Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has set some ambitious goals for himself and his team in 2019.
In an interview with Travis Gafford, Doublelift discussed his aspirations for this League of Legends season, setting some fairly lofty targets.
Doublelift is coming off a very successful season with Team Liquid in 2018. The team dominated domestically, picking up both Spring and Summer LCS titles, the first in the organization’s history. Unfortunately, the year ended on something of a disappointing note, as they were unable to escape the group stage at the World Championship.
Coming into the 2019 season, Team Liquid looks even more formidable. They’ve brought on former Cloud9 star Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen in the mid-lane, as well as pairing Doublelift up with former World Champion support Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in.
So far the new additions seem to be working as intended. Liquid currently sits undefeated at 6-0 in the 2019 Spring Split. Speculation is already starting around the possibility of a flawless run, and according to Doublelift it’s something that he himself is aiming for.
Though he’s not convinced that Team Liquid are in perfect form yet, Doublelift seems relatively confident that they can go undefeated, as “LCS right now is like seven monkeys and three decent teams.”
No team in North America has ever pulled off a flawless LCS regular season. Two teams have come close, with both Immortals and TSM – at the time featuring Doublelift himself – managing 17-1 seasons. Over in Europe, the 2015 Fnatic line-up is the only team with an undefeated split to their name.
Beyond the domestic, Doublelift has also stated that this year – which he’s announced as “the year of the Doublelift” – will be the year he finally makes it to the playoffs of the World Championship, one of the few accolades still eluding him in an otherwise highly-decorated career.
Beyond the team achievements, Doublelift also has some personal goals for this year. In particular, he’s eying a run at the number one spot on the competitive ladder, a rank he hasn’t achieved in some years.