With the 2019 LCS season in full swing, Team Liquid has already proven to be the early favorite to take home the title, as a bombastic 4-0 start to the Spring Split has placed the team firmly atop the standings. However, no player has proven to be more of a catalyst for success than Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. With dominance in nearly every statistical category, Doublelift has taken the rest of the league by stranglehold, picking up right where he left off in 2018. And at this rate in his career, no one should be surprised.
With just about a quarter of the Spring Split in the books, Doublelift is putting up numbers that could certainly raise a few eyebrows and potentially even cement him as the early favorite in the MVP discussion. With two weeks of play completed, Doublelift is leading all bottom laners in nine statistical categories including KDA, KPG, DPG, CSM, GPM, GD@15, CSD@15, FBP, and VSPM. Additionally, his marks in the KPG, CSM, and GPM departments rank at the top of the entire league.
His KDA of 12.3 is the best in the entire LCS by a wide margin, as Jason “Wildturtle” Tran, who posts the second highest KDA in North America, sits nearly 6 whole points behind Doublelift with a mark of 6.8. Additionally, Doublelift’s KPG of 5.0 and Dth/G of 1.0 compliment and secure his KDA quite nicely.
However, the statistics that truly prove Doublelift’s immaculate play thus far have been the ones that showcase his abilities to dominate his opponents in the laning phase, permitting him to carry that same dominance over into the later stages of the game. Through four games, Doublelift has achieved a CSM of 10.5, grounding himself the only player to post a mark in that category over the coveted 10.0 threshold. That same ridiculous farming ability has resulted in a GPM of 477, the highest in the league, as well as a GD@15 of 582, over 200 points higher than the mark of 356 posted by Apollo “Apollo” Price, and a CSD@15 of 14.
With all of this in mind, it’s safe to say that Doublelift is by miles the most impressive player in the 2019 LCS playing for the most impressive team. The best part? There really isn’t a debate. The team has definitively beaten teams that are surefire LCS contenders, as the 4-0 record that Team Liquid boasts so far comes by way of victories over Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, 100 Thieves, and Clutch Gaming, teams that were all predicted to stand toe to toe with Liquid at the top of the standings and make everyone question the legitimacy of the leaderboard.
Two weeks in, any questions have been put to bed – we’ve already got our answers. Team Liquid is on a mission to prove that they might just have the greatest team in the history of the LCS – and Doublelift is the one spearheading the operation.
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