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Doublelift’s trade to TSM now official after LCS concludes investigation

Published: 26/Apr/2020 20:40 Updated: 26/Apr/2020 21:33

by Albert Petrosyan

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Team Liquid have traded Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng back to Team SoloMid, a move that was finalized on April 26 by the LCS Commissioner.

TSM was one of many teams that inquired about Doublelift after Liquid put up the player’s contract for trade following a less-than-stellar split. After having all the options on the table, the 2019 Spring Finals MVP chose to go back to his former team and rejoin with Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg.

“I’m unbelievably excited to play on TSM again,” he said in the official announcement. “Soren and Vincent have been my close friends and together with this roster, I expect to dominate LCS. I intend to help TSM regain status as a top team, make worlds for the first time in 3 years, and look for the international success we were on the brink of years ago.”

“I’m excited to have Doublelift return to us at TSM,” Bjergsen said following the move. “We won a lot of championships together, and share a vision of how a team should operate for performance.”

As part of the announcement, TSM also confirmed that they were looking to move Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup to a new team, although the details of that remain murky at this time.

“Alongside this momentous announcement, we would also like to mention that we’re currently in talks with other organizations to find Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup a new team, and will provide an announcement with more details on this at a later date.”

This trade didn’t come without any bumps in the road, however, as there had been rumors of it stalling due to compliance issues with the LCS rules regarding roster changes.

However, on April 26, LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley put out a statement confirming that their investigation into the matter hadn’t yielded proof of any wrongdoing.

“We conducted interviews of the relevant individuals as well as reviewed documents and communications in connection with the trade,” Greely said. “We found no evidence of prohibited behavior and accordingly, we have approved the trade.

Since leaving CounterLogic Gaming in October 2015, Doublelift has been bouncing to and from TSM and TL through hiatuses, trades, and loans. The 26-year-old will now play out the rest of his deal, which expires November 2020, on the team where he lifted his second LCS trophy.

The trade caps off a historic run for Team Liquid that started immediately after locking in DL to a three-year deal and permanently implementing him in the starting roster.

In that time, Liquid went on to win an astounding four split playoffs in a row since Spring 2018. Doublelift was the face of the NA juggernauts that ran the LCS for multiple years.

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Doublelift reportedly chose to go back to TSM after a historic LCS run with Team Liquid.

DL headlined a team filled with talented players like Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong, Jake Kevin ‘Xmithie’ Puchero, Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in, and Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park later replaced with Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen.

The star-studded rosters did enough in the regular season and playoffs to convince everyone that this was the North American standard.

Though the era started on shaky grounds, Liquid would eventually prove there wasn’t anyone else within a reasonable margin of their skill level in the LCS.

In four consecutive split finals, the 2018-2019 Liquid roster lost a total of four games in playoff finals. At the highest level of the league, Doublelift was able to consistently lead his team to end-of-the-split hardware, raising multiple banners in the LCS studios.

However, international success has eluded him. Upon signing for Liquid, DL noted how he wanted to extend his legacy of a dominant ADC on the world stage.

“I just want to show the world that I’ve been the best AD Carry in this region for a really really long time,” Doublelift said. “I wanna extend that to international success and being on this roster, makes me feel like that can be a reality.”

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In their legendary LCS run, TL and Doublelift didn’t find success at international events.

The roster that was “built to win” didn’t translate regional success to international events; they were unsuccessful in advancing from the group stage during both of their Worlds trips and were runner-ups at Rift Rivals as well as the Mid Season Invitational (MSI) in 2018 and 2019.

Doublelift now goes back to the organization that let him lift his only international trophy, the 2017 Rift Rivals award Team SoloMid received after beating the Unicorns of Love 3-0.

The seven-time LCS champion can get that chance as early as Worlds 2020, barring TSM’s Summer Split 2020 results and, it has to be noted, any influence the international event might have due to the world health crisis.

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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 13:46

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.


  • eStar dominates Rogue Warriors 2-0.
  • Top Esports finish up Jan 15 with a 2-0 win over Rare Atom.
  • Team WE and Royal Never Give Up top the standings.

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
Team WE 2-0 4-1
3 FunPlus Phoenix 1-0 2-0
LNG Esports 1-0 2-0
5 Edward Gaming 1-0 2-1
6 eStar Gaming 1-1 3-2
Suning 1-1 3-2
8 Victory Five 1-1 3-3
9 Invictus Gaming 1-1 2-2
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
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