joined up for teamfighting, CLG dominated its way to a victory with a 24-to-2 kill advantage.
Splitpushes his way to victory in series sweep
July 4, 2017
Darshan earned a series KDA of 12/2/15 in CLG's 2-0 victory over TL.
ANALYSIS
Starting things off on Fiora, Darshan had a dominant performance against the enemy team. After finding an early lead, he quickly became an unkillable threat, dominating the enemy team at every opportunity and becoming unstoppable. Although multiple people tried stopping him, TL couldn't do anything, allowing him to easily run away with the game, starting off the series with a victory. Game 2 went even better for Darshan as he found himself on Gnar against Irelia. Despite an unfamiliar matchup, he easily took a victory in lane as the rest of his team found leads of their own. In doing so, he quickly gained full control of the map, joining his team for fights and allowing CLG to take a swift 30-minute victory. With the Game 2 victory, CLG completed the clean 2-0 sweep in the series.
Strong play over a variety of styles against Cloud9
July 4, 2017
Darshan earned a series KDA of 9/3/14 in CLG's 2-1 victory over C9.
ANALYSIS
Starting off the series on Kled, Darshan quickly made things happen to earn a decent lead for himself. Completely shutting down Impact's Rumble, he found a strong early lead that allowed him to move swiftly with his team to push that lead into an overwhelming teamwide advantage. Once behind, Cloud9 could not stop Darshan who snowballed in teamfights, allowing CLG to take a convincing Game 1. Game 2 didn't go quite as well as Darshan picked Jax, but he still was able to get things done. Earning a modest 2/1/1 KDA through the defeat, he was able to find a sizable chunk of gold for himself, but was ultimately unable to close things out as his team fell behind. After being defeated in 30 minutes, he bounced back and picked Shen in Game 3, once again finding success. Surviving lane with ease, he joined his team in skirmishes, protecting his carries and taunting the enemies at the same time. Due to his strong play, CLG survived and took a convincing 31-minute victory, securing the 2-1 series victory.
Strong performance in victories against EnVyUs
June 26, 2017
Darshan earned a series KDA of 7/1/16 in CLG's 2-1 victory over EnVy.
ANALYSIS
Throughout the entire series against EnVy, Darshan's play was strong and ultimately led his team to a victory. He started off the series with an extremely impressive Jarvan game, dominating lane and quickly making a huge impact in teamfights. After shutting down Seraph, he was able to constantly dive the enemy carries, making it impossible for them to deal damage, ultimately allowing CLG to take Game 1. In Game 2, he struggled more as his team fell behind early. Despite nearly being on the receiving end of a perfect game, Darshan only died once out of his team's 15 total deaths. After the loss, he rebounded quickly with a surprise Kled pick, absolutely dominating from all stages of the game. After winning lane, he grouped to create picks and facilitated his team's constant engages. In doing so, he was able to help run over EnVy, claiming a 34-minute victory and closing out the series 2-1.
Split push falls short in series loss
June 24, 2017
Darshan scored a 1/4/2 KDA in Counter Logic Gaming's 2-0 series loss to Immortals on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Darshan had a rough start to the series on Camille in Game 1 as he finished with a lowly 1/3/0 KDA. He had some gank help, but never really got going and getting caught out split pushing in the midgame didn't improve his situation. CLG fell into a gold deficit late in Game 1 that it couldn't crawl out of as IMT took its first victory. Darshan's Game 2 wasn't much better on Fiora as he posted a 0/1/2 KDA. The early game went better as Darshan got plenty of ganks help that netted him assists. CLG found plenty of picks throughout the first half of Game 2, but failed to get keep objectives even. The late game teamfights fell apart for CLG as its failed to break IMT's Baron empowered siege to finish the series.
A complete effort
June 12, 2017
Darshan played great vs. Echo Fox on Saturday by posting a 16/5/22 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Whether on the utility tanks of Galio and Gragas, or the split-push carry Fiora, Darshan was able to consistently perform vs. Echo Fox. The top lane player's growth at his position is evident by the fact that early in his career he favored carry champion but now he appears just as at home on more utility based champions.