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League of Legends: Golden Guardians add former TSM top laner to 2019 roster

Published: 29/Nov/2018 22:26 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 22:59

by Alan Bernal

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The North American League of Legends team Golden Guardians took to Twitter to announce the signing of a championship-winning top-laner.

Golden Guardians have signed former Team SoloMid top laner and NA LCS champion Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell to their roster ahead of the 2019 season, pending Riot approval.

The move was first reported by ESPN and was officially confirmed by the organization on their official Twitter on November 29.

After a lackluster start to their run in the NA LCS last year, the Golden Guardians have been on the hunt for top-tier talent this offseason.

Hauntzer will be making his way to the Golden Guardians lineup after TSM signed Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik in his place for the 2019 season.

Hauntzer has been a consistently strong homegrown-talent for the past few years and the addition of Broken Blade to TSM signaled the coming departure from the veteran.

Riot GamesThe former TSM top-laner will look to make the Golden Guardians a stronger team in 2019.

He’ll now be tasked with helping bring some life to a Golden Guardians team that is looking to turn things around with a fresh start in 2019.

In addition to Hauntzer, the Golden Guardians have been looking into other big moves, with the team being the favorites to sign Henrik “Froggen” Hansen.

With just a couple months to go until the start of the 2019 season and plenty of roster moves left to make all throughout the NA LCS, we can expect even more news in the coming weeks.

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Doublelift admits he considered retiring alongside Bjergsen

Published: 26/Oct/2020 11:47 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 12:53

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends icon Peng ‘Doublelift’ Yiliang has admitted he actually considered retirement after hearing Bjergsen had decided to call it quits on the game, but hasn’t yet followed suit, 

It’s safe to say that TSM didn’t quite have the Worlds run that they expected; in fact, it was quite the opposite. Setting the record for the first ever established region not to win a single game during the competition, the org’s performance left fans shocked and, in many cases, gutted.

While a plethora of angry fans jumped on different members of the team for underperforming and a host of casters and analysts asked how TSM would rise from the ashes, Saturday evening’s news changed the debate entirely: TSM’s staple midlaner Bjergsen announced his retirement. 

Although, this was possibly on the cards (Bjergsen’s disappointment regarding performances was pretty clear), no one expected what came next.

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Brothers in arms: Bjergsen and Doublelift lifting the LCS trophy for TSM in 2017.

Brothers in Arms

TSM ADC and North American titan Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng confessed in a tweet that, following Bjergsen’s announcement, he also considered retiring from the professional LoL scene.

He said: “When he told me, I considered retiring alongside him for a week. Soren is one of the best players and people I’ve ever played with, the shoes will be tough to fill.”

Brothers on Bjergsen’s retirement

Doublelift and Bjergsen have become one of North America’s most iconic duos, as well as two of the main faces of the LCS franchise. Their reuniting under the TSM banner in 2020 had a lot of TSM fans excited: the brotherhood had been reforged.

It makes a lot of sense, therefore, that with Bjergsen retiring Doublelift considered doing so as well; the two players are so intrinsically connected.

Not only are they friends, they have experienced the highs and lows of the industry together, fought adversity together and achieved victory together. Losing one could logically imply that the professional LoL world may lose the other too.

Only time will tell if Doublelift acts upon this news, something that will likely be impacted by roster changes during the off-season. Will we see Doublelift continue to reign supreme in the botlane? We’ll have to wait and see,