In part one of Thorin’s search for the greatest western League of Legends player of all time, he narrows the list down to the top 16.
Western League of Legends started the game as the dominant region during season 1 and the majority of season 2, but when Riot Games released servers in Asian countries that led to a push that caused Korea to be unstoppable.
During season 8, Europe had a resurgence on the back of talents such as Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther on Fnatic and Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković on G2. These two teams eliminated the two tournament favorites SKT and RNG.
This video narrows down the best 16 players from the west of all time, including Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Henrik ‘Froggen’ Hansen, and Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng
In Part 2, Thorin will analyze all the players he has narrow down and attach a grade to them based on many different factors such as eye test, international success, and so on.
The question is who will take the top spot? Will it be a legend from the game’s early years or will it be one of the dominant players who have led the west to international success during its resurgence in the last few years?
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 star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.
“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… 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,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.
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.
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.
“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.
“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.”
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 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.
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.