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Doublelift explains why he needed “wakeup call” about his LCS form

Published: 29/Feb/2020 17:31

by Scott Robertson

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In the latest episode of Team Liquid’s SQUAD, the organization’s documentary series about their North American League of Legends team, star Doublelift revealed details from a conversation with coaches about his less-than-stellar play during the team’s slow start to 2020.

The three-time reigning NA LCS champions in Team Liquid have not gotten off to an ideal start to their 2020 Spring Split campaign.

While winning the LCS is now a secondary objective to the team’s AD carry star, the team will have to right their ship before the Summer Playoffs, when all three NA spots for Worlds are on the line.

Team Liquid League of Legends pose at LCS finals 2018
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Liquid in 2018, in their dominant form.

Doublelift compared their current form to their pre-Worlds bootcamp form from half a year ago, saying that 2019 version “would stomp” Liquid. He also spoke candidly about a conversation with Liquid coaches about his own personal form.

“They were telling me that they think I’m playing really bad, and that the Doublelift from 2018 is just gone. The player who was screaming every single game at his teammates, who was impossible to kill, I was basically quarterback-ing the entire team [in 2018]. And I agreed with them.”

He says that the discussion with the coaches was “a good wakeup call,” and that might be what the team as a whole needs going forward.

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Team Liquid currently sits at 4-6, tied for second-to-last with four other teams.

The journey has not been smooth for Liquid, with EU jungler star Broxah joining in week four, and now Doublelift having to miss week six due to illness.

But the bot laner says that playing with a lack of motivation and passion has equally been as effective on the team’s performance.

“How relaxed I was for the last month was just a direct result of [a lack of] passion for Spring Split. They (LCS) removed a lot of importance of it, also I was truly waiting for our real roster to come. I was definitely too relaxed, I wasn’t taking scrims too seriously. When we lost, I didn’t feel upset, and when we played well, it didn’t feel really rewarding.”

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The point about feeling next-to-nothing after wins or losses might be the most surprising quote to come from Doublelift, who has famously paid passionately with his heart on his sleeve for almost all of his career.

While the Spring Split does carry less weight than it did in previous years, with Worlds qualification now solely decided by the outcome of the Summer Playoffs, Liquid’s slow start sill puts them behind pace of the other top teams in NA, including the red hot 10-0 Cloud9.

With Doublelift’s absence in week six, fans will still have to wait to see a woken up Team Liquid in full form, but when that team does wake up, it’s hard not to imagine them as an NA contender.

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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.