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Taipei Assassins

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Taipei Assassins
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Team Information
Org Location: Taiwan Taiwan
Region: News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png TW, HK, MCO
Sponsor(s): Garena
ASUS
Republic of Gamers
HTC
EDA Rhinos
Other Teams In Organization
Inactive LoL Teams Taipei Berserkers
Taipei Snipers
History
Created: March 9, 2012(2012-03-09)
Social Media and Links
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Current Roster
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Taipei Assassins, or TPA, was 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.

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 9 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 15, 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 4 to October 13 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's 3-1 win over Frost not only gave them the world championship and the million-dollar grand prize, but also the honor of being the first team to have their names engraved on the Summoner's Cup (which had not been introduced the previous year, when Fnatic had become the very first League world champion.) Their win was also celebrated not only as Taiwan's greatest moment in competitive League of Legends but as the country's greatest moment in any e-Sport. [1] As is now customary for world champion teams, Riot designed and released a set of TPA-themed skins for each of the champions they played in the deciding Game Four of the grand finals - OriannaSquare.png Orianna (Toyz), EzrealSquare.png Ezreal (Bebe), ShenSquare.png Shen (Stanley), DrMundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo (Lilballz) and Nunu & WillumpSquare.png Nunu (Mistake).

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 17 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 29 and December 2, 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 10, 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 18, 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 30, 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.

Timeline

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
To read about For The Win history (September 2011 - March 2012), click here.

Player Roster

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Achie Chen Chen-Chi (陳振齊) 23Sub/Mid J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2016-01-05 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Morning Chen Kuan-Ting (陳冠廷) 11Top Laner J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2013-09-11 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan REFRA1N Chen Kuan-Ting (陳冠廷) 12Jungler J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2015-06-?? 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan FoFo Chu Chun-Lan (朱駿嵐) 13Mid Laner J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2015-11-27 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan BeBe Chang Bo-Wei (張博為) 14Bot Laner J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2015-11-27 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Jay Li Chieh (李杰) 15Support J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2013-06-30 2016-04-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Yue Lu Tzu-Hsien (盧子賢) 11Top Laner Taipei Berserkerslogo std.png Taipei Berserkers 2015-05-15 2016-03-??
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Lilv Chen Chin-Han (陳縉翰) 14Bot Laner Taipei Berserkerslogo std.png Taipei Berserkers 2015-11-27 2016-02-??
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Hong Kong Pony Mo Ka Wah (巫家華) 22Sub/Jun Taoyuan Cougar E-Sportlogo std.png Cougar E-Sport 2015-05-15 2015-11-27
News Label - Korea.png South Korea Lupin Kim Do-Yeop (김도엽) 14Bot Laner NaJinemfirelogo std.png NaJin e-mFire 2014-11-13 2015-11-27
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan BeBe Chang Bo-Wei (張博為) 14Bot Laner Assassin Sniperlogo std.png Assassin Sniper 2012-04-23 2014-11-06
News Label - SEA.png Singapore Chawy Wong Xing Lei (黃心磊) 13Mid Laner AHQLogo std.png ahq e-Sports Club 2014-04-30 2015-10-31
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Domo Kung Yu-Te (龔育德) 12Jungler Coachlogo std.png Coach 2015-05-15 2015-06-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Winds Chen Peng-Nien (陳鵬年) 12Jungler Analystlogo std.png Analyst 2014-04-23 2015-05-15
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan DonSan Chen Hsiao-Hsien (陳孝銜) 23Sub/Mid Midnight Sun Esportslogo std.png Midnight Sun Esports 2014-11-?? 2015-04-14
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Achie Chen Chen-Chi (陳振齊) 13Mid Laner Log Slogo std.png Logitech G Snipers 2013-06-30 2015-02-25
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan DinTer Shiue Hong-Wei (薛弘偉) 22Sub/Jun Hong Kong Esportslogo std.png Hong Kong Esports 2013-01-03 2014-06-19
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Sarsky Lo "Allen" Sui-Yu (羅祟瑜) 12Jungler
None
2013-06-05 2014-01-27
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Lilballz Sung "Alex" Kuan-Po (宋寬柏) 12Jungler Coachlogo std.png Coach 2012-03-09 2013-10-11
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Stanley Wang June-Tsan (王榮燦) 11Top Laner Hong Kong Attitude Priestlogo std.png HK Attitude Priest 2012-03-09 2013-06-30
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Hong Kong Toyz Wai Kin "Kurtis" Lau (劉偉健) 13Mid Laner Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic 2012-04-23 2013-06-30
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan MiSTakE Chen Hui-Chung (陳彙中) 15Support TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers 2012-03-09 2013-01-03
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan colalin Lin Ying-Hsuan (林穎璇) 25Sub/Sup TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers 2012-03-09 2013-01-03
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan NeXAbc Chiu Po-Chieh (邱柏傑) 90Sub/AP TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers 2012-03-09 2013-01-03
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan GoDJJ Wang Yong-Jie (王永傑) 24Sub/Bot TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers 2012-10-19 2013-01-03
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Zonda Lyu Jhong-Da (呂仲達) 21Sub/Top TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers 2012-10-19 2013-01-03

