Popular League of Legends team Team Liquid is going to need a miracle to make it into the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Spring Playoffs. After losing a game last night to FlyQuest, they are scheduled to play against Cloud9 – who currently hold 16 wins. Team Liquid is in the unfortunate position to be tied with Golden Guardians and Dignitas at 7-10. In order to make it to the top 6 teams for playoffs, Team Liquid will have to defeat Cloud9, while also hoping that other teams fall behind in their next few games.
The defending LCS champions have had a great streak of wins for the past four splits. Since 2018, they’ve been crowned winners for spring and summer each year. Yet another team might take their place this time. After losing to FlyQuest, they need to do some serious thinking before they go into today’s Cloud9 game. Along those lines, ADC Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng did some serious reflecting on his Twitter, telling his followers, “hard to see the light at the moment but we won’t give up.”
really sucks. lots of fans have told me in low moments that it's about if you can get back up after you get knocked down. hard to see the light at the moment but we won't give up.
— Yiliang Peng (@Doublelift1) March 29, 2020
This message from Doublelift came right after he informed his fans of how unmotivated he was to continue playing. As he started feeling better, he said, “I’m sorry towards every one of my teammates and I’ll be working from now on to regain their trust.” He then promised that he will turn their games around.
In times like this, it is really easy to point fingers and push accountability elsewhere. The results of this split are not on the shoulders of one or two individuals.
Everything is a team effort, and the issues presented are ones we will do everything to fix come Summer.
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) March 29, 2020
Support during tough times
LCS play-by-play shoutcaster Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines said a few words about TL, discussing the harsh realities of the team.
This is the first time a reigning LCS Champion won't make playoffs to defend their title. What a fall from grace for TL. Don't give me that "Spring doesn't matter" line either; being four-time champs and not even making playoffs is a complete tragedy for this roster. #LCS
— Clayton Raines (@CaptainFlowers) March 28, 2020
He nonetheless wished TL well moving forward: “I wish you guys the best improving yourselves for summer. The best steel goes through the fire.”
Among reaction to the posts, one follower mentioned that TSM are also not doing their best this split, and it’s all a state of mind. Others thought Team Liquid should call it quits and move on to preparing for the Summer Split. CaptainFlowers continued to defend his point as followers disagreed with what he initially posted.
Players don't want pity. They're more frustrated than anyone at this I'm sure, but I'm calling this situation exactly what it is: a disappointment that hasn't been seen before in the LCS. I hope they come back stronger in Summer.
— Clayton Raines (@CaptainFlowers) March 29, 2020
Team Liquid is scheduled to play against Cloud9 today at 6 p.m. EST. You can watch the broadcasted stream on the official LoL Esports website.