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 (LPL)
LocationChina
CEOGuo Hao
Head coachLuo "BSYY" Sheng

Top Esports, previously known as Topsports Gaming, is a professional League of Legends team that competes in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL), the top level of professional League of Legends in China.[1][2] It was founded on 21 December 2017, after the LPL spot of DAN Gaming was acquired.[3][4]

History[edit]

On 21 December 2017, the Topsports Gaming brand was announced, along with the acquisition of DAN Gaming and its LPL spot.[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 7th with an abysmal 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" Jia-Hao, jungler Xiong "Xx" Yu-Long, mid laner Zhuo "Knight" Ding, bot laner Lee "LokeN" Dong-wook, and support Nam "Ben" Dong-hyun. The team finished 3rd 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]

Roster[edit]

Nat. ID Name Role
China 369 Bai Jia-Hao Top Laner
Taiwan Karsa Hung Hao-Hsuan Jungler
China Knight Zhuo Ding Mid Laner
China Photic Ying Qi-Shen Bot Laner
China QiuQiu Zhang Ming Support
China yuyanjia Liang Jia-Yuan Support
China Moyu Xiong Hui-Dong Top Laner (sub.)
China AKi Mao An Jungler (sub.)

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)

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.

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