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Doublelift
Yiliang "Peter" Peng
StatusActive
Born (1993-07-19) July 19, 1993 (age 25)
HometownMission Viejo, California
NationalityAmerican
Current teamTeam Liquid
LeagueLeague of Legends Championship Series
GamesLeague of Legends
Career prize money$174,782.03 as of August 2018[1]
Championships2015 NA LCS Summer
2016 NA LCS Summer
2017 NA LCS Summer
2018 NA LCS Spring
2018 NA LCS Summer
Professional career
Mar 2011 – May 2011Counter Logic Gaming
May 2011 – Jul 2011Epik Gamer
Jul 2011 – Nov 2011unRestricted/Team Curse
Nov 2011 – Oct 2015CLG Prime/Counter Logic Gaming
Oct 2015 – Nov 2017Team SoloMid
Mar 2017 – Apr 2017Team Liquid (loan)
Apr 2017 – Nov 2017Team SoloMid
Nov 2017 – PresentTeam Liquid

Yiliang "Peter" Peng (Chinese: 彭亦亮[2]; pinyin: Péng Yìliàng), better known as Doublelift, is an American professional League of Legends AD Carry player who formerly played for Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid. He currently plays for Team Liquid.

Career[edit]

Peng comes from California, and started playing console games before jumping to PC titles such as DotA, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of Newerth before eventually moving to League of Legends.[3][better source needed] In an interview with Machinima in 2013, Peng said his relationship with his parents was strained over his dream of being a professional esports player. "I would always struggle with my parents... we would just argue over everything, especially games. When I wanted to play they thought it was just a complete waste of time. It got worse and worse over the years."[4] Peng first entered professional League of Legends when he gained the attention of George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis, founder of Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), who recruited him as a substitute Support player.[citation needed] Shortly after, Peng left CLG to become the starter Support for Epik Gamer.[citation needed] He later joined UnRestricted as the starting AD Carry. The team was acquired by Team Curse later that year.[citation needed]

Peng's first major tournament was DreamHack Summer 2011, the Riot Season 1 Championship. Hosted in Sweden, he needed his parents' permission to go, but at the time his beginning esports career was a secret to his parents. "They wouldn't let me go... They were like 'You're going to die if you go to Sweden for Dreamhack.'" He was ultimately allowed to go after Doublelift's older brother helped convince their parents.[4]

Peng was timid and socially awkward around his teammates. "I was really awkward and really introverted at the time. I was just that typical Asian guy who does nothing but play games. When I finally met my team I was like 'hi' and that was like the only thing I said. I said nothing after that. I was just a presence with them but I didn't interact with them very much."[4] In a Reddit AMA, Peng said he owed it to Epik Gamer for giving him the opportunity to begin his career. "Without [Epik Gamer], I would have never made it into the pro scene most likely."[5]

When Peng returned home, he said his parents were not proud of his accomplishment at Dreamhack. "They wanted me to go to college." Tensions grew between him and his parents over his choice of career, until in 2011 his parents told him to leave the house. He did, taking his prize money from Dreamhack and his computer.[4] Peng wrote about the event on Reddit in a thread titled "Hi I'm Doublelift, formerly of team [Epik Gamer], and today I became homeless."[6] With no college degree or family to return to, he decided to go all-in on his professional gaming career. Peng began earning money for writing educational League of Legends content for Team Curse. "I pretty much made half the guides for that site... I was just super happy and I could finally pay rent that month." [4]

2012[edit]

CLG prime would attend the 2012 MLG Fall Championship in Dallas on November 2 through 4th. In the first round they faced the Korean powerhouse NaJin Sword, where they were routed in two lopsided matches. Falling to the losers bracket, CLG Prime would sweep Curse Gaming in round one, and then pick up a close 2-1 series against another NA team Dignitas. They faced their sister team CLG EU in Round 3 and lost 2-1 and were eliminated from the tournament. CLG Prime finished in 4th with $2,000 in winnings.[7]

2013[edit]

On February 27, 2013, CLG participated in the Riot Season 3 North American League Championship Series Spring Split.[8]

2015[edit]

CLG and Peng were fined on January 6, 2015 after being found guilty of poaching ZionSpartan. CLG was fined $2,000 while Peng was fined $2,500. Furthermore, CLG was restricted from fielding ZionSpartan as a player or coach for the first week of the 2015 LCS Spring Split.[9]

For the first eight weeks of the spring split, CLG were never lower in the standings than tied for second place. At the end they lost a second-place tie breaker to Cloud9 and so ended up in third place in the regular season. Ultimately, CLG lost to Team Liquid in the quarterfinals and ended the split tied for fifth place with Gravity Gaming.[10]

