In a move that stunned the League of Legends community, Team Liquid have re-added Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to their starting roster on a temporary basis until the end of the Spring Split. As the Team Liquid roster experiences an overhaul once again, we look back at the historical timeline of Team Liquid’s prized AD Carry position.
The contracted Team SoloMid AD Carry was originally set to return for trials with the reigning NA LCS champions at the start of the Summer Split, following Doublelift’s decision to take a hiatus from competitive play after a disappointing 2016 World Championship run. Unable to live up to the expectations – with many analysts predicting a top four finish – TSM failed to escape the group stages and ended with a 3-3 record.
Doublelift would later announce his decision to take a break from professional play to recharge and focus on streaming, adamant he would would wear the black and white jersey once more in the Summer Split. But with Team Liquid in desperate need of a stand-in AD Carry, few could have predicted his Doublelift’s premature return to professional play to be a move back to his former organisation. In reuniting with Steve “LiQuiD112” Arhancet, Doublelift makes his second appearance on the Team Liquid timeline of AD Carries:
A History Of Team Curse/Liquid AD Carries
The ADCs of Curse and Liquid
With Team Liquid announcing the arrival of Peter "Doublelift" Peng, we take a look back at the ADCS of Team Curse and Team Liquid.
One of the original Curse members, Brandon “DontMashMe” Phan’s stint only lasted on Curse for a few months. Unimpressive in his time with Curse, he would later join teams such as Complexity, Team Coast, and Team Impulse. He currently plays for Gold Coin United in the NACS.
Peter “Doublelift” got his start to his professional career playing with Team Curse alongside current Team Liquid co-owner Steve “Liquid112” Arhancet. He would eventually move on to play for Counter Logic Gaming, where his reputation as one of NA’s best ADCs would take root.
There were few players more consistent in their play than David "Cop" Roberson. A longtime member of Curse, Cop would move on to a coaching career and is currently the Head Coach for Team Dignitas.
The shortest stint with Team Curse, Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black was on Team Curse for barely a week. He would move on to Counter Logic Gaming to form the famous Rush Hour duo with Doublelift.
A former World Champion with SK Telecom, Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin joined Team Liquid amidst much fanfare. A few years later, he is now the team's starting mid laner.
Yuri "Keith" Jew first filled in for Piglet when he had visa issues, but would resume a brief starting role for Liquid a few weeks later as well. He is now the starting ADC for Echo Fox.
With internal issues plagueing Team Liquid, Jovani "Fabbbyyy" Guillen would step in near the end of last season to replace Piglet. Fabbbyyy is currently the starting ADC for Big Gods Jackals of the NACS.
After playing the last two games of their playoff series against CLG, Phil “Jynthe” Vu would start for Team Liquid one more series before the main roster. He is currently not on the roster of an LCS or NACS team.
WIth ADC Piglet moving to the mid lane, Young-bin "Youngbin" Jung stepped in to replace him as the starter. A former mid laner for Team Liquid Academy, Youngbin remains a sub for the team.
Team Liquid's newest ADC, Doublelift's arrival is a bit of a homecoming to the organization. Fans hope he will be the key to push Team Liquid back toward the top of the standings.