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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.
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.
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.  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 - Orianna (Toyz), Ezreal (Bebe), Shen (Stanley), Dr. Mundo (Lilballz) and 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.
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.
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.
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.
- January 30, 2nd place at IEM Season IX - Taipei.
- February 25, Achie leaves.
- April 11, 3rd place at 2015 LMS Spring Playoffs.
- April 14, DonSan leaves.
- May 15, Winds retires and becomes an Analyst/Scout. Domo, Pony and Yue join.
- June 19, REFRA1N joins as the starting jungler. Domo becomes the coach.
- August 5, Taipei Assassins cooperates with professional baseball team, EDA Rhinos.
- August (approx.), Chawy is banned from competitive play for six months for Elo boosting. Morning moves to the midlane. Yue moves to starting toplaner.
- August 15, 3rd-4th place at 2015 Season Taiwan Regional Finals.
- October 31, Chawy's contract ends. Chawy leaves.
- November 27, BeBe rejoins. FoFo and Lilv join. Lupin and Pony leave.
- November 28, Polo leaves.
- January 11, 1st place at 2014 GPL Winter.
- January 27, Sarsky leaves.
- March 15, 5th-6th place at IEM Season VIII - World Championship.
- April 6, 1st place at 2014 GPL Spring.
- April 23, DinTer becomes a sub, while Winds joins.
- April 30, Chawy joins.
- June 19, DinTer and Fluidwind leave.
- July 5, Sim Sung-soo joins as the head coach.
- August 16, 1st place at 2014 GPL Summer.
- November 6, Bebe retires.
- November 13, Lupin joins. Morning moves to Top lane. Chawy moves to starting Mid lane. Achie becomes a substitute.
- December 12, Qualified for IEM Season IX - Taipei.
- January 3, DinTer joins. Toyz becomes new team captain. Former team captain MiSTakE, GoDJJ, NeXAbc, Zonda, and colalin leave Taipei Assassins to form sister team Taipei Snipers.
- March 7, Azubu announced to sponsor Taipei Assassins, they will play under the name Azubu Taipei Assassins.
- May 8, Fluidwind joins for tactical analysis. 
- June 5, Sarsky joins.  Lilballz moves to substitute.
- June 30, Stanley is released from Taipei Assassins while Toyz retires, Jay and Achie join. bebe becomes the new team captain and moves to Top lane as well as DinTer moves to AD position.
- August 12, 3rd place at 2013 GPL Summer.
- August 29, 2nd Place at 2013 GPL Championship.
- September 11, Morning joins. bebe moves back to AD. DinTer moves to substitute.
- October 11, Lilballz retires.
- March 9, Taipei Assassins acquires the roster of For The Win. MiSTakE, Stanley, colalin, Lilballz, and NeXAbc join.
- To read about For The Win history (September 2011 - March 2012), click here.
- April 23, bebeisadog and Toyz officially join.
- July 15, 1st place in IPL5 Taiwanese Qualifiers.
- September 1, 1st place at Season Two Taiwanese Regional Finals.
- October 13, 1st place at Season 2 World Championship.
- October 19, GoDJJ and Zonda join.
- November 11, Erica "Erika" Tseng steps down from manager position.
- November 17, 1st place at 2012 GPL Season 1.
- December 2, 3rd place at IPL 5.
