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LoL: Doublelift explains why NA is “garbage” after brutal Rift Rivals defeat

Published: 2/Jul/2019 8:24 Updated: 2/Jul/2019 8:41

by Joe O'Brien


Team Liquid’s star AD Carry Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng had some harsh words for the LCS after their comprehensive defeat at Rift Rivals 2019.

North America’s LCS recently faced off against Europe’s LEC at Rift Rivals 2019, and the results weren’t encouraging for NA.


Over the entire competition, the LCS only picked up a total of four game wins, with three of them coming from Team Liquid, despite many speculating that Europe’s representatives might not have been taking the games as seriously as they could be at all times.

In the wake of the results, Doublelift spoke frankly to Travis Gafford about the difference between the two leagues, and while he was quick to recognize Europe’s superiority, the MSI finalist also had some harsh words for the rest of North America.

Riot GamesThe LEC dominated Rift Rivals 2019 against the LCS.

“It feels good that overall we played the best. Every NA team is trying their absolute best to win right now, and I’d say every single EU team is just kind of trolling and still winning pretty effortlessly or getting really close.

“It’s really demoralizing because it just means our competition is just garbage, it’s just so bad here. The fact that we’ve been able to have a semi-decent performance at MSI just goes to show we’re literally training with the biggest weights on in the world, and those weights are NA.”

In explaining their shortcomings, Doublelift highlighted North America’s tendency to import players from other regions. Every single team in the LCS fields at least one import on their starting roster, and for the two Spring finalists, Team Liquid and TSM, three players on each made their name elsewhere before moving to NA.


Doublelift points to this as an indictment of the North American environment for raising new talent, stating that he feels that very few North American players other than himself are currently capable of truly hitting a world class level.

Regarding what’s holding the region back, Doublelift states that players need to “try harder, just put in more effort and try to get your teammates to put in more effort as well.”

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For fans of North America, there is still hope for the region at this year’s World Championship, with Team Liquid having proven that they can keep up internationally by reaching the MSI finals with a win over reigning World Champions Invictus Gaming.


Following Rift Rivals, however, many fans believe that the rest of the LCS has some catching up to do if they’re to field more than one real contender internationally, and it seems Doublelift agrees.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!