|AZUBU Taipei Assassins|
|Coaches:||Retty "Retty" Liu|
|Team Captain:||Kurtis "Toyz" Lau|
|Number of Players:||6|
|Created:||March 9, 2012|
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Taipei Assassins is a competitive League of Legends team based in Taiwan. After their victory at the Season 2 World Championship, TPA has been hailed as one of the strongest teams worldwide. Taipei Assassins is the sister team of Taipei Snipers.
The team currently competes under the name Azubu Taipei Assassins in representation of their sponsor, Azubu.
 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. Also around this time, Support player A8000 was introduced to the players. Together they formed Team For the Win, with MiSTakE as team captain.
Team For the Win's first event together 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.
Unfortunately, at the 2011 World Cyber Games, Team For the Win was unable to make it through the group stage. They fell just short of the top two advancement requirement with a third place finish in their group. They posted a 2-2 record after defeating Team Jantelaget and Orange eSports and losing to NaJin e-mFire and Millenium.
 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 welcomed two new players into their lineup, AD Carry bebeisadog and AP Carry Toyz. After the addition of these two new players, Support player colalin and former starting AP Carry NeXAbc became substitutes. Also, the team captain, MiSTakE, would transition from being the team's AD Carry to taking on the role of Support. Previous Support player A8000 left the team.
 Season 2
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, 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 would once again go undefeated going 3-0 and took 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 the underdogs due to 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 M5 one game up in the series, but TPA rallied and took the next two games to beat the Russian powerhouse to earn 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 for the next three games. TPA beat the Korean squad three games to one, capturing the championship title and taking home the one million dollar grand prize.  As Season 2 World Champions they also got a pack of 5 skins related to their favourite picks realeased later during Season 3.
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. 
 Pre-season 3
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 ult 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 pace 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.
 Season 3
After winning 2012's GPL (SEA equivalent of 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 would show 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 would show 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 would eventually finish 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.
- September, For The Win founded by members, MiSTakE, Stanley, colalin, A8000, Lilballz, and NeXAbc.
- October 16th, 1st place at Garena's G1 eSports competition.
- December 9th, 8th-12th at WCG 2011.
- March 9th, Taipei Assassins acquires roster of For The Win . MiSTakE, Stanley, colalin, Lilballz, and NeXAbc.
- 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. Former team captain MiSTakE and former subs 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 TaipeiAssassins.
- May 8th, Fluidwind joins for tactical analysis. 
- June 5th, Sarsky joins.  Lilballz moves to substitute.
 Player Roster
|Stanley||Wang June-Tsan (王榮燦)||Top|
|Toyz||Kurtis Lau (劉偉健)||Mid|
|bebe||Cheng Bo-Wei (張博為)||AD|
|Lilballz||Alex Sung (宋寬柏)||Sub/Jungle|
|MiSTakE||Chen Hui-Chung (陳彙中)||Support||Taipei Snipers|
|colalin||Lin Ying-Hsuan (林穎璇)||Sub/Support||Taipei Snipers|
|NeXAbc||Chiu Po-Chieh (邱柏傑)||Sub/AP||Taipei Snipers|
|GoDJJ||Wang Yong-Jie (王永傑)||Sub/AD||Taipei Snipers|
|Zonda||Lyu Jhong-Da (呂仲達)||Sub/Top||Taipei Snipers|
|A8000||Chang Chen Yuan||Support|
|Retty||Retty Liu(劉佳衢)||Coach / Garena Taiwan CEO|
|Fluidwind||Shih Yi-Hao (史益豪)||Strategy Analyst|
 Team Achievements
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2013-05-19||3rd||NVIDIA Game Festival 2013||2 : 1||OMG||￥ 30,000|
|2013-04-21||1st||2013 GPL Spring||27 : 1||Regular Season||$ 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 Two 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)|
- October 17th, 2011G1電競大賽FTW隊伍採訪 (Chinese) with League of Legends TW
- June 2012 - The Dark Horse: Taipei Assassins with clgaming.net
- June 9th, 2012 - Rulers of the SEA: Interview with the Taipei Assassins with ggChronicle
- July 16th, 2012 - LoL : Interview des Taipei Assassins (French) with Millenium
- July 24th, 2012 - AL Interview: Taipei Assassins with Absolute Legends
- August 14th, 2012 - 【專訪】Mstar 明星初體驗！台北暗殺星首度參與廣告演出！(Chinese) with Garena
- September 22nd, 2012 - From Dark Horses to Notorious Assassins with clgaming.net
- September 23rd, 2012 - Taipei Assassins Preview: Season Two World Finals with ggChronicle
- October 12th, 2012 - The Taipei Assassins Comment on Preparing for S2 Finals with team-dignitas.org
- October 14th, 2012 - 台北暗殺星精彩奪冠！基地獨家賽後專訪 with gamebase
- October 15th, 2012 - One Million Dollar goes to... with in2LOL
- October 19th, 2012 - 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, 2012 - 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, 2012 - 沖出台海的黑馬!世界冠軍TPA (Chinese) with duowan.com
- November 22nd, 2012 - TPA 台北暗殺星，往夢想堅持邁進的電競英雄(Chinese) VIVOMIA
- November 27th, 2012 - Interview with Taipei Assassins, winners of Season 2 WC with Absolute Legends
 See Also
- 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
- ↑ Season 2 World Championship Brackets
- ↑ Reports of TPA's roster addition lol.garena.tw
- ↑ 【專題報導】皇者爭霸盃圓滿落幕 巴龍到場簽約！ "lol.garena.tw"
- ↑ Zonda and GodJJ join TPA lol.garena.tw
- ↑ Erica Twitter Update "twitter.com"
- ↑ 「台北狙擊者」正式成軍 (Taiwanese) lol.garena.tw
- ↑ 【綜合】 台北暗殺星、台北狙擊者接受「Azubu」冠名贊助 lol.garena.tw
- ↑ 【專訪】Azubu 台北暗殺星新成員登場 戰術分析師：史益豪 (叉燒) lol.garena.tw
- ↑ TPA facebook postfaceboo.com