One of North America's most iconic players is leaving the spotlight.
Today, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng has announced his retirement from LoL pro play. Those who have watched the LCS for years undoubtedly know this name and know it well. He's had an incredible career throughout his years of playing and is a huge personality. However, it's now time for him to move on to new endeavors.
Doublelift began his career all the way back in Season One. He had his fair share of struggles in the beginning but kept persevering. In 2011, he joined CLG, where he primarily stayed until 2015. Then, he moved to TSM, where his career really kicked off. After this, he won multiple LCS titles and solidified his place as a top-tier ADC player. As a result, when Team Liquid put together their dominant 2018 squad, Doublelift was an easy choice. From here, the star player won even more titles and had more World Championship appearances. Most recently he was back on TSM, reunited with some former teammates, but wasn't able to find the success he wanted. Though they won the 2020 LCS Summer Split, TSM's Worlds run was a dreadful 0-6 and prompted intense outcry from the community.
Interestingly enough, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg also decided to retire as a pro player very recently. But he's moving on to a coaching position with his long-time org TSM, so something similar could be in the cards for Doublelift. It's unclear at the moment, as Doublelift could also choose to pursue streaming as a full-time option like Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi did not so long ago.
Finally, Doublelift's departure leaves a big question mark for TSM. They now have to find a new ADC player, though most highly-rated players are signed or spoken for thus far.