Peng was benched during the Summer LCS due to an injury incurred from playing basketball.[11]

In August Peng helped CLG win their first ever LCS Split playoff title.[12] The victory also qualified them for the 2015 League of Legends World Championship. At Worlds CLG failed to make the bracket and finished 12/13th. On October 31, CLG informed Peng that they were not going to re-sign him. Immediately after CLG released a statement,[13] Team SoloMid announced that Peng would be joining as their new AD Carry, replacing long tenured AD Carry WildTurtle.[14]

2017[edit]

Before the start of the 2017 season, Team SoloMid announced that Peng would be taking a hiatus from professional League of Legends during the spring split, saying "it's time for a small break." While he would remain contracted to the team, he would be streaming full-time until his return to professional play in the summer when, according to Team SoloMid owner Andy Dinh, he would have to compete with his replacement to return to the starting roster.[15] In the past, Peng has spoken out about the never-ending competitive schedule for professional League of Legends. After representing North America in the All-Star 2013 in Shanghai, Peng said in a Reddit AMA "I'm just tired of playing all day every day, and I want a goddamn break but it's not possible to get one."[16] In a Reddit AMA in 2014, Peng said "Most people who look at pros think that we live the dream life when in reality you either practice 16 hours a day or lose and end up frustrated. Sometimes you practice 16 hours a day and still end up losing."[5] One month later, Team SoloMid announced that WildTurtle would be Peng's replacement for the 2017 spring split.[17] In an interview, teammate Bjergsen agreed with Dinh's initial announcement that Peng would need to compete with his replacement, saying "I want WildTurtle to succeed and I wasn't just sitting around waiting for Peter because I wanted someone who was committed, and like I said I was disappointed and I felt he wasn't very committed. I didn't feel like he should just have the luxury of going out and making a lot of money [streaming] and returning to the team... No matter how good of a friend they are to me, if someone decides he's just going to take six months off and he thinks he's can just reenter the team, that's just not okay with me because I think everyone has to earn their spot."[18]

More than halfway through the spring season and threatened by relegation, Team Liquid announced that Peng would temporarily be joining the team and would be released back to Team SoloMid at the end of the spring split,[19] sparking controversy due to concerns of a conflict of interest when Peng inevitably competed against Team SoloMid while signed to Team Liquid. Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet responded that Riot Games approved the trade after the team demonstrated that no other player in that role would be suitable for the team.[20]

2018[edit]

Before the start of the 2018 NA LCS season, Team SoloMid announced they would be parting ways with Peng, citing a desire for a stronger shot-caller in the bottom lane.[21] On the same day, Team Liquid announced Peng would be returning along with his ex-Counter Logic Gaming teammates Xmithie and Pobelter.[22] The team finished 4th place in the Spring Split regular season, securing a spot in the playoffs with a 12-8 record behind his former team TSM.[23] Team Liquid defeated Cloud9 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Echo Fox 3-1 in the semifinals to make it to the Team Liquid's first ever final.[24]

A week before the final, Peng learned that his mother Wei Ping Shen was killed and his father Guojon Peng seriously injured after his older brother Yihong Peng allegedly stabbed them in their family home in San Juan Capistrano California. Peng posted on Twitlonger "I'm still processing this news and joining up with my dad and little brother to make sure they're ok and the proper arrangements are being made. I'll likely be quiet on social media while I work through this. I hope you all understand and support me as you always have in the past."[25] In an interview with Machinima in 2013, Peng had said his older brother was his biggest influence on his life and career, and that he had regrets with his falling out with his parents and wished to make amends in the future, but with his busy career "right now I can't do that, I'm too busy."[4] Despite the pressure faced during this event, Steve Arhancet, owner and co-CEO of Team Liquid, announced that Doublelift would not be taking time off and was determined to play in the final as planned.[26] In the final, Team Liquid convincingly defeated 100 Thieves 3-0 and won its first league championship.[27]

In the summer split 2018, Doublelift and Team Liquid picked up where they left off in spring. A tightly contested regular season saw Team Liquid come out with the number one seed by only a single game over Cloud9, qualifying them for a bye in the first round and a guaranteed spot in the semi-finals. Matched up against 100 Thieves, Doublelift and Team liquid cruised to a 3-1 series victory to move on to a spot in the finals against Cloud9. On the eve of the NA LCS finals, Doublelift was awarded a long-awaited NA LCS MVP for the summer split. This was his first MVP award.[28] Armed with the recently crowned MVP, Team Liquid easily defeated Cloud9 3-0 in the finals to capture back to back North American LCS titles and become the face of North American hopes heading into Worlds 2018.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Peng was born on July 19, 1993, and grew up in Mission Viejo, California.[30] He has a father, one older brother and one younger brother.[31][32][33]

