It was so perfect, it almost looked as if it had been scripted – but that’s a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory we’ll save for another time. As Team SoloMid’s moved to confirm their rightful place at the summit of the NA LCS standings, all eyes were on Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng as he looked to secure his 1000th career kill in the final game of the series against NRG Esports.
Doublelift, whilst a fierce competitor, is widely regarded as one of the most engaging personalities in the North American scenes – loved for his hilarious trash talking and general ‘trollish’ behaviour (CLG shirt in the trash anyone?). The tables were certainly turned for TSM’s season finale, as Doublelift’s top-lane teammate Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell stole kill after kill away from the veteran AD Carry. At least five potential kills were instead notched as assists due to Hauntzer’s sharp last hitting on Gnar. After delighting fans with a Teemo pick in game 2, TSM’s top laner was at risk of becoming the scumbag of the evening.
With just seconds remaining in TSM’s summer split, with the exception of play-offs of course, Doublelift looked on course to end the season on an agonising 999 kills. As NRG AD Carry Oh “Ohq” Gyu-min sat helplessly on the fountain, TSM had an open nexus to end the game, the series, the split. But this is TSM, why would you ever end the game when there’s a single member of the enemy team still standing?
Emulating the ruthless tactics many master and challenger tier players have witnessed in dynamic queue, ‘TSM bullying‘ was witnessed in its full glory on the LCS stage. Hauntzer stepped up from zero to hero, sacrificing his life to the brutal fountain turret, allowing for Doublelift to secure his record. Cue appropriate airhorn.
“Shout out to Hauntzer, he stole my kill. I was like ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!’ and he just took it from me!”
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng
Doublelift seems to have taken his play to new heights with TSM this split, fighting the trend of League of Legends professionals as one of the longest-serving players in the scene, he seems to have actually improved with age rather than slowing down.
Having secured his 1000th career kill in iconic TSM fashion, Doublelift has assured himself a place in the League of Legends history books – his narrative just goes from strength to strength, with the World Championships the next storyline waiting to be written for the TSM squad.