Doublelift slams LoL Worlds competition, says Liquid will "bend teams over" - Dexerto
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Doublelift slams LoL Worlds competition, says Liquid will “bend teams over”

Published: 4/Sep/2019 23:36 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 0:07

by Scott Robertson

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Team Liquid’s Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero, and team owner Steve ‘Liquid112’ Arhancet went on the League of Legends subreddit for an AMA while they prepare for the Worlds 2019. And they had plenty to say.

Doublelift and Team Liquid surely don’t lack in confidence, and after claiming their fourth straight North American LCS title, their confidence won’t be wavering any time soon.

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Prior to their most recent summer split victory, their confidence was at an all-time high after defeating Invictus Gaming in the semifinals of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. But their confidence was shaken in the grand finals, when G2 Esports blew them out, sweeping them 3-0 and ending the final game in just 18 minutes.

The joy of another LCS title hasn’t made that loss sting any less, and if their AMA is any indication, they haven’t forgotten about that loss for a second. When asked how their performance at MSI affected their thoughts on Worlds, Doublelift spoke candidly, as always:

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Beating IG made me think we could realistically win worlds, and losing so badly to G2 made me think if we practiced harder or differently we could’ve won MSI.

RiotTeam Liquid wins their fourth straight LCS title

When asked about who they’d want in their Worlds group, Xmithie stated he wanted to meet G2 Esports again. But it seems the rivalry between the best of NA and Europe only exists on stage, as Doublelift named G2’s Luka ‘PerkZ’ Perković as someone he gets along with most outside of the game.

For Team Liquid, the goal has always been for success at Worlds, and Doublelift doesn’t shy away from drawing attention to the differences between that stage and the LCS stage. 

I play against significantly weaker players 95% of the year and for the last 5%, I play against stronger ones.

But in that same comment, he acknowledged his own shortcomings at Worlds, and the pressure of playing against the best competition.

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I never really talked about this before but I did struggle with the fact that I “choked” at past worlds against strong opponents. I think in some situations, I definitely did outplay myself mentally and play way below my level.

Doublelift has appeared at four World Championships (one with CLG, two with TSM, and one with Liquid), but it has been group stage eliminations all four years. The most recent MSI was his first international playoffs appearance.

RiotTeam Liquid watches as G2 celebrates at MSI 2019

But if you suspect he’s any less confident heading into this year’s Worlds, I give you this Q+A from the AMA:

Do you guys have any poses planned for Worlds? It was cool seeing it again at Rift Rivals, and I was sad that we didn’t get to see any group poses at LCS Finals

yea we have one where we bend the enemy team over

Doublelift, don’t ever change.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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!

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