terça-feira, 4 de junho de 2013

TPA League of Legends team


   Taipei Assassins League of Legends team

Taipei Assassins is a competitive League of Legends team based in Taiwan. After their victory at the Season 2 World Championship, TPA has been hailed as one of the strongest teams worldwide. Taipei Assassins is the sister team of Taipei Snipers.

 The team currently competes under the name Azubu Taipei Assassins in representation of their sponsor, Azubu.
Formation of Team

 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. Also around this time, Support player A8000 was introduced to the players. Together they formed Team For the Win, with MiSTakE as team captain. 

 Team For the Win's first event together 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. 

 Unfortunately, at the 2011 World Cyber Games, Team For the Win was unable to make it through the group stage. They fell just short of the top two advancement requirement with a third place finish in their group. They posted a 2-2 record after defeating Team Jantelaget and Orange eSports and losing to NaJin e-mFire and Millenium. 

Acquisition of Team

 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 9th 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 welcomed two new players into their lineup, AD Carry bebeisadog and AP Carry Toyz. After the addition of these two new players, Support player colalin and former starting AP Carry NeXAbc became substitutes. Also, the team captain, MiSTakE, would transition from being the team's AD Carry to taking on the role of Support. Previous Support player A8000 left the team.

Season 2

 On July 15th, 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, 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 would once again go undefeated going 3-0 and took 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 4th to October 13th 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 the underdogs due to 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 M5 one game up in the series, but TPA rallied and took the next two games to beat the Russian powerhouse to earn 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 for the next three games. TPA beat the Korean squad three games to one, capturing the championship title and taking home the one million dollar grand prize. [1] As Season 2 World Champions they also got a pack of 5 skins related to their favourite picks realeased later during Season 3. 
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. [2]

 Pre-season 3

 Taipei Assassins attended the 2012 GPL Season 1 playoffs on November 17th 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 ult 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 29th and December 2nd, 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 pace 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.

Team Achievements In Premier Tournaments

 Date                 Place    Event  Result  Winnings

 2013-05-19                   3rd       NVIDIA Game Festival 2013       2 : 1     OMG     30,000

 2013-04-21                   1st       2013 GPL Spring           27 : 1    Regular Season            $ 50,000

 2013-04-03                   5 - 6th   GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2              0 : 2     Positive Energy          
 2012-12-02                   3rd       IGN ProLeague Season 5           0 : 2     Fnatic  $ 7,500

 2012-11-17                   1st       2012 GPL Season 1       3 : 1     Singapore Sentinels      $ 10,000

 2012-10-10                   1st       Season 2 World Championship              3 : 1     Azubu Frost      $ 1,000,000

 2012-09-01                   1st       Season Two Taiwanese Regional Finals             2 : 0     Corsair             NTD 100,000

 2011-12-11                   9 - 12th             2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals              2 : 2    Group Stage (W/L)       

In Major Tournaments 

 Date     Place    Event  Result  Winnings

 2012-06-17       1st       StarsWar 7        2 : 1     Team WE         ¥ 20,000

 2012-05-05       1st       2012 GPL Opening Event           1 : 0     Singapore Sentinels      $ 3,000

 2012-04-30       2nd      NVIDIA Game Festival 2012       1 : 2     Team WE         $ 3,000

In Minor Tournaments

 Date     Place    Event  Result  Winnings

 2012-07-15       1st       IGN ProLeague Season 5 Taiwanese Qualifiers  2 : 0     Corsair             NTD 30,000

 2012-05-29       1st       Go4LoL Pro Asia Season 1        2 : 0     Team WE         ¥ 3,000

Video of World championship final

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