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Taipei Assassins
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Team Information
Location: Taiwan Taiwan
Coaches: Retty "Retty" Liu
Team Captain: Cheng "bebe" Bo-Wei
Website: http://taipeiassassins.tw/tpa.php
Sponsor: Garena
AZUBU
Acer
Intel
Razer
Kingston
Youtube: Taipei Assassins
Facebook: Taipei Assassins
Number of Players: 5
History
Created: March 9, 2012(2012-03-09)
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Taipei Assassins, or TPA, is a competitive League of Legends team based in Taiwan. After their victory at the Season 2 World Championship, TPA was hailed as one of the strongest teams worldwide. Taipei Assassins is the sister team of Taipei Snipers.

The team currently competes under the name Azubu Taipei Assassins in representation of their sponsor, Azubu.

History

Formation of Team FTW

While playing in the League of Legends ranked solo queue ladder, AD Carry MiSTakE met and befriended Stanley, a Top lane player. Shortly after connecting, their mutual friend colalin introduced to them to NeXAbc and former Counter Logic Gaming player Lilballz. Together with mid laner A8000, they formed Team For the Win (FTW), with MiSTakE as team captain.

Team For the Win's first event was Garena's G1 eSports competition. At the tournament, Team FTW took first place ahead of 150 other teams to qualify for the 2011 World Cyber Games.

At the 2011 World Cyber Games, Team For the Win was unable to make it through the group stage. The top two teams from each group would advance, but with a third place TPA was unable to qualify. They posted a 2-2 record after defeating Team Jantelaget and Orange eSports and losing to NaJin e-mFire and Millenium. Mid laner A8000 left the team after the event.

Acquisition of Team For the Win

Despite early elimination at the 2011 World Cyber Games, online game distribution company Garena took notice of Team FTW's strong performance and offered to become the official sponsor of the team. On March 9th of 2012, Garena acquired the roster of Team For the Win and renamed them "Taipei Assassins".

Approximately one month after official sponsorship by Garena, the Taipei Assassins underwent several roster changes. The Taiwanese team first welcomed two new players into their lineup, AD carry bebeisadog and mid laner Toyz. After the addition of these two new players, support player colalin and former starting mid laner NeXAbc became substitutes. The team captain, MiSTakE, transitioned from AD carry to support.

Season 2

TPA S2WC.jpg

On July 15th, 2012, Taipei Assassins took first place at the IGN ProLeague Season 5 Taiwanese Qualifiers. In the group stage, Taipei Assassins took first, going 3-0 by defeating AllLaneCarry, TimeToTerminate, and HaNa. In the offline playoffs of the qualifiers, Taipei Assassins went undefeated, taking out WhyTrollMe 2-0 in the semifinals and Corsair 2-0 in the grand finals to take first place.

Taipei Assassins competed in the Season Two Regionals in Taipei. In the Round of 32 group stage, Taipei Assassins took first place in their group, going 3-0 by defeating 301英雄聯盟, TeamMarlboroClassicS, and TheCradleOfVictory. Advancing to the Round of 8 group stage, Taipei Assassins once again went undefeated, going 3-0 and taking first in their group, defeating AllLaneCarry, 皮卡丘打毛線, and TheoryOfEvolution. In the playoffs, Taipei Assassins took out MksZ 2-0 in the semifinals and then played a show match with the visiting CLG EU, which they lost. The Assassins continued their streak and defeated Corsair 2-0 in the grand finals, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles.

Taipei Assassins participated in the Season 2 World Championship held from October 4th to October 13th of 2012 in Los Angeles. Of the five regional champions (Team SoloMid, Moscow Five, Team WE, Taipei Assassins, and Azubu Frost), four teams, including TPA, were given a free pass out of the group stage based on a random drawing. In the quarterfinals, TPA faced off against Korean team NaJin Sword. Despite being underdogs after NaJin Sword's strong group stage showing, the Assassins were able to come out with a victory, winning both games in dominant fashion. They advanced to the semifinals against heavy tournament favorites Moscow Five. Alex Ich's Evelynn play caught TPA off guard in the first contest and put Moscow Five one game up in the series, but TPA rallied and took the next two games to beat the Russian powerhouse and earned a spot in the grand finals opposite Azubu Frost. The Assassins once again dropped the first game in the set, but Frost folded under TPA's stellar coordination and relentless pressure throughout the next three games. TPA beat the Korean squad three games to one, capturing the championship title and taking home the one million dollar grand prize. [1] Riot later released a set of TPA-themed skins for each of the champions they played in Game Four of the Finals.

