Team Liquid’s AD carry, Yiliang “Peter” “Doublelift” Peng, announced on Twitter that he has been benched from the main roster. Doublelift is famous for being one of the most prominent and talented players in North America.
Lack of Motivation
I'm benched because I had no motivation until very recently. Being sick and unable to compete gave me my passion back, but too late. I'm sorry towards every one of my teammates and I'll be working from now on to regain their trust.
— Yiliang Peng (@TLDoublelift) March 4, 2020
Doublelift cites his recent lack of motivation to be one of the primary reasons for his recent decline in gameplay. Being unable to compete due to illness and having to watch from the sidelines is a major factor towards regaining his motivation and passion for League of Legends. He is currently working towards regaining the trust of his teammates, and playing professionally again as soon as possible.
Team Liquid Academy’s AD carry, Edward “Tactical” Ra, is the current replacement for Doublelift on the main roster. His impressive performances against Hundred Thieves and TSM have proven that he is capable of performing on the LCS stage. It has been confirmed by Team Liquid that Tactical will start on their roster, but it’s unclear if this is a permanent change.
The State of Team Liquid
Team Liquid have had a rough start to their split in comparison to the previous split. They’re currently in a three-way tie for third with TSM and Immortals with a six and six record. The addition of European jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen is great for the team as a whole. However, they still have much work to do if they’re going to catch up to the impressive undefeated record that Cloud9 holds.
It’s unfortunate to see a player as gifted as Doublelift struggle with finding motivation. North America’s inability to compete on the international stage seems to bother him when asked in interviews. This is definitely not a decision that was taken lightly by Team Liquid, and it will interesting to see what their roster looks like when playoffs arrive.
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