Xpecial

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Xpecial
GGSA Xpecial 2018 Spring.png
Background Information
NameAlex Chu (朱啓恩)
Country of Birth
United States
BirthdayAugust 12, 1992 (age 28)
Residency
NA
North America
Competitive
TeamHarrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Role
Coach
Favorite Champs



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 head coach for Harrisburg University.

Team History

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

Apr 20182018-04-23[18]Aug 20182018-08-21[16]3mo 28d
ejel
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Jan 20192019-01-24[19]Present1yr 10mo
ej
TeamStartEnd
NA
Logo std.pngHaters Make Us Famous
??? 2010≈2010-??-??≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈1mo
ejel
NA
Logo std.pngDefy All Odds
≈Dec 2010≈2010-12-??≈Apr 2011≈2011-04-??≈4mo
ejel
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
Apr 20112011-04-05[3]Apr 20142014-04-27[20]3yr 22d
ejel
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngChicks Dig Elo
≈Dec 2011≈2011-12-08Dec 20112011-12-11≈3d
ejel
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
Apr 20142014-04-27[20]May 20142014-05-04[1]7d
ejel
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse
May 20142014-05-04[5]Jan 20152015-01-06[4]8mo 2d
ejel
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
Jan 20152015-01-06[7]Oct 20152015-10-29[6]9mo 23d
ejel
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Gaming
Jan 20162016-01-20[9]Sep 20162016-09-26[8]8mo 6d
ejel
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRG Esports
Feb 20162016-02-15Mar 20162016-03-0822d
ejel
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Pride
Jun 20162016-06-03Jul 20162016-07-061mo 3d
ejel
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas
Sep 20162016-09-26[10]Jun 20172017-06-158mo 19d
ejel
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1
Jun 20172017-06-16[13]Nov 20172017-11-21[11]5mo 5d
ejel
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG Academy
Jan 20182018-01-03[15]Apr 20182018-04-23[14]3mo 20d
ejel
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians

Apr 20182018-04-23[18]Aug 20182018-08-21[16]3mo 28d
ejel
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Jan 20192019-01-24[19]Jan 20202020-01-16[21]1yr 23d
ejel
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Jan 20202020-01-16[21]Present10mo 8d
ej

News

  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
NA
Logo std.pngHATE2010 (approx.),
IWillDominate and
Xpecial join.
NA
Logo std.pngHATEDecember (approx.),
TheOddOne joins.

IWillDominate and
Xpecial leave.
NA
Logo std.pngDEFYDecember (approx.),
Xpecial joins.
NA
Logo std.pngDEFYApril (approx.),
Xpecial leaves.
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMApril 5,
Xpecial joins.
[3]
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngCDEDecember 8 (approx.), Team USAlogo std.pngChicks Dig Elo is formed to compete in 2011 World Cyber Games.
Dyrus,
Saintvicious,
Reginald,
Chauster, and
Xpecial join.
NA
Team USAlogo std.pngCDEDecember 11,
Dyrus,
Saintvicious,
Reginald,
Chauster, and
Xpecial leave.
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMApril 27,
Xpecial moves to substitute.[20]
NA
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSMMay 4,
Gleebglarbu joins.

Xpecial leaves.[1][2]
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngCRSMay 4,
Xpecial joins.

Bunny FuFuu moves to substitute.[5]
NA
Team Curselogo std.pngCRSJanuary 6, Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse transfers its roster and NA LCS spot to Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid.
Quas,
IWillDominate,
FeniX,
Piglet,
Xpecial,
Keane,
zignature,
Bunny FuFuu, Peter (Head Coach), Saintvicious (Coach), jokasteve (General Manager), LiQuiD112 (CEO), and MarkZ (Head Analyst) leave.[4]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLJanuary 6, Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid acquires the roster and NA LCS spot of Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse.
Quas,
IWillDominate,
FeniX,
Piglet,
Xpecial, Peter (Head Coach), jokasteve (General Manager), LiQuiD112 (Owner), and MarkZ (Content Creator) join.
[7]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLSeptember 29,
Xpecial is set to leave.[22]
NA
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTLOctober 29,
Xpecial leaves.[6]
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPXJanuary 20, Apex Gaming is formed.
Cris,
Eve,
Keane,
Police,
Xpecial, Saintvicious (Head Coach), and BlisS (Assistant Coach) join.

Shrimp joins as substitute.
[9]
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRGFebruary 15,
Xpecial joins as substitute.

Shrimp leaves.
NA
NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRGMarch 8,
Cris and
Xpecial leave.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPPJune 3,
Cris,
Diamondprox,
Shiphtur,
Roar, and
KonKwon join.

Thal,
ShrimP,
Apollo, and
Xpecial join as substitutes.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPPJuly 6,
Shernfire joins as substitute.

Ray,
ShrimP,
Keane, and
Xpecial leave.
NA
Apexlogo std 2.pngAPXSeptember 26, Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Gaming is acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers and merges with Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas under the Dignitas brand.
Ray,
ShrimP,
Keane,
Apollo,
Xpecial,
Cris,
Diamondprox,
Shiphtur,
Roar, Saintvicious (Head Coach), Cop (Coach), BlisS (Assistant Coach), and Crumbz (Assistant Coach) leave.[8]
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIGSeptember 26, Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas is acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers and merges with Apexlogo std 2.pngApex Gaming under the Dignitas brand.
Ray,
ShrimP,
Keane,
Xpecial, Cop (Coach), and Saintvicious (Coach) join.

