Doublelift joins Team Liquid for remainder of spring split

by Sean Wetselaar Mar 8 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot Games/lolesports / NA LCS Summer 2016 / Riot Games

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.