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J Team
J Team logo.png
DivisionsLeague of Legends
StarCraft II
Arena of Valor (disbanded)
FoundedApril 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)
LeagueLeague of Legends Master Series (LMS)
Team historyTaipei Assassins (2012–2016)
Based inTaipei
OwnerJay Chou
Parent groupJY Entertainment

J Team is a Taiwanese professional esports organization owned by JY Entertainment that has players competing in League of Legends and StarCraft II. Their League of Legends team participates in the League of Legends Masters Series (LMS), the highest level of professional League of Legends in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. J Team was founded in April 2016 by Jay Chou after he purchased the League of Legends team Taipei Assassins (TPA; Chinese: 台北暗殺星; pinyin: tái běi àn shā xīng), which had won the Season 2 World Championship in 2012.[1][2]

Rosters[edit]

League of Legends[edit]

Nat. ID Name Role Join date
Taiwan Rest Hsu Shih-Chieh (徐士傑) Top Laner July 22, 2017
Taiwan Breaker Shih Yueh-Ting (施岳廷) Jungler December 7, 2016
Taiwan Hana Chen Chih-Hao (陳志豪) Jungler November 20, 2017
Taiwan FoFo Chu Chun-Lan (朱駿嵐) Mid Laner April 19, 2016
Taiwan Lilv Chen Chin-Han (陳縉翰) Bot Laner October 2, 2017
Taiwan Koala Lin Chih-Chiang (林志強) Support December 27, 2018

StarCraft II[edit]

  • Taiwan Ke "Has" Yu Feng

League of Legends[edit]

As Taipei Assassins[edit]

Taipei Assassins
Taipei Assassins logo.jpg
Short nameTPA
SportLeague of Legends
FoundedSeptember 2011
LeagueLeague of Legends Master Series (LMS)
Based inTaipei
ArenaGarena E-Sports Stadium
ColorsRed and black
OwnerLiu "Retty" Chia-Chu
ChampionshipsSeason 2 World Championship (2012)
BroadcastersGarena, Twitch.tv
PartnersAzubu
Websitetaipeiassassins.tw[dead link]

Support MiSTakE met top laner Stanley while playing in the League of Legends ranked solo queue ladder. Shortly after connecting, their mutual friend colalin introduced to them to NeXAbc and former Counter Logic Gaming player Lilballz. Together with mid laner A8000, they formed Team For the Win (FTW), with MiSTakE as team captain.

Team For the Win's first event 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. At the 2011 World Cyber Games, Team For the Win was unable to make it through the group stage. The top two teams from each group would advance, but with a third place TPA was unable to qualify. They posted a 2-2 record after defeating Team Jantelaget and Orange eSports and losing to NaJin e-mFire and Millenium. Mid laner A8000 left the team after the event.

Acquisition of Team For the Win[edit]

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.[3] On March 9, 2012, Garena acquired the roster of Team For the Win and renamed them as the "Taipei Assassins".

Approximately one month after official sponsorship by Garena, the Taipei Assassins underwent several roster changes. The Taiwanese team first welcomed two new players into their lineup, AD carry bebeisadog and mid laner Toyz. After the addition of these two new players, support player colalin and former starting mid laner NeXAbc became substitutes. The team captain, MiSTakE, transitioned from AD carry to support.

2012[edit]

Taipei Assassins at the Season 2 World Championship

On July 15, 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 by 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 once again went undefeated, going 3-0 and taking 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 4 to October 13, 2012 in Los Angeles. Of the five regional champions, 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 underdogs after NaJin Sword's strong group stage showing, the Assassins were able to come out with a victory, winning both games in dominant fashion.[4] 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 Moscow Five one game up in the series, but TPA rallied and took the next two games to win, earning a spot in the grand finals opposite Azubu Frost.[5] The Assassins once again dropped the first game in the set, but Frost folded under TPA's stellar coordination and relentless pressure throughout the next three games.[6] TPA beat the Korean squad three games to one, capturing the championship title and taking home the one million dollar grand prize.[7] Riot later released a set of TPA-themed skins for each of the champions they played in Game Four of the Finals.

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.[8]

Taipei Assassins attended the 2012 GPL Season 1 playoffs on November 17 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 between 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 ultimate 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 29 and December 2, 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-paced 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.

2013[edit]

After winning 2012's GPL, TPA was invited to the 2013 Spring and Summer split of the GPL. On January 10, TPA was invited to participate in the GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2. TPA had a good performance in the group stage, going 3-1-1, winning against Positive Energy, LGD Gaming, and Royal Club Huang Zu, while tying against Najin Sword and losing to MVP Ozone. However, they showed a disappointing 2-0 loss against Chinese powerhouse Team WE, and a surprising loss to amateur team Positive Energy, especially after their 2-0 victory against them in the group stage. This unfortunate outcome was directly linked by many people to Lilballz's inability to adapt to the Season 3 jungle meta. TPA eventually finished the Spring Split of the GPL 27-1, losing only 1 game to SGS, which people again linked directly to Lilballz.

On May 18, TPA was invited to play in the NVIDIA Game Festival 2013. As a result of TPA losing 1-0 to Royal Club Huang Zu, TPA decided to start tryouts for new positions for their jungler (to replace Lilballz), although the decision was somewhat indecisive. TPA would, however, pull out a surprising 2-1 victory against OMG, one of the strongest Chinese teams, showing that TPA was still a strong team, despite a recent slump. This eventually led to the decision that Lilballz was to be replaced by their new jungler Sarsky. Since IPL 5, TPA was in the doldrums. Therefore, the team desired to win tournaments, so lots of pressure was made and led to the team playing under a bad atmosphere.

