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Taipei Assassins, or TPA, is a competitive League of Legends team based in Taiwan. After their victory at the Season 2 World Championship, TPA was hailed as one of the strongest teams worldwide. Taipei Assassins is the sister team of Taipei Snipers.
Formation of Team FTW
While playing in the League of Legends ranked solo queue ladder, AD Carry MiSTakE met and befriended Stanley, a Top lane player. Shortly after connecting, their mutual friend colalin introduced to them to NeXAbc and former Counter Logic Gaming player Lilballz. Together with mid laner A8000, they formed Team For the Win (FTW), with MiSTakE as team captain.
Team For the Win's first event was Garena's G1 eSports competition. At the tournament, Team FTW took first place ahead of 150 other teams to qualify for the 2011 World Cyber Games.
At the 2011 World Cyber Games, Team For the Win was unable to make it through the group stage. The top two teams from each group would advance, but with a third place TPA was unable to qualify. They posted a 2-2 record after defeating Team Jantelaget and Orange eSports and losing to NaJin e-mFire and Millenium. Mid laner A8000 left the team after the event.
Acquisition of Team For the Win
Despite early elimination at the 2011 World Cyber Games, online game distribution company Garena took notice of Team FTW's strong performance and offered to become the official sponsor of the team. On March 9th of 2012, Garena acquired the roster of Team For the Win and renamed them "Taipei Assassins".
Approximately one month after official sponsorship by Garena, the Taipei Assassins underwent several roster changes. The Taiwanese team first welcomed two new players into their lineup, AD carry bebeisadog and mid laner Toyz. After the addition of these two new players, support player colalin and former starting mid laner NeXAbc became substitutes. The team captain, MiSTakE, transitioned from AD carry to support.
On July 15th, 2012, Taipei Assassins took first place at the IGN ProLeague Season 5 Taiwanese Qualifiers. In the group stage, Taipei Assassins took first, going 3-0 by defeating AllLaneCarry, TimeToTerminate, and HaNa. In the offline playoffs of the qualifiers, Taipei Assassins went undefeated, taking out WhyTrollMe 2-0 in the semifinals and Corsair 2-0 in the grand finals to take first place.
Taipei Assassins competed in the Season Two Regionals in Taipei. In the Round of 32 group stage, Taipei Assassins took first place in their group, going 3-0 by defeating 301英雄聯盟, TeamMarlboroClassicS, and TheCradleOfVictory. Advancing to the Round of 8 group stage, Taipei Assassins once again went undefeated, going 3-0 and taking first in their group, defeating AllLaneCarry, 皮卡丘打毛線, and TheoryOfEvolution. In the playoffs, Taipei Assassins took out MksZ 2-0 in the semifinals and then played a show match with the visiting CLG EU, which they lost. The Assassins continued their streak and defeated Corsair 2-0 in the grand finals, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles.
Taipei Assassins participated in the Season 2 World Championship held from October 4th to October 13th of 2012 in Los Angeles. Of the five regional champions (Team SoloMid, Moscow Five, Team WE, Taipei Assassins, and Azubu Frost), four teams, including TPA, were given a free pass out of the group stage based on a random drawing. In the quarterfinals, TPA faced off against Korean team NaJin Sword. Despite being underdogs after NaJin Sword's strong group stage showing, the Assassins were able to come out with a victory, winning both games in dominant fashion. They advanced to the semifinals against heavy tournament favorites Moscow Five. Alex Ich's Evelynn play caught TPA off guard in the first contest and put Moscow Five one game up in the series, but TPA rallied and took the next two games to beat the Russian powerhouse and earned a spot in the grand finals opposite Azubu Frost. The Assassins once again dropped the first game in the set, but Frost folded under TPA's stellar coordination and relentless pressure throughout the next three games. TPA's 3-1 win over Frost not only gave them the world championship and the million-dollar grand prize, but also the honor of being the first team to have their names engraved on the Summoner's Cup (which had not been introduced the previous year, when Fnatic had become the very first League world champion.) Their win was also celebrated not only as Taiwan's greatest moment in competitive League of Legends but as the country's greatest moment in any e-Sport.  As is now customary for world champion teams, Riot designed and released a set of TPA-themed skins for each of the champions they played in the deciding Game Four of the grand finals - Orianna (Toyz), Ezreal (Bebe), Shen (Stanley), Dr. Mundo (Lilballz) and Nunu (Mistake).