Peng is close friends with eSports journalist Travis Gafford. In an interview with Team Dignitas, Gafford said they first met when Peng posted on Reddit that he was homeless and Gafford offered for him to live on his couch until he had money to pay rent.[34] Peng said "Travis really helped me grow up as a person because when I'm playing games and focusing on my job you don't have basic social skills or an understanding of the world. When I go outside I'm like 'how much money am I supposed to spend on food? How do I do my taxes? How do I get a bank account?' I didn't have a credit card, all I had was my wallet with cash and a PayPal account. He helped me set up a bank account, he helped me set up my life."[4]

Tournament results[edit]

Career Tournament Results
Date Event Placing Team Record Opponent(s)
June 18–20, 2011 League of Legends World Championship Season 1 4th Epik Gamer 12-7 Team SoloMid
April 25, 2012 Champions 2012 Spring 5th-8th Counter Logic Gaming 0-2 MiG Blaze
February 7 – April 19, 2013 2013 NA LCS Spring Regular Season 4th Counter Logic Gaming 13-15 N/A
April 26, 2013 2013 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 5th-8th Counter Logic Gaming 1-2 Team Vulcan
June 12 – August 16, 2013 2013 NA LCS Summer Regular Season 6th Counter Logic Gaming 13-15 N/A
August 31, 2013 2013 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 5th Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 Team Curse
January 16–April 6, 2014 2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season Bronze 3rd Counter Logic Gaming 18-10 N/A
April 26, 2013 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Bronze 3rd Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 Team Curse
May 23–August 3, 2014 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season 5th Counter Logic Gaming 13-15 N/A
August 29, 2014 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 6th Counter Logic Gaming 1-3 Team Dignitas
January 24 – March 29, 2015 2015 NA LCS Spring Regular Season Bronze 3rd Counter Logic Gaming 12-7 N/A
April 4, 2015 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 5th-6th Counter Logic Gaming 0-3 Team Liquid
May 30 – July 26, 2015 2015 NA LCS Summer Regular Season Sliver 2nd Counter Logic Gaming 13-6 N/A
August 23, 2015 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold 1st Counter Logic Gaming 3–0 Team SoloMid
October 1–11, 2015 2015 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage 12th/13th Counter Logic Gaming 2-4 Flash Wolves, KOO Tigers, and paiN Gaming
January 16 – March 20, 2016 2016 NA LCS Spring Regular Season 6th Team SoloMid 9-9 N/A
April 17, 2016 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Sliver 2nd Team SoloMid 2-3 Counter Logic Gaming
June 3 – July 31, 2016 2016 NA LCS Summer Regular Season Gold 1st Team SoloMid 17-1 N/A
August 28, 2016 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold 1st Team SoloMid 3-1 Cloud9
September 29 – October 8, 2016 2016 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage 9th-12th Team SoloMid 3-3 Samsung Galaxy, Royal Never Give Up, and Splyce
July 5, 2017 – July 8, 2017 2017 League of Legends Rift Rivals EU vs. NA Gold 1st Team SoloMid 8-1 Unicorns of Love
June 2, 2017 – August 6, 2017 2017 NA LCS Summer Regular Season Gold 1st Team SoloMid 14-4 N/A
September 3, 2017 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold 1st Team SoloMid 3-1 Immortals
October 5 – 15, 2017 2017 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage 9th-11th Team SoloMid 3-4 Flash Wolves, Team WE, and Misfits Gaming
January 20 – March 18, 2018 2018 NA LCS Spring Regular Season 4th Team Liquid 12-8 N/A
April 8, 2018 2018 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Gold1st Team Liquid 3-0 100 Thieves
May 3 – May 20, 2018 2018 Mid-Season Invitational Group Stage 5th Team Liquid 4-7 Royal Never Give Up, Kingzone DragonX, Flash Wolves, Fnatic, EVOS eSports
June 16 – August 20, 2018 2018 NA LCS Summer Regular Season Gold1st Team Liquid 12-6 N/A
September 9, 2018 2018 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Gold1st Team Liquid 3-0 Cloud9
October 10 – 17, 2016 2018 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage 9th-11th Team Liquid 3-3 KT Rolster, Edward Gaming, and MAD Team

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