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LMQ
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Team Information
Location: North America North America
Managers: Zhuang "ZhuangPeng" Peng
Team Captain: Zhou "NoName" Qi-Lin
Website: http://www.teamlmq.com/
Sponsor: iBUYPOWER
Facebook: LMQ iBUYPOWER
Twitter: LMQiBUYPOWER
Number of Players: 5
History
Created: 2013-07-05
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LMQ Tian Ci is a Chinese competitive League of Legends team, previously a sister team to Royal Club Huang Zu. The team moved to North America on December 15th, 2013 and is currently competing in the North American LCS.[1]

The team currently competes under the name LMQ iBUYPOWER in representation of their sponsor, iBUYPOWER.[1]

History

LMQ was formed in July 2013 after merging portions of the rosters of Team Livemore and Royal Club Tian Ci: Dreams, F1sh, and Wayoff from the former; Mor, NoName, TS, XiaoWeiXiao, and PandaB from the latter. LMQ competed in the summer split of the 2013 LPL; despite taking a game off the Season 3 World Championship runner-up Royal Club, LMQ finished with a disappointing 8-13 record in sixth place.

In November 2013, after the Season 3 World Championship, F1sh and PandaB moved to LMQ's sister team, Royal Club. At that month's National Electronic Sports Tournament, LMQ went 2-1 in the tournament's group stage after downing CC Club and Team WE Academy while falling to the parent Team WE. In the bracket stage, LMQ lost 1-2 to the tournament favorite and eventual winner OMG, but rebounded in a 2-0 victory against Royal Club in the third place match.

On December 15th, 2013, LMQ left its parent organization Tian Ci and obtained a new sponsor in iBUYPOWER. With the assistance of its new sponsor, LMQ moved to North America to take advantage of the superior esports infrastructure. At this point, Dreams and Wayoff left the team, to be replaced by Royal Club top laner GoDlike, who renamed to ackerman.

In January 2014, LMQ made their way atop the North American 5v5 Challenger tier and earned an invite to the official Riot-sponsored Challenger Series, also known as the Coke League. In their North American debut, LMQ went 8-0 and beat compLexity.Black 2-0 in the finals. By finishing first, LMQ received 9 Challenger Series Points and earned a berth in the second series. There, in March, LMQ went 4-1 on their way to a 2-0 win in the finals against Cloud 9 Tempest, thus clinching the top overall seed in the Challenger Series playoffs to be held later in the season.

While competing in the second Challenger Series, LMQ was also offered an invite to the North American Challenger League (NACL) Season 2 Qualifiers, where they went undefeated and secured a spot in the league. During the league's regular season, LMQ went 18-4 without a losing record against any team. During the March playoffs, LMQ defeated Cloud 9 Tempest 2-1 in the semifinals and moved on to face Team 8 in the tournament's grand finals. LMQ won the final series 3-1 and became NACL champions.

After having secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Challenger Series playoffs due to their tremendous amount of points accumulated from both Challenger Series, LMQ went on to defeat Curse Academy in a 2-0 victory sending them to the finals against the tough Cloud 9 Tempest. After an initial loss in the best of five series, LMQ came back winning two in a row to make the series 2-1. Cloud 9 Tempest however, bounced back in game four to tie up the series 2-2. After a very low-kill game game five, Cloud 9 Tempest attempt to make a pick, but instead gets nearly aced and losing the game to LMQ. LMQ left the Challenger Series playoffs with a 5-2 record and went home with the grand prize of $16,000.

In April 2014, LMQ secured a spot for the 2014 NA LCS Summer Split after beating XDG Gaming 3-0 in the 2014 Season Summer Promotion Tournament. In the LCS, LMQ made an immediate impact, opening with a 4-0 week. Despite some relative floundering in the mid-season, LMQ found themselves back on top of the standings entering the last week of play. With a 2-2 week to end the season, LMQ dropped to second beneath Cloud 9. Although the two teams had the same 18-10 record, Cloud 9 held the tiebreaker with a 3-1 season head-to-head record against LMQ. Nevertheless, LMQ entered the NA LCS Summer Playoffs with the second seed and a first round bye, destined to face Team SoloMid in the semifinals.

