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G2 coach criticizes Doublelift over “unprofessional” Team Liquid exit

Published: 14/May/2020 14:37 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:46

by Daniel Cleary

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G2 Esports’ League of Legends coach Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann has criticized Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng for his ‘unprofessional’ Team Liquid exit amid major TSM controversy.

Doublelift is one of the biggest stars the LCS has ever seen, after winning seven regional titles in recent years, including four consecutive playoff wins under the Team Liquid brand.

However, after his poor performance in the 2020 spring split, which was apparently due to motivation issues and internal conflict, Team Liquid failed to even make it to the LCS’ playoff stage, putting an end to their dominant streak, with Doublelift later getting transferred to TSM.

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Doublelift will be back in a TSM jersey for LCS’ 2020 Summer Split.

The transition did not go as smoothly as he would’ve liked, as he received backlash over comments made about former teammates and his coaches decision making shortly after leaving Team Liquid.

This was then followed by the latest scandal involving his girlfriend and TSM president Leena Xu, after she leaked confidential information about one of his teammates on his stream.

During an episode of IWillDominate and Thorin’s popular LoL talk show, The Crackdown, G2 Esports coach Grabbz revealed his thoughts on Doublelift and some of the controversies that surrounded his move to TSM, claiming that the star bot laner was actually the “biggest winner” out of it all.

 

“I think he’s the biggest winner out of this Leena fiasco, I would not want to work with that person as a coach with the way how he left Team Liquid, It wasn’t professional,” he admitted, revealing his surprise in TSM’s willingness to pick him up.

After sharing that he had even defended Doublelift for his lack of motivation during the split, GrabbZ was not impressed by the star ADC’s actions and attitude towards others on Team Liquid shortly after.

“He’s benched for a week and suddenly feels motivated again? Continue talking bulls**t that’s not how it works,” he explained, hitting out at Doublelift, “you’re not benched for one game and suddenly you have an epiphany, then he s**t talks his coaches and teammates publicly.”

The G2 Head coach was also critical of TSM’s and Leena’s handling on the Dardoch situation, highlighting some of their recent blunders by simply labeling them “Team Substandard Management.”

GrabbZ, who led G2 Esports to a near-flawless year in 2019, later added that for someone of Doublelift’s pedigree should hold themselves to a much higher standard after leaving a team, instead of trying to pin the blame on others.

“This guy is a ten-year veteran, a star player of the region, and behaves like that,” he said.

However, despite much of the controversy surrounding Doublelift and TSM, he still looks set to makes his return to LCS alongside a new roster in the 2020 summer split.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”