|Country of Birth||France|
|Birthday||January 9, 1994 (age 25)|
|Soloqueue IDs||NerfGun1 (NA), OG Smeb, TouchMyTagada, Baguette on bush (KR), Flyingpoop (KR), PaPa sOAZ (KR), iGiveYouMonkey (KR)|
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Paul "sOAZ" Boyer began gaming with Counter-Strike 1.6. He then transitioned into playing Dota, where he played with the French team iA in Argh League. Originally a mid laner in League of Legends, he transitioned to the top lane as against All authority and Fnatic both acknowledged his skill in that role, and this promptly allowed him to make a name for himself.
sOAZ was picked up by known eSports team Against All Authority as part of their early League line up, back in late 2010. The team became known as a strong European contender in the new MOBA's growing competitive scene. They were participants in one of Europe's biggest first tournaments, the IEM Season V - LoL Invitational where they placed 2nd, with a win over SK Gaming but losing in the finals to myRevenge. sOAZ and the team went on to the largest global league event at the time, the Riot Season 1 Championship. They were able to make it out of groups after a relegation match to advance, winning over Team gamed!de. In the semifinals, sOAZ fought against the American powerhouse team, Team SoloMid, but were able to best the US players and advance to the winner finals bracket. Facing off against the familiar lineup of MyRevenge, now Fnatic, aAa were unable take 1st, losing 2-0. They then went up again, against Team SoloMid to determine 2nd place, and defeated the American team, winning silver in the tournament.
Pre Season 2
After the championship, sOAZ, with his teammates left aAa to join the new team Millenium. He played in few major tournaments, such as IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne where they finished 4th, before he left the team to play a brief stint as jungler for Absolute Legends in October 2011, for a one-month trial. He then went back to top playing for a reformed lineup of aAa.
sOAZ and the team played in multiple events, such as the major IEM Season VI - World Championship where they were able to take 4th. aAa continued to place high in following tournaments, however in May 2012, the line up decided to disband. Luckily, with sOAZ being a respected and notable top lane,he was picked up in June by long time European stronghold, Fnatic.
In Season 2, he and his new team showed strong performances in tournaments, always placing top 3 in events such as SK Trophy March and IGN ProLeague Elites. In August 2012, the Season 2 Regional Finals was held in Cologne where the top 3 placing teams would be flown to Los Angeles for the Season 2 World Championship for a chance to play for the $1,000,000 grand prize. Fnatic were unable to to achieve top 3 placing, placing 4th in the tournament, losing to Moscow Five and CLG Europe.
After the tough loss at regionals, sOAZ and team were able to bounce back strong in preparation for Season 3, winning major tournament DreamHack Winter 2012, and placing 2nd against the world's best at IPL Season 5 Las Vegas in Las Vegas. At IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Cologne, the team went undefeated in their groups and bested the Korean lineup consisting of players that took 2nd at the Season 2 Championship, CJ Entus. However, they were unable to beat other the Korean team, SK Telecom T1, in the finals, placing them 2nd in the tournament. The team next played in IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice, making it out of group stage but losing in the semi-finals to Azubu Frost.
In January 2013, his team had a chance to participate in Riot's new competitive league for upcoming Season 3 for NA and EU, the Riot Season 3 League Championship Series, but had to play for a spot at the Season 3 Europe Offline Qualifier. Fighting out of the group stage and into the quarterfinals, sOAZ and crew were able to best MeetYourMakers in a 2-0 set, to win a spot in the league and the chance to be part of an extremely important, successful project in League of Legends.
With the North American and European community extremely excited for the amped up events of LCS, Season 3 began with Riot's new league of a 10 week series with the continent's best teams playing against one another. Fnatic became the most consistently powerful team throughout the series, with sOAZ playing a pivotal role, by being an overwhelming top. The the team ended the 10 weeks on top with a intimidating record of 22-6. sOAZ and his comrades had automatically reclaimed their spot in the league for the summer split, when going into the Season 3 EU Spring Playoffs. Being a favorite in the playoffs, the team showed their consistently strong play-style, winning 2-1 vs Evil Geniuses, placing themselves in the finals against another favorite, Gambit Gaming. In a close set of games, Fnatic were able to best the Russians, winning 3-2 and claiming the $50,000 1st prize.
