The rumors are true, the star ADC is back with his old team.
Today, Team SoloMid (“TSM”) confirmed that Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng is joining their League of Legends roster. Rumors have been floating around about him first leaving Team Liquid, then about the possibility of him moving to TSM. They were from credible sources and its clear they were right.
wait, what year is it? welcome back @TLDoublelift
— TSM #TSM100 (@TSM) April 26, 2020
Doublelift was a part of the multiple championship-winning TSM squad that dominated the scene a few years ago. He will be rejoining Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang on the team, who he played with previously under the very same banner. This move should be fantastic for the storied North American esports organization. That's because their signing of Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup didn't seem to work out during the Spring Split. Doublelift will bring the explosiveness to this bottom lane that the team needs.
Though there were arguments made in the community about potential competitive integrity conflicts, it seems the LCS has looked into the matter and deemed the trade acceptable. This is great for all involved honestly. Both TL and TSM underperformed in the Spring Split and needed some changes. This approval from the LCS ensures that things will move forward without a problem.
It's not yet known where Kobbe will go, or who will take Doublelift's spot on Liquid. Edward “Tactical” Ra is the likely candidate for the TL side, as he actually performed decently well when he was subbed in unexpectedly. Its also possible Kobbe will simply end up with TL as a trade.
Either way, this move is huge for the league. With it, TSM may end up as a top team again. They showed sparks of greatness this split, and if Doublelift can deliver, it's possible they can challenge Cloud9 at the top.