It’s hard to think of North American League of Legends without Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng coming to mind. The California native is one of the most decorated players from NA, with seven LCS championships under his belt. In 2018, he was voted Most Valuable Player of the LCS Summer Split. In 2019, he was the LCS Finals MVP. Doublelift has attended five LCS All-Star events and is part of the 1,000 Career-Kill Club.
The bot laner first discovered his video game prowess on the Nintendo 64, playing Star Fox and Golden Eye. He quickly moved to PC gaming, frequently playing Diablo and StarCraft. When he got his own computer, Doublelift began spending a lot of time with Dota and World of Warcraft before he discovered League of Legends.
Doublelift joined Counter Logic Gaming as a substitute in 2011 after he queued with George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis. Soon after, he received a starting position as a support for Epik Gamer. He was then an AD Carry for unRestricted. Soon he was back at CLG as their starting ADC. That’s where he stayed until 2015.
Doublelift later joined Team SoloMid. In 2016 and 2017, he won three LCS titles. While impressive, 2016 was a shaky year for TSM. They started out the LCS with a 50% win rate for the first three weeks. They finished in sixth place at the end of the Spring Split, the lowest TSM had ever placed in the LCS.
TSM showed some improvement in the playoffs, finishing in second place. While they didn’t get to participate in the Mid-Season Invitational that year, they carried that momentum into the Summer Split. They became North America’s first seed, qualifying for the World Championship. Doublelift stepped down when the team fumbled at Worlds.
He returned to TSM in 2017, helping the team get to Worlds once again. They were eliminated in the group stage just like in 2016. And just like in 2016, Doublelift left TSM shortly after a disappointing international performance.
In the spring of 2017, he was also a part-time sub for Team Liquid after dabbling in full-time streaming. In 2018, Doublelift formally joined Team Liquid.
He’s known to be a trash talker, but his cocky persona didn’t work well with the team’s support, Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung, who often felt intimidated by Doublelift’s outspokenness. Liquid’s new support, Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, was a better match for the seemingly unstoppable Doublelift.
With Doublelift at the helm, Liquid managed to capture several consecutive LCS split trophies.