Will Doublelift Live Up to Expectations As He Replaces Wildturtle?
Doublelift going to TSM was major news, probably the most major we’ve seen in the eSports League of Legends scene in years. With Doublelift coming in and Wildturtle leaving, this leaves the question of whether it was the right move for the team or one that may leave a fate similar to that of Elements. It also asks whether or not CLG made the right move, as HotshotGG seemingly took out Doublelift without much foresight. Without proper planning, CLG has left themselves in a position where they are forced to take an EU Ad-Carry or settle with an Ad-Carry that is worse than Doublelift in terms of skill.
It could simply be that Doublelift wasn’t booted because of his play, but rather his attitude on the team. CLG booted Chris, their head coach, and their mid lane star Pobelter prior to kicking Doublelift off the team, and this may be an indicator that these players and staff were impediments to CLG’s aspirations. The options for replacements aren’t clear, as all three of the members working for CLG were noted as top-tier in North America as a region. CLG still holds both their import spots if they wished to go that route, but it should be noted that HotShotGG openly opposes teams with players that aren’t from North America as communication and cultural issues often clash and impede success even in the scenario where the players being taken in are of high quality mechanically speaking.
When examining Wildturtle, though he may have struggled in the summer split, he ultimately showed himself as a prominent AD-carry throughout his career. During Worlds, in both season three and season four, Wildturtle emerged as a dominant ADC in-lane and dropped in performance during the regular season. He has been the front-runner for the replacement ADC for CLG, and he’ll likely be given another shot at redeeming himself and proving that he isn’t washed up, and that he is capable of dominating the scene as a top tier ADC where he improves his positioning and communication within his team.
Doublelift entering the disputed ADC position in TSM without any tryouts speaks a lot too in terms of how much TSM respects Doublelift’s ability over Wildturtle’s. While it was announced that Wildturtle would be considered to be replaced, it wasn’t known that tryouts may be bypassed completely for a player like Doublelift.
So how much better is Doublelift than Wildturtle? It really comes down to a single factor in play: positioning. Time and time again, Wildturtle has subjected himself to faulty positioning, failing to use his gold advantages given to him by his team. Fortunately, Wildturtle still carries the mechanics necessary for an LCS caliber player, he just needs the right coaching to translate his mechanics into team fights so that he’ll be able to perform up to the par that’s expected of him.
As for Doublelift, a statement by Aphromoo recently came out detailing the reasoning behind the departure of Coach Chris, Pobelter, and Doublelift. Aphromoo mentioned that he could not disclose the details behind the departure of Coach Chris, though it’s probable that any prospective team looking at this coach will be interested in what took place. It’s likely that this information will become public, and it’s unknown to what degree it had in regards with connections with Doublelift leaving the team or Pobelter leaving the team.
Looking forward to next season, we can prepare for a potential North American super-team to emerge, in similar but perhaps a stronger fashion than that of Elements in the EU scene.
Just because this team is being built up with superstars, it’s too early to say a North American reincarnation of Elements will reemerge as we’re not yet privy to the players who will be TSM’s top laner, jungler, or support. Prospective candidates have included Hauntzer, Rush, and Adrian to be in each one of those aforementioned roles though nothing is set in stone. With IEM coming up shortly, TSM may be ill-prepped or even without a complete roster as they embark onto their first international competition. It will be very important to perform, as top tier teams that attended Worlds will surely debut in IEM where during Worlds they may have had mishaps that cost them crucial games in the formatting of Worlds.
As for how Doublelift will mesh with the team, it was stated by Aphromoo that he had problems with being negative around the team, in a manner that wasn’t beneficial to the longterm prosperity of CLG. Now on TSM, it will be up to TSM’s coaching staff to properly assist Doublelift in keeping his ego to a minimum while keeping his performance at the level he’s expected of. So far, Bjergsen and Doublelift both share attitude trends that are hungry for success, and desire nothing more than to go to Worlds and win it all. The ultimate goal for TSM has, and still is to today, to win Worlds. Until that goal is captured, it would be reasonable to see TSM continue their efforts with swapping rosters and moving around players. If a player can’t maintain world-class talent on the team, then their skills don’t align with the goals of TSM. Such milestones are hard to achieve, but respectable to have as it pushes TSM to keep trekking forward without hesitance to be known as the very best.
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