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Doublelift signs with Team Liquid: Last-place TL makes playoff push

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TL makes a splash.

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Last-place Team Liquid has made a splash signing as the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split comes to a close, picking up former CLG and TSM AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. Co-owner Steve Arhancet announced the news in a surprise Facebook video Tuesday. The transaction has been approved by Riot League Operations, and Doublelift will be eligible to play for his new team this week.

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Posted by Team Liquid on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Doublelift was most recently on a break from professional play after a successful year with Team SoloMid in 2016, and previously said he intended to return and fight for a spot on the roster in the Summer. But Team Liquid was able to lure him away from streaming and temporary retirement, bringing the former all-time NA LCS kills leader into a starting lineup that also features former world champion Gwang-jin “Piglet” Chae and former NA LCS MVP Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim.

At 3-9 through six weeks of play, Team Liquid sits tied for last place in the NA LCS with Team Envy. It’s a disappointing result for a perennial playoff contender that recently received major outside investment. It’s also the second roster move in as many weeks: Piglet moved from AD Carry to mid lane, replacing struggling Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer and clearing the way for former mid lane substitute Young-bin Jung at AD Carry.

Young-bin struggled, too, and after just one week, Team Liquid has brought in one of the region’s all-time greats for a late push at the playoffs. But with three weeks to go in the regular season and four teams between TL and the coveted No. 6 playoff spot (currently occupied by 5-7 Immortals), the clock is ticking.

And what does Doublelift have to say about his transition?