Team 8

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Team 8
Team8 logo.png
Team Information
Location: North America North America
Coaches: Chad "HISTORY TEACHER" Smeltz
Analysts: Matthew Schmeider
Linden "CheesedBeluga" Schwark
Managers: Eric "LovePentaKills" Ma
Team Captain: Kang "Dodo8" Jun-hyeok
Sponsor(s): CyberPowerPC
Corsair Gaming
Facebook: Team 8
Team Subreddit: /r/Team8
Twitter: Team8Gaming
Created: 2013-12-26
Disbanded: 2015-10-07

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.


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]


  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Player Roster


ID Name Role Next Team
Canada PorpoisePops Braeden Schwark 02 Jungle IMTlogo std.png Immortals
USA goldenglue Greyson Gilmer 03 Mid IMTlogo std.png Immortals
USA Nien Zach Malhas 04 AD IMTlogo std.png Immortals
South Korea Dodo8 Kang Jun-hyeok (강준혁) 05 Support IMTlogo std.png Immortals
USA BrandonFtw Brandon Chen 06 Sub/Top TDGlogo std.png Top Dog Gaming
Canada CheeseBeluga Linden Schwark 07 Sub/Jungle
Russia Alex Ich Alexey Ichetovkin 08 Sub/Mid RENlogo std.png Renegades
Canada maplestreet Ainslie Wyllie 09 Sub/AD RENlogo std.png Renegades
USA Slooshi Andrew Pham 08 Sub/Mid TDGlogo std.png Top Dog Gaming
South Korea CaliTrlolz Steven Kim 01 Top Retired.png Retired
USA Guess8 Phalamony Lee 02 Jungle
South Korea Chu8 Jae Hyung Park 11 Sub
USA RicheRich Brian Nguyen 01 Top COGlogo std.png 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 T8logo std.png  18 T8logo std.png  0 36 36

PorpoisePops 18 T8logo std.png  18 T8logo std.png  0 36 36

Slooshi 18 T8logo std.png  6 T8logo std.png  0 24 24

frommaplestreet 28 Velocity eSportsLogo std.png  18 T8logo std.png  2 T8logo std.png  0 48 48

Dodo8 18 T8logo std.png  18 T8logo std.png  0 36 36

Nientonsoh 18 TeamMRNlogo std.png  28 Clglogo std.png  28 Clglogo std.png  4 Clglogo std.png  16 T8logo std.png  0 94 94

goldenglue 6 Dignitaslogo std.png  12 T8logo std.png  5 EFXlogo std.png  0 23 23

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



ID Name Position Next Team
China LovePentaKills Eric Ma Owner/Manager P1logo std.png Phoenix1
USA HISTORY TEACHER Chad Smeltz 11 Head Coach IMTlogo std.png Immortals
USA Matthew Schmieder Head Analyst TFBlogo std.png Team Frostbite
Canada CheesedBeluga Linden Schwark 11 Analyst
USA Elbion Josh Tuffs Analyst CHFlogo std.png The Chiefs eSports Club
USA HermesTheTurtle David Tu Analyst RENlogo std.png Renegades
USA Sam Wang Co-Owner
USA Decixx Spencer McKivigan Owner

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-09-06 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2016 NA LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 1 IMGlogo std.png Team Imagine
2015-07-26 LCS logo 25x25.png A88th 2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 6 : 12 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-03-29 LCS logo 25x25.png A77th 2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 9 : 9 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2014-09-11 NA LCS logo small.png I1Q 2015 NA LCS Spring Promotion 3 : 2 Complexitylogo std.png compLexity Gaming
2014-08-24 CS NA logo.png A11st 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer Playoffs 3 : 1 Crs Acadlogo std.png Curse Academy $ 16,000
2014-08-01 CS NA logo.png A33rd 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer #2 2 : 1 LoLPrologo std.png Team LoLPro $ 3,000
2014-03-26 Nacl small.png A22nd NACL Season 2 1 : 3 LMQ TClogo std.png LMQ $ 5,000
2014-03-08 CS NA logo.png A55 - 8th 2014 NA Challenger Series Spring #2 1 : 2 LMQ TClogo std.png LMQ $ 1,250
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-10-27 A44th 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Fall 0 : 2 ZENlogo std.png Zenith eSports $ 750
2014-09-28 A22nd National ESL Pro Series Season X 1 : 2 CSTlogo std.png Team Coast $ 3,200
2014-06-11 A11st 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Summer 2 : 1 FFGlogo std.png Frank Fang Gaming $ 7,500
2014-05-04 A11st Lone Star Clash 3 3 : 2 C9logo std.png Cloud9 Tempest $ 10,000
2014-04-20 A11st 2014 Black Monster Cup NA Spring 2 : 1 COGlogo std.png COGnitive Gaming $ 5,000
2013-12-29 A22nd Razer League of Legends Holiday Bash 0 : 2 LoLPrologo std.png 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 LoLPrologo std.png Team LoLPro $ 1,000
2014-04-23 A11st National ESL Premier League Season VIII 2 : 0 FFGlogo std.png Frank Fang Gaming $ 2,000
2014-04-07 A11st 2014 BMC NA Spring Qualifier #4 2 : 0 Parabellumlogo std.png Parabellum Esports $ 750

Highlight Videos


  • 2014


  • 2015

Other Content

  • 2015

See Also

External Links


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