OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Doublelift of Team Liquid walks onstage during the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Finals against Cloud9 at ORACLE Arena on September 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Well, TSM certainly didn’t waste any time extending Doublelift. Team Solomid, having recently acquire Doublelift in a trade with Team Liquid, has now extended him through the end of the 2021 season. Doublelift is the winningest player in LCS history. He’s racked up 7 LCS championships, 3 of which were with TSM in his last run with them.

The Right Move?

In any other year, one would never question the logic of TSM extending Doublelift. Logic would dictate that when you have a chance to lock up the GOAT for the foreseeable future, you do it. But this isn’t any other year. 2020 is a weird year, and not just because of a pandemic the likes we haven’t seen in a century.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, expected that Team Liquid would be the team to beat this Spring. None of their competitors seemed like they had improved that much, and I don’t think anyone could have predicted C9 would explode the way they did. But instead, the back to back to back to back champions limped out of the gate and never regained their form. Broxah may have had visa issues, but nothing about this team looked right.

And so instead of competing for their 5th straight LCS title, they floundered this spring and missed the playoffs. The move lead to Doublelift being traded to TSM and now this contract extension. Let me be very clear in saying that I do believe the 7 time LCS champion has something left in the tank. However, even I would argue that signing him for another 3 splits is risky. Much like football players, when esports athletes start to decline, it’s usually in a hurry.

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