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Team Liquid reportedly plan to trade Doublelift after lackluster split

Published: 16/Apr/2020 22:04 Updated: 17/Apr/2020 0:19

by Alan Bernal

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Team Liquid are shopping Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng’s contract after a disappointing LCS Spring Split for the team, as first reported by LCS insider Travis Gafford.

TL are working to move Doublelift’s expiring contract before the start of the Summer Split on May 16. There’s been signs of internal struggles between the player and the team throughout the course of the 2020 competitive season.

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Instead of hoping for an org to buy out Doublelift’s contract from now to November 17, when he can walk for free, Liquid are going to see if they can find a suitable place for the player while getting the best return for the seven-time LCS Champion.

If the report turns out to be true, it would mark the end of a two-and-a-half year run for both parties, including the time he was a part of Liquid on loan from Team SoloMid in 2017.

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Coming into the split, TL were at the top of every LCS power-ranking – and for good reason. They went on a tear through the LCS to lift the end-of-the-split trophy four times in a row and were going to get even stronger, on paper, with the addition of Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen.

Team Liquid were looking like a serious contender to not only dominate the LCS once again but also become one of North America’s best hopes to finally secure a Worlds Championship – but that wasn’t to be.

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Team Liquid and Doublelift didn’t look at all like themselves in Spring 2020.

Visa issues with Broxah stalled the team from ever gelling during the spring.

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But even without the star EU jungler, a team composed of two Worlds champions, one of the best mid laners in the league, and Doublelift couldn’t even hold onto a .500 record.

There was obviously something wrong in the TL camp, which was only punctuated after Doublelift announced he was benched on March 3.

Now, the question remains: Who will be willing to trade for Doublelift for the coming Summer Split?

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It’s not likely that Doublelift will request to join a bottom-tier org to be a part of a developing squad. Neither will top teams like Cloud9 look to mess with winning formulas the split before Worlds; especially when their current ADC was among the top three finalists for Spring MVP alongside two other C9 members.

A return to TSM could be in the cards, but it’ll be a difficult decision for management to make. Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup has been showing signs of brilliance with Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang, though it would be hard to argue against reinstating a five-time LCS All-Star who is bound to bounce back from his Spring 2020 form.

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Doublelift’s return to TSM is possible, though it would likely come at the expense of Kobbe’s starting spot.

Though it’s a longshot, Dignitas, with veteran talent in key roles who are similarly looking to prove they’re still elite, would only be bolstered by a lane-dominant ADC like Doublelift. If it’s a question of culture, then funnily enough 100 Thieves (Spring Split’s regular season third-place team) could be a surprise fit for the outspoken, trend-setting Bot laner who could be the X-factor they need.

As for the outlier teams, the global health situation could affect the amount of money DL commands by the time his current contract runs up; if that’s the case, anyone with cash during that window will be a contender to sign him, even 10th place CLG.

For the time being, it sounds like Doublelift will be representing another org in the 2020 Summer Split once Team Liquid finds a suitable trade for one of NA’s best talents of all time.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson