Top Esports

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Top Esports
Top Esports logo.png
Short nameTES
DivisionsLeague of Legends
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Founded21 December 2017 (2017-12-21)
LeagueLeague of Legends Pro League
Team historyTopsports Gaming (2017–2019)
Top Esports (2019–present)
LocationChina
CEOGuo Hao
Championships1× LPL (Summer 2020)
Parent groupTopsports
Top Esports
Simplified Chinese滔搏电子竞技俱乐部
Traditional Chinese滔搏電子競技俱樂部
Literal meaningTaobo Esports Club

Top Esports, previously known as Topsports Gaming, is a Chinese esports organization. Its League of Legends team competes in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL), the top-level league for the game in China.[1][2] It was founded on 21 December 2017 by athletic apparel company Topsports.[3][4]

History[edit]

The Topsports Gaming brand was unveiled on 21 December 2017 by athletic apparel company Topsports, which had acquired the LPL spot of DAN Gaming.[3] The team's first tournament was the 2017 Demacia Championship, where they placed ninth to fifteenth after losing in the third round to Suning Gaming.

Topsports was a member of the LPL's eastern conference during the 2018 spring season, placing seventh with a 3–16 record. For the 2018 summer season, Topsports was moved to the western conference where they placed third with a 10–9 record, qualifying for playoffs. The team lost in the first round to Royal Never Give Up. Topsports was one of eight teams that participated in the 2018 National Electronic Sports Tournament (NEST 2018), placing second after losing to JD Gaming in the finals. This result qualified Topsports for the 2018 Demacia Cup winter season, where they placed second again after losing to Invictus Gaming in the finals.

During the offseason before the 2019 LPL Spring Split Topsports changed up their main roster, which became top laner Bai "369" Jiahao, jungler Xiong "Xx" Yulong, mid laner Zhuo "Knight" Ding, bot laner Lee "LokeN" Dong-wook, and support Nam "Ben" Dong-hyun. The team finished third in the regular season with an 11–4 record and 4th in playoffs after losing to Invictus Gaming in the semifinals and FunPlus Phoenix in the third place match. At NEST 2019, Topsports fielded their trainee roster and placed fifth to eighth after losing to Edward Gaming in the quarterfinals.

On 15 May 2019, it was announced that Topsports Gaming had renamed to Top Esports.[5][6] Top Esports placed second in the regular season of the 2019 LPL Summer Split and third in playoffs after winning the third-place match against Bilibili Gaming. The team was unable to qualify for the 2019 World Championship after narrowly losing to Invictus Gaming in the last round of the regional finals. Xx left the team on 15 December 2019 and was replaced by LMS veteran Hung "Karsa" Hao-hsuan. Ben and LokeN followed suit shortly after, and were replaced with Zhang "QiuQiu" Ming and Liang "yuyanjia" Jiayuan, and Ying "Photic" Qishen respectively. Top Esports lost to Vici Gaming in the 2019 Demacia Cup semifinals and placed fifth to eighth.

During the 2020 LPL Spring Split regular season, Top Esports experimented between QiuQiu and yuyanjia in the support role and originally intended to start former Invictus Gaming player and world champion Yu "JackeyLove" Wenbo as their bot laner. However, due to the length of JackeyLove's contract, he was unable to play until near the end of the regular season, with Photic maintaining his role as Top Esports' starting bot laner until then.[7][8] Nonetheless, Top Esports finished fourth in the regular season with an 11–5 record. After defeating Team WE[9] and Invictus Gaming[10] in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively, Top Esports made it to their first LPL finals. After a close series, Top Esports lost to JD Gaming and finished runners-up.[11]

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Mid-Season Invitational was cancelled for 2020 and replaced by the Mid-Season Streamathon, an online live stream event featuring several tournaments and show matches.[12] One of the online tournaments held was the Mid-Season Cup, featuring the top four teams from the LPL and LCK.[13] Top Esports was drafted into Group A along with FunPlus Phoenix, DAMWON Gaming, and T1. The team finished second in their group, advancing to the knockout stage. In the semifinals, Top Esports swept Gen.G, moving on to the finals where they defeated FunPlus Phoenix to claim the Mid-Season Cup.[14]

Top Esports did not make any roster changes going into the 2020 LPL Summer Split, although they did experiment with QiuQiu in the bot lane. The team finished first in the regular season and received a bye to the semifinals, where they swept Suning. After another close series against JD Gaming in the finals,[15][16] Top Esports managed to defeat their longtime rivals, claiming their first LPL title and qualifying for the 2020 World Championship as the LPL's first seed.[17]

For the main event group stage of the 2020 World Championship, Top Esports was drafted into Group D along with South Korean team DRX, North American team FlyQuest, and Russian team Unicorns of Love.[18]

Roster[edit]

Top Esports League of Legends roster
Players Coaches
Role Handle Name Nationality
Top  369  Bai Jiahao  China 
Jungle  Karsa  Hung Hao-hsuan  Taiwan 
Mid  knight  Zhuo Ding  China 
Bot  JackeyLove  Yu Wenbo  China 
Bot  Photic  Ying Qishen  China 
Support  yuyanjia  Liang Jiayuan  China 
Support  Zhuo  Wang Xuzhuo  China 
Head coach

Chen "WarHorse" Ju-chih

Assistant coach(es)

Zhao "Tselin" Zelin


Legend
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Substitute player Substitute
  • Injured Injury / Illness

Roster

Tournament results[edit]

Placement Event Final result (W–L)
9th–15th 2017 Demacia Championship 1–2 (against Suning Gaming)
7th 2018 LPL Spring Split (East) 3–16
1st 2018 Xinhua E-Sports Conference 3–1 (against ThunderoBot Gaming)
3rd 2018 LPL Summer Split (West) 10–9
6th 2018 LPL Summer Playoffs 1–3 (against Royal Never Give Up)
2nd NEST 2018 1–2 (against JD Gaming)
2nd 2018 Demacia Cup 1–3 (against Invictus Gaming)
3rd 2019 LPL Spring Split 11–4
4th 2019 LPL Spring Playoffs 1–3 (against FunPlus Phoenix)
5th–8th NEST 2019 1–2 (against Edward Gaming)
2nd Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS 1–3 (against LCK)
2nd 2019 LPL Summer Split 12–3
3rd 2019 LPL Summer Playoffs 3–0 (against Bilibili Gaming)
2nd 2019 LPL Regional Finals 2–3 (against Invictus Gaming)
5th–8th 2019 Demacia Cup 2–3 (against Vici Gaming)
3rd 2020 LPL Scrims League 2–2
4th 2020 LPL Spring Split 11–5
2nd 2020 LPL Spring Playoffs 2–3 (against JD Gaming)
1st 2020 Mid-Season Cup 3–1 (against FunPlus Phoenix)
1st 2020 LPL Summer Split 13–3
1st 2020 LPL Summer Playoffs 3–2 (against JD Gaming)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rand, Emily. "Topsports Gaming take on Invictus Gaming in a matchup that celebrates the strength of the LPL". VPEsports (12 January 2019). Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Torres, Xander (11 January 2019). "League of Legends: Grading the LPL's roster moves". ESPN. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "TOP电子竞技俱乐部——破DAN而生,剑指巅峰". www.weibo.com (in Chinese). Top Esports. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. ^ Long, That (24 December 2017). "DAN GAMING đổi tên thành TOPSPORTS, công bố đội hình với đường giữa Hàn Quốc". EXP.GG Vietnam (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  5. ^ "TOP电子竞技俱乐部(英文名TOPSPORTS Gaming,简写为TOP)将于2019.5.15进行全面品牌升级,正式更名为滔搏电子竞技俱乐部(英文名TOP ESPORTS,简写为TES)". www.weibo.com (in Chinese). Top Esports. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ "TOP电子竞技俱乐部(TOPSPORTS Gaming,简写为TOP)将于2019.5.15进行全面品牌升级,正式更名为滔搏电子竞技俱乐部(TOP ESPORTS,简写为TES),旗下各项目分部将陆续更名". www.twitter.com (in Chinese). Top Esports. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  7. ^ Koyle, Vince (3 April 2020). "Former Invictus Gaming ADC JackeyLove joins Top Esports". Daily Esports. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ Tan, Amanda (3 April 2020). "Former iG bot laner JackeyLove has joined Top Esports". ONE Esports. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  9. ^ Martinello, Eva (24 April 2020). "Top Esports take down Team WE in LPL quarterfinals". Dot Esports. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Top Esports upset Invictus Gaming in LPL semifinals". Field Level Media via Reuters. 26 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ Lupasco, Cristian (2 May 2020). "JD Gaming take down Top Esports to win 2020 LPL Spring Split". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  12. ^ Chen, Ethan (19 May 2020). "Riot Games announces 2020 Mid-Season Streamathon". Daily Esports. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  13. ^ "JD Gaming, Gen.G advance to knockout stage at Mid-Season Cup". Field Level Media via Reuters. 29 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ Rand, Emily (31 May 2020). "Top Esports win first-ever Mid-Season Cup". ESPN. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  15. ^ Kay, Megan (24 August 2020). "JD Gaming vs. Top Esports: Can TES take down the reigning LPL champions?". Dot Esports. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  16. ^ "JD Gaming to meet Top Esports in LPL final". Field Level Media via Reuters. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  17. ^ Loher, Danes (27 August 2020). "Top Esports wins the LPL Summer Finals against JD Gaming 3-2". VPEsports. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  18. ^ Michael, Cale (3 October 2020). "PowerOfEvil talks key takeaways from first loss to Top Esports at Worlds 2020". Dot Esports. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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