| Background Information
|| Alex Chu (朱啓恩)
| Country of Birth:
|| August 12, 1992
|| North America
| Favorite champions:
| Soloqueue IDs:
|| Xpecíal (EU-W), TSM Xpec, Crs Xpecial, TL Xpecial
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Alex "Xpecial" Chu (Hanzi: 朱啓恩) is the support for Phoenix1.
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.
On November 24th, Xpecial appeared on the show Summoning Insight and discussed his time on TSM and Curse.
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.
In September 2015, Xpecial released a vlog confirming that he would be leaving Team Liquid. His replacement Smoothie was announced a few weeks later, and shortly after Xpecial became a free agent. 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. 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.
After his attempts to join an LCS team for the 2016 season were unsuccessful, Xpecial joined new NACS team Apex Gaming.
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.
Apex started out the split strong, with a 2-0 first week including a 2-1 upset of reigning NA LCS champions and MSI alums CLG. Their success, however, was short-lived, and by week 5 they were in 7th place, where they remained for the rest of the season, out of reach of the playoffs but also safe from relegations for the 2017 Spring Season. In September, both Team Dignitas and Apex were acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers in September 2016, to play under the Dignitas name.
- He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds 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. 
- 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.
- January 26th, Xpecial on playing for Dig and wanting 10 bans in solo-queue as a solution to one-tricks with Yahoo!
- February 25th, Xpecial on DIG's advantages, being funded by the 76ers: "We can change things at a snap of a finger" with Blitz Esports
- February 27th, Xpecial on adopting the 76ers’ ‘trust the process’ philosophy for Team Dignitas with Yahoo!
- March 13th, Xpecial on in-season patches and changing coaches mid-split with Slingshot Esports
- March 24th, Xpecial: “I think this was very rushed and because of that, we don’t have as much as we had hoped from the 76ers, but the biggest thing is obviously like courtside tickets, these things are like $20,000 a pop.” with Slingshot Esports
- April 7th, Xpecial: It’s ‘inevitable’ I’ll be called the best support in NA again with The DailyDot
- April 11th, Xpecial on Apex's entrance into LCS: 'It feels good to be back' with Yahoo!
- April 20th, Cop and Xpecial in Vegas: Former teammates discuss their current relationship with Yahoo!
- June 4th, APX Xpecial Broadcast Interview (APX vs. NRG) with LoL Esports
- June 6th, Xpecial: 'Keane’s a guy that we trust in to know what's strong, and that's his big selling point' with theScore
- June 7th, Xpecial: 'It's not dynamic queue, it's the matchmaking that we hate, it's the high ping' with Yahoo!
- June 21st, Xpecial on Saintvicious as a coach: ‘I expected him to be really hard on us but he isn’t’ with theScore
- August 1st, Head to head: Xpecial and Fabby chat with Travis regarding TL vs APX with Yahoo!
