Tactical to Start in LCS as Doublelift Moves to the Bench
Tactical recently played his first LCS games in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who was out with laryngitis.
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Team Liquid CEO Steve Arhancet recently confirmed that Edward “Tactical” Ra will be the starting Attack Damage Carry for Team Liquid going forward. Tactical recently played his first LCS games in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who was out with laryngitis.
Before going into week six, Team Liquid with Doublelift was sitting tied for 6th place with a measly 4-6 record. After winning impressive games against Team Solo-Mid and 100Thieves with Tactical, the four time LCS champions now sit tied for 3rd place, and are in a prime position to make a playoff push.
Doublelift, one of the most storied North American players in League of Legends history with six LCS titles, took to Twitter himself to share his thoughts about the situation. The 26 year old admitted to a lack of motivation being the leading cause to his benching. In the past, Doublelift has been very vocal in interviews about North America’s weaknesses as a region, and how he wishes for more competition in the LCS.
The 19 year old Tactical had an LCS debut to remember, being the only ADC to not record a death in week 6, managing 8 kills and 6 assists across both games. He also led ADC’s in average damage per minute, gold differential at 15 minutes and CS (creep score) differential at 15 minutes, meaning he was beating up on his laning opponents. He gelled together extremely well with his support, CoreJJ along with his other teammates Impact, Broxah and Jensen.
Although, Tactical’s roster spot isn’t completely secured, as Team Liquid will decide who will start on a week to week basis, it will be interesting to see how the rookie’s season plays out. Team Liquid has won the past four LCS titles, but with the undefeated Cloud9 looking like a lock to win the Spring Championship, maybe the team lets Tactical play out the remainder of the split. Or, if their winning streak continues, they might decide they want to challenge Cloud9 for the title, and put the veteran Doublelift back in the bot lane.
Team Liquid continues their season this weekend, with matches against Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals. The action can be watched live on Twitch and Youtube.
Sources: Steve Arhancet, Yiliang Peng, Travis Gafford, Games of Legends Esports
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