League of Legends

IWillDominate explains why Liquid should keep Doublelift benched in LCS

Published: 3/Mar/2020 3:28

by Andrew Amos


Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng is currently on the bench after being diagnosed with laryngitis, and former LCS pro Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera thinks he should stay there in place of Edward ‘Tactical’ Ha for the rest of Team Liquid’s split.

Team Liquid’s 2020 LCS campaign has gotten off to a rocky start. With visa issues plaguing starting jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen for the first three weeks, the four-time champions of North America were only able to squeeze two weeks in with a full roster.

With Doublelift riding the bench for the foreseeable future, academy AD carry Tactical had some big shoes to fill. However, the rookie has had a dream debut in the LCS, helping Team Liquid secure their first 2-0 week in 2020.

Tactical playing for Team Liquid in LCS 2020
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Tactical was named as Doublelift’s replacement, but Dom thinks the academy AD carry should become his successor.

The former TSM Academy AD carry took down his old org in his first match, before securing the first perfect game of LCS 2020 over 100 Thieves on March 1.

While Team Liquid themselves have embraced the meme of Tactical being better than Doublelift, former LCS star IWillDominate has suggested that benching the seven-time LCS champion for the two-game rookie was the smart thing to do regardless of illness.

“I feel like it’s healthy having a player that cares [like Tactical],” said the former Team Liquid jungler.

“Even if in a vacuum Tactical isn’t as good as Doublelift, the fact that Doublelift literally went on camera and just admitted that he didn’t care about this season from the beginning, it’s so much better to have a player like Tactical who’s just going to be giving it his all.”

Doublelift has made his feelings known about the LCS earlier on in the split. During the LCS roundtable just before the season kicked off, he made it abundantly clear that he’s “fine with losing the LCS” if it means he can win Worlds. This mentality, however, has been his downfall, according to Dom.

“Doublelift is like ‘oh Spring split doesn’t really matter, I don’t really care, I’m just focusing on other stuff, winning the split doesn’t matter that much to me anymore because I’ve won it so many times,’” he said.

“When a player says that, that makes me think ‘okay, just let somebody else play that actually wants to play’,” the streamer added.

When it comes down to it, Dom stated that if he had to choose between an established veteran with the wrong mentality, or a rookie with the right mentality, he’d almost always take the passionate player.

“No matter how good you are, most of the time it’ll be more beneficial having someone who cares in than someone who doesn’t care, that’s my take.”

Team Liquid will be looking to keep their form up in Week 7 with a chance of tying their 6-6 record up with the 8-4 FlyQuest in second place.

They will face off against Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals, however whether it’s with Doublelift or Tactical remains unclear.

League of Legends

League of Legends Star Guardian 2020 event guide: skins, missions, more

Published: 4/Dec/2020 6:19

by Andrew Amos


It’s been a while since we had a proper event in League of Legends, but there’s still a couple of cap off 2020. The Star Guardians are getting their time in the spotlight, with a new Prestige skin, as well as missions for players to complete.

Season 10 is coming to a close in League of Legends. While pre-Season 11 is already here, the 10th anniversary of the game doesn’t really wrap up until the end of the year.

That means there’s still plenty of celebrating to do, and the players are the ones reaping the rewards. While the Worlds event was a couple of months ago now, there’s another one in the interim before the final big Battle Queens one at the end of the year ⁠— Star Guardian.

Cosmic Hecarim in League of Legends
Riot Games
It might be the Star Guardian event, but Cosmic skins have taken over.

What skins are part of the Star Guardian 2020 event?

Despite the name, there’s only one new Star Guardian skin coming out in this event. It just so happens the skin is a Prestige one. Prestige Star Guardian Soraka is being dropped in the latest event, featuring the iconic gold-and-white trim the rare skins are known for.

Prestige Star Guardian Soraka will set players back 100 Prestige Points in the in-game shop.

The rest of the skins players can pick up during the event are all from the Cosmic skin line. Varus, Anivia, Hecarim, Vladimir, Illaoi, Nidalee, Nami, Skarner, and Lissandra all picked up skins during the event ⁠— all going for 1350 RP. You can also pick up their chromas for 290 RP each

Dark Cosmic Lissandra in League of Legends
Riot Games
Lissandra is the only Dark Cosmic skin in the new set.

LoL Star Guardian 2020 event missions

There’s four missions in the Star Guardian 2020 event, each tying back to the three previous generations of the popular skin line. Here’s what you need to do to get your in-game rewards.

Mission  Objective Reward
Season 1: Shine Bright Win three games as Lux or Jinx, score 75 takedowns, or play 10 games. 250 BE
Season 2: The Old Guard Win three games as Ahri or Soraka, as a team kill 12 dragons, or play 10 games. Mystery Emote
Season 3: The Twilight Star Win three games as Xayah, Rakan, or Neeko, as a team take the first structure four times, or play 10 games 250 BE + Hextech Key
Hoping the Future is Brighter Win a game using a Star Guardian skin, as a team kill 2 Barons, or play seven games Hextech Chest

Essence Emporium returns in Star Guardian event

There isn’t an event shop per se in the League of Legends Star Guardian 2020 event. However, there is a limited time market regardless in the Essence Emporium.

The special shop has returned for two weeks, so players can spend their hard earned Blue Essence on limited edition items like Champie Icons, special skins, and more.

This is your chance to perhaps pick up Urfwick for a cool 150,000 BE, or some icons ranging from 1500 BE to 100,000. You can find the full selection in the in-game shop.

Urfwick in League of Legends
Riot Games
Urfwick only appears in the store during the Essence Emporium, so get in quick to grab the rare skin.

The Star Guardian 2020 event wraps up on December 16 at 1pm PT. Be sure to get your missions done before then, and grab your goodies from the Essence Emporium, ahead of the next event!