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Doubelift explains why he’d rather play Invictus Gaming than SK Telecom T1 at MSI

Published: 16/May/2019 14:19 Updated: 16/May/2019 15:11

by Joe O'Brien


Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has revealed that he’d rather face tournament favorites Invictus Gaming at the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational than Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1.

In a recent interview with Travis Gafford, the Team Liquid star gave a surprising assessment of which team he’d prefer to face in the MSI semi-finals.

Invictus Gaming have dominated the competition so far at MSI. The reigning World Champions entered as the favorites and demonstrated exactly why in the group stage, winning nine of their 10 games to finish with the best record of any team at an MSI ever.

SK Telecom T1, meanwhile, came in with a point to prove following both their own poor season and the shortcomings of South Korea internationally in 2018. Their own route through the group stage was marked by some notable defeats, losing to G2 Esports twice and being beaten by IG in an international-record time of 16:01.

Riot GamesInvictus Gaming are the favorites for the title after a dominant group stage.

SK Telecom did get some measure of revenge against IG by handing them their first defeat in the very last match of the group stage, but more significantly from Doublelift’s perspective, they were dominant in their matches against Team Liquid.

Against Invictus, meanwhile, Doublelift felt TL put up a better fight.

“I think SKT’s a way harder match-up for us. When we played against IG both games were really close, people are gonna remember that we lost them but how we lost to them was a very close game, we lost off of one team fight, that’s it.”

Doublelift thinks that his team being able to play Invictus closer than SK Telecom T1 is due to Invictus not being well-practiced against the style that Liquid play.

“Against IG, I think a lot of the plays that we were going for they actually have no experience against. In China they’re more used to being challenged on some of the stuff that they go for, where we are willing to just trade, and also the stuff that we go for they just aren’t ready, they’re just not thinking about it.

“I like our match-up against IG a lot, and I hope they choose us.”

[discussion of TL vs IG begins at 3:30 for mobile viewers]

The interview took place before the matchups for the MSI semi-finals had been decided, but Doublelift’s wish has since come true, as Invictus Gaming did in fact select Team Liquid for their semi-final match. SK Telecom will instead play G2 Esports.

Breaking the group stage curse

This Mid-Season Invitational is particularly notable for Doublelift as he’s finally broken a long-standing personal barrier. Despite being hailed for most of his career as one of North America’s best players, internationally he’s never made it out of the group stages of a big event.

With Team Liquid’s victory over G2 Esports on the final day of the group stage, Doublelift has at last broken that streak of disappointments. Earlier in the interview, however, Doublelift revealed that he gets little satisfaction from the result so far, as “it’s not enough”.

This isn’t the first time Doublelift has broken such a streak. For the first half of his career he was unable to secure domestic wins, with “Doublelift’s trophy case” becoming a meme for its emptiness. After first winning the NA LCS in Summer 2015, however, Doublelift is now the most successful player in North America, surpassing Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg for the title with Team Liquid’s win this Spring.

Doublelift has a long way to go if he’s to achieve a similar turn-around internationally, but taking the first step of finally reaching the playoffs could prove to be another landmark moment in his career.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards


TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.