Team Liquid’s Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng spoke about his team, their chances at the League of Legends World Championship, and unexpectedly revealed one of their biggest weaknesses.
LoL teams all around the world are gathering in Europe for the annual Worlds tournament, with the Play-In matches just around the corner and the main event set to start on October 12.
With so little time left until the biggest event of year, emotions are running high and teams are trying to get in a last bit of practice. However, one of North America’s brightest stars, Doublelift, seemed fairly relaxed and calmly confident as he shared his thoughts on his team's chances.
The American star was interviewed by ESPN Esports on September 30, where he started by revealing one of his team’s biggest weaknesses – they tend to get pulled into their opponent’s tempo.
He described that they are often playing catch-up, stating it’s hard to “start getting the flow of the game the way you want it to go… and that’s why we lose.”
On the flip side, the Liquid star thinks that when they are able to get the game going they are nearly unstoppable, describing their gameplay as a brick wall, reminiscent of the Korean teams back in the day that would give their opponents nothing and pounce at the perfect time.
Later in the interview, he was asked about Team Liquid’s chances at worlds this year. At first, he was careful with his answer, citing that he had been confident at previous Worlds events and it came back to bite him.
However, Yiliang eventually loosened up, claiming that “it can’t be that hard, we just need to come top two in our group. We did it at the Mid-Season Invitational, we can do it at worlds.”
Doublelift’s final statement poured on even more confidence, as he confirmed that their great MSI result has boosted the team and they are ready to continue from there.
Liquid was able to take second place at MSI in May 2019, managing to defeat G2 in the group stage before taking down world champions Invictus Gaming in the playoff stage.
They will be competing at Worlds very soon and will face a rematch with the world champions in their group which is set to start on October 12.