Update, March: Lol nevermind, Doublelift signed with Team Liquid for the remainder of the Spring Split. TL’s in a lot of trouble, and will need all the help it can get to escape the relegation zone. Oh, and who replaced Doublelift? The guy he replaced in the first place, naturally — WildTurtle.
Star Team SoloMid AD Carry Peter “Doublelift” Peng will take a break from professional play this spring and return to fight for his spot in the summer, TSM announced Tuesday. Doublelift will spend the spring as a part of TSM, but will primarily be streaming. TSM will also not be participating in IEM Oakland later this month, as was planned.
Doublelift gave his reasoning for the break in the release:
It has been a huge privilege to play professionally with so much support from my fans and teammates. I’m tremendously grateful for the fans who follow me and cheer me on through this wild ride.
I am not so talented as many believe. The quality that has kept me domestically dominant for five straight seasons isn't nature, it’s determination. So many of my peers from Season 1 lacked the fire and willpower to be the best, and they have long faded away. When I do something, I put my heart and soul into it, striving to achieve greatness.
That's why it's time for a small break. After our convincing performance in Summer, NALCS Spring is considerably less appetizing. Streaming and creating content is something I’ve always wanted to focus on, and it’s the perfect time to do it. I'll come back if the team needs me - better than before, and better than ever.
The team posted a video as well:
The all-time kills leader in North American League of Legends, Doublelift is one of the most celebrated players in the scene’s history and had just put together one of his best season yet.
The 23-year old Peng joined TSM before the start of the 2016 season after five years with North American rivals Counter Logic Gaming. After losing to CLG in the finals of the Spring Split, TSM put together an excellent Summer, winning the finals and making it to Worlds.
But despite high hopes, TSM was unable to make it out of a very tough Group D, finishing 3-3 but losing out on a tiebreaker to Royal Never Give Up.
The non-stop schedule for world-class players is frankly ridiculous, with no meaningful offseason at any time. For players like Doublelift, even in the intended “breaks” between splits there are international tournaments like Worlds and IEM, not to mention the massive amount of practice required to master the many changes implemented to the game by Riot during these times. The Spring Split starts in January and runs through April, including playoffs. The Summer Split begins in June and runs through August, with Worlds following in October.
TSM will be holding tryouts for a replacement AD Carry later this month.