If you haven't heard the news by now, here's a quick refresher. Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng has taken a break from playing League of Legends professionally with Team SoloMid and has become a streamer.
When he announced his departure from the pro scene he said "After our convincing performance in Summer, NA LCS Spring is considerably less appetizing. Streaming and creating content is something I’ve always wanted to focus on, and it’s the perfect time to do it. I'll come back if the team needs me - better than before, and better than ever."
"I'll come back if the team needs me - better than before, and better than ever." - Doublelift
Recently in an interview with theScore esports, Doublelift backed his strong claims. "I’m still more than capable of being the best in NA. I’m not worried about my skills degrading at all," said Doublelift. "I just think my mechanics are always gonna be the best."
"I’m still more than capable of being the best in NA." - Doublelift
James Bates, WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, weighed in on Doublelifts future claim. "Whether or not he'd be the best in NA is pretty hard to tell. Players like Arrow making their way here are a big deal, and I'm not sure he'd be the best even at his peak."
His former teammate, Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black voiced his thoughts as well. "I think him going to streaming-wise, going towards being a streamer is just a lot better for him in general," Aphromoo said.
When Doublelift stepped away, he hinted at burnout and confirmed it in the aforementioned interview. "I can tell he’s definitely burnt out," said Aphromoo. "I don’t know if he’s going to come back or anything like that but I think after doing the streaming life for a couple months, for like one split, there’s no way he would come back."
WWG's James Bates sides with Aphromoo. "It depends on what DL's motivations are. He'll make more money streaming for sure. If that's his goal, then he probably won't return."
Whether if he's streaming or playing professionally, there's one thing Doublelift will always be known for. His confidence.
"If I come back in the summer, I’m probably gonna smash everyone so it’s a good time."