In July 2014, controversy arose regarding the ownership of the team. The team's initial LCS registration was completed by esports organization LoLClass, which sponsors other LCS teams and thus violates Riot's rules. In addition, Chinese organization Guangdong Tian Ci (TC) provided evidence that they were the owners of LMQ, not LoLClass, and had severed all relations with LoLClass. TC successfully transferred ownership to a third party, Luyu eSports LLC, and coach PtotheD resigned, citing that the team had changed irrevocably.[2][3]

At the 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs in Seattle, LMQ faced Team SoloMid in the second round. The series was very evenly matched, but despite a Xiaoweixiao pentakill in Game 4, TSM won the final two games of the match to take the series. At the pivotal third place match, which decided the final North American team to go to the Season 4 World Championship, LMQ competed against a resurgent Team Curse. After falling behind 0-2 and facing a gold deficit in the third game, LMQ turned the entire series around and won three in a row, including a complete shutout in the fourth game. LMQ won 3-2 and secured the final NA seed at the World Championship that September.

Trivia

  • LMQ is short for 蓝美琪 (Lan Mei-Qi), which is the name of the mistress of LMQ's founder, entrepreneur Tian Ci.
  • LMQ owner Eno Li has professed his desire to bring star AD carry Uzi to North America from Royal Club. However, it was later stated that Uzi would not be able to make it because of Royal Club's financial issues.[1]

Timeline

2013

2014

Player Roster

LMQ Season 4 LCS Summer Roster
Left to Right: XiaoWeiXiao, NoName, Vasilii, ackerman, Mor

Active

ID Name Role
China XiaoWeiXiao Yu Xian (余显) Mid
China Mor Zhang Hong-Wei (张宏伟) Support

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
China ackerman Xiao Wang (肖旺) Top
None
China NoName Zhou Qi-Lin (周祺琳) Jungle Retired.png Retired
China Vasilii Li Wei-Jun (李威俊) AD
None
China Dreams Yao Yuan (姚远) Top
Royal Club
China Wayoff Song Lei (宋磊) Sub
Gamefy
China F1sh Yu Rui (喻瑞) AD
Royal Club
China PandaB Zhang Jia-Zhi (张家志) Support
Royal Club

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
China Eno Li Team Owner
USA impulsive_st Derrick Truong Marketing Manager
China Superrrman Xiang 'Alex' Gu Assistant Manager

Former

ID Name Position New Team
China Sharon Li Team Manager
None

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-09-28 WC2014.png A99 - 12th 2014 World Championship 2 : 4 Group Stage (W/L) $ 45,000
2014-08-31 NA LCS.png A33rd 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 3 : 2
Team Curse
$ 15,000
2014-08-03 NA LCS.png A22nd 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season 18 : 10 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-04-26 NA LCS.png I1Q 2014 NA LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 0
XDG Gaming
2014-04-13 CS NA logo.png A11st 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series Playoffs 3 : 2
Cloud 9 Tempest
$ 16,000
2014-03-30 CS NA logo.png A11st 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #2 2 : 0
Cloud 9 Tempest
$ 6,000
2014-03-26 Nacl small.png A11st North American Challenger League Season 2 3 : 1
Team 8
$ 8,000
2014-02-16 CS NA logo.png A11st 2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #1 2 : 0
compLexity.Black
$ 6,000
2013-11-10 NEST logo small.png A33rd National Electronic Sports Tournament 2 : 0
Royal Club
¥ 50,000
2013-09-01 LPLlogo small.png A66th 2013 LPL Summer Regular Season 8 : 13 Group Stage (W/L) ¥ 100,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-04-20 A11st National ESL Pro Series Season IX 2 : 1
Curse Academy
$ 6,700
In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-03-16 A11st NA Challenger Series #2 3 : 1
vVv Gaming
$ 350
2014-02-23 A11st NA Challenger Series #1 3 : 0
Team LoLPro
$ 350
2014-02-02 A11st Razer League of Legends Clash 2 : 0
compLexity Academy
$ 500
2014-01-30 A11st ROCCAT King of the Hill 2013-2014 Week 6 2 : 0
vVv Gaming White
$ 1,000
2014-01-05 A11st CLG Camp Tournament 2 : 0
CLG Camp
$ 1,000

Highlight Videos

Interviews

2013

See Also

Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chinese professional LoL team LMQ Tian Ci moves to NA with new title sponsor iBUYPOWER ongamers.com
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  4. LMQ announces departure of Vasilii, ackerman, NoName; negotiations ongoing with Mor