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Doublelift weighs in on NA vs EU rivalry after LoL MSI

Published: 20/May/2019 7:57 Updated: 20/May/2019 8:35

by Joe O'Brien


Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng weighed in on the NA vs EU debate following Team Liquid’s loss to G2 Esports in the MSI 2019 final.

The NA vs EU debate is the oldest rivalry in League of Legends, predating the rise of South Korea and more recently China as dominant forces in international LoL.

In the last seven years, however, that rivalry has counted only for which region can perform the best before ultimately losing to the best teams from South Korea or China, with the exception of the far less meaningful Rift Rivals in which NA and EU clash directly.

At this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, however, NA and EU met in perhaps their most meaningful head-to-head battle ever, with LCS champions Team Liquid facing LEC champions G2 Esports in the final.

Riot GamesG2 Esports won MSI in emphatic fashion with a sweep over Team Liquid.

Unfortunately for Team Liquid, the final was rather one-sided in favor of G2 Esports, with the European representative setting a new record for the fastest international best-of-five final win in their 3-0 sweep.

In the wake of their loss, TL star Doublelift was asked about the NA vs EU rival and his own rivalry with Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, the former mid-laner who role-swapped to AD Carry for the start of 2019.

“Perkz played better than me today,” Doublelift admitted. “Can’t argue with results, EU is better.”

MSI wasn’t without successes for Team Liquid, however. For Doublelift, it marked the first time in his career that he’s managed to escape the group stage of an international event, a result he swiftly followed up with victory over reigning World Champions and tournament favorites Invictus Gaming in the semi-finals.

Though Team Liquid’s accomplishments were somewhat overshadowed by G2 actually taking home the trophy, the first time an EU has claimed a major international title since the Season One Championship, they were one half of a final that signified a major shift in League of Legends’ power balance.

In combination with Fnatic’s second-place finish at the 2018 World Championship – as well as Cloud9 and G2 Esports’ appearances in the semi-finals – this year’s MSI marks the first time since the ascent of South Korea in Season 3 that western teams have legitimately been able to go toe-to-toe with the best of the east.

As teams now return to their domestic leagues for the Summer Split, it very much seems that this year’s World Championship could ultimately rest in the hands of any of the major regions.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.