- August 1st, Xpecial on Apex's disappointing season: 'I think there will be some pretty big roster changes' with theScore
- November 3rd, Xpecial On Joining Team Dignitas with Dignitas
- January 25th, LCS NA 2015: Xpecial "Piglet one of the most aggressive ADC's I've ever played with" (video) with SK Gaming
- January 25th, Xpecial: We thought we were 'screwed' until we found FeniX with The Daily Dot
- January 29th, Team Liquid Xpecial - 20 Questions (video) with HyperX
- February 9th, INTERVIEW: What does it take to be an eSports pro? MCV asks Alex 'Xpecial' Chu with MCV UK
- February 15th, Xpecial on recent TL drama: "a miracle" that there were no roster swaps (video) with onGamers
- April 3rd, Xpecial: "Korea is looking a lot weaker this split, the NA teams are a fairly good rival against them." with GameSpot
- April 10th, TL Xpecial – "I'm Not Scared" with LiquidLegends
- April 17th, LEAGUE LEGACIES – TL XPECIAL (video) with Azubu
- April 21st, Xpecial on Team Liquid's third place finish and breaking the Curse with GameSpot
- June 1st, Xpecial Interview - "I think TSM is still the best team right now" with GameSpot
- July 7th, Xpecial Believes LCS Will Gravitate Towards BO2's in the Future with GameSpot
- July 26th, Xpecial on Fenix's growth, their upcoming match against TiP and TSM's summer performance with theScore
- November 13th, Xpecial on Leaving Team Liquid, Piglet's Feelings, and His LCS Future with GameSpot
- December 31st, Xpecial: "You Would Be Appalled to See How Little Some of the Lower-Tier Pro Players in LCS Make" with onGamers
- January 19th, TSM Botlane: Wildturtle and Xpecial talk about rival botlanes and living in Santa Monica (video) with onGamers
- January 27th, Xpecial talks about TSM's performance and hand gestures (video) with onGamers
- March 23rd, Xpecial talks about TSM's match play against XDG (video) with onGamers
- May 6th, Xpecial Brings Leadership, Veteran Presence to Team Curse with Azubu TV
- May 25th, Xpecial shares his thoughts on his transition playing with Team Curse (video) with onGamers
- July 5th, Xpecial on 1000 assists and responds to community concern about his future (video) with onGamers
- July 6th, Team Curse Xpecial: "At least we're finally winning." (video) with Azubu
- August 3rd, Xpecial on coming to good terms with TSM and their playoffs opponent (video) with onGamers
- August 29th, Team Curse Quas, IWillDominate & xpecial - Team Curse's PAX Prime Day 1 Experience (video) with Azubu
- October 25th, Xpecial from Team Curse, AMA with Reddit
- December 19th, Hai, Xpecial recount their Poro King poroformance with LoL Esports
- January 11th, TSM Xpecial - LCS NA Qualifiers Day One (video) with State of the League
- February 8th, LCS Post-Game: TSM Reginald, Dyrus and Xpecial [Week 1]
(video) with MachinimaVS
- February 9th, Xpecial talks GameCrib, day 2 at the LCS and more (video) with GameSpot
- February 18th, Roles with the Pros - Support with Xpecial LCS Week 2 (video) with GameSpot
- March 1st, League of Legends LCS WK4 - Xpecial - TSM vs. Vulcun (video) with MachinimaVS
- March 15th, Xpecial talks about Dyrus Dad drama and game against GGU at MLG (video) with GameSpot
- March 21st, Xpecial talks on Wildturtle as a sub versus playing with Chaox (video with GameSpot
- March 28th, Reginald and Xpecial talk about replacing Chaox with Wildturtle (video) with GameSpot
- April 5th, League of Legends LCS WK8 - TSM vs. Curse: Xpecial (video) with MachinimaVS
- April 13th, Xpecial talks Camera Man Competition and facing Curse Again (video) with GameSpot
- April 18th, League of Legends LCS WK10 - Xpecial - CLG vs. TSM (video) with MachinimaVS
- April19th, Wildturtle and Xpecial talk important final match vs Dignitas (video) with GameSpot
- April 19th, Wildturtle and Xpecial talk about their Final Rankings at LCS (video) with GameSpot
- April 27th, League of Legends Spring Playoffs - Xpecial - TSM vs. Vulcun (video) with MachinimaVS
- April 29th, Xpecial and WildTurtle talk about Winning the LCS Playoffs (video) with GameSpot
- April 30th, LCS Spring Playoffs - TSM Xpecial Talks About the NA Scene (video) with Leaguepedia
- May 10th, Xpecial Talks Blue vs. Purple & Thoughts on LCS Thus Far (video) with MachinimaVS
