Team Liquid Signs Doublelift, Adrian
The news comes shortly after the team’s previous ADC, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin, was moved into the starting mid laner position. Former Team Liquid Academy member Jung “Youngbin” Young-bin was announced to be his replacement as ADC, but it seems that Team Liquid was less than satisfied with his performance when they fell even further down the standings when they won against Immortals in Week 6, but lost to Echo Fox shortly after.
Meanwhile, Doublelift has spent the Spring Split taking a hiatus from the competitive life and livestreaming. He took his leave from the Team SoloMid starting lineup following the team’s inability to conquer Worlds, claiming that he was in need of a break if he ever hoped to work through the burnout he was experiencing. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran reclaimed his former role as the team’s ADC until Doublelift made his return in the summer.
In a comment posted to Team SoloMid’s announcement, Doublelift explained his reason for coming out of his hiatus earlier than planned as a need to return to what he feels is his calling.
“During my break, I realized that playing competitively is my calling and although I didn’t intend to come back before Summer Split, an opportunity came up for me to return to the pro play earlier.”
Doublelift has yet to leave Team SoloMid in his heart of hearts, however, as he insists that his time spent with Team Liquid in the final weeks of the NA LCS are only to ease him back into the competitive lifestyle. He still plans to officially try out for TSM’s ADC position in time for the Summer Split.
According to Team Liquid’s Steve “LiQuiD112” Arhancet, they do not plan to keep Youngbin permanently removed from the starting lineup. Youngbin will, essentially,
be mentored by Doublelift in the next few weeks so he can be groomed into an LCS-ready ADC. It was made clear that these roster changes are only being made so the team can avoid relegation for another season.
In addition, Adrian’s transfer from Phoenix1 to Team Liquid is still pending Riot approval so, until then, they will continue to use current support player Matthew “Matt” Elento for Week 7. It is unknown if Adrian’s transfer will be a permanent one, or what will happen to Matt if it is. In the meantime, Phoenix1 will be filling his empty spot on the starting roster with Team Dignitas’s William “Stunt” Chen.
Team Liquid currently stands tied for dead last with Team Envy, holding a whopping nine losses to outweigh a meager three wins, which places them in the running for the relegation match where they will have to claw their way past the top two teams in the NA CS, and the other bottom NA LCS team, in order to retain their slot in the Championship Series. Their next match will be against Cloud9 on Friday, March 10th, who are tied for first place with Team SoloMid. Their current lineup is strong on paper, but fans have come to learn the hard way that on-paper talent doesn’t necessarily equate guaranteed victory.