|Achie||Chen Chen-Chi (陳振齊)||Sub/Mid||J Team||2016-01-05||2016-04-19|
|Morning||Chen Kuan-Ting (陳冠廷)||Top Laner||J Team||2013-09-11||2016-04-19|
|REFRA1N||Chen Kuan-Ting (陳冠廷)||Jungler||J Team||2015-06-??||2016-04-19|
|FoFo||Chu Chun-Lan (朱駿嵐)||Mid Laner||J Team||2015-11-27||2016-04-19|
|BeBe||Chang Bo-Wei (張博為)||Bot Laner||J Team||2015-11-27||2016-04-19|
|Jay||Li Chieh (李杰)||Support||J Team||2013-06-30||2016-04-19|
|Yue||Lu Tzu-Hsien (盧子賢)||Top Laner||Taipei Berserkers||2015-05-15||2016-03-??|
|Lilv||Chen Chin-Han (陳縉翰)||Bot Laner||Taipei Berserkers||2015-11-27||2016-02-??|
|Pony||Mo Ka Wah (巫家華)||Sub/Jun||Cougar E-Sport||2015-05-15||2015-11-27|
|Lupin||Kim Do-Yeop (김도엽)||Bot Laner||NaJin e-mFire||2014-11-13||2015-11-27|
|BeBe||Chang Bo-Wei (張博為)||Bot Laner||Assassin Sniper||2012-04-23||2014-11-06|
|Chawy||Wong Xing Lei (黃心磊)||Mid Laner||ahq eSports Club||2014-04-30||2015-10-31|
|Domo||Kung Yu-Te (龔育德)||Jungler||Coach||2015-05-15||2015-06-19|
|Winds||Chen Peng-Nien (陳鵬年)||Jungler||Analyst||2014-04-23||2015-05-15|
|DonSan||Chen Hsiao-Hsien (陳孝銜)||Sub/Mid||Midnight Sun Esports||2014-11-??||2015-04-14|
|Achie||Chen Chen-Chi (陳振齊)||Mid Laner||Logitech G Snipers||2013-06-30||2015-02-25|
|DinTer||Shiue Hong-Wei (薛弘偉)||Sub/Jun||Hong Kong Esports||2013-01-03||2014-06-19|
|Sarsky||Lo "Allen" Sui-Yu (羅祟瑜)||Jungler||None||2013-06-05||2014-01-27|
|Lilballz||Sung "Alex" Kuan-Po (宋寬柏)||Jungler||Coach||2012-03-09||2013-10-11|
|Stanley||Wang June-Tsan (王榮燦)||Top Laner||HK Attitude Priest||2012-03-09||2013-06-30|
|Toyz||Wai Kin "Kurtis" Lau (劉偉健)||Mid Laner||Fnatic||2012-04-23||2013-06-30|
|MiSTakE||Chen Hui-Chung (陳彙中)||Support||Taipei Snipers||2012-03-09||2013-01-03|
|colalin||Lin Ying-Hsuan (林穎璇)||Sub/Sup||Taipei Snipers||2012-03-09||2013-01-03|
|NeXAbc||Chiu Po-Chieh (邱柏傑)||Sub/AP||Taipei Snipers||2012-03-09||2013-01-03|
|GoDJJ||Wang Yong-Jie (王永傑)||Sub/Bot||Taipei Snipers||2012-10-19||2013-01-03|
|Zonda||Lyu Jhong-Da (呂仲達)||Sub/Top||Taipei Snipers||2012-10-19||2013-01-03|
|Retty||Liu Chia-Chu (劉佳衢)||Team Owner|
|Sim||Sim Sung-soo (심성수)||Head Coach||J Team|
|Domo||Kung Yu-Te (龔育德)||Coach||J Team|
|Quaker||Quaker Liu (劉俊宏)||Manager||J Team|
|Winds||Chen Peng-Nien (陳鵬年)||Analyst/Scout||J Team|
|Polo||Wu Ching-Chen (吳敬晨)||Head Manager||J Team|
|Fluidwind||Shih Yi-Hao (史益豪)||Coach||yoe Flash Wolves|
|Erika||Erica Tseng||Manager||Riot Games Inc.|
|colalin||Lin Ying-Hsuan(林穎璇)||Event Planning Specialist||Retired|
|Lilballz||Alex Sung (宋寬柏)||Strategy Analyst Assistant||Taipei Snipers|
Player League Participation
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|Taipei Assassins Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USD • Euros)|
|2016-04-17||4||NT$200,000$ 6,000€ 5,400|
LMS 2016 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3M17
LMS 2016 Spring
Taiwan Regional Finals 2015
2 : 3HKES
|2015-07-12||5||NT$250,000$ 8,000€ 7,000|
LMS 2015 Summer
|2015-04-12||3||NT$500,000$ 16,000€ 15,000|
LMS 2015 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3ahq
LMS 2015 Spring
17 - 4RR
|2015-01-30||2||$11,000$ 11,000€ 9,680|
IEM Season 9 Taipei
2 : 3yoe.FW
LMS 2015 Spring Qualifiers
3 - 0RR
IEM 9 Taipei TW/HK/MO Qualifier
2 : 0yoe.FW
|2014-10-19||14 - 16||$25,000$ 25,000€ 19,500|
1 - 5RR
|Total Prize:TWD 950,000 • USD 36,000|
- October 17, G1電競大賽FTW隊伍採訪 (Chinese) with , and on League of Legends TW
- June 9, Rulers of the SEA: Interview with the Taipei Assassins with , and on ggChronicle
- July 16, LoL : Interview des Taipei Assassins (French) with , and on Millenium
- July 24, AL Interview: Taipei Assassins with , and on Absolute Legends
