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Background Information
Name: Alex Chu (朱啓恩)
Country of Birth: United States USA
Birthday: August 12, 1992 (1992-08-12) (age 25)
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
Team: Phoenix1
Role: Support
Favorite champions:     
Soloqueue IDs: Xpecíal (EU-W), TSM Xpec, Crs Xpecial, TL Xpecial
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Team History
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??? 2010 - ??? 2010
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??? 2010 - Apr 2011
Logo std2.png Defy All Odds
Apr 2011 - May 2014
Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
May 2014 - Jan 2015
Crslogo std.png Team Curse
Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
Oct 2015 - Oct 2015
Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
Jan 2016 - Sep 2016
Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Gaming
Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
NRGlogo std.png NRG Esports
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Pride
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
Jun 2017 - Present
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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.[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.

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.[7]


  • He was originally the mid laner for Defy All Odds[8] 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. [9]
  • 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.


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Date Event Result
2016-03-16 2016 NA Challenger Series Spring Playoffs Gold.png Apex Gaming Apexlogo std 2.png 3 : 1 TDKlogo std.png Team Dragon Knights
Date Event Result
2014-08-31 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Copper.png Team Curse Crslogo std.png 2 : 3 LMQ TClogo std.png LMQ
2014-04-20 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Silver.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 0 : 3 C9logo std.png Cloud9
Date Event Result
2012-12-16 SoloMid Series - Finals Copper.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 0 : 3 Teamfearlogo std.png Team FeaR
2012-12-09 SoloMid Series - Week 6 Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 1 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-10-28 SoloMid Series - Week 2 Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 Orbitlogo std.png Orbit Gaming
2012-10-21 SoloMid Series - Week 1 Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 1 Orbitlogo std.png Orbit Gaming
2012-09-23 Solomid NA Invitational 10 Silver.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 0 : 2 Monomaniaclogo std.png Monomaniac Ferus
2012-09-10 Solomid NA Invitational 8 Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png W : FF Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-09-02 Season Two North American Regional Finals Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2012-08-19 Solomid NA Invitational 7 Silver.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 1 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-08-12 IPL Face Off: San Francisco Showdown Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 3 : 0 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-08-08 Solomid NA Invitational 6 Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 Mtwlogo std.png mTw North America
2012-08-05 MLG Summer Arena Silver.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 0 : 2 Azblogo std.png Azubu Blaze
2012-07-29 Solomid NA Invitational 5 Bronze.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 1 : 2 Mtwlogo std.png mTw North America
2012-07-17 Elite of Europe Copper.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 1 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five
2012-07-08 Solomid NA Invitational 4 Bronze.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 0 : 2 Mtwlogo std.png mTw North America
2012-06-17 GIGABYTE Esports LAN Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 Clglogo std.png CLG Black
2012-06-03 Reign of Gaming International Invitational Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 1 Epiklogo std.png Epik Gamer
2012-05-28 Solomid NA Tournament Circuit Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 4 : 2 Teamdynamiclogo std.png Team Dynamic
2012-04-08 IGN Proleague Season 4 - Las Vegas Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 Clglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
2012-04-01 Leaguecraft ggClassic Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 0 4notlogo std.png 4Not.Fire
2012-03-16 Fatal1ty Gaming Gear League of Legends Tournament Gold.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 2 : 1 Logo std2.png Just Your Average Joes
2012-01-22 IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev Silver.png Team SoloMid Tsmlogo std.png 1 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five


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Articles & Other Content

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  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. Philadelphia 76ers acquire, merge and manage leading esports teams Dignitas and Apex team-dignitas.net
  8. Defy All Odds Team History nationalesl.com
  9. AD carry VS support round 2 "youtube.com"