|Name:||Alex Chu (朱啓恩)|
|Country of Birth:||United States|
|Birthday:||August 12, 1992|
|Soloqueue IDs:||Xpecíal (EU-W), TSM Xpec, Crs Xpecial, TL Xpecial|
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| Team History|
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.
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.
In September 2015, Xpecial released a vlog confirming that he would be leaving Team Liquid. His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent. 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. 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.
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.
- He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds 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. 
- 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.
- Played AP 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.
- January 26, Xpecial on playing for Dig and wanting 10 bans in solo-queue as a solution to one-tricks with Yahoo!
- February 25, Xpecial on DIG's advantages, being funded by the 76ers: "We can change things at a snap of a finger" with Blitz Esports
- February 27, Xpecial on adopting the 76ers’ ‘trust the process’ philosophy for Team Dignitas with Yahoo!
- March 13, Xpecial on in-season patches and changing coaches mid-split with Slingshot Esports
- March 24, Xpecial: “I think this was very rushed and because of that, we don’t have as much as we had hoped from the 76ers, but the biggest thing is obviously like courtside tickets, these things are like $20,000 a pop.” with Slingshot Esports
- July 7, Xpecial: “Every single day I wake up and I can’t ever accept not working hard. I can’t disappoint all of these fans. I have to work hard so I deserve this life.” with Darius Matuschak on The Shotcaller
- August 11, Xpecial on his future: “I still want to play, but I’ve been playing for so long, I don’t mind trying other things…(playing more) depends on the opportunities that present themselves.” with Emily Rand for Slingshot Esports
- April 7, Xpecial: It’s ‘inevitable’ I’ll be called the best support in NA again with The DailyDot
- April 11, Xpecial on Apex's entrance into LCS: 'It feels good to be back' with Yahoo!
- April 20, Cop and Xpecial in Vegas: Former teammates discuss their current relationship with Yahoo!
- June 4, APX Xpecial Broadcast Interview (APX vs. NRG) with LoL Esports
- June 6, Xpecial: 'Keane’s a guy that we trust in to know what's strong, and that's his big selling point' with theScore
- June 7, Xpecial: 'It's not dynamic queue, it's the matchmaking that we hate, it's the high ping' with Yahoo!
- June 21, Xpecial on Saintvicious as a coach: ‘I expected him to be really hard on us but he isn’t’ with theScore
- August 1, Head to head: Xpecial and Fabby chat with Travis regarding TL vs APX with Yahoo!
- August 1, Xpecial on Apex's disappointing season: 'I think there will be some pretty big roster changes' with theScore
- November 3, Xpecial On Joining Team Dignitas with Dignitas
- January 25, LCS NA 2015: Xpecial "Piglet one of the most aggressive ADC's I've ever played with" (video) with SK Gaming
- January 25, Xpecial: We thought we were 'screwed' until we found FeniX with The Daily Dot
- January 29, Team Liquid Xpecial - 20 Questions (video) with HyperX
- February 9, INTERVIEW: What does it take to be an eSports pro? MCV asks Alex 'Xpecial' Chu with MCV UK
- February 15, Xpecial on recent TL drama: "a miracle" that there were no roster swaps (video) with onGamers
- April 3, Xpecial: "Korea is looking a lot weaker this split, the NA teams are a fairly good rival against them." with GameSpot
- April 10, TL Xpecial – "I'm Not Scared" with LiquidLegends
- April 17, LEAGUE LEGACIES – TL XPECIAL (video) with Azubu
- April 21, Xpecial on Team Liquid's third place finish and breaking the Curse with GameSpot
- June 1, Xpecial Interview - "I think TSM is still the best team right now" with GameSpot
- July 7, Xpecial Believes LCS Will Gravitate Towards BO2's in the Future with GameSpot
- July 26, Xpecial on Fenix's growth, their upcoming match against TiP and TSM's summer performance with theScore
- November 13, Xpecial on Leaving Team Liquid, Piglet's Feelings, and His LCS Future with GameSpot
- December 31, Xpecial: "You Would Be Appalled to See How Little Some of the Lower-Tier Pro Players in LCS Make" with onGamers
- January 19, TSM Botlane: Wildturtle and Xpecial talk about rival botlanes and living in Santa Monica (video) with onGamers
- January 27, Xpecial talks about TSM's performance and hand gestures (video) with onGamers
- March 23, Xpecial talks about TSM's match play against XDG (video) with onGamers
- May 6, Xpecial Brings Leadership, Veteran Presence to Team Curse with Azubu TV
- May 25, Xpecial shares his thoughts on his transition playing with Team Curse (video) with onGamers