Shortly after the conclusion of Season 2, TPA announced the addition of two more players onto their roster. Zonda was brought in as a substitute for top lane while GoDJJ joined as a second AD player; the changes suggested the formation of a second squad under the organization in the near future.
Taipei Assassins attended the 2012 GPL Season 1 playoffs on November 17th in Singapore. They were seeded directly into the finals of the three team tournament, being the number one seed holding a 38-2 record throughout the regular season. The Singapore Sentinels managed to defeat Saigon Jokers in the semi-finals, setting the stage for a showdown betweem the two strongest teams in the GPL. TPA managed to take the first two games without much trouble, with Stanley constantly split pushing and outmaneuvering the opposition. SGS pulled out an interesting shield strategy in Game 3, with Chawy on Karma in mid lane. The strategy caught TPA off guard, and SGS managed to end the game in a rout of the Taiwanese squad. The Sentinels attempted a similar strategy in Game 4, again acquiring a large advantage early game. However, Toyz turned the tide of the game with a spot-on Orianna ultimate during a close Dragon fight, which decimated SGS and their chances at the title. In the end, Taipei Assassins secured 1st place at the event, going 3-1 and taking home the championship ring.
On November 29th and December 2nd, the Assassins competed in IPL 5 in Las Vegas. During the group stages, TPA defeated the Thailand hopefuls Blackbean, giving Bebe one of the three penta kills in the tournament. Later TPA went against Moscow 5 in a rematch of the Season 2 World Championship semi-finals. Stanley on Rengar ran rampant on the Russian squad, advancing the Assassins 2-0 into the playoffs. TPA faced a massive upset in Round 2 against FnaticRC, falling 0-2 into the losers bracket. There the Taiwanese team would sweep two series against the Singapore Sentinels and Curse Gaming. Coming into Round 4, the Assassins faced CLG EU. The Europeans won a fast-paced opener and held a clear advantage throughout most of the second game. However, after Bebe finished his core build on Caitlyn, TPA managed to take a team fight and the game. In game 3 the Assassins again prevailed in a long drawn out game, eliminating CLG EU from the IPL 5. TPA then defeated M5 2-0, making it their fifth consecutive win against the Russian team. In the semi-finals TPA was once again outmaneuvered and overrun by FnaticRC, falling 0-2. Taipei Assassins took 3rd place at the event with $7,500 in winnings.
After winning 2012's GPL (the SEA equivalent of the LCS), TPA was invited to the 2013 Spring and Summer split of the GPL.
On January 10th, TPA was invited to participate in the GIGABYTE StarsWar League (Season 2). TPA had a good performance in the group stage, going 3-1-1, winning against Positive Energy, LGD Gaming, and Royal Club Huang Zu, while tying against Najin Sword and losing to MVP Ozone. However, they showed a disappointing 2-0 loss against Chinese powerhouse Team WE, and a surprising loss to amateur team Positive Energy, especially after their 2-0 victory against them in the group stage. This unfortunate outcome was directly linked by many people to Lilballz's inability to adapt to the Season 3 jungle meta. TPA eventually finished the Spring Split of the GPL 27-1, losing only 1 game to SGS, which people again linked directly to Lilballz.
On May 18th, TPA was invited to play in the NVIDIA Game Festival 2013. As a result of TPA losing 1-0 to Royal Club Huang Zu, TPA decided to start tryouts for new positions for their jungler (to replace Lilballz), although the decision was somewhat indecisive. TPA would, however, pull out a surprising 2-1 victory against OMG, one of the strongest Chinese teams, showing that TPA was still a strong team, despite a recent slump. This eventually led to the decision that Lilballz was to be replaced by their new jungler Sarsky. Since IPL 5, TPA was in the doldrums. Therefore, the team desired to win tournaments, so lots of pressure was made and led to the team playing under a bad atmosphere.
After TPA showing some bad results againts teams in 2013 GPL Summer, Garena announced that Stanley was released from TPA and Toyz retired from competitive League of Legends on June 30th, 2013. At the same time, Jay and Achie join TPA to solve the roster vacancy.
