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Complexity Gaming
Complexity Gaming 2019 logo.png
Short nameCOL
DivisionsClash Royale
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Dota Artifact
Fortnite Battle Royale
Madden NFL
Magic: The Gathering Arena
Rocket League
Founded2003 (2003)
Based inFrisco, Texas
LocationUnited States
Panini America
WinStar World Casino
Parent groupJerry Jones, John Goff

Complexity Gaming (abbreviated COL; previously stylized as compLexity Gaming and coL) is an American professional esports organization that competes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Rocket League, Clash Royale, Fortnite and Madden. From 2006 to 2009 they were a franchise of the Championship Gaming Series known as the Los Angeles Complexity. They have previously sponsored players and teams competing in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Source, Dead or Alive 4, Forza Motorsport 2, FIFA 07, Smite, Heroes of the Storm, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Heroes of Newerth and StarCraft II. CompLexity was founded by Jason "1" Lake in 2003 as a Counter-Strike 1.6 clan.

In November 2017, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings John Goff acquired a majority stake in compLexity Gaming.[1] As a result of this acquisition, compLexity's operations moved to Frisco, TX with their HQ, the GameStop Performance Center, located at The Star.[2] Through their partnership, GameStop and Complexity will be offering amateurs of all ages special access to exclusive gaming events to The Star, including gaming clinics, watch parties, game releases and more. On May 3, 2019, compLexity Gaming rebranded to Complexity Gaming along with a new logo for parity with Dallas Cowboys.[3][4]


Logo used from 2003-2016

Complexity was founded in Buckhead, Georgia in 2003 by Jason "1" Lake, a Le Mars, Iowa native who had previously come to Georgia to attend Emory Law School.[5] Lake got into Counter-Strike through his roommate, and soon founded his own team to compete in online CS leagues. Complexity Gaming was first formed in 2003 by Jason "1" Lake, Paolo Bergantino, and Ariel Perez from Team FBI.[6]

In 2007 it became the official Los Angeles franchise for the Championship Gaming Series until 2009 when the league folded. It fielded teams in Project Gotham Racing 3, Counter-Strike 1.6, Call Of Duty, Defense of the Ancients, Quake 4, Day of Defeat, and Day of Defeat: Source. The team was one of the subjects of Michael Kane's 2009 book Game Boys, which chronicled their Counter-Strike rivalry with Team 3D.

The team was a member of the G7 Teams. They were removed after joining the Championship Gaming Series, and were re-added after its demise. They have become a member of the North American eSports scene. They have new CS 1.6 roster which placed first and second in major tournaments, including ESEA CEVO and most recently IEM. They placed third in DreamHack Winter.[when?] They delved back into Quake with Quake Live where they picked up Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager and Brian "dkt" Flanders. They played Madden NFL 2010, Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and FIFA 10.

On April 11, 2013, Complexity was the winner of Call of Duty: Black Ops II at ESWC 2013.[7]

On April 6, 2014 coL sold their Call of Duty team to Evil Geniuses.[8]

On March 22, 2015 compLexity announced that they had acquired the Heroes of the Storm team Barrel Boys with a roster of Stafford "McIntyre" McIntyre, Alexei "Blinks" Bazhenov, Drew "Trummel" Trummel, Aaron "Erho" Kappes, Edward "TigerJK" Hong.[9]

compLexity's Dota 2 team was not invited to The International 2015 but qualified in the regional qualifying tournament. compLexity's Dota team is based in a gaming house near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[10]

On March 1, 2018, compLexity added the Rocket League team of Metsanauris, Mognus, and al0t (formerly members of Method).[11]

League of Legends[edit]


On April 29, 2011 compLexity Gaming acquired the players of Epic Charmanders, whose roster consisted of Atlanta, FitterHappier, Gynsingg, Nubbypoohbear, RicePanda, and Shales.[12] compLexity qualified for the League of Legends Championship Series in their inaugural Spring 2013 split, which began in April. During the regular season they finished last in 8th place with a 9-19 record, eliminating them from the Spring Playoffs. Their last place finish meant that they were automatically relegated to the Challenger League instead of playing the LCS Summer Split. In the Challenger League season one coL finished 19-7 in the Ancient Golem Conference, giving them a bye to the playoff semifinals. In the playoffs, they defeated Team Curse, but then lost to Team Coast 3–1 to finish 2nd in the CS. In August, Yuhn, IWillDominate, and Hao joined the team. Atlanta and FitterHappier left.[citation needed] On November 29, Patoy and DontMashMe joined. Yuhn, Shales, and Gynsingg left.[13]


