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Doublelift slams accusations he’s re-joining TSM for girlfriend Leena

Published: 27/Apr/2020 9:02 Updated: 1/May/2020 0:38

by Isaac McIntyre

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North American superstar Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng is officially returning to Team SoloMid after two years and four consecutive LCS titles with Team Liquid, and says he’s fed up with people saying it’s because of his relationship.

Doublelift’s 2020 has been a rollercoaster, to say the least. First, Liquid was left without their huge offseason signing Broxahn due to visa issues. Then, as the team slipped to a poor 2–4 record, Doublelift fell ill. Things got worse from there.

While he was on the sideline, the bot laner admitted he was “fine losing LCS.” TL’s backroom staff responded by formally benching the veteran star. Liquid, and Doublelift, would go on to finish ninth. The champions missed playoffs entirely.

Then, on April 26, LCS fans around the world were left stunned as TSM announced they had reacquired Doublelift for the final year of his contract. It made sense: his former org had also struggled in Spring, and needed an upgrade.

What didn’t make sense in many fans’ eyes, was Peng being allowed to leave Liquid to join an org helmed by his girlfriend Leena Xu. Now, the NA champion has responded to the “odd” rumors ⁠— and shut them down completely.

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The pro is tired of people blaming it on his relationship.

Doublelift explained to his fans why he was returning to TSM after his two-year stint with Liquid in a personal vlog. In the 16:50 tell-all video, the bot laner tried to share “what really happened” after he was put on the trade block.

In particular, the 26-year-old made it very clear he would have accepted the TL-to-TSM offer “no matter what.” Leena didn’t come into his thinking, he admitted. Instead, it was past TSM allies Bjergsen and Biofrost that played a key role.

“If Leena wasn’t on TSM, would I join TSM? Absolutely, yes. I joined because the roster is really good, because the org is super hyped. I also thought of my past relationships with Bjergsen and Biofrost,” he explained.

“I’m really f**king excited to rejoin TSM. I loved playing on the team in the past, and I’m really looking forward to being back with Soren [Bjergsen] and Vincent [Biofrost] because they have been my best friends for the last four years.”

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 11:01 in the video below.

Doublelift added he wanted to leave Liquid because the benching situation felt “a little unfair”. When he had made mistakes on TSM ⁠⁠— namely the infamous 2016 death against Samsung that punted his team out of Worlds groups ⁠— they didn’t point the finger at him.

When TL’s veteran roster, with the exception of new pickup Broxah, did respond that way in early Spring, Doublelift said he “just wanted out” as soon as possible. “Out of respect for my teammates,” he said, he decided to leave for TSM.

Finally, Peng added he knew building another “stacked roster” at Team SoloMid is now a “do or die” moment for him and the team. Regardless, he said he’s ready: “I’m going to give it my 110%. I want to regain everything I’ve lost.”

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.