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
Taiwan Retty Liu Chia-Chu (劉佳衢) Team Owner

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea Sim Sim Sung-soo (심성수) 80Head Coach J Teamlogo std.png J Team
Taiwan Domo Kung Yu-Te (龔育德) 80Coach J Teamlogo std.png J Team
Taiwan Quaker Quaker Liu (劉俊宏) Manager J Teamlogo std.png J Team
Taiwan Winds Chen Peng-Nien (陳鵬年) 80Analyst/Scout J Teamlogo std.png J Team
Taiwan Polo Wu Ching-Chen (吳敬晨) Head Manager J Teamlogo std.png J Team
Taiwan Fluidwind Shih Yi-Hao (史益豪) 80Coach Yoe Flash Wolveslogo std.png yoe Flash Wolves
Taiwan Erika Erica Tseng Manager Riot Games Inc.logo std.png Riot Games Inc.
Taiwan colalin Lin Ying-Hsuan(林穎璇) 80Event Planning Specialist Retiredlogo std.png Retired
Taiwan Lilballz Alex Sung (宋寬柏) 80Strategy Analyst Assistant TaipeiSnipersLogo std.png Taipei Snipers

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2016-04-17A44NT$ 200,000$ 6,000€ 5,400LMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2016 Spring Playoffs2 : 3Machi E-Sportslogo std.png M17
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 REFRA1N,
Midrole icon.png
 Achie,
Midrole icon.png
 FoFo,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 BeBe,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lilv,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2016-03-28A33LMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2016 Spring7-4-3Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Toprole icon.png
 Yue,
Junglerole icon.png
 REFRA1N,
Junglerole icon.png
 Achie,
Midrole icon.png
 FoFo,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 bebe,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lilv,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2015-08-16A332015 Season Taiwan Regional Finals.png Taiwan Regional Finals 20152 : 3Hong Kong Esportslogo std.png HKES
Toprole icon.png
 Yue,
Junglerole icon.png
 REFRA1N,
Midrole icon.png
 Morning,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Substituterole icon.png
 Pony,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2015-07-12A55NT$ 250,000$ 8,000€ 7,000LMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2015 Summer3-5-6Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
Junglerole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 REFRA1N,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Supportrole icon.png
Toprole icon.png
 Yue,
Junglerole icon.png
 Pony,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2015-04-12A33NT$ 500,000$ 16,000€ 15,000LMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2015 Spring Playoffs0 : 3AHQLogo std.png ahq
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2015-03-22A22LMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2015 Spring17 - 4Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2015-01-30A22$ 11,000$ 11,000€ 9,680Esltumbnail.png IEM Season 9 Taipei2 : 3Yoe Flash Wolveslogo std.png yoe.FW
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay,
Coachrole icon.png
 Sim
2014-12-28I1QLMS 2016 logo.png LMS 2015 Spring Qualifiers3 - 0Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay
2014-12-11I1QEsltumbnail.png IEM 9 Taipei TW/HK/MO Qualifier2 : 0Yoe Flash Wolveslogo std.png yoe.FW
Toprole icon.png
 Morning,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Chawy,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 Lupin,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay
2014-10-19B414 - 16$ 25,000$ 25,000€ 19,500WCS logo small.png Worlds 20141 - 5Blanklogo std.png RR
Toprole icon.png
 Achie,
Junglerole icon.png
 Winds,
Midrole icon.png
 Morning,
AD Carryrole icon.png
 BeBe,
Supportrole icon.png
 Jay
Total Prize: TWD 950,000 • USD 36,000

Interviews

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

Articles

Links

Gallery

References

  1. Season 2 World Championship Brackets tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 20160105HERO戰略週報_02 Bebe跟桂格來談談TPA全本土陣容啦 (Chinese video) youtube.com
  5. 【LMS 職業聯賽】《英雄聯盟》 TPA 戰隊經營權轉移公告 lol.esport.garena.tw
  6. Logitech Snipers' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  7. MSE's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  8. TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  9. TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  10. 跨項目結合!TPA將和職業棒球隊義大犀牛正式合作 4gamers.com.tw
  11. ahq's Facebook Status Facebook.com
  12. TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  13. [1] gaming.com.tw
  14. Taipei Assassins' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  15. 成長再進化,AZB TPA、TPS 公佈首波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  16. 成長再進化,AZB TPA、TPS 公布第二波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  17. TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  18. 遠渡重洋跨海執教!前 Najin 總教練正式加入「Azubu Taipei Assassins」!(Chinese) garena.tw
  19. 台北暗殺星宣布陣中選手 Bebe 正式退役 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  20. TPA Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  21. 「台北狙擊者」正式成軍 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
  22. 台北暗殺星、台北狙擊者接受「Azubu」冠名贊助 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
  23. Azubu 台北暗殺星新成員登場 戰術分析師:史益豪 (叉燒) (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
  24. TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  25. 重整旗鼓再出發,AZB TPA/TPS 領隊公布未來戰隊方針 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
  26. Lilballz's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
  27. 皇者爭霸盃圓滿落幕 巴龍到場簽約! (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
  28. Erica's Tweet twitter.com

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