- July 5, Xpecial on 1000 assists and responds to community concern about his future (video) with onGamers
- July 6, Team Curse Xpecial: "At least we're finally winning." (video) with Azubu
- August 3, Xpecial on coming to good terms with TSM and their playoffs opponent (video) with onGamers
- August 29, Team Curse Quas, IWillDominate & xpecial - Team Curse's PAX Prime Day 1 Experience (video) with Azubu
- October 25, Xpecial from Team Curse, AMA with Reddit
- December 19, Hai, Xpecial recount their Poro King poroformance with LoL Esports
- January 11, TSM Xpecial - LCS NA Qualifiers Day One (video) with State of the League
- February 8, LCS Post-Game: TSM Reginald, Dyrus and Xpecial [Week 1] (video) with MachinimaVS
- February 9, Xpecial talks GameCrib, day 2 at the LCS and more (video) with GameSpot
- February 18, Roles with the Pros - Support with Xpecial LCS Week 2 (video) with GameSpot
- March 1, League of Legends LCS WK4 - Xpecial - TSM vs. Vulcun (video) with MachinimaVS
- March 15, Xpecial talks about Dyrus Dad drama and game against GGU at MLG (video) with GameSpot
- March 21, Xpecial talks on Wildturtle as a sub versus playing with Chaox (video with GameSpot
- March 28, Reginald and Xpecial talk about replacing Chaox with Wildturtle (video) with GameSpot
- April 5, League of Legends LCS WK8 - TSM vs. Curse: Xpecial (video) with MachinimaVS
- April 13, Xpecial talks Camera Man Competition and facing Curse Again (video) with GameSpot
- April 18, League of Legends LCS WK10 - Xpecial - CLG vs. TSM (video) with MachinimaVS
- April19, Wildturtle and Xpecial talk important final match vs Dignitas (video) with GameSpot
- April 19, Wildturtle and Xpecial talk about their Final Rankings at LCS (video) with GameSpot
- April 27, League of Legends Spring Playoffs - Xpecial - TSM vs. Vulcun (video) with MachinimaVS
- April 29, Xpecial and WildTurtle talk about Winning the LCS Playoffs (video) with GameSpot
- April 30, LCS Spring Playoffs - TSM Xpecial Talks About the NA Scene (video) with Leaguepedia
- May 10, Xpecial Talks Blue vs. Purple & Thoughts on LCS Thus Far (video) with MachinimaVS
- May 28, Xpecial talks about his experience at the All Star Event (video) with Gamespot
- August 1, Xpecial Discusses his plans to take out CLG at LCS Week 8 (video) with GameSpot
- August 16, LCS Week 9 Day 2 TSM Xpecial "Scariest? Most likely a Korean team...MVP Ozone" (video) with Leaguepedia
- August 30, Xpecial and Wildturtle Discuss their match against CLG at PAX (video) with GameSpot
- September 15, Xpecial is Confident that Vulcun will make it out of Groups (video) with GameSpot
- October 15, Xpecial 'Grilled': "The best thing about Doublelift was his laning." (Episode #79) (video) with Team Acer
- April 11, Interview with Xpecial: "We definitely worked extremely hard in preparation" with Team Dignitas
- June 9, TSM Xpecial - MLG Anaheim Day Two with State of the League
- June 11, Xpecial from TSM, MLG Insights, AMA! with Reddit
- July 13, Xpecial Interview - History, Support, and the Ladies with IPL League of Legends
- July 19, Team SoloMid Alex 'Xpecial' Chu Hopes League of Legends Season Three Offers More Defined Schedule with Forbes
- August 22, Road to PAX: Alex "Xpecial" Chu with SK Gaming
- September 4, Xpecial and Dyrus - PAX NA Regionals (video) with State of the League
- September 24, Honorable Competitors: Xpecial with Riot Games
- September 30, TSM Visits the Curse House - Pluto Interviews Xpecial (video) with Reign of Gaming
- October 6, World Championships - TSM Xpecial after elimination (video) with Reign of Gaming
- October 13, League of Legends World Finals - Pluto Interviews Chaox and Xpecial (video) with Reign of Gaming
- November 2, Xpecial predicts North America will get Last Place at MLG Dallas (video) with Gamespot
- November 29, IPL5 TheOddOne and Xpecial Pre Tournament Interview (video) with IGN ProLeague
- December 2, Xpecial chats about TSM's IPL 5 and comments on some drama (video) with GameSpot
- June 16, Xpecial Interview - Team SoloMid with MobaChampions
- January 2, Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future (6m12s)
- January 24, Xpecial - Apex, Season Goals, Dom Retiring (5m44s)
- February 23, Xpecial - Thoughts on Altec and Adrian, Valentine's (5m17s)
- April 11, Xpecial - LCS, Playoffs, Future (6m34s)
- May 29, Xpecial - Back from Korea, New Place! (5m08s)
- June 3, Xpecial - NATR, Moving Away from Solo Queue (7m58s)
- June 20, Xpecial - 3-3, Improving, Team Struggles (6m03s)
- August 11, Xpecial - NA LCS All-Pro Team (11m02s)
- August 13, Xpecial - "Playoff/Worlds" Patches (8m07s)
- October 18, Xpecial - Coaching UCI, 76ers, Off-Season (5m34s)
- January 17, Xpecial - Update on Piglet/Fenix Visas, LCS Predictions, Name Change (4m25s)
