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Team Liquid set to re-sign Jensen in record-breaking $4.2 million LCS deal

Published: 27/Oct/2020 23:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid has reportedly tabled a lucrative $4.2 million dollar deal that would make off-contract mid lane star Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen the highest-paid player in LCS history, following rival Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s shock retirement.

Jensen has been at the center of Liquid’s League of Legends roster since 2019, when he jumped ship from Cloud9 after a Worlds semi-final run in South Korea.

The Danish mid laner, who has played in the North American league for the past six years, has already won four LCS titles with Liquid. He became a competition resident in May 2019, and has long been considered one of the league’s best.

With Bjergsen announcing his shock retirement, Jensen’s value skyrocketed. The mid laner, 25, is off-contract on Nov. 27, but seems set to stay in the blue and black of Team Liquid for another three years, according to insider Travis Gafford.

Jensen will reportedly accept the $4.2 million deal. Once he’s signed on the dotted line, the Dane will become the highest-paid LCS player the North American comp has ever had, dwarfing the previous richest contract by a long margin.

Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.
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Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.

Liquid also holds the soon-to-be second-highest deal, a $3.4 million contract over three years for world champion Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. The top lane star ⁠— who claimed Worlds glory with SKT in 2013 ⁠— is reportedly leaving Liquid, however.

He will be followed out the door by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, insider rumors have suggested. Liquid’s plans are to build around boom ADC star Edward “Tactical” Ra and 2020’s most valuable player Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in moving forward.

Liquid is also eyeing FlyQuest’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen to round out their 2021 roster, according to sources. They have not yet officially approached the jungle star.

Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid's emerging 2021 puzzle.
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Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid’s emerging 2021 puzzle.

Liquid are in the process of overhauling their 2020 roster after a mixed reception at Worlds this year. The North American representatives travelled to Shanghai as the LCS third seed, and blew through the Play-Ins before chalking up a 3-3 record in groups to exit in 9th/12th.

In the process, Liquid beat European heavyweights G2 Esports and Worlds finalists Suning — who face Damwon Gaming this Saturday for the 2020 title — but a failure to make the quarter-finals has seen the team reshuffle the roster regardless.

Dexerto will keep you updated on all the LCS roster shuffles as the 2021 season approaches. Domestic League of Legends returns in early January.

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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 0:00

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The legendary ADC has quit playing the game after TSM failed to make it out of the Worlds Group stage for the fifth time in franchise history. However, as he pointed out in his retirement message, his domestic form was good.

Doublelift was 17 when he qualified for his first tournament – the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. “When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” he said.

That tournament was played on tiny laptops in front of just 30 people, but he went onto bigger things. DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“For five years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match,” he wrote. “Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

Famously one of the most aggressive Bot laners in the world, Doublelift carried his career with the same brutish drive that propelled him to 2,098 Kills across 486 LCS games and tied for an LCS most All-Time record of four Pentakills.

Unfortunately, that level of success never transferred to the world stage – reaching the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) once and only making it out of the group stage at Worlds 2011.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the MSI 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

LoL Esports celebrates Doublelift’s career

Doublelift’s announcement came as a surprise to many in the esports industry who thought the 27 year old still had a lot to give to the game.

“Absolute legend, been a pleasure getting to know you this year. Great player, great person and great legacy. No matter what you end up doing next, I’m sure it will turn into something great as well,” former Team Liquid teammate Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen wrote.

“Best of luck in wherever your journey takes you next, Doublelift. We have no words that could adequately articulate your incredible contributions to our region and league over the years. Thank you for everything,” Riot Game’s LCS Twitter said.

100 Thieves General manager and beloved LoL personality Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith said, “There are precious few League of Legends personalities that promoted the growth of the entire esports industry more than you – To say you step away a legend is an understatement, congratulations on a wonderful career”

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.