Apollo rejoins.

Cris joins as substitute.
[10]
NA
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIGJune 15,
Altec and
Adrian join.

Xpecial leaves.
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1June 16,
Xpecial joins.
[13]
NA
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1November 21,
Arrow and
Xpecial leave.[11][12]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.AJanuary 3,
BobJenkins,
Potluck,
bobqin,
Jurassiq, and
Xpecial join.
[15]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.AApril 23,
zig,
Benji, and
Sheep join.

Xpecial leaves for main roster.[14]
NA
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGApril 23,
Mickey joins.

Xpecial (Assistant Coach) joins as substitute.
[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]
NA
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHUJanuary 16, Hopeful (Mid to Bot) and Xpecial (Coach to Head Coach) change positions.
Titus leaves.[21]

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.[23]

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.[24] His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

2016 Season[edit]

After his attempts to join an LCS team for the 2016 season were unsuccessful, Xpecial joined new NACS team Apex Gaming.[28]

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.[29]

2017 Season[edit]

Xpecial remained with the newly rebranded Dignitas for 2017. The team got off to a bad start in the spring split, going 2-6 over the first four weeks. Xpecial was also subbed out for substitute support Stunt for a few games, until Stunt went to Phoenix1 in March and Xpecial regained his starting spot. The team improved after Cop was rehired as head coach, going 7-3 over the rest of the season and securing the sixth and final playoff spot. However, they were swept 3-0 by Phoenix1 in the playoff quarterfinals.

Xpecial remained on Dignitas's roster for the summer split, but with the acquisition of Big, didn't appear in a game. Before the start of Week 3, he left Dignitas and joined the struggling Phoenix1, who had yet to win a game in the summer split. Xpecial started all of their remaining games and helped them break their loss streak in Week 4, but the team still struggled, finishing in last place with a 4-14 record. This forced them to play in the promotion tournament, where they outlasted challenger team Gold Coin United in the first round 3-2 but fell to Team Liquid 3-2 in round 2, before sweeping EUnited in the final qualification match to requalify for the LCS. Xpecial unexpectedly broke down in tears during a post-game interview with Ovilee May, distraught over his new team being split up.

2018 Season[edit]

Phoenix1 was not accepted into the newly franchised LCS for 2020, and Xpecial left the team in November. He eventually joined the newly formed Golden Guardians Academy for the spring academy split. However, the good moments were few on Xpecial's new team, as Golden Guardians Academy spent nearly all of the split in last place and finished with a 2-16 record. For the summer split, Xpecial joined the main roster as an assistant coach and coached the team on stage for Week 8 after the departure of Tyler. Despite his efforts, Golden Guardians finished tenth for the second straight split, and Xpecial left the team immediately after the season ended.

Trivia[edit]

  • He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds[30] 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. [31]
  • 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
    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 ResultRoster
2020-10-274 UPL 2020 Fall - Cloud
2 - 4Blanklogo std.pngRR
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHU CJ,  Lawrence,  FrostForest,  Zile,  Savage,  Moss,  Ran,  Wixxi,  Fizzi,  Loop,  Xpecial
2020-10-091 Best Coast Invitational 2020
3 : 0University of Texas at Austinlogo std.pngUT
Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHU Lawrence,  FrostForest,  Savage,  Ran,  Fizzi,  Xpecial
2020-07-102 LCS 2020 Summer Classic Showmatch
0 : 1Cloud9logo std.pngC9
Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM Dyrus,  TheOddOne,  Voyboy,  WildTurtle,  Xpecial
2019-11-261 Twitch Rivals NA Team Draft I
2 : 0Logo std.pngNB3
Logo std.pngTYLE 1adrianaries1,  Tarzaned,  Soligo,  Tyler1,  Xpecial
2018-09-014 Gift the Rift 2018
0 : 1Logo std.pngKAYP
Logo std.pngLILY BoxBox,  TheOddOne,  LilyPichu,  Destiny,  Xpecial
2018-08-2010 NA LCS 2018 Summer
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG Lourlo,  Contractz,  Mickey,  Bobqin,  Deftly,  Matt,  Tyler,  Xpecial,  Morissette,  Ji Eun
2018-03-1610 NA Academy 2018 Spring
2 - 16Blanklogo std.pngRR
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.A Jenkins,  Potluck,  bobqin,  Jurassiq,  Xpecial
2017-08-13Q NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion
3 : 0EUnitedlogo std.pngEUN
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1 zig,  MikeYeung,  Ryu,  Arrow,  Xpecial,  Fly
2017-08-0610 NA LCS 2017 Summer
4 - 14Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1 zig,  Allorim,  Inori,  Meteos,  MikeYeung,  Ryu,  Pirean,  Arrow,  Shady,  Xpecial,  Fly
2017-07-071 Rift Rivals 2017 NA-EU
4 - 2Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1 zig,  MikeYeung,  Ryu,  Arrow,  Xpecial,  Fly

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' 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. 21.0 21.1 21.2 HU Storm's Tweet twitter.com
  22. TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  23. 'Summoning Insight' Episode 30, with special guest Xpecial youtube.com
  24. TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  25. Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
  26. Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
  27. Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future youtube.com
  28. Saintvicious's Twitlonger twitlonger.com
  29. Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
  30. Defy All Odds Team History nationalesl.com
  31. AD carry VS support round 2 "youtube.com"