TPA lost the chance to go to the Season 3 World Championship after they lost 0-2 vs. Gamania Bears in the lower bracket of the S3 Taipei Qualifiers.
- March 9th, Taipei Assassins acquires roster of For The Win . MiSTakE, Stanley, colalin, Lilballz and NeXAbc join.
- To read about For The Win history (September 2011 - March 2012), click here.
- April 23rd, bebeisadog and Toyz officially join.
- July 15th, 1st place in IPL5 Taiwanese Qualifiers.
- September 1st, 1st place at Season Two Taiwanese Regional Finals.
- October 13th, 1st place at Season 2 World Championship.
- October 19th, GoDJJ and Zonda join.
- November 11th, Erica "Erika" Tseng steps down from manager position.
- November 17th, 1st place at 2012 GPL Season 1.
- December 2nd, 3rd place at IPL 5.
- January 3rd, DinTer joins. Toyz becomes new team captain. Former team captain MiSTakE, GoDJJ, NeXAbc, Zonda, and colalin leave Taipei Assassins to form sister team Taipei Snipers.
- March 7th, Azubu announced to sponsor Taipei Assassins, they will play under the name Azubu Taipei Assassins.
- May 8th, Fluidwind joins for tactical analysis. 
- June 5th, Sarsky joins.  Lilballz moves to substitute.
- June 30th, Stanley is released from Taipei Assassins while Toyz retires, Jay and Achie join. bebe becomes the new team captain and moves to Top lane as well as DinTer moves to AD position.
- August 12th, 3rd place at 2013 GPL Summer.
- August 29th, 2nd Place at 2013 GPL Championship.
- September 11th, Morning joins. bebe moves back to AD. DinTer moves to substitute.
- October 11th, Lilballz retires.
- January 11th, 1st place at 2014 GPL Winter.
- January 27th, Sarsky leaves.
- March 15th, 5th-6th place at IEM Season VIII - World Championship.
- April 6th, 1st place at 2014 GPL Spring.
- April 23rd, DinTer becomes a sub, while Winds joins.
- April 30th, Chawy joins.
- June 19th, DinTer and Fluidwind leave.
- July 5th, Sim Sung-soo joins as the head coach.
- August 16th, 1st place at 2014 GPL Summer.
- November 6th, Bebe retires.
- November 13th, Lupin joins. Morning moves to Top lane. Chawy moves to starting Mid lane. Achie becomes a substitute.
- December 12th, Qualified for IEM Season IX - Taipei.
- January 30th, 2nd place at IEM Season IX - Taipei.
- February 25th, Achie leaves.
- April 11th, 3rd place at 2015 LMS Spring Playoffs.
- April 14th, DonSan leaves.
- May 15th, Winds retires and becomes an Analyst/Scout. Domo, Pony and Yue join.
- June 19th, REFRA1N joins as the starting jungler. Domo becomes the coach.
- August 5th, Taipei Assassins cooperates with professional baseball team, EDA Rhinos.
- August (approx.), Chawy is banned from competitive play for six months for Elo boosting. Morning moves to the midlane. Yue moves to starting toplaner.
- August 15th, 3rd-4th place at 2015 Season Taiwan Regional Finals.
- October 31st, Chawy's contract ends. Chawy leaves.
- November 27th, BeBe rejoins. FoFo and Lilv join. Lupin and Pony leave.
- November 28th, Polo leaves.
- January 5th, Achie joins.
- January 13th, the ownership of Taipei Assassins is transferred from Garena to Liu "Retty" Chia-Chu.
- February, Lilv moves to second team, Taipei Berserkers.
- March, Yue moves to Taipei Berserkers.
- April 19th, roster is acquired by J Gaming.
- Morning, Top.
- REFRA1N, Jungle.
- FoFo, Mid.
- BeBe, AD.
- Jay, Support.
- Achie, Sub/Mid.
- Yue, Top.
- Lilv, AD.
- Pony, Sub/Jungle.
- Lupin, AD. Nationality: kr.
- Chawy, Mid.
- Domo, Jungle.
- Winds, Jungle.
- DonSan, Sub/Mid. Nationality: tw.
- DinTer, Sub/Jungle.
