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OpTic’s Meteos explains why Yuumi’s the worst LoL champion

Published: 28/May/2019 11:54 Updated: 28/May/2019 12:03

by Joe O'Brien

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OpTic Gaming jungler William ‘Meteos’ Hartman explained why he thinks new League of Legends champion Yuumi is the worst in the game.  

Yuumi the Magical Cat is the latest new champion in League of Legends, designed as a support with a unique mechanic that allows her to become “Attached” to a friendly champion. While Attached, Yuumi is immune to direct attacks except from towers, and her abilities fire from the location of the champion she’s Attached to.

Yuumi debuted to a record low win-rate, prompting some emergency buffs from Riot Games, but having been released during the off-season between the spring and summer splits of the various leagues, Yuumi has yet to be seen in professional play.

Riot GamesYuumi is the latest champion to join League of Legends.

In a recent interview with Travis Gafford, Meteos gave his thoughts on the current meta-game, revealing that Yuumi is his new least favorite champion.

“Yuumi is actually just the embodiment of what I don’t like about the game. I used to think Ivern was just the worst they could possibly make, and Riot’s just like ‘nah, we can do better than that.’”

Meteos explained that Yuumi removes layers of complexity from the game by simplifying elements like positioning. In comparison to Zoe, another champion that faces plenty of criticism for her kit, Meteos argued that Yuumi was even more frustrating as she requires less skill to play effectively and there are fewer options for counter-play.

While it’s not entirely clear yet whether Yuumi will actually appear in pro play, with Meteos highlighting that she seems to be either very powerful or relatively useless as players are still figuring out how to play with and against her, he certainly hopes that she will fall down on the “useless” side and therefore be absent from the LCS.

[Yuumi discussion begins at 6:36 for mobile viewers]

During the interview Meteos also touched on the state of the current OpTic Gaming LCS line-up, revealing that while it wasn’t entirely finalized, he expects that he’ll be starting in the Jungle, but the squad hasn’t yet decided between Terry ‘Big’ Chuong and Austin ‘Gate’ Yu as the starting LCS Support.

The future of the OpTic League of Legends team, like the rest of OpTic Gaming, is currently up in the air, as a battle for control of the organization takes place behind the scenes. Reports suggest the favorite to win that battle is Immortals Gaming Club, and it’s believed that if they do, they’ll rebrand the LCS team under the Immortals name.

What impact such a takeover could have on the players remains unclear, but with Immortals having been among the top contenders during their previous time in the LCS it wouldn’t be too surprising to see sweeping changes in an effort to build a championship-contending roster.

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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.

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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.