North American superstar Yiliang “Peter” “Doublelift” Peng has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends. After nearly a decade of performing on the highest of stages, the legendary ADC will be hanging up his mouse and keyboard. Over the years, Doublelift has grown into a true icon of the game and arose as one of the few players that have transcended the game as a whole.
In his official TwitLonger statement, Doublelift reflected on his career and journey from being an up-and-coming talent to that of a true icon of the game.
“I am extremely fortunate to have played professional League for over a decade, literally over a third of my life. To have been able to play alongside truly great players, coaches, and staff, who propelled me to greater levels. To have a huge fanbase who cares about and supports me, many of them so much that they feel my happiness in victories and pain in losses. I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of the one thing in life I have loved above all else.”, Doubellift stated.
Doublelift started his professional League of Legends career with CLG back in 2011. Although bigger results evaded him at first, the player slowly started making a name for himself as one of NA’s best ADC’s. The biggest low in his career came after the 2014 NA LCS Summer Split, where CLG’s escaped relegation by a hair in their series against Curse Academy.
Both CLG and Doublelift bounced back soon after, winning the 2015 Summer Playoffs. The player went on to join TeamSolo Mid shortly after the 2015 World Championship, where he blossomed into North America’s absolute best ADC. Together with TSM and Team Liquid, Doublelift went on to win 8 of the next 11 LCS splits.
Although dominant on the domestic stage, international success evaded him, which he reflected on in his farewell post stating:
“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one.”
This year is evidently seeing the biggest change of guard in League history, as many of the game’s veterans are retiring. Doublelift leaves behind an unrivaled legacy as one of North America’s greatest players, and as an icon that has transcended the game in multiple ways.