- Sarsky, Jungle.
- Lilballz, Jungle.
- Stanley, Top.
- Toyz, Mid.
- MiSTakE, Support.
- colalin, Sub/Support. Nationality: tw.
- NeXAbc, Sub/AP.
- GoDJJ, Sub/AD.
- Zonda, Sub/Top.
|- | | Quaker |Quaker Liu (劉俊宏) |Manager | J Team
- Winds, Analyst/Scout.
|- | | Polo |Wu Ching-Chen (吳敬晨) |Head Manager | J Team
- Fluidwind, Coach.
|- | | Erika |Erica Tseng |Manager | Riot Games Inc.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-04-15||4th||2016 LMS Spring Playoffs||2 : 3||Machi E-Sports||NT$ 200,000|
|2016-03-27||3rd||2016 LMS Spring Season||7-4-3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-08-14||3 - 4th||2015 Season Taiwan Regional Finals||2 : 3||Hong Kong Esports|
|2015-07-12||5th||2015 LMS Summer Season||3-5-6||Group Stage (W/L)||NT$ 250,000|
|2015-04-11||3rd||2015 LMS Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||ahq e-Sports Club||NT$ 500,000|
|2015-03-22||2nd||2015 LMS Spring Season||17 : 4||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-01-30||2nd||IEM Season IX - Taipei||2 : 3||yoe Flash Wolves||$ 11,000|
|2014-12-25||Q||2015 LMS Spring Qualifiers||3 : 0||Group Stage (W/L)||NT$ 20,000|
|2014-09-21||14 - 16th||2014 Season World Championship||1 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 25,000|
|2014-08-16||1st||2014 GPL Summer||3 : 0||ahq e-Sports Club||$ 80,000|
|2014-05-09||5th||All-Star Paris 2014||0 : 4||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2014-04-06||1st||2014 GPL Spring||3 : 2||ahq e-Sports Club||$ 80,000|
|2014-03-15||5 - 6th||IEM Season VIII - World Championship||1 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 8,500|
|2014-01-11||1st||2014 GPL Winter||3 : 2||Taipei Snipers||$ 80,000|
|2014-01-05||2nd||2014 LNL Winter||15 : 6||Group Stage (W/L)||NT$ 575,000|
|2013-11-29||5 - 6th||IEM Season VIII - Singapore||0 : 2||Saigon Jokers||$ 2,500|
|2013-08-29||2nd||2013 GPL Championship||0 : 2||ahq e-Sports Club|
|2013-08-12||3rd||2013 GPL Summer||19 : 9||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 10,000|
|2013-04-21||1st||2013 GPL Spring||27 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 50,000|
|2013-04-03||5 - 6th||GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2||0 : 2||Positive Energy|
|2012-12-02||3rd||IGN ProLeague Season 5||0 : 2||Fnatic||$ 7,500|
|2012-11-17||1st||2012 GPL Season 1||3 : 1||Singapore Sentinels||$ 10,000|
|2012-10-10||1st||Season 2 World Championship||3 : 1||Azubu Frost||$ 1,000,000|
|2012-09-01||1st||Season 2 Taiwanese Regional Finals||2 : 0||Corsair||NTD 100,000|
|2011-12-11||9 - 12th||2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals||2 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-07-31||5 - 6th||Season 3 Taiwan Regional Finals||0 : 2||Gamania Bears|
|2013-05-19||3rd||NVIDIA Game Festival 2013||2 : 1||Oh My God||￥ 30,000|
|2012-06-17||1st||StarsWar 7||2 : 1||Team WE||¥ 20,000|
|2012-05-05||1st||2012 GPL Opening Event||1 : 0||Singapore Sentinels||$ 3,000|
|2012-04-30||2nd||NVIDIA Game Festival 2012||1 : 2||Team WE||$ 3,000|
- October 17th, G1電競大賽FTW隊伍採訪 (Chinese) with League of Legends TW
- June, The Dark Horse: Taipei Assassins with clgaming.net
- June 9th, Rulers of the SEA: Interview with the Taipei Assassins with ggChronicle
- July 16th, LoL : Interview des Taipei Assassins (French) with Millenium
- July 24th, AL Interview: Taipei Assassins with Absolute Legends
- August 14th, Mstar 明星初體驗！台北暗殺星首度參與廣告演出！(Chinese) with Garena
