Team SoloMid part ways with Weldon Green

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Team SoloMid have parted ways with coach and sports psychology trainer Weldon Green, the organization announced Saturday. Green will still work with TSM on a part-time basis for bootcamps.

"This decision was made based off the beneficial assistance he provided us in the Spring Split, and we hired him primarily to help develop our players as competitors and manage internal relations within the team," the statement reads. "As displayed in the summer, our team had achieved a great deal with Weldon on board; he functioned very well in facilitating out of game relationships between our players and helping them achieve and exceed their own boundaries."

While Green is no longer a full-time member of the organization, TSM also stated that they found his coaching methods worked best for short periods of time, and will continue to work with him when TSM has to bootcamp.

"Despite the positives of working with Weldon, we have decided to mutually part ways," the statement reads. "We found that working with him in short periods of time proved to be more effective and will instead continue to consult and work with him for bootcamps. We are extremely grateful for all the work he has put into helping the team, and the lessons he has taught us will still be applied in his absence. We wish Weldon the best in his future endeavors in esports, and hope to maintain a genial relationship with him."

TSM also took the opportunity to discuss some of the controversies that arose while Green worked with the team, specifically the remarks about Korean teams that caused an uproar within the community.

"Team SoloMid as an organization has always valued our bootcamps leading up to worlds in Korea, and we have always been extremely grateful to the top Korean teams that choose to scrim with us," TSM stated in their press release. "These scrims have traditionally been some of the best practice our team gets in the competitive season, and we always learn a great deal during these bootcamps. To shed further light on this topic, Samsung White in Season 4 was our primary scrim partner throughout Worlds, and they played a huge factor in our tournament run that year."

TSM went on to state that Green's prior statements on Korean bootcamps do not reflect TSM's stance on the matter.

TSM is now hiring a sports psychologist to replace Green for the 2017 season. Their requirements include a qualification or degree in psychology and a minimum four years of experience.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Doublelift joins Team Liquid for remainder of spring split

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Veteran AD carry Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng has joined a lagging Team Liquid in a huge mid-season roster move.

The change comes at a tumultuous time for the LCS team, which last week announced it would move longtime ADC Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin to the mid lane and bring in Jung "Youngbin" Young-bin to the AD carry position. Youngbin was previously the mid laner for Team Liquid Academy in 2015.

Team Liquid's owner Steve "Liquid112" Arhancet announced the news on Facebook Tuesday night.

"In the last week of LCS we saw that Youngbin is not yet ready to deliver the results that were needed in order for us to perform well this split and so we will be making an additional change," he said in the video.

For his part, Doublelift left the Team SoloMid starting roster in November after the 2016 World Championship to focus on streaming.

Team SoloMid said in a statement Tuesday evening that though Doublelift will play with Team Liquid for the remainder of the split, this does not change his intention to come back and try out for an AD carry position with TSM in the summer split.

"The situation will not impact Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran’s position on the team at all," TSM wrote in their statement. "If all goes well and Doublelift passes our tryout for the summer split, our plan is to field a six-man roster for the summer split and Worlds."

Doublelift previously cited burnout and a desire to focus on life outside of professional gaming when he stepped back from the roster, but said in his statement from TSM that he "realized that playing competitively is my calling."

"Although I didn't intend to come back before Summer Split, an opportunity came up for me to return ... to pro play earlier," Doublelift wrote in his statement.

"My time on TL will help me ease back into the competitive environment and prepare me for my tryout with TSM in the summer."

Team Liquid will face an uphill battle in the latter weeks of the season, as they currently sit at the bottom of the standings alongside Team EnVyUs with a 3-9 match record. Their next match will be against Cloud9 on Friday.

Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Match highlights: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming

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The Story of Doublelift

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The road to Worlds is paved with hard-learned lessons. For Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng, that road would begin with being disowned by his parents at age 18 following his return from the Season 1 World Championship.

Competing on five different teams throughout his career, Doublelift rose from the ashes of Season 1 to become one of the most successful and well-known AD carry players in the world. Over 21 Champions and 372 games, Doublelift earned his 1,000th career season kill with Team SoloMid.

Now, he has returned to the competitive scene after a year-long hiatus to play for Team Liquid. Learn more about the incredible career of Doublelift and discover the AD carry legend's path less traveled.

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Infographic: What if NA LCS and EU LCS were still best-of-one?

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While Riot Games abandoned the best-of-one format for the NA LCS and EU LCS back in 2015, theScore esports wanted to see how the current standings would stack up if the leagues still used the format.

Though Team SoloMid are currently leading the NA LCS with a 12-2 match record, counting only the first game of each match, TSM would actually be tied for third place with Echo Fox, Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals, each with 7-7 records. Interestingly, even with best-of-one, Cloud9 would have the same 11-3 record.

In Europe, across both Group A and Group B, league standings would actually remain largely the same counting either first game record or match record. The primary difference would be G2 and Misfits being tied for first in Group A with 7-2 records. G2 are undefeated in the official standings with a 9-0 match record.

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Best Skin Concepts: Lee Sin, the Blind Monk

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Skins of the Week is a weekly series that highlights the best skins and skin concepts for a heroes, champions and characters across a variety of games.

This week, we're focusing on League of Legends' greatest martial artist, Lee Sin, the Blind Monk. With a new skin set to debut soon, we're taking a look at the best skins and concepts for LoL's ubiquitous jungler.

God Fist Lee Sin

Lee Sin's moniker is "The Blind Monk," so it seems a bit silly to create a skin that is defined by Lee Sin being able to see normally. That said, for every Lee Sin player who has ever gotten tired of the constant jokes about being blind, God Fist Lee Skin is the skin for you.

Beyond the inclusion of sight, God Fist Lee Sin has a great silhouette, which seems more than slightly similar to Marvel's Iron Fist. Personally, I can't wait until Riot releases Super Ultimate God Level Tier Lee Sin, which will likely feature gigantic hair for no real reason.

Red Demon Lee Sin

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Taking Lee Sin in a completely new direction, this 'Red Demon Lee Sin' by mist XG turns the peaceful, meditative monk into a fighter bent on destruction. The greaves and gauntlets are the highlights of this concept, showcasing just how deadly Lee Sin can be. Twisted and dangerous, Red Demon Lee Sin is a solid concept for a darker, evil version of the well-loved champion.

Traditional Lee Sin

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Outside of his default appearance, Lee Sin's skins gradually move further and further away from his moniker. But no so with this skin, which is inspired by traditional clothes worn by Chinese monks.

While the beads are a nice touch, it's the sashes that flow outward from his back that are the highlight of this concept. They could provide some great animations were this concept to become reality. This twist on Lee Sin's title is colorful, exciting, and makes me wish it was available for use.

Dragon Priest Lee Sin

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Dragon Priest Lee Sin is certainly more beastly than what one would expect the monk to be. Much like Red Demon Lee Sin, this concept features greaves to emphasize his deadlier aspects, though the primary draw this time are the monstrous face and hands. While Lee Sin is normally fierce yet retains an air of peace, this Dragon Priest variant is more animalistic, more tortured, yet undoubtedly just as cool to imagine as his other skins.

Galactic Pilgrim Lee Sin

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Lee Sin in space is just a great image in and of itself, but this skin concept takes the idea and runs with it to a strange yet awesome conclusion. Galactic Pilgrim Lee Sin has a lot going on for him, with the color scheme and shock gauntlets being at the forefront, but it remains recognizably Lee Sin as its core.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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