In March 2013, sOAZ participated in 1 v 1 best of five top lane match up against Wickd to claim the top lane spot for the Europe LCS All Star team, which became an amazing spectacle, achieving a record number of over 130,000 concurrent viewers on a personal stream vs TwitchTV.  sOAZ won the matchup 3-2, playing the game winning match by cheesing Wickd with Nunu. He was then publicly voted to represent the Europe LCS as their top lane, coming together with other voted players to play in All-Star Shanghai 2013. The tournament was the biggest talked about event of the year in the scene, being held in China in May. The EU LCS first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and although good early game play occurred from the Europeans, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling league, the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting, however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking the EU LCS out of the tournament. sOAZ did win the All Star Skills Competition for Top Lane, beating world class names PDD and Shy. He took back home to Fnatic his experiences playing against the worlds best. 
sOAZ qualified for the Season 3 World Championship with his team Fnatic, finishing 1st in the Summer Playoffs. The World Championship was a success for sOAZ and the team, finishing top of their group and beating Cloud9 in the quarterfinals. Fnatic were eventually knocked out by Royal Club in the semifinals, though the team performed well throughout the tournament.
The Spring Split went relatively well for sOAZ and the team. A tight split saw sOAZ perform on a range of champions including Shyvana in particular. Fnatic ended the split in 2nd place behind SK Gaming, securing themselves a place in the Spring Playoffs. The whole team raised their game for the playoffs, and they emerged victorious, after a win against Alliance in their semifinal matchup and another against SK Gaming in the Grand Final.
Due to Fnatic's performance in the Spring Playoffs, they had qualified to compete at All-Star Paris 2014, along with other regional winners from around the world. The team made it to the semifinals of the tournament, only losing to the world champions SK Telecom T1 K.
The start of the Summer Split was shaky for sOAZ and the team. Fnatic could not break in to the top 2 until Week 7 of the split, at which point their main rivals Alliance were already a considerable distance ahead of them in the race for 1st place. sOAZ managed to impress with his Lulu, but Fnatic could only manage a 2nd place finish. The team aimed to put the split behind them and focus on the Summer Playoffs. A close fought win over ROCCAT in the semifinal meant that sOAZ and the team would face Alliance in the final. The match ended in defeat for Fnatic, but the playoffs saw the team seal their qualification for the 2014 Season World Championship.
The World Championship saw Fnatic placed in Group C with Samsung Blue, OMG, and LMQ. The team were only able to win 2 matches out of 6 in their group, meaning that they would go no further in the tournament.
After Rekkles, xPeke, and Cyanide left Fnatic, rumors spread that sOAZ would leave the team too, probably to join xPeke's new team Origen; the rumors proved to be true, and in mid-January sOAZ left Fnatic and shortly after joined Origen.
sOAZ and Origen qualified for the EUCS Spring Qualifier via the Challenger Ladder, where they beat Millenium Spirit in their bracket final, securing their qualification to the EUCS Spring Season. Origen were unbeaten until their penultimate game of the split, against LowLandLions.White, and despite dropping that one game easily secured first place in the regular season. Origen also placed highly in tournaments throughout this period, winning the ESL MWC Challenge and Gamers Assembly 2015. The Spring Playoffs saw Origen beat Reason Gaming in the semifinals 2-1 and then going on to sweep Copenhagen Wolves Academy (the team formerly known as LowLandLions.White) in the final to win the tournament and secure automatic qualification to the LCS Summer Season.