Shortly after the conclusion of Season 2, TPA announced the addition of two more players onto their roster. Zonda was brought in as a substitute for top lane while GoDJJ joined as a second AD player; the changes suggested the formation of a second squad under the organization in the near future.[2]

Pre-season 3

Taipei Assassins attended the 2012 GPL Season 1 playoffs on November 17th in Singapore. They were seeded directly into the finals of the three team tournament, being the number one seed holding a 38-2 record throughout the regular season. The Singapore Sentinels managed to defeat Saigon Jokers in the semi-finals, setting the stage for a showdown betweem the two strongest teams in the GPL. TPA managed to take the first two games without much trouble, with Stanley constantly split pushing and outmaneuvering the opposition. SGS pulled out an interesting shield strategy in Game 3, with Chawy on Karma in mid lane. The strategy caught TPA off guard, and SGS managed to end the game in a rout of the Taiwanese squad. The Sentinels attempted a similar strategy in Game 4, again acquiring a large advantage early game. However, Toyz turned the tide of the game with a spot-on Orianna ultimate during a close Dragon fight, which decimated SGS and their chances at the title. In the end, Taipei Assassins secured 1st place at the event, going 3-1 and taking home the championship ring.

On November 29th and December 2nd, the Assassins competed in IPL 5 in Las Vegas. During the group stages, TPA defeated the Thailand hopefuls Blackbean, giving Bebe one of the three penta kills in the tournament. Later TPA went against Moscow 5 in a rematch of the Season 2 World Championship semi-finals. Stanley on Rengar ran rampant on the Russian squad, advancing the Assassins 2-0 into the playoffs. TPA faced a massive upset in Round 2 against FnaticRC, falling 0-2 into the losers bracket. There the Taiwanese team would sweep two series against the Singapore Sentinels and Curse Gaming. Coming into Round 4, the Assassins faced CLG EU. The Europeans won a fast-paced opener and held a clear advantage throughout most of the second game. However, after Bebe finished his core build on Caitlyn, TPA managed to take a team fight and the game. In game 3 the Assassins again prevailed in a long drawn out game, eliminating CLG EU from the IPL 5. TPA then defeated M5 2-0, making it their fifth consecutive win against the Russian team. In the semi-finals TPA was once again outmaneuvered and overrun by FnaticRC, falling 0-2. Taipei Assassins took 3rd place at the event with $7,500 in winnings.

Season 3

After winning 2012's GPL (the SEA equivalent of the LCS), TPA was invited to the 2013 Spring and Summer split of the GPL.

On January 10th, TPA was invited to participate in the GIGABYTE StarsWar League (Season 2). TPA had a good performance in the group stage, going 3-1-1, winning against Positive Energy, LGD Gaming, and Royal Club Huang Zu, while tying against Najin Sword and losing to MVP Ozone. However, they showed a disappointing 2-0 loss against Chinese powerhouse Team WE, and a surprising loss to amateur team Positive Energy, especially after their 2-0 victory against them in the group stage. This unfortunate outcome was directly linked by many people to Lilballz's inability to adapt to the Season 3 jungle meta. TPA eventually finished the Spring Split of the GPL 27-1, losing only 1 game to SGS, which people again linked directly to Lilballz.

On May 18th, TPA was invited to play in the NVIDIA Game Festival 2013. As a result of TPA losing 1-0 to Royal Club Huang Zu, TPA decided to start tryouts for new positions for their jungler (to replace Lilballz), although the decision was somewhat indecisive. TPA would, however, pull out a surprising 2-1 victory against OMG, one of the strongest Chinese teams, showing that TPA was still a strong team, despite a recent slump. This eventually led to the decision that Lilballz was to be replaced by their new jungler Sarsky. Since IPL 5, TPA was in the doldrums. Therefore, the team desired to win tournaments, so lots of pressure was made and led to the team playing under a bad atmosphere.

