League of Legends

LoL: Doublelift explains why EU Challenger players are better than NA

Published: 22/Sep/2019 11:52 Updated: 22/Sep/2019 12:20

by Daniel Cleary


Team Liquid’s League of Legends star, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, highlighted the differences between high-elo Solo Queue players in the EU and NA regions.

European and North American League of Legends fans have been going back and forth for years, arguing since the game’s release about which major region can produce some of the best competitive players.

With only weeks left until Worlds 2019 gets underway, which is set to be held in Europe this year, North American star Doublelift shared his opinion on the long-standing argument during his team’s bootcamp in the Netherlands.

Riot GamesDoublelift and Team Liquid will be attending Worlds 2019 as NA’s first seed after their Summer Finals win in Detroit.

During one of his Solo Queue streams, Doublelift admitted that high-elo players in the EU-West region seemed better in comparison to those from NA, “mechanically everyone in this game is better than NA Challenger, I can say that for sure.”

“These Diamond One/Master players are 100% better, I actually have to concentrate to play when normally I’m like super auto-piloted in Solo Queue, some of these players are super insane actually, better than LCS players probably mechanically.”

Despite maintaining a serious tone when sharing his opinion, many fans suspected that there was a good chance that the Team Liquid ADC was attempting to troll some of Twitch followers to a certain extent with some of his comments.

However, many other viewers in Doublelift’s Twitch stream agreed with his take, referencing the strength of the EU region in recent months with teams like G2 Esports and Fnatic looking like legitimate title contenders for the World Championship.

Although Worlds officially kicks off on October 2 with the play-in stage, Doublelift and Team Liquid won’t have to compete until October 12 after Team Liquid’s victory at the Summer Playoffs in Detroit qualified them as NA’s first seed in pool play.

Doublelift will have a few weeks to climb the ranks of EU West’s “insane” Solo Queue ranks before looking to improve on their international success after falling to G2 Esports in the Finals of the Mid-Season Invitational despite defeating former World Champs, Invictus Gaming in the Semi-final. 

Keep up-to-date with the Worlds 2019 on our coverage hub.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.