- January 26, Xpecial - Undefeated Week 1, Keith as Sub, Return of Piglet (7m10s)
- February 3, Xpecial - Tough Week 2, #KeepKeith, Streaming (6m21s)
- February 22, Xpecial - Hugs, Keith/Piglet (5m14s)
- March 3, Xpecial - 2-0 Week and #KeepKeith or #PickPiglet (6m36s)
- March 10, Xpecial - 0-2 Week, IEM, Gym (3m43s)
- March 31, Xpecial - Playoffs vs CLG, Bunny, 4th the Dream (6m15s)
- April 6, Xpecial - Get Well Soon Terry! (and TL vs CLG) (5m50s)
- April 21, Xpecial - Forever Fourth? (5m29s)
- April 30, Xpecial - Alex Ich, WFX, Hai, etc. (6m59s)
- May 12, Xpecial - MSI, Return of the Koreans and Hawaii (5m27s)
- May 14, Xpecial - Link, Doublelift and CLG (6m31s)
- June 1, Xpecial - 2-0 Week, Madison Square Garden (5m36s)
- June 5, Team Liquid - Rebirth Vlog 01 - Seasons Start (3m49s)
- June 9, Xpecial - Loss to Gravity, Riot HQ, Fan Meet (4m53s)
- July 20, Xpecial - Loss to CLG, Criticism, Dammit Mark... (5m18s)
- August 11, Xpecial - NA Moving Servers (5m36s)
- August 24, Xpecial - Playoffs, Gauntlet and MVP (4m52s)
- August 31, Xpecial - Loss, Performance, Changes (4m08s)
- September 14, Xpecial - Jatt vs Balls, Streaming, Coach (3m32s)
- October 19, Xpecial - Update, LCS/Challenger, TSM (3m25s)
- October 29, Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future (4m42s)
- November 16, Xpecial - C9 Challenger, Summoners Con (2m30s)
- November 25, Xpecial - Update and Back at Home! (3m05s)
- December 18, Xpecial - At TSM House, Star Wars (2m45s)
- February 22, Aftermath of TSM vs Coast
- April 30, Benching and Moving Forward
- May 17, First Vlog at Curse House!
- May 26, No Hugerino?
- June 2, Why So Sad Xpecial?
- June 11, Bad LCS Week, Curse on Avoiding Media
- June 16, Curse New Korean Player?
- July 1, LCS 1-1 Deadlock, HSL
- July 7, Winning Week, MVP for Week 7, Leona
- July 15, Bad Week, 0-2 ):
- July 21, Close C9 Game, Decent Week
- July 29, Final Week of LCS
- August 5, Playoffs Hopes, Toxicity
- August 12, Happy Birthday to Myself, Criticism
- September 3, PAX, Future, Zilean, Instagram
- September 17, Cop's Removal and Moving Forward
- October 6, What Happened
- November 1 -Xpecial - Summoner's Con, AMA, Piglet
- November 20, Xpecial - Piglet, Voyboy, Tryouts
- December 5, Xpecial - IEM, Piglet and CSGO Drama
- August 26, What Did You Sacrifice for Your Career
- September 3, Regionals Aftermath and Beyond
- September 10, Actual Thoughts on Worlds
- September 10, Thoughts on Group Stage
- September 27, World's Aftermath and Season 4
- October 6, Break Time and Thoughts on S4
- October 12, Random Vlog at UCLA
- October 16, I Failed My Driver's Test
- October 23, Preseason Changes
- October 28, Upcoming Fan Meet in San Jose!
- November 3, Future of TSM (Fixed)
- November 11, End of Season 3
- November 18, Season 4 and Supports
- November 25, Preseason and Beyond
- December 3, Support Items Balance and New Velocity(?)
- January 23, 2012, Xpecial's Post-Kiev Vlog
- February 17, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Before Curse Tourny Finals
- February 25, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog On TSM's Situation
- March 2, 2012, Xpecial's Pre-Hannover and Corsair Vlog
- March 16, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on TRM's Departure
- March 23, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Regarding Lulu
- March 31, 2012, Xpecial's Early Morning Vlog
- April 9, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog From Yoonie's Dorm
- April 20, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Streaming More!
- April 27, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Tera
- May 11, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on EPS Departure
- May 18, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Update Thingy '-'
- May 26, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Prior to Triple LANs in Cali
- July 8, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on TSM's Performance
- July 28, 2012, Xpecial's Happy B-Day Yoonie Vlog
- August 5, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog After Losing to Blaze
- August 25, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Before Regionals
- September 15, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Current Practice Situation
- October 11, 2012, Xpecial's Final Vlog of Season 2
- October 22, 2012, Xpecial's Last Vlog in NY Gaming House
Articles & Other Content
- January 11, Team Dignitas LoL Roster Breakdown Part 2: Keane, LOD, and Xpecial by C_L on Dignitas
- January 25, Xpecial Loves Dignitas’s New Import Life by Xander Torres on Red Bull
- January 25, Xpecial: We thought we were 'screwed' until we found FeniX by DailyDot
- February 1, Player Cards - Team Liquid by Gold Per 10
Xpecial at IPL Face Off: San Francisco Showdown
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