Throughout the EU LCS Summer Season, Origen jostled for 2nd position with H2k-Gaming, while Fnatic sat far ahead in an undefeated 1st place throughout. Impressive individual performances including sOAZ's Rumble and Lulu helped the team to a 2nd place regular season finish, and with it a bye past the Summer Playoffs quarterfinal round. In the semifinals, Origen faced off against rivals H2k and won 3-1; perhaps even more impressively, they took two games off Fnatic in the finals despite ultimately losing the series. Their second-place overall finish earned Origen 90 Championship Points, enough for the second seed in the 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals. There, they beat Team ROCCAT in a 3-2 series and then Unicorns of Love in an easy 3-0 and successfully qualified for the 2015 World Championship, where they would play as Europe's #3 seed. Shortly after their qualification, LeDuck decided to leave his role of head coach. He was replaced by analyst Hermit.
At the 2015 World Championship, Origen were drawn into Group D along with Team SoloMid, KT Rolster, and LGD Gaming. Origen went 3-0 in the 1st week of the round robin, which included a backdoor victory against LGD Gaming with sOAZ' Vladimir. They ended the group with a 4-2 record, meaning they would advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. Origen won their quarterfinal series 3-1 against the Flash Wolves, becoming the first Western team to win a best-of-five at a World Championship, but were later knocked out by SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals.
Origen and sOAZ competed at IEM San Jose, and were given a bye to the semifinals due to Fnatic's withdrawal from the tournament. The team fielded their roster from the previous season, but with PowerOfEvil in the mid lane and xPeke taking a coaching role. They took down Team SoloMid in the semifinals, and went on to beat Counter Logic Gaming in the final - winning the tournament without losing a single game.
Origen's performance at IEM San Jose resulted in their qualification to the IEM World Championship. At the tournament, they first lost to Royal Never Give Up in the upper bracket of their group before then losing to Team SoloMid in the lower bracket, resulting in the team's elimination from the tournament.
- Was introduced to the League of Legends competitive scene by YellOwStaR.
- Is known for his aggresive playstyle and having a very large champion pool.
- Is quick to adopt newly-released champions, notably playing Jayce and Kha'Zix before others saw their potentials.
- Known for his Blitzcrank.
- Spurred on by hyrqBot's tweet, sOAZ made and won a wager against Wickd to decide which of them would participate in the Season 3 LCS All-Star Game in a Best-of-5 showdown.
- Only European to win in the 1v1 Skills Competition at All-Star Shanghai 2013.
- Once considered as one of the best Elise players in the World.
- French fans in particular call him "La Baguette" since the French bread is one of his favorite foods. One fan gave him a loaf after an Origen LCS match.
- Chinese fans call him "嫂子 (sai zo)" meaning "Sister-in-law", due to his name sounding like the Chinese pronounciation.
- On February 25, 2016, became the 5th player in EULCS history to reach 1,000 career assists, and the first top laner in either LCS to reach that mark.
- Often rumored to have a rivalry with Bwipo when they were teammates.
- Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|SOAZ 1v1 Tournament Results|
|2016-12-11||17 - 30||All-Star 2016 Barcelona||Ice||0 : 1 QTV|
- February 23, sOAZ about Misfits' PROBLEMS, why Moose came in, and his hopes for the Split with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- January 11, Life of Legends: Perspectives - Episode 4: The Veterans by Fnatic
- February 20, sOAZ: "If you compare Toplane to other roles, they have five times more impact." with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- May 22, Soaz on his struggle to deal with being subbed and how he's coping with it with Travis Gafford