- September 22nd, From Dark Horses to Notorious Assassins by Counter Logic Gaming
- September 23rd, Taipei Assassins Preview: Season Two World Finals with ggChronicle
- October 12th, The Taipei Assassins Comment on Preparing for S2 Finals by Team Dignitas
- October 14th, 台北暗殺星精彩奪冠！基地獨家賽後專訪 with gamebase
- October 15th, One Million Dollar goes to... with in2LOL
- October 16th, Season 2 World Champions Welcome & Press Conference at Taoyuan Airport, Taipei (Chinese)
- October 19th, Taipei Assassins Team Manager, Erica Tseng: "The fans gave us one of the biggest welcoming the moment we stepped into the airport lobby." with Team Dignitas
- November 2nd, 即使在逆境中也不輕言放棄，勇敢實踐夢想的世界冠軍－台北暗殺星 (Chinese) with myfun.gamedb.com
- November 2nd, 沖出台海的黑馬!世界冠軍TPA (Chinese) with duowan.com
- November 22nd, TPA 台北暗殺星，往夢想堅持邁進的電競英雄(Chinese) VIVOMIA
- November 27th, Interview with Taipei Assassins, winners of Season 2 WC with Absolute Legends
- October 17th, AZB TPA、TPS 最堅強的後盾，隊經理 Quaker 專訪 with Garena
- September 19th, LoL 2014 World Championship Interview - Sung Soo Sim (TPA Head coach) (video) with OGN Global
- November 15th, 放眼世界-『TPA』職業戰隊專訪 (Chinese Video) with efun TV
- September 10th, Breaking down Group B - from LoL Esports
- September 15th, World Championship Preview: Taipei Assassins – A Great Deal To Prove (Group B) - from Cloth5
- September 16th, Season Four World Championship Preview: Taipei Assassins - from ggChronicle
- September 17th, League of Legends World Championship Preview – Group B - from Azubu
- February 27th, The Tragedy Of TPA by Fusilero on Liquid Legends
- Taipei Assassins Practice House Tour (Video)
- Taipei Assassins Preview: Season Two World Finals by ggChronicle
- 「英雄聯盟」世界大賽 台灣電玩小子奪冠 (Taiwanese NEWS) appledaily
- Team Profile - Taipei Assassins - LoL Showmatch (Video) by IGN ProLeague
- TPA Highlight 2012 by applemonster
Taipei Assassins' 2014 Season World Championship Roster
- Season 2 World Championship Brackets tournaments.leagueoflegends.com
- TPA 見面會 新成員現身 本日活動系列報導 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
- TPA's facebook post (Taiwanese) facebook.com
- 皇者爭霸盃圓滿落幕 巴龍到場簽約！ (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- Erica's Tweet twitter.com
- 「台北狙擊者」正式成軍 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- 台北暗殺星、台北狙擊者接受「Azubu」冠名贊助 (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- Azubu 台北暗殺星新成員登場 戰術分析師：史益豪 (叉燒) (Chinese) lol.garena.tw
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 重整旗鼓再出發，AZB TPA/TPS 領隊公布未來戰隊方針 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- Lilballz's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- Taipei Assassins' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 成長再進化，AZB TPA、TPS 公佈首波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- 成長再進化，AZB TPA、TPS 公布第二波人事異動 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 遠渡重洋跨海執教！前 Najin 總教練正式加入「Azubu Taipei Assassins」！(Chinese) garena.tw
- 台北暗殺星宣布陣中選手 Bebe 正式退役 (Chinese) lol.esport.garena.tw
- TPA Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- Logitech Snipers' Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- MSE's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
- 跨項目結合！TPA將和職業棒球隊義大犀牛正式合作 4gamers.com.tw
- ahq's Facebook Status Facebook.com
- TPA's Facebook Post (Chinese) facebook.com
-  gaming.com.tw
- 20160105HERO戰略週報_02 Bebe跟桂格來談談TPA全本土陣容啦 (Chinese video) youtube.com
- 【LMS 職業聯賽】《英雄聯盟》 TPA 戰隊經營權轉移公告 lol.esport.garena.tw