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TSM Doublelift explains how new LCS playoffs format saved his career

Published: 18/Aug/2020 13:30 Updated: 18/Aug/2020 13:43

by Matt Porter


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng’s move from Team Liquid to TSM hasn’t been smooth sailing, and the AD Carry claims that the LCS double-elimination playoff format may have saved his career after a disappointing loss to Golden Guardians in Round One. 

When you think of North America’s LCS, few players spring to mind as quickly as Doublelift, who has been a fixture at the top of the competition since 2015 when he won his first LCS Playoffs with Counter Logic Gaming, before seeing spells of dominance with TSM, and Team Liquid.

For Doublelift though, his time with Liquid came to an end after 2020’s Spring Split. With TL finishing in ninth place having won both splits the previous year, he made a controversial move back to Team SoloMid for Summer, with both player and organization facing criticism due to Peng’s relationship with TSM’s president Leena Xu.

TSM went on to finish in fourth place with a 12-6 record but found themselves gazing up at his former Team Liquid squad who topped the standings at 15-3. Heading into playoffs against Golden Guardians in their first postseason match, few could have predicted the sweep that would follow, with Doublelift openly admitting that the team “played like sh*t” in their loss.

Doublelift playing for Team Liquid in the LCS.
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Doublelift’s move to TSM hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

In an interview with Travis Gafford, Doublelift immediately stated that he was “glad there’s a loser’s bracket,” in this year’s LCS Playoffs, before adding that it “definitely, potentially, saved my career,” as an exit so early in the playoffs would have been a massive disappointment for TSM.

When asked what went wrong by Gafford, the AD Carry said: “Everything went wrong, I played like sh*t. The draft went horribly every game, we got a bit scrambled and messed up from scrims where the meta was completely different. We just played significantly worse on stage, everyone is playing nervous and scared. I had my fair share of misplays and regrets from that series.”

He continued: “I didn’t tilt, I just played one of the worst series in my life. We’re just playing horribly. We need a lot of things to be put in motion before I could say I was confident we were going to win playoffs.”

Despite their surprising loss to Golden Guardians, TSM’s run in the 2020 LCS Playoffs continues, and their victory over Dignitas means they still have a chance of playing for a spot at Worlds later in the year.

Their next opponent is unknown, but they could end up squaring off against Golden Guardians once again or face Doublelift’s old squad in Team Liquid.

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How to Watch League of Legends Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:05 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 12:06

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games has announced they will be hosting an invitational event to showcase their upcoming mobile title, League of Legends Wild Rift, with many of the biggest personalities taking part. Here’s what you’ll need to watch.

With the release of Wild Rift’s beta now going live in select regions, such as Indonesia, Japan, and other Asian countries, many MOBA fans, particularly in the West, have been waiting to experience LoL’s mobile version.

While the servers for Europe and North America aren’t expected to be added until late 2020 or early 2021, Riot have decided to host an event featuring some of the biggest League of Legends stars and more, to give fans another look at Wild Rift’s gameplay.

Wild rift gameplay
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The Wild Rift invitational will feature a showmatch on the new mobile game.

When does the LoL Wild Rift Invitational start?

Just days after Wild Rift was featured in Apple’s latest showcase event, Riot announced that the Verizon 5G invitational event was scheduled for Thursday, October 22.

Viewers will be able to tune into the event and catch all of the action at 6:30PM PT/ 9:30PM ET / 2:30AM BST / 3:30AM CEST.

How to watch League’s Wild Rift Invitational

The Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational will be featured on the official Twitch Rivals’ channel, which we have embedded below.

A stream of the Wild Rift showcase event will also be available on Twitter for mobile fans to tune into, letting you choose how you want to watch.

Popular gaming presenter Geoff Keighley has confirmed that he will also be commentating on the action with a co-stream planned for the upcoming event.

Official Twitch Rivals stream

Who will be playing in the Wild Rift Invitational?

There will be a total of 10 players participating in the Wild Rift invitational. With professional League of Legends players and different influencers ready to be split into two teams, before competing against one another on stage.

Stars like Meteos, Zedd, Rick Fox, and more have all been confirmed for the Wild Rift Invitational, which will be played on iPhone 12 Pro devices.

You can find the full list of participants below.

All Wild Rift Invitational players

  • Will ‘Meteos’ Hartman
  • Nate Hill
  • Gabriella ‘LeTigress’ Devia-Allen
  • Rick Fox
  • Zac ‘Aphromoo’ Black
  • Emmalee ‘EMUHLEET’ Garrido
  • Cesaro
  • Zedd
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Chrissy Costanza