Few players in the history of esports, much less League of Legends, have grown as big in their scenes as has veteran League pro Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.
With a long professional career that goes back to his teenage years, Doublelift has proven one of the most durable presences in top-level esports competition. Along the way, he has generated controversy and accrued thousands of fans.
When did Doublelift go pro?
Doublelift has built a long and storied career as a professional League of Legends player, and he first went pro in 2011. Doubelift’s first team was also his most famous, Counter Logic Gaming. But it would be some years before Doublelift would begin his stint as CLG’s famed AD carry player.
After accepting an invitation from CLG founder George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis to join the team as a backup, Doublelift quickly moved on to competing team Epik Gamer. He then quickly transitioned to unRestricted, which evolved into Team Curse.
But before the end of the year, Doublelift would be right back where he started with CLG. Thus began a journey of several years during which Doublelift would achieve fame. He most famously starred as one half of the bottom lane duo nicknamed “Rush Hour” alongside Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black.
How many times has Doublelift won the LCS?
Doublelift would go on to win eight LCS titles, but they did not come easily or quickly for the star carry player.
Despite receiving much fan support and adulation while at CLG, Doublelift struggled to find team success. In fact, it wasn’t until 2015, more than four years after he initially joined CLG, that Doublelift managed to win his first LCS title with the esports organization.
Counter Logic Gaming then attended the 2015 League of Legends World Championship. The team managed a decent showing with multiple group stage wins, but was unable to qualify for the knockout round. This would become an unfortunate trend for Doublelift moving forward.
After their failure at the World Championship, Doublelift moved on from CLG to join TSM. He found much greater team success at TSM almost immediately. TSM was dominant in the North American region, winning multiple LCS titles and twice qualifying for the World Championship. In one such appearance, many analysts considered TSM to be a dark horse choice to win the event. But both times, TSM failed to move on from the group stage despite never posting a losing record.
Coming up short on the biggest stage yet again led Doublelift to switch teams once more, this time moving to Team Liquid. Joined by such players as Nicolaj Jensen, Jeong “Impact” Eon-young, and star support player Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, Team Liquid was the clear class of the LCS. But once again, Doublelift’s team would prove unable to carry that success over to the World Championship stage.
Through it all, Doublelift’s greatest accomplishment was likely a second-place finish as the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, where Team Liquid managed a semifinals upset over tournament favorite Invictus Gaming of China’s LPL.
What is Doublelift’s age?
Doublelift turns 30 in 2023, and will be one of the very few League of Legends players to claim such a long career while still actively playing at the game’s highest level. Doublelift currently plays for 100 Thieves in the LCS, and while his team’s performances have been up and down, the star AD carry has generally posted good form with his latest side.
Doublelift had previously retired from the game after returning to TSM from Team Liquid, but that retirement proved only a temporary break. His return to 100 Thieves made him one of the oldest players in League of Legends esports. It’s a big difference compared to when he got his start as a teenager playing for multiple teams in 2011.
Is Doublelift on Twitch?
Doublelift has one of the most popular Twitch channels among League of Legends pros. He has long been a persistent streamer, though his streaming activity often depended on his schedule as a pro player for various teams while competing in the LCS, the Mid-Season Invitational, and at the World Championship.
After temporarily retiring, Peng began streaming much more regularly. He became one of the most popular alternative hosts of the LCS, often co-streaming along with former Cloud9 pro players Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi and William “Meteos” Hartman.
Known for his high-level gameplay and his scalding hot takes, Doublelift’s transition to streaming was an easy one. Since his return to competitive play with 100 Thieves, he has again backed off of streaming, though he still occasionally returns to his channel to entertain his large following on Twitch.