- June 4, FNC sOAZ and Caps on 2018 MSI, the Ultimate Dog Champ, and Improving as a Team with Ki-Baek "Juneau" Nam, Jaehoon "Laffa" Jeong, and Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 8, sOAZ And Hylissang: "I believe the way for NA to improve is to pick Heimerdinger because that champion is really broken (laughs)." with James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- July 10, Soaz: why TEEMO and Shaco won't be competitive even if Heimerdinger is with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- July 26, sOAZ: "I felt like… Besides Impact, there were NA Toplaners playing without a brain." (laughs) with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- September 6, sOAZ: “I’ll keep playing until Doublelift retires. I’d like to be the last man standing.” with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- October 13, FNC sOAZ: "When we knew G-Rex was going to dive Bwipo, we all yelled out ‘USE YOUR POTIONS. PLEASE USE YOUR POTIONS.’ Thank god, Bwipo ended up being fine." with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok, James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- October 25, Soaz breaks down western teams' performances during worlds group stage with Emily Rand on ESPN Esports
- January 12, 2017, sOAZ on why he chose to re-join Fnatic with theScore Esports
- April 13 sOAZ gives a vet's take on personal improvement, lessons from Origen, and what makes a good coach with Blitz Esports
- April 23, "I respect Alphari significantly more than Expect" with Sport1
- April 23, "If UoL had reached the final" with Sport1
- July 11, sOAZ: “It’s just harder against top teams to rely on getting kills, so it’s the main issue behind playing this Fnatic style.” with Kelsey Moser for Slingshot Esports
- July 25, "Tank-Jungler are much too strong" with Sport1
- September 6, BFF Challenge - WHAT'S MY GUILTY PLEASURE? (ft. Caps & sOAZ) with Fnatic
- October 12, Fnatic sOAZ: "It kind of feel surreal as we started 0-3. Thanks to Longzhu for helping us" with Inven Global
- October 21, Fnatic sOAZ: "I think the Vayne game was the most winnable one." with Inven Global
- January 14, sOAZ on expectations this season, Poppy support and Origen's new coach with theScore Esports
- February 13, sOAZ on criticism: 'I don't think it affects my play at all, I think it affects my mood though' with theScore Esports
- February 25, sOAZ: "Am Anfang war ich nicht 'in the zone' " with SPORT1
- March 2, sOAZ on Origen's struggles: 'We just have to think more and play less brainless in practice' with theScore Esports
- March 15, sOAZ on Origen’s comebacks, xPeke becoming more involved with the team and the upcoming playoffs with theScore Esports
- April 5, sOAZ on H2K: 'I’m not really worried about facing them' with theScore Esports
- April 10, sOAZ: "Ich hoffe, dass Fnatic gewinnt" with Sport1
- June 2, sOAZ: Origen's rebuild is 'hard', FORG1VEN and Hybrid need time to synergize together with theScore Esports
- June 13, sOAZ on searching for Origen's new AD carry, leading the team and the strength of the EU LCS with theScore Esports
- June 17, Top Laner SOAZ in SPORT1 Interview with Sport1
- June 27, sOAZ on the 80 minute epic against Fnatic and the obstacles in the search for a new ADC with theScore Esports
- August 15, sOAZ on the LCS delay: 'It's really awkward...H2K and FNC have seen some drafts from each other' with theScore Esports
- December 8, sOAZ & Jankos offer a few thoughts on the new patch with Inven
- December 9, Jankos at All-Stars press conference: 'It's not about how good I am right now, it's about how good I can be' with theScore Esports
- December 9, Soaz talks All-Star, NA and EU offseason: 'Basically, bottom NA salaries equal the top salary of EU' with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- January 30, Challenger Chat Episode 5: Origen sOAZ with Esports Heaven
- September 2, League of Legends' Soaz | Player One with Daily Dot
- October 2, sOAZ: 'I like being the underdog' with The Daily Dot
- October 3, Soaz Explains the XPeke Pick vs TSM, Shares Thoughts on Facing KT Tomorrow with Gamespot
- October 13, Soaz goes in-depth about Origen's early game flaws, team coordination and picks and bans with theScore Esports
