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Doublelift explains why NA LoL is “really weak” after Worlds 2019 exit

Published: 22/Oct/2019 22:06 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 23:14

by Alan Bernal


Superstar Yiliang ‘ League of Legends competitive scene after Team Liquid got eliminated from Worlds 2019.

In an interview with Travis Gafford, Doublelift reflected about the things that “went wrong” during their time in Group D at Berlin. After noting the unique meta that evolved in their particular group, the Team Liquid ADC saw bigger problems indicative of his team’s early exit.

Worlds 2019 was another iteration of the tournament where all North American representatives didn’t make it out to the group stage, but it seems like the signs were in the stars for the TL pro.

Team Liquid Eliminated from Worlds

After their knockout defeat in groups, Doublelift said how “nothing that [they were] doing was working” in their international games. Since TL was the clear-cut top team in the region, their failure at Worlds could also speak to a larger problem.

“I think it just says our region is really weak,” Doublelift said. “It says a lot that I struggle really hard internationally but then domestically there’s no competition.”

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To be sure, DL wasn’t blaming NA for the lack of international success for the TL side. Instead it was an observation of how far behind the region is as a whole.

While there’s a lot of starpower in NA, and a deep class of up-and-coming players in the academy system, something just isn’t “clicking” when it comes to these global events.

Riot GamesThe NA All-Star has been surrounded by top players throughout his career, but is still having trouble getting out of groups at Worlds.

Noting that “there aren’t very many [NA] teams that can challenge” Team Liquid in their region, DL sees how elite players and teams’ styles from his home region seem to go by the wayside against the world’s best.

“There are so many good players in our region, there are so many good ideas, and all these things that are going well,” he says. “But it’s just not clicking.”

He said that when TL arrives at international events, they are “speedrunning a lot of learning” as opposed to the other teams that “did the work beforehand.”

The 26-year-old has been to seven Worlds competitions dating back from the inaugural tournament. During his time with Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid, the ADC couldn’t break out of the group stage on the Worlds stage.

But it’s not without hope. According to Doublelift, the intense fandom and resources within NA can be “enticing” for teams to foster strong rosters which will hopefully translate to a more successful region in the future.

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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


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.