After TPA showing some bad results against teams in 2013 GPL Summer, Garena announced that Stanley was released from TPA and Toyz retired from competitive League of Legends on June 30, 2013. At the same time, Jay and Achie join TPA to solve the roster vacancy.[9]

TPA lost the chance to go to the Season 3 World Championship after they lost 0-2 vs. Gamania Bears in the lower bracket of the S3 Taipei Qualifiers. They ended their bad season 3 with a lost against ahq in the 2013 GPL Championship

2014[edit]

In the beginning of Season 4, TPA acquired Morning from Wayi Spider as the new mid laner; while bebe switched back to AD Carry and DinTer became the substitute. In October 11, Lilballz got a ban from Garena since he is caught from elo-boosting and retired right after the ban is active. From November 2013 to January 2014, TPA competed in 2014 GPL Winter. They finished the group stage with 8 wins and 2 loss. They managed to beat Full Louis (3-0), Saigon Jokers (3-2), and Taipei Snipers (3-2) in the knock out stages and became the champion of the tournament. During the time of 2014 GPL Winter, TPA also took part in IEM Season VIII - Singapore, but lost to Saigon Jokers and got the 5th/6th place along with Singapore Sentinels.

Right after 2014 GPL Winter, Sarsky left TPA. DinTer became the starting jungler and the team played in 2014 GPL Spring. They did a very good job in group stage by winning all the matches. In the knock out stages, TPA defeated Insidious Gaming (3-0), Taipei Snipers (3-2), and ahq (3-2) to become the champion of the tournament once again. TPA were also got invited to IEM Season VIII - World Championship but got only the 5th/6th place along with Invictus Gaming.

TPA then acquired Winds from Taipei Snipers as the new jungler. They came to All-Star Paris 2014 as Taiwan & SEA representative but they got a bad tournament with 4 loss against Cloud 9, Fnatic, SK Telecom T1 K and OMG. Before the 2014 GPL Summer started, TPA acquired Chawy from Singapore Sentinels as the substitute mid laner. They finished the group stage with 9 wins and 1 lost. TPA then managed to win against Insidious Gaming Rebirth (3-0); Saigon Fantastic Five (3-1); and ahq (3-0) to become the champion of the tournament the third time, getting the #1 seed of Taiwan & SEA Region in the World Championship 2014.

Former players[edit]

ID Name Role
Yue Lu Tzu-Hsien Top Laner
REFRA1N Chen Kuan-Ting Jungler
Morning Chen Kuan-Ting Mid Laner
Lupin Kim Do-Yeop Bot Laner
Jay Li Chieh Support
Pony Mo Ka-Wah Jungler (sub.)
Toyz Kurtis Lau Wai-kin Mid Laner
Lilballz Alex Sung Kuan-Po Jungler
Stanley Wang June Tsan Top Laner
Bebe Cheng Bo-Wei Bot Laner
MiSTakE Chen Hui Chung Support

As J Team[edit]

JY Entertainment, owned by Taiwanese celebrity Jay Chou, announced on April 19, 2016 that it had acquired the organization of Taipei Assassins, rebranding it to J Team.[10] J Team debuted in the 2016 LMS Summer Split with an inaugural roster consisting of top laners Chen "Morning" Kuan-Ting and Chen "RLun" Cheng-Lun, jungler Chen "REFRA1N" Kuan-Ting, mid laner Chu "FoFo" Chun-Lan, bot laner Chang "BeBe" Bo-Wei, and support Li "Jay" Chieh. The team placed 1st in the regular season with a 10–4–0 record, but lost 0–3 to Flash Wolves in the finals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J Team Tarnishes the Memory of Taipei Assassins".
  2. ^ C. Custer (April 20, 2016). "Why Taiwanese megastar Jay Chou just bought a League of Legends team". Tech In Asia. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Obscurica (January 8, 2013). "Teams of the Year 2012 – Taipei Assassins and Moscow Five". ggchronicle.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Yang, Steven (October 6, 2012). "Taipei Assassins Shock the World in a 2-0 Win Against NaJin Sword". IGN. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Augustine, Josh (October 12, 2012). "Azubu Frost and Taipei Assassins play for $1 million tomorrow - here's how they got there". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Lightblind (October 16, 2015). "Taipei Assassins Crowned League Of Legends Champions". IGN. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Chen, James Obscurica (August 21, 2014). "Taipei Assassins: Second Dynasty". LoL Esports. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  8. ^ TPA 見面會 新成員現身 本日活動系列報導 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
  9. ^ "LoL News: Toyz and Stanley leave Taipei Assassins | GosuGamers". Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "《英雄聯盟》周杰倫成立「英雄聯盟」職業戰隊,MRJ戰隊神奇登場!". gaming.com.tw (in Chinese). November 28, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fnatic
League of Legends World Championship winner
2012
Succeeded by
SK Telecom T1
Preceded by
New championship
ahq e-Sports Club
Garena Premier League winner
Season 1 2012 – Spring 2013
Winter 2014 – Summer 2014
Succeeded by
ahq e-Sports Club
Saigon Fantastic Five

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