LoL: Doublelift criticizes ‘lazy’ LCS players for not practising enough at Champions Queue
Twitch streamer and former professional League of Legends player Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng has criticized “lazy” League of Legends Championship Series players, whom he believed were not using Champions Queue enough to practice and improve.
Earlier in February this year, Riot Games and League of Legends revealed a new super server for North American top players to compete for $400,000 in prizes. Riot Games received praises for the introduction of the super server on February 7. Claiming first place of the inaugural Champions Queue Split and bagging home the $12,000 prize was Evil Geniuses star rookie Joseph
While there are those who chose to be diligent and utilize the super server well, Doublelift said the number of players who ignored to play in the server entirely was shocking.
On March 26, the 28-year-old former pro player appeared to be surprised that Dignitas’ LCS squad averaged only four games at the Champions Queue for the last week.
“I don’t know what’s going on. What are they doing?! I’ve been a pro player for 10 years, I know what people can do after scrimmages to improve,” said Doublelift. “You can watch replays, 1 v 1 or 2 v 2, and play solo queue. That’s it. What are they doing after scrims? They are probably just relaxing, and hanging out with friends.”
Previously, Golden Guardians support Kim “Olleh” Joo-Sung also voiced the same concern. Doublelift echoed the sentiments.
“I think what’s interesting about Olleh’s post is that in Eastern countries, there’s no excuses,” Doublelift continued. “You just play. Like, you just f**kin’ play. It’s a no-brainer. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling like s**t.”
The former TSM player added that he was “having so much fun playing it and it’s a shame to me that some players kind of refuse to play it”.
He also pointed out that most of the matches in the Champions Queue were attended only by the best players such as Team Liquid Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-In, adding that “The people who practice a lot are usually good. There is a correlation between practicing and getting better”.
Previously, Olleh had also criticized the players who were not utilizing the super-server. The South Korean pro insisted that professional players, especially those who compete in the North American part of the league, should “spam the game till 1 a.m.” on the invite-only League of Legends lobby.
“Only a few people are playing Champions Queue,” he said on Twitch on Tuesday. “WTF are you guys doing… It’s my question for everyone.”
The closed League queue’s first split ended on March 8. Olleh complained that there were “literally only 20, 30 people playing. The same people only”.
“Support was getting less games than other roles,” Olleh said in a VOD, available only to his subscribers on Twitch.
“So when I had 80 games, [Jojopyun]/Kumo had like 150 games. but as you know the point system is win [equals to 10 points], lose [equas to minus five points]. If you have 50 percent win rate anyway, you are winning if you have more games. This was kinda unfair to me.”
Olleh, however, the players should not be motivated by the money to grind hard. He argued that professional players should play “for practice, to get better”.
“Why do you need money [or] rewards to be passionate or to practice?” Olleh said. “I want everyone in Champions Queue spamming the game. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. is scrims, after 5 p.m. you are free to do whatever. What the fuck are you guys doing after fucking 5 p.m., 6 p.m.?
“Grinding hard is normal in Korea. Grinding hard is so special to NA. This is so weird”.