League of Legends superstar Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng has retired from professional play. The 27-year-old announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, sharing a short statement that reflected on his ten-year career.
— Yiliang Peng (@Doublelift1) November 25, 2020
From what started as a career playing for a minuscule prize pool in front of a crowd of 30 people, Doublelift’s career — and League of Legends, in general — skyrocketed and continually reached new heights.
“Becoming a professional League player was the method in which I came to know myself,” Doublelift shared.
“It was my rebirth, a chance to be the person I always wanted to be. I wanted to be proud of myself and my hard work, not ashamed of my passion for gaming. I wanted to be bold, confident, and popular. I wanted to be a pro player who stands out incongruously, someone who speaks his mind and is “real”.”
That ambition helped Doublelift become arguably the most successful player in League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) history, and also a genuine fan-favorite as many LCS fans became enthralled by the ups-and-downs of his career.
I would like to take a moment to truly appreciate @TSMDoublelift 's career
Not only NA hero, but also EU hero – he is the one who gave EU the first international trophy in MSI 2019
Thank you Peter you are a legend
— Luka (@Perkz) November 25, 2020
Doublelift leaves League of Legends with a long list of accolades, including:
- 8x LCS champion (2015 Summer, 2016 Summer, 2017 Summer, 2018 Spring, 2018 Summer, 2019 Spring, 2019 Summer, 2020 Summer)
- LCS Most Valuable Player (2018 Summer)
- LCS Finals MVP (2019 Spring)
- 5x LCS All-Star (2013-2016, 2018)
- 5x LCS All-Pro 1st-Team (2016 Summer, 2017 Summer, 2018 Summer, 2019 Spring, 2019 Summer)