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Team Liquid’s Doublelift and CoreJJ make bold predictions for League of Legends MSI

Published: 6/May/2019 8:54 Updated: 6/May/2019 9:02

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng and Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in have made a bold prediction about their team’s chances at the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational.

Team Liquid have been the dominant force in North America for well over a year, winning both LCS titles in 2018 and managing to extend their reign and qualify for MSI with a reverse sweep against TSM in the 2019 Spring finals.

Internationally, however, they’re still very much looking to prove themselves. At 2018’s Mid-Season Invitational they finished fifth in the main group stage, missing out on the playoffs. At the 2018 World Championship too they went out in groups, while being thoroughly out-shone by Cloud9, who reached the semi-finals.

The bot lane duo for Team Liquid were interviewed by Ashley Kang for Korizon ahead of this year’s MSI, during which they were asked what they thought the chances of a Team Liquid victory were, to which both replied “100%” – although CoreJJ struggled to maintain an entirely straight face.

Riot GamesTeam Liquid won their third consecutive LCS title with an intense victory over TSM in the Spring 2019 final.

On a slightly more serious note, Doublelift gave his thoughts on the other major region representatives, stating he felt SK Telecom T1 and Invictus Gaming are the favorites.

“I still think SKT and IG are the favorites for sure, just because SKT have a crazy roster and stomped Griffin 3-0. You could say they choked or something but I still think SKT is very strong. And then IG are world champions, they’re coming back, and they’re very scary. I think G2 and us are very strong but I don’t know how good we are because we haven’t played them yet.”

To even reach the main event at MSI, however, Team Liquid will have to overcome another hurdle. Based on previous international results, North America does not have an automatic seed into the main group stage, which means TL will first fight Vietnam’s Phong Vũ Buffalo in the play-in stage on May 6.

If Team Liquid are victorious, they will advance to the main group stage, where South Korea’s SK Telecom T1, China’s Invictus Gaming, and Europe’s G2 Esports already wait. Should they lose, however, they’ll still have one more chance for qualification.

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AOC explains how Elo Hell in League helped her prepare for Congress

Published: 28/Nov/2020 5:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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In her second Twitch stream, AOC hilariously explained how experiencing Elo Hell in League of Legends helped her develop the patience required for being a congresswoman.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, affectionally known as AOC, has been open about how much she loves League of Legends in the past. The proud politician even stunned her fans and followers when she revealed she finally made Silver IV.

It might have been her first foray into the minds and hearts of gamers around the world, but it certainly wasn’t the last. In October, AOC made history when hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch her play Among Us on Twitch for the very first time.

AOC was so well-loved among streamers and viewers, they begged her to come back for a second stream. It finally happened on November 27, and it was as wholesome and entertaining as the first.

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AOC’s first ever Among Us stream on Twitch was a smash hit.

At one point during the stream, Ryan ‘Northernlion’ Letourneau asked AOC an interesting question about her League of Legends experience and her response was both understandable and hilarious.

“Do you think having to keep your cool in League of Legends chat has helped your political career when it comes to maintaining some decorum in Congress?” asked Northernlion.

“Yeah, I think so,” said AOC. “Getting caught in Elo Hell really requires so much patience. I was playing with 12-year-olds… rage quitting five minutes into a game… so it really builds your patience.”

Elo Hell is a term used to describe situations where players and their rankings are dragged down due to incompetent and toxic teammates. It’s something League of Legends players know all too well, including AOC.

AOC has always managed to come across as down-to-earth. Still, it’s comforting and kind of funny to hear an esteemed congresswoman talk about something so relatable, especially to gamers.

Elo Hell in League of Legends is the absolute pits, but at least we now know it counts for something.