January 1, IWillDominate transferred to Team Dignitas.[14] January 12, RicePanda, Nubbypoohbear, Hao, DontMashMe, and Patoy left the team.[15] During most of 2012 coL did not have a LoL team. On December 6 the team announced a second LoL team, compLexity Academy.[16]


Logo prior to May 2019

On February 2 compLexity Gaming acquired the roster of The Brunch Club, Nickwu, Lautemortis, Chuuper, MeyeA, Brunch Ü, and Bischu.[17] February, Meteos joins.[citation needed] March 14, Newegg began sponsoring compLexity Gaming.[18] April 2, PR0LLY joins. Chuuper moves to sub.[19] April 20, Brunch U retires, Chuuper moves to AD.[20] On June 17 Nickwu left.[21] On June 18 MegaZero joined.[22] In September Aniratak joined. On October 3, Lautemortis stepped down from starter and captain position.[23] On November 23 PR0LLY left compLexity.[24]


January 9, compLexity released their League of Legends roster.[25] MegaZero, Chuuper, and MeyeA leave.[26] April 29, compLexity.Black becomes compLexity Gaming.[27] June 5, Brokenshard replaced by Kez as starting jungler due to visa complications.[28] October 4, goldenglue joins as starter while ROBERTxLEE and Pr0lly goes to sub position.[29] November 23, Kubz leaves [30] December 23, Westrice leaves and later joined Cloud9.[31]

DotA:Allstars & Dota 2[edit]

On February 17, 2012 compLexity signed North-American squad Team Fire.[32] Under the compLexity Gaming banner, the team quickly solidified itself as the second best team in North-America, earning themselves a direct invite to Valve's second iteration of The International.[33] Despite a solid performance and a 9th-12th place finish, compLexity soon fell apart as star player Jio "Jeyo" Madayag was rumored to leave the team to play for regional rival Evil Geniuses. The saga dragged on with initial parties declining the roster change,[34] but Evil Geniuses eventually confirmed the addition of Jeyo in October 2012.[35] While compLexity attempted to salvage the situation, they eventually sold their squad to Team Liquid in December of the same year.[36]

On August 27, 2014 compLexity returned to the Dota 2 scene with the former Heroes of Newerth roster stayGreen.[37] Led by Kyle "swindlemelonzz" Freedman, the squad struggled to get off the ground and went through multiple roster changes in the first few months. It wasn't until they added Tal "Fly" Aizik that the team became competitive, eventually qualifying for The International 2015.[38] At the event, compLexity surprised critics by placing third in their group, securing an upper bracket playoff spot. In the playoffs however, coL lost to both Evil Geniuses and, ending the team's run at the event. Following the tournament's conclusion, compLexity had to yet again rebuild their roster as both MoonMeander and Fly left to build monkey Business, which would later become OG.[39] The two were replaced by North-American players Peter "wayto" Nguyen and Michael "mjw" Nguyen.[40] It was a short-lived unity as they bid farewell to both players just a month later.[41]

In November 2015, compLexity picked up the Swedish trio of Linus "Limmp" Blomdin, Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin and Simon "Handsken" Haag. Together with swindlemelonzz and his brother Zakari "Zfreek" Freedman, compLexity looked rejuvenated and qualified for a variety of events in early 2016, most notably the Shanghai Major 2016.[42] At the event itself, coL started out poorly, placing last in their group. An impressive lower bracket run secured them a top 6 finish[43] though and with it a direct invite to the Manila Major 2016.[44] Following the Shanghai Major, compLexity continued to impress at Epicenter 2016, taking down NA rivals Evil Geniuses to secure a top 4 finish.[45] Unfortunately for the team, they could not continue at this level of play, losing multiple qualifiers and eventually placing 9th-12th at the Manila Major 2016. The squad went on to compete in the regional qualifiers for The International 2016, but a third place finish meant that they would have to play for a Wild Card spot in Seattle. Losses to both Escape Gaming and Execration meant that the team's season was over.[46]

The 16-17 season began with yet another roster shuffle. Limmp, Chessie and Handsken parted ways with the team to return to Sweden.[47] On September 15, 2016 coL added Mihai "canceL^^" Antonio, David "Moo" Hull and Justin "jk" Rosselle.[48] Before the team attended their first LAN event however, jk decided to step down from the roster and coL were left to look for a replacement on short notice.[49] Former Archon player and Moo teammate Jaron "monkeys-forever" Clinton stepped in to play with the team both at the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational as well as the Boston Major 2016.[50] While the team performed admirably given the circumstances, they still finished last at both events. As they looked to reset for the new year, coL and cancel^^ parted ways in February 2017.[51] To fill the gap, another former Archon player joined the team in form of Eric "747" Dong.[52] The team continued to struggle however and after a failed attempt to qualify for The International 2017, compLexity's season had yet again met an early end.