- May 28th, Xpecial talks about his experience at the All Star Event (video) with Gamespot
- August 1st, Xpecial Discusses his plans to take out CLG at LCS Week 8 (video) with GameSpot
- August 16th, LCS Week 9 Day 2 TSM Xpecial "Scariest? Most likely a Korean team...MVP Ozone" (video) with Leaguepedia
- August 30th, Xpecial and Wildturtle Discuss their match against CLG at PAX (video) with GameSpot
- September 15th, Xpecial is Confident that Vulcun will make it out of Groups (video) with GameSpot
- October 15th, Xpecial 'Grilled': "The best thing about Doublelift was his laning." (Episode #79) (video) with Team Acer
- April 11th, Interview with Xpecial: "We definitely worked extremely hard in preparation" with Team Dignitas
- June 9th, TSM Xpecial - MLG Anaheim Day Two with State of the League
- June 11th, Xpecial from TSM, MLG Insights, AMA! with Reddit
- July 13th, Xpecial Interview - History, Support, and the Ladies with IPL League of Legends
- July 19th, Team SoloMid Alex 'Xpecial' Chu Hopes League of Legends Season Three Offers More Defined Schedule with Forbes
- August 22nd, Road to PAX: Alex "Xpecial" Chu with SK Gaming
- September 4th, Xpecial and Dyrus - PAX NA Regionals (video) with State of the League
- September 24th, Honorable Competitors: Xpecial with Riot Games
- September 30th, TSM Visits the Curse House - Pluto Interviews Xpecial (video) with Reign of Gaming
- October 6th, World Championships - TSM Xpecial after elimination (video) with Reign of Gaming
- October 13th, League of Legends World Finals - Pluto Interviews Chaox and Xpecial (video) with Reign of Gaming
- November 2nd, Xpecial predicts North America will get Last Place at MLG Dallas (video) with Gamespot
- November 29th, IPL5 TheOddOne and Xpecial Pre Tournament Interview (video) with IGN ProLeague
- December 2nd, Xpecial chats about TSM's IPL 5 and comments on some drama (video) with GameSpot
- January 2nd, Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future (6m12s)
- January 24th, Xpecial - Apex, Season Goals, Dom Retiring (5m44s)
- February 23rd, Xpecial - Thoughts on Altec and Adrian, Valentine's (5m17s)
- April 11th, Xpecial - LCS, Playoffs, Future (6m34s)
- May 29th, Xpecial - Back from Korea, New Place! (5m08s)
- June 3rd, Xpecial - NATR, Moving Away from Solo Queue (7m58s)
- June 20th, Xpecial - 3-3, Improving, Team Struggles (6m03s)
- August 11th, Xpecial - NA LCS All-Pro Team (11m02s)
- August 13th, Xpecial - "Playoff/Worlds" Patches (8m07s)
- October 18th, Xpecial - Coaching UCI, 76ers, Off-Season (5m34s)
- January 17th, Xpecial - Update on Piglet/Fenix Visas, LCS Predictions, Name Change (4m25s)
- January 26th, Xpecial - Undefeated Week 1, Keith as Sub, Return of Piglet (7m10s)
- February 3rd, Xpecial - Tough Week 2, #KeepKeith, Streaming (6m21s)
- February 22nd, Xpecial - Hugs, Keith/Piglet (5m14s)
- March 3rd, Xpecial - 2-0 Week and #KeepKeith or #PickPiglet (6m36s)
- March 10th, Xpecial - 0-2 Week, IEM, Gym (3m43s)
- March 31st, Xpecial - Playoffs vs CLG, Bunny, 4th the Dream (6m15s)
- April 6th, Xpecial - Get Well Soon Terry! (and TL vs CLG) (5m50s)
- April 21st, Xpecial - Forever Fourth? (5m29s)
- April 30th, Xpecial - Alex Ich, WFX, Hai, etc. (6m59s)
- May 12th, Xpecial - MSI, Return of the Koreans and Hawaii (5m27s)
- May 14th, Xpecial - Link, Doublelift and CLG (6m31s)
- June 1st, Xpecial - 2-0 Week, Madison Square Garden (5m36s)
- June 5th, Team Liquid - Rebirth Vlog 01 - Seasons Start (3m49s)
- June 9th, Xpecial - Loss to Gravity, Riot HQ, Fan Meet (4m53s)
- July 20th, Xpecial - Loss to CLG, Criticism, Dammit Mark... (5m18s)
- August 11th, Xpecial - NA Moving Servers (5m36s)
- August 24th, Xpecial - Playoffs, Gauntlet and MVP (4m52s)
- August 31st, Xpecial - Loss, Performance, Changes (4m08s)
- September 14th, Xpecial - Jatt vs Balls, Streaming, Coach (3m32s)
- October 19th, Xpecial - Update, LCS/Challenger, TSM (3m25s)
- October 29th, Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future (4m42s)
- November 16th, Xpecial - C9 Challenger, Summoners Con (2m30s)
- November 25th, Xpecial - Update and Back at Home! (3m05s)
- December 18th, Xpecial - At TSM House, Star Wars (2m45s)
- February 22nd, Aftermath of TSM vs Coast
- April 30th, Benching and Moving Forward
- May 17th, First Vlog at Curse House!
