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 26)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
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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Team History
??? 2010 - ??? 2010
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Logo std.png Haters
??? 2010 - Apr 2011
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Logo std.png Defy All Odds
Apr 2011 - May 2014
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Team SoloMidlogo std.png Team SoloMid
May 2014 - Jan 2015
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Team Curselogo std.png Team Curse
Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
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Team Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
Oct 2015 - Oct 2015
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Team Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
Jan 2016 - Sep 2016
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Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Gaming
Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
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NRG Esportslogo std.png NRG Esports
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
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Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Pride
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
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Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
Jun 2017 - Nov 2017
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Phoenix1logo std.png Phoenix1
Jan 2018 - Apr 2018
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Golden Guardianslogo std.png GGS Academy
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018
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Golden Guardianslogo std.png Golden Guardians
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018
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Golden Guardianslogo std.png Golden Guardians
Alex "Xpecial" Chu (Hanzi: 朱啓恩) was previously a coach for Golden Guardians.

Biography

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.[1]

2015 Season

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

In September 2015, Xpecial released a vlog confirming that he would be leaving Team Liquid.[2] His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

2016 Season

After his attempts to join an LCS team for the 2016 season were unsuccessful, Xpecial joined new NACS team Apex Gaming.[6]

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.[7]

Trivia

  • He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds[8] 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. [9]
  • 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 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.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Xpecial Tournament Results
DatePlaceEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2018-09-01A44Gift the Rift logo.png Gift the Rift 20180 : 1Logo std.png Team KaypeaLogo std.png LILY
 BoxBox,
 TheOddOne,
 LilyPichu,
 Destiny,
 Xpecial
2018-08-20B010NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Summer5 - 13Blanklogo std.png RRGolden Guardianslogo std.png GGS
 Lourlo,
 Contractz,
 Mickey,
 Bobqin,
 Deftly,
 Matt,
 Tyler,
 Xpecial,
 Morissette,
 Ji Eun
2018-03-16B010NA Academy logo.png NA Academy 2018 Spring2 - 16Blanklogo std.png RRGolden Guardianslogo std.png GG.A
 Jenkins,
 Potluck,
 bobqin,
 Jurassiq,
 Xpecial
2017-08-13I1QNA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion3 : 0EUnitedlogo std.png eUnitedPhoenix1logo std.png P1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-08-06B010NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Summer4 - 14Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
 zig,
 Allorim,
 Inori,
 Meteos,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Pirean,
 Arrow,
 Shady,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-07-07A11RR B logo small.png Rift Rivals 2017 NA-EU4 - 2Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-04-23A55 - 6NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs0 : 3Phoenix1logo std.png P1Dignitaslogo std.png d
 Ssumday,
 Chaser,
 Keane,
 LOD,
 Xpecial,
 Cop
2017-03-26A66NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring9 - 9Blanklogo std.png RRDignitaslogo std.png d
 Ssumday,
 Chaser,
 Keane,
 LOD,
 Xpecial,
 Stunt,
 Kim,
 Cop
2016-07-31A77NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2016 Summer8 - 10Blanklogo std.png RRApexlogo std 2.png Apex
 Ray,
 ShrimP,
 Keane,
 Apollo,
 Xpecial,
 Saintvicious
2016-04-08I1QNA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2016 Summer Promotion3 : 0Team Dragon Knightslogo std.png TDKApexlogo std 2.png Apex
 Cris,
 Eve,
 ShrimP,
 Keane,
 Police,
 Xpecial,
 Saintvicious

Interviews

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

Vlogs

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

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