- October 15, Origen Soaz @ Worlds - "I think it's going to be very difficult" - Player One with Daily Dot
- October 15, sOAZ on Steak's play: 'I don't think that anyone besides pro players...know how well people play' with theScore Esports
- November 13, In-depth with sOAZ: dealing with criticism, moving from Fnatic to Origen, and goals for 2016 with theScore Esports
- November 28, Hi, Origen sOAZ here - AMA with reddit
- January 13, Hi i'm Fnatic sOAZ - AMA ! with Reddit
- March 16, sOAZ on their win against Cloud 9 and chances on day three (video) with onGamers
- March 19, 'Reflections' with sOAZ (video) with onGamers
- April 19, Extended Interview with Fnatic sOAZ - his Path to Pro and Time on Fnatic (video) with onGamers
- January 18, Drexxin Interviews s0az – IEM Katowice (video) with Gosu Gamers
- February 9, LCS: Cyanide and sOAZ after SK victory (video) with fnatic
- April 21, sOAZ 'Grilled' (video) with Team Acer
- May 28, Fnatic sOAZ AMA back in gaming house with Reddit
- June 16, DreamHack Summer 2013 - s0AZ & nRated Interviewed with Fnatic
- June 16, DH Summer: fnatic LoL Interview (video) with Cadred
- June 21, LCS Moscow 2013: Interview with fnatic-soaz (video) with LoLGameRu
- August 24, sOAZ Gets Sick but Qualifies for Worlds at EU LCS Gamescom 2013 (video) with GameSpot
- August 25, Интервю със Soaz от Lol отбора на Fnatic - Afk Tv на Gamescom 2013 (video) with AFK TV
- August 26, Fnatic sOAZ talks winning their second split in a row and group stages for Worlds [Gamescom LCS Finals] (video) with MachinimaVS
- September 9, Le point sur la S3 avec sOAZ (French) with Team-aAa
- September 16, Interview with sOAZ, Puszu & xPeke (video) with Fnatic
- September 17, sOAZ on Fnatics place in their Group and their Day 2 Performance (video) with Gamespot
- September 21, LolKing's S3 Worlds Coverage - Interview with sOAZ (Paul Boyer) (video) with LolKing
- September 26, LoL Worlds 2013: Interview with sOAZ (video) with Fnatic
- October 11, Fnatic. sOAZ - "The best top laner wasn't at worlds ... no one really surprised me" with GosuGamers
- December 11, Fnatic sOAZ, Interview exclusive with Millenium
- March 24, Interview with aAa top lane player, sOAZ with Team Dignitas
- May, Cdiscount Cup #2: aAa victorious with Counter Logic Gaming
- June 5, Interview with Fnatic's newest addition, sOAZ with Team Dignitas
- September 19, Interview with Fnatic sOAZ, French top lane extraordinaire with Eclypsia
- September 27, AMA Fnatic sOAZ with Reddit
- December 15, Fnatic sOAZ interviewed at IEM Cologne (video) with SK Gaming
- December 8, WCG : Soaz et Yellowstar - League of Legends (French video) with aAa
- February 23, Interview with Fnatic sOAZ - On the Past, Present and Future with Adel Chouadria on Inven Global
- March 7, ICYMI: sOAZ Became The First Player to Reach 200 EU LCS Wins by Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- April 4, PLAY SWAIN LIKE BWIPO AND SOAZ by Shea "Eclipse" McCracken on LoL Esports
- April 10, sOAZ: "Ich bin ziemlich sicher, dass wir G2 schlagen können" by TastyCoach on Summoner's Inn
- April 27, Path To Pro: Paul "sOAZ" Boyer and the early days of professional LoL by Josh Bury on theScore Esports
- October 17, sOAZ is Good: Dissecting Fnatic’s Issues from a Teamplay Perspective by Manuel Martinez on Inven Global
- October 17, Inven's Best Player in each lane for the Worlds 2017 Group Stage by Youngbo Sim & Junseok Bae on Inven Global
- October 19, SOAZ, REKKLES Y EL PESO DE LA HISTORIA by Gustavo Toselli on LoL Esports LAS
- October 15 - Bordeaux : à 21 ans, c’est une star du jeu vidéo (French) by Paul Arrivé for Sud Ouest (requires subscription)
- December 31 - sOAZ the untamed: understanding the extravagant toplane genius from Gold per 10
FNC Soaz 2014 WC
The following pages redirect here.
- profile page Millenium.org
- profile page Millenium.org
- Pro Hits Largest Ever Personal Stream with gamespot.com
- Fnatic soaz AMA with reddit.com
- The new era of Fnatic League of Legends fnatic.com
- Introducing Origen’s top laner origen.gg
- hyrqBot's tweet twitter.com
- twitch coverage of the Best-of-5 match www.twitch.tv
- Chinese nicknames for Western LOL pro players youtube.com