After TPA showing some bad results againts teams in 2013 GPL Summer, Garena announced that Stanley was released from TPA and Toyz retired from competitive League of Legends on June 30th, 2013. At the same time, Jay and Achie join TPA to solve the roster vacancy.[3]

TPA lost the chance to go to the Season 3 World Championship after they lost 0-2 vs. Gamania Bears in the lower bracket of the S3 Taipei Qualifiers. They ended their bad season 3 with a lost against ahq in the 2013 GPL Championship

Season 4

In the beginning of Season 4, TPA acquired Morning from Wayi Spider as the new mid laner; while bebe switched back to AD Carry and DinTer became the subtitute. In October 11th, Lilballz got a ban from Garena since he is caught from elo-boosting and retired right after the ban is active.

From November 2013 to January 2014, TPA competed in 2014 GPL Winter. They finished the group stage with 8 wins and 2 loss. They managed to beat Full Louis (3-0), Saigon Jokers (3-2), and Taipei Snipers (3-2) in the knock out stages and became the champion of the tournament. During the time of 2014 GPL Winter, TPA also took part in IEM Season VIII - Singapore, but lost to Saigon Jokers and got the 5th/6th place along with Singapore Sentinels.

Right after 2014 GPL Winter, Sarsky left TPA. DinTer became the starting jungler and the team played in 2014 GPL Spring. They did a very good job in group stage by winning all the matches. In the knock out stages, TPA defeated Insidious Gaming (3-0), Taipei Snipers (3-2), and ahq (3-2) to become the champion of the tournament once again. TPA were also got invited to IEM Season VIII - World Championship but got only the 5th/6th place along with Invictus Gaming.

TPA then accquired Winds from Taipei Snipers as the new jungler. They came to All-Star Paris 2014 as Taiwan & SEA representative but they got a bad tournament with 4 loss against Cloud 9, Fnatic, SK Telecom T1 K and OMG. Before the 2014 GPL Summer started, TPA acquired Chawy from Singapore Sentinels as the substitute mid laner. They finished the group stage with 9 wins and 1 lost. TPA then managed to win against Insidious Gaming Rebirth (3-0); Saigon Fantastic Five (3-1); and ahq (3-0) to become the champion of the tounament the third time, getting the #1 seed of Taiwan & SEA Region in Riot - World Championship 2014.

Timeline

2012

2013

2014

Player Roster

Active

ID Name Role
Taiwan Achie Chen Chen-Chi (陳振齊) Top
Taiwan Winds Chen Peng-Nien (陳鵬年) Jungle
Singapore Chawy Wong Xing-Lei(王星磊) Mid
Taiwan bebe Cheng Bo-Wei (張博為) AD
Taiwan Jay Li Chieh (李杰) Support
Taiwan Morning Chen Kuan-Ting (陳冠廷) Mid/Sub

Former

ID Name Role New Team
Taiwan DinTer Xue Hong-Wei (薛弘偉) Sub/Jungle Casterlogo std.png Caster
Taiwan Sarsky Allen Lo (羅祟瑜) Jungle
None
Taiwan Lilballz Alex Sung (宋寬柏) Jungle Coachlogo std.png Coach
Taiwan Stanley Wang June-Tsan (王榮燦) Top Coachlogo std.png Coach
Hong Kong Toyz Kurtis Lau (劉偉健) Mid Retired.png Retired
Taiwan MiSTakE Chen Hui-Chung (陳彙中) Support
Taipei Snipers
Taiwan colalin Lin Ying-Hsuan (林穎璇) Sub/Support
Taipei Snipers
Taiwan NeXAbc Chiu Po-Chieh (邱柏傑) Sub/AP
Taipei Snipers
Taiwan GoDJJ Wang Yong-Jie (王永傑) Sub/AD
Taipei Snipers
Taiwan Zonda Lyu Jhong-Da (呂仲達) Sub/Top
Taipei Snipers

Organization

ID Name Position
Taiwan Retty Retty Liu (劉佳衢) Garena Taiwan CEO
South Korea 싱선생 Sim Sung-soo (심성수) Head Coach
Taiwan Quaker Quaker Liu (劉俊宏) Team Manager
Taiwan Polo Wu Ching-Chen (吳敬晨) Head Team Manager

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
Taiwan Fluidwind Shih Yi-Hao (史益豪) Coach
yoe Flash Wolves
Taiwan Erika Erica Tseng Manager
Riot Games
Taiwan colalin Lin Ying-Hsuan(林穎璇) Event Planning Specialist Retired.png Retired
Taiwan Lilballz Alex Sung (宋寬柏) Strategy Analyst Assistant
Taipei Snipers

