Doublelift Domestic Career
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng started his career as a substitute for Counter Logic Gaming (CLG). He didn’t get to play any games, though, and he later went to play support for Epik Gamer. Afterward, he joined unRestricted eSports as their main AD carry. When the organization rebranded as Team Curse, Doublelift competed for it at the IGN Proleague and IEM New York. However, Curse wasn’t able to produce any notable results, and Doublelift left the team to rejoin CLG. As a part of CLG, Doublelift took part in a variety of international events.
Domestically, his first major competition was the 2013 NA LCS Spring Split. CLG ended the regular season with a middling 13-15 record and lost 1-2 to Team Vulcun in the first round of the playoffs. This meant that CLG had to defend their slot in the Promotion Tournament. Fortunately, they scored a quick 3-0 victory over Azure Cats to remain in the NA LCS.
Once again, CLG had a tough time in summer. Still, they finished sixth, which was enough to qualify for the playoffs. But the team couldn’t get any traction there, losing 0-2 to TSM in the Quarterfinals. And even their victory against Team Curse in the fifth place match did little to overshadow their shaky season.
At the time, Doublelift was known as one of the best AD carries in North America. His razor-sharp mechanics allowed him to pull off countless outplays, and he became a constant star of highlight reels. That being said, his decision-making lagged behind, and Doublelift would often get caught out at key times.
CLG finally bounced back in the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split. With an impressive 18-10 record, they breezed to a third-place finish in the regular season. In the playoffs, CLG bested Team Coast before falling short against TSM. But they bounced back in the third place match against Curse and secured the bronze medal.
They couldn’t keep this momentum going in summer. Their regular season was drastically underwhelming, and the playoffs ended with back-to-back losses to Team Curse and Team Dignitas. With this, they were knocked down to another Promotion Tournament. CLG clashed with Team Curse Academy, and the series came down to the wire. It was largely because of Doublelift that they squeezed out a 3-2 victory.
After making several roster changes, CLG showed a lot of promise in the 2015 Spring Split. But they were ultimately unable to keep up the pace in the playoffs, suffering a crushing 0-3 loss at the hand of Team Liquid. That didn’t stop CLG from coming back even stronger for the 2015 Summer Split. They ended the regular season in first place and 3-0’d Team Impulse and TSM to claim the NA LCS trophy. With this win, they earned an invitation to the 2015 World Championship.
In the off-season, Doublelift parted ways with CLG due to personal issues with his teammates. He went on to join TSM. His team had a shaky showing in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split, and Doublelift struggled to synergize with his support, YellOwStaR. With a 9-9 record, they barely qualified for the playoffs. However, they managed to regain their composure and defeat Cloud9 and Immortals to reach the finals. There, TSM lost in a hard-fought series against CLG.
For the 2016 Summer Split, TSM replaced YellOwStaR with Biofrost. Doublelift immediately clicked with his new support, which allowed TSM to become the most dominant team in the regular season. Afterward, they breezed through the playoffs with confident victories against CLG and Cloud9. During this time, Doublelift’s playstyle evolved. While he still put an emphasis on his stellar mechanics, the AD carry was much better in terms of macro and decision-making.
In the 2017 Spring Split, Doublelift took a temporary leave from progaming. However, his break was cut short when he was recruited by Team Liquid to play in the Promotion Tournament. With his help, the organization won against eUnited and Gold Coin United, effectively protecting its NA LCS slot.
Doublelift came back to TSM in summer. And even though it took some time for him and Biofrost to readjust to each other, they eventually took over the bottom lane. TSM had another strong showing, going all the way to the finals and defeating Immortals to seize the trophy.
In the off-season, Doublelift was removed from TSM to make room for Zven in Mithy. Later, Team Liquid signed him as its AD carry.
Doublelift International Tournaments
On Epik Gamer, Doublelift attended the 2011 World Championship. His team topped its group with a 3-0 record and secured a bye to the Semifinals. However, the playoffs weren’t as kind to them, and Epik Gamer suffered back-to-back losses against Fnatic and TSM. With that, they were out of the tournament.
On CLG, Doublelift went to the OGN Invitational. His team performed well in the group stage, scoring wins against Team WE and Extreme Dive Gaming. But everything ended with a crushing defeat against MiG Frost in the finals.
CLG were also one of the few foreign teams participating in Azubu The Champions Spring 2012. They made it out of the group stage with a 2-1 record, but the Quarterfinals loss to MiG Blaze put an end to their tournament. CLG came back for Azubu The Champions Summer 2012. Once again, they made it out of groups only to fall to Azubu Frost in the first round of the playoffs.
Doublelift attended the 2012 World Championship. His stay was brief, though, because CLG fell short in the group stage with two losses to Invictus Gaming and Azubu Frost.
Then, CLG took part in the 2012 MLG Fall Championship. Their first series ended with a disastrous 0-2 against Najin White Shield, and CLG were knocked down to the loser’s bracket. There, they mounted their comeback with back-to-back victories against Team Curse and Team Dignitas. But they lost 1-2 in the following round against their European sister team.
Afterward, CLG took part in the IPL 5. They exited their group with a 2-1 record and went on to defeat Team Curse Europe in the first round of the bracket stage. Unfortunately, they couldn’t overcome Fnatic in the next series, and the subsequent loss to Moscow 5 knocked them out of the competition.
Doublelift attended the 2013 All-Star Shanghai event as a part of the NA LCS lineup. North America fell 0-2 in its first match against China but managed to score a win against Europe in the loser’s bracket. But a crushing defeat against South Korea put an end to their run.
CLG went to the IEM Season 8 Cologne tournament. They had a promising start with a 2-0 win over Team Turquality BLUE, but the subsequent loss to Fnatic knocked them out of the tournament.
CLG also participated in the Battle of the Atlantic event. There, they lost 0-2 to Team ALTERNATE.
Doublelift took part in the IEM Season 9 Cologne tournament. CLG had a strong start with a 2-1 victory over Team ROCCAT. However, their finals series against Gambit Gaming ended with a disappointing 1-3 loss.
Doublelift’s last tournament with CLG was the 2015 World Championship. His team showed a lot of promise with back-to-back victories against Flash Wolves and paiN Gaming, but they quickly ran out of steam and couldn’t get any more wins. In the end, their 2-4 record wasn’t enough to advance from the group stage.
On TSM, Doublelift attended the IEM Season 10 San Jose event. Team SoloMid scored a 2-0 victory over LGD in the Quarterfinals. But in the Semifinals, they were knocked out of the competition by Origen.
TSM also went to the IEM Season 10 World Championship. There, they lost to ESC Ever in the first round of the group stage. Even so, they bounced back in the loser’s bracket with consecutive wins against Origen and ESC Ever. But a Semifinals loss against SKT T1 put an end to their run.
He later went to the 2016 World Championship. TSM finished the group stage with a 50% win rate and failed to advance because of their head-to-head record with RNG.
TSM—and Doublelift—showed up at the 2017 Rift Rivals (NA vs EU) event. There, they took over the group stage with a 5-1 record and crushed Unicorns of Love in the finals.
Doublelift also attended the 2017 World Championship. The result was the same as the last time, and TSM failed to make it out of the group stage.