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Team 8
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Team Information
Location: North America
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Coaches: Chad "HISTORY TEACHER" Smeltz
Analysts: Matthew Schmeider
Linden "CheesedBeluga" Schwark
Managers: Eric "LovePentaKills" Ma
Team Captain: Kang "Dodo8" Jun-hyeok
Website: http://www.team-8.net/
Sponsor(s): CyberPowerPC
Corsair Gaming
Facebook: Team 8
Team Subreddit: /r/Team8
Twitter: Team8Gaming
History
Created: 2013-12-26
Disbanded: 2015-10-07
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Team 8 is a North America based team founded in December of 2013. The team currently resides in their gaming house located in Southern California has been there since the creation of the team.

History

2014 Preseason and Formation

Team 8 was formed on December 26th, 2013 by RicheRich, Guess8, chu8, Slooshi, and Dodo8. Soon after its formation, the team placed second in the Razer League of Legends Holiday Bash, losing to Team LoLPro. On January 17th, RicheRich left the team.

2014 Season

On February 17th, frommaplestreet and CaliforniaTrlolz joined the roster, and chu8 became a sub. It was with this lineup that Team 8 rose to prominence in the North American Challenger scene and eventually made the LCS.

In the first spring series of the NA Challenger Series, Team 8 qualified for the play-in but were defeated in the first round by vVv Gaming Red. In the second spring series, they qualified in the play-in, beating Kings of Tilt to face LMQ in the quarterfinals. They were defeated 2-1, leaving them without enough points to play in the playoffs for a slot in the summer promotion tournament.

Despite their inability to qualify for the 2014 LCS, the team stayed together and played in the Challenger Series once again; however, once again they were defeated in the first round of the play-in for the first summer series, this time to Necrofantasian. Finally, in the second summer series, Team 8 went all the way through the bracket, placing third in a 2-1 victory over LoL Pro for the third-place spot.

Concurrently with their less-than-stellar NACS performance, Team 8 gained attention in the North American Challenger scene for their performances in other Challenger scene events, winning the Black Monster Cup once, the Lone Star Clash 3, and then the Black Monster Cup a second time. Impressively, they finished second in the NACL Season 2, losing 3-1 to LMQ in the finals -- a team that seemed unbeatable in the Challenger scene at the time.

The second Riot-sponsored NACS Summer Series result placed Team 8 fourth in points overall in the NACS Summer Playoffs, and they were finally able to find success in a Riot-sponsored tournament, beating XDG Gaming, Team Coast, and Curse Academy to win the tournament and qualify for a spot at the 2015 LCS Spring Promotion Tournament. In the promotion tournament, Team 8 defeated compLexity 3-2 and qualified for the LCS.

After the promotion tournament, CaliTrlolz announced he would be stepping down from the team because he was unable to delay entrance to pharmaceutical school. However, he was successfully able to petition his school to delay for a year with the support of the community and remain on the team to play in the LCS.[1][2]

2015 Season

In February 2015, an article revealed that co-owner Sam Wang was also the owner of an Elo boosting website.[3] Two days later, he stepped down from his position as co-owner.[4]

In the spring split of the 2015 LCS, Team 8 initially slipped into ninth place after the fifth week. After a more successful end to the season, however, they climbed into a tie for the final playoff spot, but lost the tiebreaker to Team Liquid and settled into seventh with a 9-9 record. In the summer season, Slooshi temporarily left the team after the third week for personal reasons and was replaced by Goldenglue. Team 8 once again finished the regular season tied for seventh; however, this time, they lost to Cloud9 and were sent to the 2016 Spring Promotion Tournament. They chose Team Imagine as their Challenger opponent and beat them 3-1 to stay in the LCS for the spring season. After their victory, the team announced that Goldenglue would be their starting mid laner in the 2016 season.[5]

2016 Preseason

In October 2015, Team 8 was bought out by a new esports organization called Immortals. See the continuation of their history there.[6]

