Former professional bot laner Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng will be taking a long break from playing League of Legends after struggling to find fun in the game through grinding solo queue.
Doublelift announced this during a recent update in which the former veteran shared his honest opinion on streaming solo queue and how all the fun in playing has been missing since his retiring last year. According to Doublelift, he has recently been lacking a goal when playing solo queue. Previously, his goal would be to practice and be the best version of himself to perform on the professional stage. Now that he doesn’t play competitively anymore, this key source for motivation is gone.
“When I play solo queue mindlessly without any goal in mind, it just makes me feel like I’m wasting time,” Doublelift said.
With the lack of motivation in solo queue, Doublelift revealed that he will be taking a “pretty long break from playing League” before trying to come back with the game with renewed motivation. With this break, Doublelift said he hopes to return to the game and be significantly worse at it to try to finding some fun in fighting his way back into top form.
This ultimately means that fans shouldn’t expect to see Doublelift stream himself playing solo queue in the foreseeable future. Instead, Doublelift will continue to do LCS co-streams on Twitch. He could potentially also make content for when the 2021 World Championship comes around this fall.
With the 2021 LCS Summer Split playoffs right around the corner, there will be plenty of games to cover on the co-stream. So far this season, Doublelift has been an avid co-streamer of the LCS and also one of the co-streamers to rack up the greatest numbers of viewers.
Doublelift has been co-streaming the LCS together with former Cloud9 pro players Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi and William “Meteos” Hartman. This trio has turned into a great success in the eyes of fans, who seem to like the fact that former professional players share knowledge and anecdotes from the pro life while watching the LCS. Combined, these three retired pros have contributed a lot to LCS content this season.
When Doublelift will return to playing LoL is still unknown, but he is expected to continue the co-stream starting this weekend with the LCS playoffs.