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Xpecial
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Background Information
Name: Alex Chu
Country of Birth: United States
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Birthday: August 12, 1992 (1992-08-12) (age 25)
Residency:
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North America
Competitive
Team: Phoenix 1
Role: Support
Favorite champions:     
Alternate IDs: Xpecíal (EU-W), TSM Xpec, Crs Xpecial, TL Xpecial
Nicknames: Radish, Hamster One, Xpecial-ed
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (NA)
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Team History
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??? 2010 - ??? 2010
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??? 2010 - Apr 2011
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Apr 2011 - May 2014
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May 2014 - Jan 2015
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Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
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Jan 2016 - Sep 2016
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Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
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Jun 2016 - Sep 2016
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Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
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Jun 2017 - Present
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Alex "Xpecial" Chu is the support for Phoenix 1.

Biography

Xpecial hails from Temple City, California in the USA. He began his pro gaming career in many different MMOs as well as being involved in the DOTA pro scene, as it died out he moved onto League of Legends. He became well-known in the League of Legends community as the support player for Team SoloMid, part of the original roster that moved into a gaming house in New York. Along with his teammates, he streamed regularly with commentary and created regular vlogs, earning him a large fan base.

In May 4th 2014, it was announced that Xpecial had been benched from TSM, and later that same day he was picked up by Team Curse. Xpecial played in the 2014 LCS Summer Split with Curse and is currently their starting support.

On November 24th, Xpecial appeared on the show Summoning Insight and discussed his time on TSM and Curse.[1]

2015 Season

Prior to the start of the spring LCS split, Team Curse merged with the Team Liquid organization and rebranded under the name Team Liquid. After a few swaps between Keith and Piglet as their AD carry, the team ended the season with a 9-9 record and qualified for playoffs with the sixth seed after defeating Team 8 in a tiebreaker game. In the playoffs, Liquid beat CLG 3-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to Cloud9 3-2 in the semifinals; in the third-place match, Liquid finally broke the "fourth-place curse" that stopped them from placing higher than fourth place in any event that had persisted since they were Team Curse and took down Team Impulse 3-2.

Team Liquid finished the summer split round robin in first place after winning a tiebreaker match over Counter Logic Gaming - the first team other than TSM or Cloud9 to place first in an NA LCS round robin. However, in the playoffs, they lost immediately in the semifinals to TSM, making them also the first team to finish first in an NA LCS round robin but not make the playoff finals. A CLG victory over TSM in the playoff finals sent Team Liquid to the regional finals instead of giving them a direct seed to Worlds via Championship Points, and in the gauntlet they lost to underdogs Cloud9, ending their post-season abruptly.

2016 Preseason

In September 2015, Xpecial released a vlog confirming that he would be leaving Team Liquid.[2] His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent.[3] In his free agency announcement, he stated that he had played briefly with Cloud9's new Challenger team but that it hadn't worked out.[4] He later announced that he would not be playing on any LCS team for the next LCS split but that he still intended to continue competing.[5]

2016 Season

After his attempts to join an LCS team for the 2016 season were unsuccessful, Xpecial joined new NACS team Apex Gaming.[6]

Apex won both the regular season of NACS and the playoffs, using both Eve and Shrimp actively in the jungle. In the promotion tournament, they were seeded first against the ninth-place Team Impulse, to whom they lost, and then against second place Challenger team Team Dragon Knights, a rematch of the Challenger Series finals. This time, they didn't even drop one game against TDK and qualified successfully for the LCS summer split.

Trivia

  • He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds[7] before joining Team SoloMid as their replacement for Feedfest.
  • Was for a while the quietest member of Team SoloMid. TheOddOne and Chaox repeatedly referred to Xpecial as "Hamster."
  • Despite filling his team's role as Support, he is a very skilled Solo Queue AP player, and has even outlaned Reginald on several occasions.
  • Can box better than former AD carry Chaox. [8]
  • Played three toplane practice games against Dyrus at IGN Proleague Season 4 - Las Vegas and won all of them.
  • His parents own a vegetarian restaurant.
  • Played AP  Tristana a lot while moving up through the solo queue ladder.
  • His rune pages on his North American account "Xpecial" are all named after Taylor Swift songs.
  • Was for a time considered the best Support in North America by then-Counter Logic Gaming's AD Carry Doublelift.
  • One of five players to have qualified for all of the first three World Championships, along with Dyrus, Reginald, TheOddOne and, YellOwStaR.
  • Was the first player in the LCS to reach 1000 career assists.