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-09-21 WC2014.png B313 - 16th 2014 World Championship 1 : 5 Group Stage (W/L) $ 25,000
2014-08-16 Gpllogo small.png A11st 2014 GPL Summer 3 : 0
ahq e-Sports Club
$ 80,000 & Qualified to 2014 WC
2014-05-09 2014Paris.jpg A55th All-Star 2014 0 : 4 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-04-06 Gpllogo small.png A11st 2014 GPL Spring 3 : 2
ahq e-Sports Club
$ 80,000
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season VIII - World Championship‎ 1 : 2 Group Stage (W/L) $ 8,500
2014-01-11 Gpllogo small.png A11st 2014 GPL Winter 3 : 2
Taipei Snipers
$ 80,000
2014-01-05 LNL logo small.png A22nd 2014 LNL Winter 15 : 6 Group Stage (W/L) NT$ 575,000
2013-11-29 Esltumbnail.png A55 - 6th IEM Season VIII - Singapore 0 : 2
Saigon Jokers
$ 2,500
2013-08-29 Gpllogo small.png A22nd 2013 GPL Championship 0 : 2
ahq e-Sports Club
2013-08-12 Gpllogo small.png A33rd 2013 GPL Summer 19 : 9 Group Stage (W/L) $ 10,000
2013-05-19 NGFlogo small.png A33rd NVIDIA Game Festival 2013 2 : 1
OMG
¥ 30,000
2013-04-21 Gpllogo small.png A11st 2013 GPL Spring 27 : 1 Group Stage (W/L) $ 50,000
2013-04-03 StarsWar logo.png A55 - 6th GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2 0 : 2
Positive Energy
2012-12-02 Ipllogo small.png A33rd IGN ProLeague Season 5 0 : 2
Fnatic
$ 7,500
2012-11-17 Gpllogo small.png A11st 2012 GPL Season 1 3 : 1
Singapore Sentinels
$ 10,000
2012-10-10 RpPoints.png A11st Season 2 World Championship 3 : 1
Azubu Frost
$ 1,000,000
2012-09-01 RpPoints.png A11st Season 2 Taiwanese Regional Finals 2 : 0
Corsair
NTD 100,000
2011-12-11 WCGlogo small.png A99 - 12th 2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals 2 : 2 Group Stage (W/L)
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-07-31 A55 - 6th Season 3 Taiwan Regional Finals 0 : 2
Gamania Bears
2012-06-17 A11st StarsWar 7 2 : 1
Team WE
¥ 20,000
2012-05-05 A11st 2012 GPL Opening Event 1 : 0
Singapore Sentinels
$ 3,000
2012-04-30 A22nd NVIDIA Game Festival 2012 1 : 2
Team WE
$ 3,000
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-07-15 A11st IGN ProLeague Season 5 Taiwanese Qualifiers 2 : 0
Corsair
NTD 30,000
2012-05-29 A11st Go4LoL Pro Asia Season 1 2 : 0
Team WE
¥ 3,000

Interviews

2011

2012

2013

2014

See Also

Links

Gallery

References

  1. Season 2 World Championship Brackets tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 【活動】TPA 見面會 新成員現身 本日活動系列報導 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  3. 3.0 3.1 TPA's facebook post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
  4. 皇者爭霸盃圓滿落幕 巴龍到場簽約! (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  5. Erica Twitter Post twitter.com
  6. 「台北狙擊者」正式成軍 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  7. 台北暗殺星、台北狙擊者接受「Azubu」冠名贊助 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  8. Azubu 台北暗殺星新成員登場 戰術分析師:史益豪 (叉燒) (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  9. TPA's Facebook Post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
  10. 重整旗鼓再出發,AZB TPA/TPS 領隊公布未來戰隊方針 (Taiwanese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  11. Lilballz's Facebook Post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
  12. Taipei Assassins' Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. 成長再進化,AZB TPA、TPS 公佈首波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  14. 成長再進化,AZB TPA、TPS 公布第二波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  15. TPA Facebook Post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
  16. 【專訪】遠渡重洋跨海執教!前 Najin 總教練正式加入「Azubu Taipei Assassins」!(Chinese) garena.tw