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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

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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.”

(Timestamp at 3:14 for Mobile viewers)

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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LPL 2021 Spring Split: RNG and Team WE lead the pack

Published: 16/Jan/2021 13:17 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 17:58

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 10 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • Team WE face off against Invictus Gaming on Sunday
  • RNG, Team WE, EDward start off 2021 LPL 2-0
  • Star-studded Top Esports are 1-2 through two weeks of play

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports vs ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 schedule (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God vs eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming vs Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Edward Gaming vs LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming v eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning vs Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming vs Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God vs Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom vs BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Edward Gaming vs JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports vs LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix vs Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors vs Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports vs Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up and Team WE leading the way, only having lost a match each.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 Royal Never Give Up 2-0 4-1
1 Team WE 2-0 4-1
3 EDward Gaming 1-0 2-0
4 LNG Esports 1-0 2-0
5 eStar Gaming 1-0 2-1
5 FunPlus Phoenix 1-1 3-2
5 Suning 1-1 3-2
8 Victory Five 1-1 3-3
9 Invictus Gaming 1-1 2-2
9 JD Gaming 1-1 2-2
11 Bilibili Gaming 1-1 2-3
12 Top Esports 1-2 3-4
13 Rogue Warriors 1-2 2-5
14 LGD Gaming 0-1 1-2
15 Rare Atom 0-1 0-2
15 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-1 0-2
17 Oh My God 0-2 1-4

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod