Xpecial

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Xpecial
GGSA Xpecial 2018 Spring.png
Background Information
NameAlex Chu (朱啓恩)
Country of BirthUnited States United States
BirthdayAugust 12, 1992 (age 27)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
TeamHarrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
RoleCoach
Previous Role(s)Support
Favorite ChampsSonaSquare.pngLeonaSquare.pngBlitzcrankSquare.pngJannaSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsXpecíal (EUW), TSM Xpec,
Crs Xpecial, TL Xpecial
Social Media & Links
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Alex "Xpecial" Chu (Hanzi: 朱啓恩) is a League of Legends esports player, currently coach for Harrisburg University.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
Notes
NA
Logo std.pngHaters
Support
??? 2010≈2010-??-??≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈1mo
NA
Logo std.pngDefy All Odds
Support
≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈Apr 2011≈2011-04-??≈4mo
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMid
Support
S
Apr 20112011-04-05[3]May 20142014-05-04[1]3yr 29d
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngChicks Dig Elo
Support
≈Dec 2011≈2011-12-08Dec 20112011-12-11≈3d
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse
Support
May 20142014-05-04[5]Jan 20152015-01-06[4]8mo 2d
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
Support
Jan 20152015-01-06[7]Oct 20152015-10-29[6]9mo 23d
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Gaming
Support
Jan 20162016-01-20[9]Sep 20162016-09-26[8]8mo 6d
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRG Esports
Support
S
Feb 20162016-02-15Mar 20162016-03-0822d
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Pride
Support
S
Jun 20162016-06-03Jul 20162016-07-061mo 3d
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas
Support
Sep 20162016-09-26[10]Jun 20172017-06-158mo 19d
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1
Support
Jun 20172017-06-16[13]Nov 20172017-11-21[11]5mo 5d
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGS Academy
Support
Jan 20182018-01-03[15]Apr 20182018-04-23[14]3mo 20d
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians
Assistant Coach
Apr 20182018-04-23[18]Aug 20182018-08-21[16]3mo 28dAlso Sub
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Coach
Jan 20192019-01-24[19]Present1yr 1mo
TeamStartEnd
Notes
NA
Logo std.pngHaters
Support
??? 2010≈2010-??-??≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈1mo
NA
Logo std.pngDefy All Odds
Support
≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈Apr 2011≈2011-04-??≈4mo
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMid
Support
Apr 20112011-04-05[3]Apr 20142014-04-27[20]3yr 22d
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngChicks Dig Elo
Support
≈Dec 2011≈2011-12-08Dec 20112011-12-11≈3d
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMid
Support
S
Apr 20142014-04-27[20]May 20142014-05-04[1]7d
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse
Support
May 20142014-05-04[5]Jan 20152015-01-06[4]8mo 2d
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
Support
Jan 20152015-01-06[7]Oct 20152015-10-29[6]9mo 23d
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Gaming
Support
Jan 20162016-01-20[9]Sep 20162016-09-26[8]8mo 6d
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRG Esports
Support
S
Feb 20162016-02-15Mar 20162016-03-0822d
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Pride
Support
S
Jun 20162016-06-03Jul 20162016-07-061mo 3d
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas
Support
Sep 20162016-09-26[10]Jun 20172017-06-158mo 19d
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1
Support
Jun 20172017-06-16[13]Nov 20172017-11-21[11]5mo 5d
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGS Academy
Support
Jan 20182018-01-03[15]Apr 20182018-04-23[14]3mo 20d
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians
Assistant Coach
Apr 20182018-04-23[18]Aug 20182018-08-21[16]3mo 28dAlso Sub
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Coach
Jan 20192019-01-24[19]Present1yr 1mo

News

  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
NA
Logo std.pngHATE2010 (approx.),
Jungler
IWillDominate and
Support
Xpecial join.
NA
Logo std.pngHATEDecember (approx.),
Jungler
IWillDominate and
Support
Xpecial leave.
NA
Logo std.pngDEFYDecember (approx.),
Support
Xpecial joins.
NA
Logo std.pngDEFYApril (approx.),
Support
Xpecial leaves.
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMApril 5,
Support
Xpecial joins.
[3]
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngCDEDecember 8 (approx.), Chicks Dig Elo is formed to compete in 2011 World Cyber Games.
Top Laner
Dyrus,
Jungler
Saintvicious,
Mid Laner
Reginald,
Bot Laner
Chauster, and
Support
Xpecial join.
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngCDEDecember 11,
Top Laner
Dyrus,
Jungler
Saintvicious,
Mid Laner
Reginald,
Bot Laner
Chauster, and
Support
Xpecial leave.
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMApril 27,
Support
S
Xpecial moves to substitute.[20]
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMMay 4,
Support
Gleebglarbu joins.
Support
S
Xpecial leaves.[1][2]
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngCRSMay 4,
Support
Xpecial joins.
Support
S
Bunny FuFuu moves to substitute.[5]
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngCRSJanuary 6, Team Curse transfers its roster and NA LCS spot to Team Liquid.
Top Laner
Quas,
Jungler
IWillDominate,
Mid Laner
FeniX,
Bot Laner
Piglet,
Support
Xpecial,
Mid Laner
S
Keane,
Bot Laner
S
zignature,
Support
S
Bunny FuFuu, Peter (Head Coach), Saintvicious (Coach), jokasteve (General Manager), LiQuiD112 (Owner), and MarkZ (Head Analyst) leave.[4]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLJanuary 6, Team Liquid acquires the roster and NA LCS spot of Team Curse.
Top Laner
Quas,
Jungler
IWillDominate,
Mid Laner
FeniX,
Bot Laner
Piglet,
Support
Xpecial, Peter (Head Coach), jokasteve (General Manager), LiQuiD112 (Owner), and MarkZ (Content Creator) join.
[7]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLSeptember 29,
Support
Xpecial is set to leave.[21]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLOctober 29,
Support
Xpecial leaves.[6]
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPXJanuary 20, Apex Gaming is formed.
Top Laner
Cris,
Jungler
Eve,
Mid Laner
Keane,
Bot Laner
Police,
Support
Xpecial, Saintvicious (Head Coach), and BlisS (Assistant Coach) join.
Jungler
S
Shrimp joins as substitute.
[9]
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRGFebruary 15,
Support
S
Xpecial joins as substitute.
Jungler
S
Shrimp leaves.
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRGMarch 8,
Top Laner
S
Cris and
Support
S
Xpecial leave.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPPJune 3,
Top Laner
Cris,
Jungler
Diamondprox,
Mid Laner
Shiphtur,
Bot Laner
Roar, and
Support
KonKwon join.
Top Laner
S
Thal,
Jungler
S
Shrimp,
Bot Laner
S
Apollo, and
Support
S
Xpecial join as substitutes.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPPJuly 6,
Jungler
S
Shernfire joins as substitute.
Top Laner
S
Ray,
Jungler
S
Shrimp,
Mid Laner
S
Keane, and
Support
S
Xpecial leave.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPXSeptember 26, Apex Gaming is acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers and merges with Team Dignitas.
Top Laner
Ray,
Jungler
Shrimp,
Mid Laner
Keane,
Bot Laner
Apollo,
Support
Xpecial,
Top Laner
S
Cris,
Jungler
S
Diamondprox,
Mid Laner
S
Shiphtur,
Bot Laner
S
Roar, Saintvicious (Head Coach), Cop (Coach), BlisS (Assistant Coach), and Crumbz (Assistant Coach) leave.[8]
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIGSeptember 26, Team Dignitas is acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers and merges with Apex Gaming.
Top Laner
Ray,
Jungler
Shrimp,
Mid Laner
Keane,
Support
Xpecial, Cop (Coach), and Saintvicious (Coach) join.
Bot Laner
Apollo rejoins.
Top Laner
S
Cris joins as substitute.
[10]
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIGJune 15,
Bot Laner
Altec and
Support
Adrian join.
Support
Xpecial leaves.
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1June 16,
Support
Xpecial joins.
[13]
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1November 21,
Bot Laner
Arrow and
Support
Xpecial leave.[11][12]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.AJanuary 3,
Top Laner
Jenkins,
Jungler
Potluck,
Mid Laner
bobqin,
Bot Laner
Jurassiq, and
Support
Xpecial join.
[15]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.AApril 23,
Top Laner
zig,
Bot Laner
Benji, and
Support
Sheep join.
Support
Xpecial leaves for main roster.[14]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGApril 23,
Mid Laner
Mickey and Xpecial (Assistant Coach) join.
[18]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGAugust 21, Real (Assistant Coach) and Xpecial (Assistant Coach) leave.[16][17]
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHUJanuary 24, Xpecial (Coach) joins.[19]

Biography[edit]

Xpecial hails from Temple City, California in the USA. He began his pro gaming career in many different MMOs as well as being involved in the DOTA pro scene, as it died out he moved onto League of Legends. He became well-known in the League of Legends community as the support player for Team SoloMid, part of the original roster that moved into a gaming house in New York. Along with his teammates, he streamed regularly with commentary and created regular vlogs, earning him a large fan base.

In May 4, 2014, it was announced that Xpecial had been benched from TSM, and later that same day he was picked up by Team Curse.

On November 24, Xpecial appeared on the show Summoning Insight and discussed his time on TSM and Curse.[22]

2015 Season[edit]

Prior to the start of the spring LCS split, Team Curse merged with the Team Liquid organization and rebranded under the name Team Liquid. After a few swaps between Keith and Piglet as their AD carry, the team ended the season with a 9-9 record and qualified for playoffs with the sixth seed after defeating Team 8 in a tiebreaker game. In the playoffs, Liquid beat CLG 3-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to Cloud9 3-2 in the semifinals; in the third-place match, Liquid finally broke the "fourth-place curse" that stopped them from placing higher than fourth place in any event that had persisted since they were Team Curse and took down Team Impulse 3-2.

Team Liquid finished the summer split round robin in first place after winning a tiebreaker match over Counter Logic Gaming - the first team other than TSM or Cloud9 to place first in an NA LCS round robin. However, in the playoffs, they lost immediately in the semifinals to TSM, making them also the first team to finish first in an NA LCS round robin but not make the playoff finals. A CLG victory over TSM in the playoff finals sent Team Liquid to the regional finals instead of giving them a direct seed to Worlds via Championship Points, and in the gauntlet they lost to underdogs Cloud9, ending their post-season abruptly.

2016 Preseason[edit]

In September 2015, Xpecial released a vlog confirming that he would be leaving Team Liquid.[23] His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent.[24] In his free agency announcement, he stated that he had played briefly with Cloud9's new Challenger team but that it hadn't worked out.[25] He later announced that he would not be playing on any LCS team for the next LCS split but that he still intended to continue competing.[26]

2016 Season[edit]

After his attempts to join an LCS team for the 2016 season were unsuccessful, Xpecial joined new NACS team Apex Gaming.[27]

Apex won both the regular season of NACS and the playoffs, using both Eve and Shrimp actively in the jungle. In the promotion tournament, they were seeded first against the ninth-place Team Impulse, to whom they lost, and then against second place Challenger team Team Dragon Knights, a rematch of the Challenger Series finals. This time, they didn't even drop one game against TDK and qualified successfully for the LCS summer split.

Apex started out the split strong, with a 2-0 first week including a 2-1 upset of reigning NA LCS champions and MSI alums CLG. Their success, however, was short-lived, and by week 5 they were in 7th place, where they remained for the rest of the season, out of reach of the playoffs but also safe from relegations for the 2017 Spring Season. In September, both Team Dignitas and Apex were acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers in September 2016, to play under the Dignitas name.[28]

Trivia[edit]

  • He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds[29] before joining Team SoloMid as their replacement for Feedfest.
  • Was for a while the quietest member of Team SoloMid. TheOddOne and Chaox repeatedly referred to Xpecial as "Hamster."
  • Despite filling his team's role as Support, he is a very skilled Solo Queue AP player, and has even outlaned Reginald on several occasions.
  • Can box better than former AD carry Chaox. [30]
  • Played three toplane practice games against Dyrus at IGN Proleague Season 4 - Las Vegas and won all of them.
  • His parents own a vegetarian restaurant.
  • Speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
  • Played AP TristanaSquare.png Tristana a lot while moving up through the solo queue ladder.
  • His rune pages on his North American account "Xpecial" are all named after Taylor Swift songs.
  • Was for a time considered the best Support in North America by then-Counter Logic Gaming's AD Carry Doublelift.
  • One of five players to have qualified for all of the first three World Championships, along with Dyrus, Reginald, TheOddOne and, YellOwStaR.
  • Was the first player in the LCS to reach 1000 career assists.
  • Reached 2000 Assists in the LCS on February 18, 2017

Tournament Results[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Xpecial Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2019-11-260010001
Twitch Rivals Team Draft 2019
2 : 0Logo std.pngNB3
Logo std.pngTYLE
 1adrianaries1,
 Tarzaned,
 Soligo,
 Tyler1,
 Xpecial
2018-09-010040004
Gift the Rift 2018
0 : 1Logo std.pngKAYP
Logo std.pngLILY
 BoxBox,
 TheOddOne,
 LilyPichu,
 Destiny,
 Xpecial
2018-08-2001000010
NA LCS 2018 Summer
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG
 Lourlo,
 Contractz,
 Mickey,
 Bobqin,
 Deftly,
 Matt,
 Tyler,
 Xpecial,
 Morissette,
 Ji Eun
2018-03-1601000010
NA Academy 2018 Spring
2 - 16Blanklogo std.pngRR
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.A
 Jenkins,
 Potluck,
 bobqin,
 Jurassiq,
 Xpecial
2017-08-13aaaaaaQ
NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion
3 : 0EUnitedlogo std.pngeUnited
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-08-0601000010
NA LCS 2017 Summer
4 - 14Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 Allorim,
 Inori,
 Meteos,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Pirean,
 Arrow,
 Shady,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-07-070010001
Rift Rivals 2017 NA-EU
4 - 2Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-04-230050065 - 6
NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG
 Ssumday,
 Chaser,
 Keane,
 LOD,
 Xpecial,
 Cop
2017-03-260060006
NA LCS 2017 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG
 Ssumday,
 Chaser,
 Keane,
 LOD,
 Xpecial,
 Stunt,
 Kim Jeong-soo,
 Cop
2016-07-310070007
NA LCS 2016 Summer
8 - 10Blanklogo std.pngRR
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPX
 Ray,
 ShrimP,
 Keane,
 Apollo,
 Xpecial,
 Saintvicious

Media[edit]

  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2019

Images[edit]

Redirects

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “Gleebglarbu” New Support for TSM, Xpecial Joins Curse newsoflegends.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Xpecial Joins Team Curse teamcurse.net
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Xpecial's Gunnars Description gunnars.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Breaking the Curse: Liquid Rising liquidlegends.net
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Xpecial Joins Team Curse teamcurse.net
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Breaking the Curse: Liquid Rising liquidlegends.net
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Saintvicious's Twitlonger twitlonger.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Arrow's Tweet twitter.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Xpecial's tweet twitter.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Phoenix1's Facebook Post facebook.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Golden Guardians Announce 2018 Summer Split Roster goldenguardians.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Real's Tweet twitter.com
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Xpecial's Tweet twitter.com
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Golden Guardians Announce 2018 Summer Split Roster goldenguardians.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 HU Storm's Tweet twitter.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Reginald's Facebook Post facebook.com
  21. TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  22. 'Summoning Insight' Episode 30, with special guest Xpecial youtube.com
  23. TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  24. Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
  25. Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
  26. Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future youtube.com
  27. Saintvicious's Twitlonger twitlonger.com
  28. Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
  29. Defy All Odds Team History nationalesl.com
  30. AD carry VS support round 2 "youtube.com"