Current Season Statistics

NA LCS 2016 Summer Statistics
C G W L WR K D A KDA CS CSPM G GPM
16 7 9 43.8 0.44 2.75 9.06 3.45 54 1.4 10.12k 262
12 9 3 75 0.33 2.92 10.17 3.60 38.67 0.99 10.43k 267
7 1 6 14.3 0.14 2.86 5 1.80 15.57 0.45 8.09k 231
3 2 1 66.7 1.33 2.33 12.67 6.00 52 1.44 10.1k 279
2 1 1 50 2 3.5 9.5 3.29 56.5 1.34 11.05k 263
2 1 1 50 0.5 0.5 9 19.00 22.5 0.61 9.75k 266
1 0 1 0 0 1 4 4.00 16 0.59 6k 221
1 0 1 0 0 6 6 1.00 22 0.66 9k 268
1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1.00 27 1.28 4.9k 232
1 0 1 0 1 4 9 2.50 99 1.76 16.2k 288
Net: 46 21 25 45.7 0.5 2.76 8.63 3.31 41.63 1.1 9.82k 260
Click here for full 2016 season statistics.

Achievements

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  • 2015
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  • 2012
  • 2011
2016
Date Event Result
2016-03-16 2016 NA Challenger Series Spring Playoffs
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Apex Gaming 
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3 : 1
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 Team Dragon Knights
2015
Date Event Result
2015-08-31 2015 Season North America Regional Finals
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Team Liquid 
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1 : 3
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 Cloud9
2015-08-22 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs
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Team Liquid 
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3 : 1
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 Team Impulse
2015-04-18 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs
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Team Liquid 
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3 : 2
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 Team Impulse
2014
Date Event Result
2014-08-31 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs
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Team Curse 
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2 : 3
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 LMQ
2014-04-20 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 3
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 Cloud9
2013
Date Event Result
2013-09-02 LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 3
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 Cloud9
2013-05-26 All-Star Shanghai 2013
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North America LCS 
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0 : 2
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 Korea Champions
2013-05-26 Bottom Lane Skill Competition - All-Star Shanghai 2013
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Doublelift/Xpecial
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  PraY/Madlife
2013-04-28 LCS North America Season 3 Spring Playoffs
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Team SoloMid 
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3 : 2
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 Good Game University
2012
Date Event Result
2012-12-16 SoloMid Series - Finals
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 3
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 Team FeaR
2012-12-09 SoloMid Series - Week 6
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 1
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 Team Curse
2012-10-28 SoloMid Series - Week 2
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 Orbit Gaming
2012-10-21 SoloMid Series - Week 1
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 1
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 Orbit Gaming
2012-09-23 Solomid NA Invitational 10
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 Monomaniac Ferus
2012-09-10 Solomid NA Invitational 8
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Team SoloMid 
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W : FF
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 Team Curse
2012-09-02 Season Two North American Regional Finals
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 Team Dignitas
2012-08-19 Solomid NA Invitational 7
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 2
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 Team Curse
2012-08-12 IPL Face Off: San Francisco Showdown
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Team SoloMid 
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3 : 0
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 Team Curse
2012-08-08 Solomid NA Invitational 6
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 mTw North America
2012-08-05 MLG Summer Arena
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 Azubu Blaze
2012-07-29 Solomid NA Invitational 5
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 2
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 mTw North America
2012-07-17 Elite of Europe
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 2
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 Moscow Five
2012-07-08 Solomid NA Invitational 4
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 mTw North America
2012-06-17 GIGABYTE Esports LAN
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 CLG Black
2012-06-03 Reign of Gaming International Invitational
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 1
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 Epik Gamer
2012-05-28 Solomid NA Tournament Circuit
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Team SoloMid 
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4 : 2
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 Team Dynamic
2012-04-08 IGN Proleague Season 4 - Las Vegas
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 Counter Logic Gaming
2012-04-01 Leaguecraft ggClassic
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 0
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 4Not.Fire
2012-03-16 Fatal1ty Gaming Gear League of Legends Tournament
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Team SoloMid 
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2 : 1
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 Just Your Average Joes
2012-01-22 IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 2
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 Moscow Five
2011
Date Event Result
2011-12-19 National ESL Premier League Season 2
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 Team Curse
2011-12-11 2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals
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Chicks Dig Elo 
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2 : 1 exGameburg Team
2011-11-20 2011 MLG Providence
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Team SoloMid 
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4 : 2
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 Epik Gamer
2011-10-09 IGN Proleague Season 3 - Atlantic City
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 Counter Logic Gaming
2011-09-24 Sound Blaster Nations Championship
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Team USA 0 : 2 Team Canada
2011-09-11 Newegg Summer Wanfest 2011
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Team SoloMid 
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0 : 2
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 Team Curse
2011-08-21 IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 2
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 Counter Logic Gaming
2011-06-20 Riot Season 1 Championship
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Team SoloMid 
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 Epik Gamer
2011-05 Go4LoL 2011 May Monthly Finals
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 0
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 unRestricted eSports
2011-04 Go4LoL 2011 April Monthly Finals
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Team SoloMid 
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1 : 0
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References

  1. 'Summoning Insight' Episode 30, with special guest Xpecial youtube.com
  2. TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  3. Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
  4. Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
  5. Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future youtube.com
  6. Saintvicious's Twitlonger twitlonger.com
  7. Defy All Odds Team History nationalesl.com
  8. AD carry VS support round 2 "youtube.com"


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