Timeline

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Player Roster

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
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PorpoisePops Braeden Schwark 02 Jungle
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 Immortals
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goldenglue Greyson Gilmer 03 Mid
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 Immortals
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Nien Zach Malhas 04 AD
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 Immortals
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Dodo8 Kang Jun-hyeok (강준혁) 05 Support
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 Immortals
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BrandonFtw Brandon Chen 06 Sub/Top
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 Top Dog Gaming
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CheeseBeluga Linden Schwark 07 Sub/Jungle
None
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Alex Ich Alexey Ichetovkin 08 Sub/Mid
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 Renegades
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maplestreet Ainslie Wyllie 09 Sub/AD
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 Renegades
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Slooshi Andrew Pham 08 Sub/Mid
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 Top Dog Gaming
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CaliTrlolz Steven Kim 01 Top
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 Retired
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Guess8 Phalamony Lee 02 Jungle
None
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Chu8 Jae Hyung Park 11 Sub
None
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RicheRich Brian Nguyen 01 Top
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 COGnitive Gaming

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
CaliTrlolz 18
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18
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0 36 36



PorpoisePops 18
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18
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0 36 36



Slooshi 18
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6
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0 24 24



frommaplestreet 28
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18
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2
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0 48 48



Dodo8 18
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18
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Nientonsoh 18
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28
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28
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4
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16
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0 94 94



goldenglue 6
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12
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5
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0 23 23



For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.

Organization

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
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LovePentaKills Eric Ma Owner/Manager
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 Phoenix1
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HISTORY TEACHER Chad Smeltz 11 Head Coach
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 Immortals
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Matthew Schmieder Head Analyst
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 Team Frostbite
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CheesedBeluga Linden Schwark 11 Analyst
None
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Elbion Josh Tuffs Analyst
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 The Chiefs eSports Club
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HermesTheTurtle David Tu Analyst
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 Renegades
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Sam Wang Co-Owner
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Decixx Spencer McKivigan Owner
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Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-09-06
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I1Q 2016 NA LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 1
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 Team Imagine
2015-07-26
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A88th 2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 6 : 12
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Group Stage (W/L)
2015-03-29
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A77th 2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 9 : 9
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Group Stage (W/L)
2014-09-11
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I1Q 2015 NA LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 2
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 compLexity Gaming
2014-08-24
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A11st 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer Playoffs 3 : 1
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 Curse Academy
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2014-08-01
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A33rd 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer #2 2 : 1
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 Team LoLPro
$ 3,000
2014-03-26
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A22nd NACL Season 2 1 : 3
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 LMQ
$ 5,000
2014-03-08
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A55 - 8th 2014 NA Challenger Series Spring #2 1 : 2
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 LMQ
$ 1,250
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-10-27 A44th 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Fall 0 : 2
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 Zenith eSports
$ 750
2014-09-28 A22nd National ESL Pro Series Season X 1 : 2
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 Team Coast
$ 3,200
2014-06-11 A11st 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Summer 2 : 1
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 Frank Fang Gaming
$ 7,500
2014-05-04 A11st Lone Star Clash 3 3 : 2
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 Cloud9 Tempest
$ 10,000
2014-04-20 A11st 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Spring 2 : 1
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 COGnitive Gaming
$ 5,000
2013-12-29 A22nd Razer League of Legends Holiday Bash 0 : 2
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 Team LoLPro
$ 1,250
In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-07-11 A11st ROCCAT King of the Hill 2013-2014 Week 12 2 : 0
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 Team LoLPro
$ 1,000
2014-04-23 A11st National ESL Premier League Season VIII 2 : 0
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 Frank Fang Gaming
$ 2,000
2014-04-07 A11st 2014 BMC NA Spring Qualifier #4 2 : 0
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 Parabellum Esports
$ 750

Highlight Videos

Interviews

  • 2014

Articles

  • 2015

Other Content

  • 2015

See Also

External Links

References

  1. CaliTrlolz's Reddit Post reddit.com
  2. CaliTrlolz's Twitter Post twitter.com
  3. Team 8 Co-Owner found atop an Elo Boosting Rig esportsheaven.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Team 8 Parts With Co-owner Sam Wang team-8.net
  5. 5.0 5.1 Slooshi to sub, Goldenglue to start for T8 in 2016 team-8.net
  6. Immortals's tweet twitter.com
  7. Alex Ich Joins Team 8 As Sub team-8.net
  8. Team 8 Welcomes History Teacher and Nien team-8.net
  9. Team 8 Welcomes goldenglue team-8.net
  10. Immortals's tweet twitter.com
  11. Player jumps ship - Team 8 forced to forfeit Coke Zero altgg.com
  12. Frommaplestreet and Californiatrlolz join Team 8 altgg.com
  13. GAMDIAS' Twitter post twitter.com