Doublelift released by CLG, acquired by TSM

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Counter Logic Gaming has announced that they will be releasing Peter "Doublelift" Peng from their roster due to conflicts between the organization and player.

Minutes after the announcement, Team Solomid announced that he would be joining their roster as the starting AD Carry. Doublelift replaces Jason "WildTurtle" Tran, who joined TSM in February 2013.

CLG's decision was explained to be as a result of disagreements between Doublelift and the team, which had, according to the release, "created a heavy burden on the relationship between Doublelift and the organization."

"I am extremely sad to leave the team that I have stood behind for so long, but I must respect their decision to head in a different direction," Peng said as part of CLG's statement.

In TSM's video announcement, Doublelift explained his move by saying that he was excited to play with Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg and under Andy "Reginald" Dinh with the goal of success on an international level.

Doublelift's addition to the team is part of a massive restructuring, as TSM lost Marcus "Dyrus" Hill and Ham "Lustboy" Jang-sik to retirement in the 2015 off-season, and jungler Lucas "Santorin" Tao Kilmer Larsen elected to return to Europe.

Doublelift had been part of Counter Logic Gaming for over four years, joining the team in late 2011. Since then, he has been a large focal point of CLG's strategies, including the infamous "protect the Doublelift."

A previous version of this story contained a section that suggested Adrian "Adrian" Ma would also be joining Team Solomid. This was made in error based on the following tweet.

Matt Demers is a Supervising Editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.

The Best and Worst of WildTurtle

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In Week 4 of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split, Jason "WildTurtle" Tran became the second player to reach 1,000 NA LCS regular season kills.

In honor of his achievement, theScore esports took a look back at some of his best — and less-than-best — moments across a lengthy career.

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WildTurtle reaches 1000 kill milestone in NA LCS

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Team SoloMid AD carry Jason "WildTurtle" Tran has become the second player in North America to earn 1,000 career LCS regular season kills.

Joining former TSM AD carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng in the 1,000 kill club, WildTurtle earned the final kill he needed on Varus in Game 2 of TSM’s Week 4 series against Echo Fox.

In the first game of the series, TSM struggled early game against the ganks of Echo Fox's Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham on Kha'Zix. They continued to fall behind, but WildTurtle earned four of the five kills he needed on Varus in their 30 minute loss.

At 7:40 minutes into Game 2, it finally happened.

Finding himself on Varus once again, this time with Vincent "Biofrost" Wang's Zyra to support him, WildTurtle took down Echo Fox's Austin "Gate" Yu on Malzahar. After being caught out near TSM's blue buff by Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen on Lee Sin, WildTurtle and Biofrost closed in from bottom lane and, with a final auto-attack, WildTurtle secured his 1000th kill.

The Canadian player came tantalizingly close on Saturday, notching 12 kills over two games against Team EnVyUs, leaving him just five kills shy of the milestone.

But earning his 1,000th kill was no small feat for the LCS veteran. In his first game with TSM during Week 6 of Season 3 NA LCS Spring, he earned the first pentakill in the NA LCS on Caitlyn which set the tone for his competitive future.

WildTurtle stayed on the roster of TSM until the end of the 2015 NA LCS circuit, earning another pentakill in the spring season. After his departure from TSM, WildTurtle joined Immortals.

After playing the 2016 NA LCS Spring and Summer Splits with Immortals, scoring yet another pentakill during Week 7 of the summer season, WildTurtle re-joined TSM. He replaced Doublelift, who is currently on a competitive hiatus, as AD carry ahead of the 2017 spring season.

Alongside the exact same teammates that helped Doublelift reach his goal in 2016, WildTurtle has earned his place among the elite and lived up to his reputation as the wildest of turtles to grace Summoner’s Rift.

WildTurtle reached his 500 LCS kill milestone in the 2015 Spring LCS season against Gravity. In an eerily similar fashion to WildTurtle, Doublelift also entered his 1,000th kill game needing only five kills to reach the milestone.

Over the course of his career, WildTurtle has competed in three World Championships with TSM and has played in one NA LCS Regional Final in 2016 with Immortals.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

WildTurtle on nearing 1,000 regular season kills: 'It's five kills away and you'll eventually get kills'

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Starting their series against Team EnVyUs with a double kill on Ivern, Team SoloMid jungler Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen was poised to be the star of the show — that is, until Jason "WildTurtle" Tran took over.

Not only was WildTurtle TSM's best player in the series, highlighted by a dominant 7/0/2 Game 2 on Jhin, but he's only five kills away from becoming the second player in North America to score 1,000 kills in the regular season.

"It's five kills away and you'll eventually get kills, so yeah, I think I'm going to hit it soon," WildTurtle said.

When TSM's 2016 AD carry Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng went on competitive hiatus, the team lost their main shotcaller. According to WildTurtle, each member of the team has now had to learn to lead through individual communication.

"I think all of us have communication given to us to say during the games," he said. "And for me, it's mostly main allocations, etcetera, and we do all have pretty big roles and everyone has split roles in the team now."

The competition between the top teams in North America is intense, and WildTurtle did not shy away from admitting they may have trouble in their next match against Echo Fox.

"I think we should be pretty nervous because they're on a pretty hot streak, they've had pretty good games," he said. "Akaadian has gotten a lot of first bloods, so yeah I'm pretty excited [for that series]."

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

The best of TSM vs. Cloud9 throughout the years

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Since 2013, no rivalry in the NA LCS is arguably as strong as that between fan favorites Cloud9 and Team SoloMid. The competition between the two teams has been longstanding, as they often go head-to-head in both the Spring and Summer Split NA LCS finals. Both teams are known to speak highly of each other though, despite being rivals on the Rift.

We've compiled some of the best moments between Cloud9 and TSM throughout the years.

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