- August 14, Mstar 明星初體驗！台北暗殺星首度參與廣告演出！(Chinese) with , and on Garena
- September 22, From Dark Horses to Notorious Assassins by , and on Counter Logic Gaming
- September 23, Taipei Assassins Preview: Season Two World Finals with , and on ggChronicle
- October 12, The Taipei Assassins Comment on Preparing for S2 Finals by , and on Team Dignitas
- October 14, 台北暗殺星精彩奪冠！基地獨家賽後專訪 with , and on gamebase
- October 15, One Million Dollar goes to... with , and on in2LOL
- October 16, Season 2 World Champions Welcome & Press Conference at Taoyuan Airport, Taipei (Chinese) with , and on 巴哈姆特電玩瘋
- October 19, Taipei Assassins Team Manager, Erica Tseng: "The fans gave us one of the biggest welcoming the moment we stepped into the airport lobby." with , and on Team Dignitas
- November 2, 即使在逆境中也不輕言放棄，勇敢實踐夢想的世界冠軍－台北暗殺星 (Chinese) with , and on myfun.gamedb.com
- November 2, 沖出台海的黑馬!世界冠軍TPA (Chinese) with , and on duowan.com
- November 22, TPA 台北暗殺星，往夢想堅持邁進的電競英雄(Chinese) with , and on VIVOMIA
- November 27, Interview with Taipei Assassins, winners of Season 2 WC with , and on Absolute Legends
- October 17, AZB TPA、TPS 最堅強的後盾，隊經理 Quaker 專訪 with , and on Garena
- September 10, Breaking down Group B by , and on LoL Esports
- September 15, World Championship Preview: Taipei Assassins – A Great Deal To Prove (Group B) by , and on Cloth5
- September 16, Season Four World Championship Preview: Taipei Assassins by , and on ggChronicle
- September 17, League of Legends World Championship Preview – Group B by , and on Azubu
- September 20, TPA Sung soo Sim Interview (Video) with , and on OGN Global
- November 15, 放眼世界-『TPA』職業戰隊專訪 (Chinese Video) with , and on efun TV
- February 27, The Tragedy Of TPA by Fusilero on Liquid Legends
- Taipei Assassins Practice House Tour (Video)
- Taipei Assassins Preview: Season Two World Finals by ggChronicle
- 「英雄聯盟」世界大賽 台灣電玩小子奪冠 (Taiwanese NEWS) appledaily
- Team Profile - Taipei Assassins - LoL Showmatch (Video) by IGN ProLeague
- TPA Highlight 2012 by applemonster
Taipei Assassins' 2014 Season World Championship Roster
- Season 2 World Championship Brackets tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
- TPA 見面會 新成員現身 本日活動系列報導 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
- TPA's facebook post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
- 皇者爭霸盃圓滿落幕 巴龍到場簽約！ (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- Erica's Tweet twitter.com
- 「台北狙擊者」正式成軍 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- 台北暗殺星、台北狙擊者接受「Azubu」冠名贊助 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- 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
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 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
- Lilballz's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- Taipei Assassins' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 成長再進化，AZB TPA、TPS 公佈首波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- 成長再進化，AZB TPA、TPS 公布第二波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 遠渡重洋跨海執教！前 Najin 總教練正式加入「Azubu Taipei Assassins」！(Chinese) garena.tw
- 台北暗殺星宣布陣中選手 Bebe 正式退役 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- TPA Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- Logitech Snipers' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- MSE's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 跨項目結合！TPA將和職業棒球隊義大犀牛正式合作 4gamers.com.tw
- ahq's Facebook Status Facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
-  gaming.com.tw
- 20160105HERO戰略週報_02 Bebe跟桂格來談談TPA全本土陣容啦 (Chinese video) youtube.com
- 【LMS 職業聯賽】《英雄聯盟》 TPA 戰隊經營權轉移公告 lol.esport.garena.tw