- May 26th, No Hugerino?
- June 2nd, Why So Sad Xpecial?
- June 11th, Bad LCS Week, Curse on Avoiding Media
- June 16th, Curse New Korean Player?
- July 1st, LCS 1-1 Deadlock, HSL
- July 7th, Winning Week, MVP for Week 7, Leona
- July 15th, Bad Week, 0-2 ):
- July 21st, Close C9 Game, Decent Week
- July 29th, Final Week of LCS
- August 5th, Playoffs Hopes, Toxicity
- August 12th, Happy Birthday to Myself, Criticism
- September 3rd, PAX, Future, Zilean, Instagram
- September 17th, Cop's Removal and Moving Forward
- October 6th, What Happened
- November 1st -Xpecial - Summoner's Con, AMA, Piglet
- November 20th, Xpecial - Piglet, Voyboy, Tryouts
- December 5th, Xpecial - IEM, Piglet and CSGO Drama
- August 26th, What Did You Sacrifice for Your Career
- September 3rd, Regionals Aftermath and Beyond
- September 10th, Actual Thoughts on Worlds
- September 10th, Thoughts on Group Stage
- September 27th, World's Aftermath and Season 4
- October 6th, Break Time and Thoughts on S4
- October 12th, Random Vlog at UCLA
- October 16th, I Failed My Driver's Test
- October 23rd, Preseason Changes
- October 28th, Upcoming Fan Meet in San Jose!
- November 3rd, Future of TSM (Fixed)
- November 11th, End of Season 3
- November 18th, Season 4 and Supports
- November 25th, Preseason and Beyond
- December 3rd, Support Items Balance and New Velocity(?)
- January 23rd, 2012, Xpecial's Post-Kiev Vlog
- February 17th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Before Curse Tourny Finals
- February 25th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog On TSM's Situation
- March 2nd, 2012, Xpecial's Pre-Hannover and Corsair Vlog
- March 16th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on TRM's Departure
- March 23rd, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Regarding Lulu
- March 31st, 2012, Xpecial's Early Morning Vlog
- April 9th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog From Yoonie's Dorm
- April 20th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Streaming More!
- April 27th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Tera
- May 11th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on EPS Departure
- May 18th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Update Thingy '-'
- May 26th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Prior to Triple LANs in Cali
- July 8th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on TSM's Performance
- July 28th, 2012, Xpecial's Happy B-Day Yoonie Vlog
- August 5th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog After Losing to Blaze
- August 25th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog Before Regionals
- September 15th, 2012, Xpecial's Vlog on Current Practice Situation
- October 11th, 2012, Xpecial's Final Vlog of Season 2
- October 22nd, 2012, Xpecial's Last Vlog in NY Gaming House
- September 5th, 2011, Xpecial's Vlog 1
- November 4th, 2011, Xpecial's Vlog on Season 2 Changes
- November 11th, 2011, Xpecial's Vlog on Streaming
- December 17th, 2011, Xpecial's Vlog After Winning WCG
- December 31st, 2011, Xpecial's New Year's Eve Vlog
Articles & Other Content
- ↑ 'Summoning Insight' Episode 30, with special guest Xpecial youtube.com
- ↑ TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
- ↑ Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
- ↑ Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
- ↑ Xpecial - Not in LCS, Motivation, Future youtube.com
- ↑ Saintvicious's Twitlonger twitlonger.com
- ↑ Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
- ↑ Defy All Odds Team History nationalesl.com
- ↑ AD carry VS support round 2 "youtube.com"