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LMQ was a Chinese competitive League of Legends team, previously a sister teams to Royal Club. The team moved to North America on December 15th, 2013 and competed in the North American scene. The team previously competed under the name LMQ iBUYPOWER in representation of their former sponsor iBUYPOWER. On December 26th, the team rebranded to Team Impulse.
LMQ was formed in July 2013 after merging portions of the rosters of Team Livemore and Royal Club Tian Ci: Dreams, F1sh, andWayoff from the former; Mor, NoName, TS, XiaoWeiXiao, and PandaB from the latter. LMQ competed in the summer split of the 2013 LPL; despite taking a game off the Season 3 runner-up Royal Club, LMQ finished with a disappointing 8-13 record in sixth place.
In November 2013, after the Season 3 World Championship, F1sh and PandaB moved to LMQ's sister team, Royal Club. At that month's National Electronic Sports Tournament, LMQ went 2-1 in the tournament's group stage after downing CC Club and Team WE Academy while falling to the parent Team WE. In the bracket stage, LMQ lost 1-2 to the tournament favorite and eventual winner OMG, but rebounded in a 2-0 victory against Royal Club in the third place match.
On December 15th, 2013, LMQ left its parent organization Tian Ci and obtained a new sponsor in iBUYPOWER. With the assistance of its new sponsor, LMQ moved to North America to take advantage of the superior esports infrastructure. At this point, Dreams and Wayoff left the team, to be replaced by Royal Club top laner GoDlike, who renamed to ackerman.
In January 2014, LMQ made their way atop the North American 5v5 Challenger tier and earned an invite to the official Riot-sponsored Challenger Series, also known as the Coke League. In their North American debut, LMQ went 8-0 and beat compLexity.Black 2-0 in the finals. By finishing first, LMQ received 9 Challenger Series Points and earned a berth in the second series. There, in March, LMQ went 4-1 on their way to a 2-0 win in the finals against Cloud 9 Tempest, thus clinching the top overall seed in the Challenger Series playoffs to be held later in the season.
While competing in the second Challenger Series, LMQ was also offered an invite to the North American Challenger League (NACL) Season 2 Qualifiers, where they went undefeated and secured a spot in the league. During the league's regular season, LMQ went 18-4 without a losing record against any team. During the March playoffs, LMQ defeated Cloud 9 Tempest 2-1 in the semifinals and moved on to face Team 8 in the tournament's grand finals. LMQ won the final series 3-1 and became NACL champions.
After having secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Challenger Series playoffs due to their tremendous amount of points accumulated from both Challenger Series, LMQ went on to defeatCurse Academy in a 2-0 victory sending them to the finals against the tough Cloud 9 Tempest. After an initial loss in the best of five series, LMQ came back winning two in a row to make the series 2-1. Cloud 9 Tempest however, bounced back in game four to tie up the series 2-2. After a very low-kill game game five, Cloud 9 Tempest attempt to make a pick, but instead gets nearly aced and losing the game to LMQ. LMQ left the Challenger Series playoffs with a 5-2 record and went home with the grand prize of $16,000.
In April 2014, LMQ secured a spot for the 2014 NA LCS Summer Split after beating XDG Gaming 3-0 in the 2014 Season Summer Promotion Tournament.
On December 26th, LMQ announced a rebranding as Team Impulse. See the team's following history there.
- Rumor has it that "LMQ" means "Lan Mei Qi", which is the name of the mistress of LMQ's founder, entrepreneur Tian Ci.
- July 5th, Tian Ci acquires the Livemore and Royal Club Tian Ci roster and forms LMQ Tian Ci. Dreams, Mor, NoName, Wayoff, F1sh, TS, XiaoWeiXiao and PandaB join.
- November 2nd, F1sh and PandaB leave.
- November 10th, 3rd place at National Electronic Sports Tournament
- December 15th, LMQ moves to North America. Dreams and Wayoff leave. GoDlike (now ackerman) joins.