Call of Duty[edit]

On April 11, 2013, compLexity was the winner of Call of Duty: Black Ops II at ESWC 2013.[7]

On April 6, 2014 coL sold their Call of Duty team to Evil Geniuses.[8]

On January 12, 2018 compLexity announced their return to the Call of Duty scene with the pickup of Christopher "Parasite" Duarte, Tyler "FeLo" Johnson, Jared "Nagafen" Harrell, and Jeremy "StuDyy" Astacio.[53] Following their return, coL replaced Nagafen on January 20 with former Enigma6 player Brandon "Dashy" Otell.[54] After a string of disappointing performances, compLexity parted ways with their roster and announced the acquisition of fan favorite Doug "Censor" Martin, youngster Rasim "Blazt" Ogresevic and former coL player Ricky "Ricky" Stacy. Together with Dashy, the roster had secured a spot at CWL Pro League due to Blazt & Ricky.[55]


On June 15, 2018, compLexity announced a new partnership with apparel brand H4X.[56]

On November 13, 2018, WinStar World Casino was announced as compLexity's third partner.[57]

On January 14, 2019, compLexity partnered with Panini America. Merging traditional sports and Esports to bring original content, on-site activations, and collectible memorabilia to fans. [58]

On January 16, 2019, HyperX is the official peripheral partner for compLexity Gaming.[59]

Current rosters[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Alias Name Joined
dephh United Kingdom Rory Jackson 2016-01-19[60]
ShahZaM United States Shahzeb Khan 2018-04-27[61]
oBo United States Owen Schlatter 2019-06-03[61]
Rickeh Australia Ricardo Mulholland 2018-12-29[62]
SicK United States Hunter Mims 2019-03-22[63]

Dota 2[edit]

Alias Name Position Join date
Meracle (Trial) Singapore Galvin Kang Jian Wen 1 2018-11-24[64]
Limmp Sweden Linus Blomdin 2 2017-09-06[65]
Deth (Trial) Singapore Yang Wu Heng 3 2018-11-24[64]
Zfreek United States Zakari Freedman 4 2014-08-27[37]
Adam (Trial) Malaysia Adam Shah 5 2018-11-24[64]

Rocket League[edit]

Alias Name Join date
Mognus Finland Joonas Salo 2018-03-01 [66]
gReazymeister Norway Marius Ranheim 2018-07-12 [67]
Flakes Netherlands Hrant Yakoub 2019-03-04 [68]


Alias Name Joined
TheJordude Canada Jordan Hong Tai 2015-03-28[69]
SylvanHunter Singapore Grace Naces 2015-09-14[70]
Sottle United Kingdom Simon Welch 2015-11-03[71]
Crane Denmark Simon Raunholst 2016-03-25[72]
mryagut Germany Tugay Evsan 2016-08-25[73]
Tyler Vietnam Tyler Hoang Nguyen 2016-09-11[74]
Casie Germany Kevin Eberlein 2016-10-05[75]
TheoHS Netherlands Matthijs Lieftink 2018-11-29[76]

Clash Royale[edit]

Alias Name Joined
coltonw83 United States Colton Wall 2018-03-28[77]
Adrian Mexico Adrian Piedra 2018-04-09[78]
Razzer United States Michael Roper 2018-04-26[79]


Alias Name Join date
Hogman United States Michael Hogman 2018-04-10[80]
xil Canada Julian Miller 2018-12-30[81]
MackWood United States Mack Aesoph 2018-01-07[82]


Alias Name Join date
Drini United States Drini Gjoka 2018-07-27[83]


Alias Name Join date
SuperJJ Austria Jan JanBen 2018-11-16[84]
Mryagut Germany Tugay Evsan 2018-11-16[85]
Sylvanhunter Singapore Grace Naces 2018-11-16[86]
Freddybabes United Kingdom Freddy Bird 2018-11-16[87]
Petrify Australia Mark Fittipaldi 2018-11-16[88]

Magic: The Gathering Arena[edit]

Alias Name Join date
AliasV Canada Eilidh Lonie 2018-11-29[89]
Amazonian United States Amy D. 2019-01-11[90]


Alias Name Position
1 United States Jason Lake Founder & CEO
JackC United States Jack Cales Marketing manager


dherz United States Daniel Herz CRO
Beef United States Kyle Bautista COO & General Manager
aMies United States Andrew Miesner Director of Technology & Media
Popcorn United States Scott Ford Director of Logistics & Call of Duty Manager
Fantasy Germany Sören Vendsahm Assistant General Manager
MasteryMatt United States Matt Rutledge Director of Mobile Gaming


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Preceded by
Fariko Impact
Call of Duty Championship winner
Succeeded by
Denial eSports