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Doublelift explains why Broxah will shine where other LCS imports failed

Published: 27/Nov/2019 4:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid superstar Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has backed his new jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen to shine in the LCS, and says the Danish star won’t struggle to adapt to North America like other “washed up” European imports.

NA’s Championship Series has built an unfortunate reputation among the fanbase for importing players who are “just looking for a paycheck” after failing to cut it in Europe and Korea, even going so far as to ignore domestic talent for them.

With the LCS community up in arms over recently offseason moves like Dignitas’ hefty $2.6 million contract for Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon, which has allegedly left them unable to sign other players, and Pobelter and Damonte missing roster spots, it’s no surprise some took TL’s jungle signing as a similar move.

Riot GamesNot everyone in NA is sold with Broxah’s big-money Team Liquid switch.

Fans have raised question marks over the four-time championship org’s decision to dump Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero for Broxah, even comparing it to Team SoloMid’s much-mocked decision to shunt proven talent Doublelift for EU LCS star Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, which ended with the ADC leaving to Cloud9 this month.

Doublelift has assured fans that he doesn’t think Broxah’s North American move will go the same way as stories like Bora ‘Yellowstar’ Kim, Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Rodríguez, or Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten, all of whom failed to make their mark on the scene.

According to the LCS superstar, his new jungler has already proven that he’s more than up to the task, and Peng explained during his November 26 blog that he had already been “blown away” by Broxah’s maturity and drive to succeed.

“I’m pretty excited to play with this guy, he’s a f*cking tank and he’s so mature for 22,” Doublelift said. “I’m going to tell you guys, I was and am still pretty dumb, at that age and now, but this guy just seems so well put together and mature.”

Riot GamesDoublelift said he was impressed with Broxah’s shining Worlds record.

The TL bot laner pointed to Broxah’s international experience, which includes two miracle runs at the World Championship in group stage, and a runners-up medal in 2018, as well as his two European titles, as proof of his stardom.

Beyond that, Doublelift added that he believes Broxah may be the missing piece of Liquid’s oft-shattered international puzzle, which has seen the squad achieve just once — their 2019 MSI campaign when they lost 3-0 to G2 Esports in the final — and fallen short across two years despite being the best domestic team.

Riot GamesLiquid have struggled to translate their LCS domination to the international stage.

Not only could his “incredible mechanics” and “tons of potential” play a key role in keeping TL on top in North America, Doublelift said, he also believes Broxah isn’t coming to the LCS just looking for a paycheck like many have feared.

“The thing that I always don’t want is to play with a guy who’s checked out, and has come to NA for the paycheck,” he added, before showing a graphic that included players like Huni, Tristan ‘PowerofEvil’ Schrage, and Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik.

“I think, without going too much into it, it’s quite common for people to come to NA and use it as a way for them to make a ton of money before they retire.”

“I know Broxah is not doing that, he came here because he wants to compete, and he’s super driven to find success. If I felt like I was playing with players who didn’t have that competitive mindset alongside me, it wouldn’t sit well with me, I don’t even know if I’d be able to turn up to practice it would be so frustrating.”

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Now, Doublelift’s eyes turn towards Liquid’s third consecutive title defence in LCS 2020 Spring, which is set to begin in January. He turned down his All-Stars invite earlier this week, and has his mind fixed firmly on competitive play.

And as TL settle into their preseason preparations, before scrims kick-off properly in the New Year, Doublelift asked his fans to welcome Broxah into the fold, and celebrate the fact he was pulling on the blue and white of Team Liquid.

“I hope you guys show Broxah a lot of support, I know for some reason he seems to have a lot of haters, and I don’t understand why,” Peng said, “because I think he’s really likeable. Different fan bases just like different things, I guess.”

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.