- December 17th, iBUYPOWER sponsors LMQ.
|Rush||Lee Yoon-jae||Jungle||Team Impulse|
|XiaoWeiXiao||Yu Xian (余显)||Mid||Team Impulse|
|Adrian||Adrian Ma||Support||Team Impulse|
|Mor||Zhang Hong-Wei (张洪伟)||Support||Qiao Gu Reapers|
|LanJJ||Liao Jie-Jun (廖梓俊)||Sub/Mid|
|ackerman||Xiao Wang (肖旺)||Top||Star Horn Royal Club|
|Vasilii||Li Wei-Jun (李威俊)||AD||Vici Stand Gaming|
|PtotheD||Zhang Yi (張藝)||Sub/Jungle||Team Curse|
|Dreams||Yao Yuan (姚远)||Top||Royal Club|
|Wayoff||Song Lei (宋磊)||Sub||Gamefy|
|F1sh||Yu Rui (喻瑞)||AD||Royal Club|
|PandaB||Zhang Jia-Zhi (张家志)||Support||Royal Club|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
|Superrrman||Xiang 'Alex' Gu||General Manager||Team Impulse|
|Fly||Kim Sang-chul (김상철)||Head Coach||Team Impulse|
|eNO||Li Yande||Chief Executive Officer||DetonatioN FocusMe|
|impulsive_st||Derrick Truong||Marketing Manager|
|ZhuangPeng||Peter Zhang (庄鹏)||Manager|
|PtotheD||Zhang Yi (張藝)||Head Coach||Team Curse|
|Sharon||Xiaowei Li||Team Manager|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2014-09-28||12 - 13th||2014 Season World Championship||2 : 4||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 35,000|
|2014-08-31||3rd||2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 2||Team Curse||$ 15,000|
|2014-08-03||2nd||2014 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||18 : 10||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2014-04-26||Q||2014 NA LCS Summer Promotion||3 : 0||XDG Gaming|
|2014-04-13||1st||2014 NA Spring Challenger Series Playoffs||3 : 2||Cloud9 Tempest||$ 16,000|
|2014-03-30||1st||2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #2||2 : 0||Cloud9 Tempest||$ 6,000|
|2014-03-26||1st||North American Challenger League Season 2||3 : 1||Team 8||$ 8,000|
|2014-02-16||1st||2014 NA Spring Challenger Series #1||2 : 0||compLexity.Black||$ 6,000|
|2013-11-10||3rd||National Electronic Sports Tournament 2013||2 : 0||Royal Club||￥ 50,000|
|2013-09-01||6th||2013 LPL Summer Regular Season||8 : 13||Group Stage (W/L)||￥ 100,000|
|In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments|
|2014-03-16||1st||NA Challenger Series #2||3 : 1||vVv Gaming||$ 350|
|2014-02-23||1st||NA Challenger Series #1||3 : 0||Team LoLPro||$ 350|
|2014-02-02||1st||Razer League of Legends Clash||2 : 0||compLexity Academy||$ 500|
|2014-01-30||1st||ROCCAT King of the Hill 2013-2014 Week 6||2 : 0||vVv Gaming White||$ 1,000|
|2014-01-05||1st||CLG Camp Tournament||2 : 0||CLG Camp||$ 1,000|
- April 29th - LMQ辟谣：不存在财政问题 欲引进Uzi (Chinese) (English) with duowan
- May 25th - Sharon Li, LMQ Manager, talks about LMQ's transition to the NA scene (video) with onGamers
- May 25th - Interview with CEO of LMQ and Royal: "I would like to bring two more Chinese pros to LMQ" with onGamers
- December 23rd - We are team LMQ iBUYPOWER AMA! with Reddit
- September 12th - Breaking down Group C - from LoL Esports
- September 13th - World Championship Preview: LMQ – The American Dream (Group C) - from Cloth5
- September 23rd - League of Legends World Championship Preview – Group C - from Azubu
- October 2nd - Worlds Group C Statistics: The Numbers Behind the Group of Death - from Cloth5
- Chinese professional LoL team LMQ Tian Ci moves to NA with new title sponsor iBUYPOWER ongamers.com
- Alex Gu's tweet twitter.com
- LMQ iBuyPower Parts Ways with Sharon and LoLClass ongamers.com
- LMQ PtotheD's Reddit post reddit.com
- LMQ picks up Jin Air Coach "Fly" ongamers.com
- LMQ announces departure of Vasilii, ackerman, NoName; negotiations ongoing with Mor ongamers.com
- Alex Gu's Tweet twitter.com
- Alex Gu's Tweet twitter.com