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  • of all the iconic stories to emerge from the League of Legends World

  • Championships a few are as memorable as the Taipei Assassins run in 2012 the

  • Taiwanese outfit became overnight sensations not only for their incredible

  • play but for decisively overcoming arguably the three strongest teams at

  • the tournament in a series of history-making upsets this is when

  • assassins ruled the world

  • heading into the 2012 World Championship everyone's

  • eyes were fixed on a pair of teams to win it all there was Moscow 5 the CIS

  • juggernaut who had dominated the scene thanks to their innovation and

  • aggression and Korea's Azubu Frost a team whose fearsome reputation caused

  • opposing teams and their fans across the world to quake in their boots this

  • fanfare was not the case for the Taipei Assassins in fact they were a massive

  • question mark heading into the tournament a total dark horse they're

  • all but non-existent experienced against international competition caused many to

  • view them with uncertainty and although they had utterly dominated their home

  • region thanks to strong team coordination and creative play it was

  • unknown how that would translate against the world's best on league's biggest

  • stage but as we all know assassins work best with the element of surprise as

  • champions of their region the Taipei Assassins were seeded directly into the

  • playoff bracket and their first opponent wasn't going to be an easy one

  • they were slated to face Korea's second representative the intimidating

  • NaJin Sword who had steamrolled their group while

  • TPA were coming in cold

  • Lead by Lau "Toyz" Wai Kin and his now legendary Orianna

  • game 1 was a statement of intent proving that the Taipei Assassins

  • going to back down against anybody

  • (Casting)

  • Game 2 started with NaJin in the lead

  • (Casting)

  • but the Assassins crawled its way back into it with some ferocious team fighting

  • (Casting)

  • By it's end the Taipei Assassins superior map control team fight execution and coordination

  • Overwhelmed their Korean adversary

  • (Casting)

  • the sweep over NaJin caught the world's attention the Taipei

  • Assassins passionate celebrations and infectious energy captivated viewers

  • just as much as their unexpectedly high level of play

  • "we said earlier you can only be as good as the competition you're playing against"

  • "TPA kind of proved us wrong there"

  • "TPA proved to everybody that we are not only the king"

  • "of South-East Asia, and we will play even better"

  • while the win brought cautious optimism to their new fans there was still much work

  • to be done why because Taipei Assassins next opponent was going to be an even

  • bigger test the love or hate them Moscow 5 taking down a tournament

  • favorite like Moscow 5 would be no easy task and after getting torn apart

  • in the first game of the series the obvious question was weather or not

  • TPA were up to the challenge

  • (Casting)

  • but that question was answered definitively in game two

  • can lock them down with the turrets damn that gets out of that and it's just huge

  • pressure from Taipei Assassins right now Darien is however able to clean up a few

  • kills for his team it's now three two three four two three now finally the

  • last Auto Attack and double kill for "toyz" aces on the Moscow 5 they're gonna

  • gain some huge ground here as they turn Moscow 5 face in to shambles

  • Moscow 5 not exactly flustered but I think this is the first time we have

  • seen them not be able to answer a strategy "toyz" just back down to his team

  • and it's gonna be that second at first Nexus turret the second Nexus turret the

  • Nexus now a game three Moscow 5 forced to defend on the fountain and

  • it's going to be a huge matchup your first semifinal match going into a best of three Taipei and Moscow 5

  • in a deciding third game the Taipei Assassins

  • continued their onslaught by mixing up their strategy, focusing on objective

  • control instead of teamfights and by the 20-minute mark they had a 5 to 0 tower

  • lead over Moscow 5

  • "and I'm surprised actually they played it as a split push it's working out"

  • emboldened by their sizable gold lead the

  • Assassins went for Moscow fives jugular

  • out he can't even alter the crescendo stopping them from using the abilities

  • diamondprox goes downs inhibitor is open the double kill comes out Moscow 5

  • looking very grim right now Taipei Assassins look to take down the last

  • nexus turret and they will drop Moscow 5 from the League of Legends Championship

  • playoffs and would you look at that the cheers the yells at the look of relief

  • all makes at the same time on their faces Taipei Assassins are the first team

  • to make it to the world finals

  • after two dramatic upsets that Taipei Assassins

  • had made it to the finals only to have to face the final boss Azubu Frost who

  • had been living up to their terrifying reputation

  • a push lane instead of a stone comes illusion from behind the dust bringers

  • (Casting)

  • it was going to be a slugfest of the dark horse that had toppled two Titans enroute to the finals

  • against the expected champions but the Taipei Assassins did not care for

  • expectations armed with steadfast self-belief and

  • backed by a legion of ravenous supporters they charged into the game

  • (Casting)

  • however Azubu Frost would begin to turn things around off the back of a

  • now-famous Quadra kill by rapid star on Karthus

  • (Casting)

  • eventually the Koreans would seal game 1

  • (Casting)

  • despite giving up the lead in the series the Taipei Assassins

  • would bounce back in game 2 thanks to Sung "Lilballz" Kuan-Po's

  • jungle Dr. Mundo which caught as Azubu Frost completely off-guard

  • (Casting)

  • in Game three "Toyz" Orianna would make a triumphant return

  • (Casting)

  • "they know the game was over Azubu Frost they just wanted to get on to the next game that could be a"

  • "smart call they knew that lingering in that game was only going to demoralize"

  • "them so they decided to end it early"

  • the Taipei Assassins were one went away from

  • the unlikeliest of world titles and in game four they showed Azubu Frost no mercy

  • (Casting)

  • with total map control and a 17 K gold lead the Taipei Assassins went for the killing blow

  • (Casting)

  • they had done it the Taipei Assassins had an emphatically taken down three of the

  • world's best teams to become world champions

  • "they took down the cream of the crop NaJin Sword looked unstoppable out of group stage Moscow 5 was the"

  • "favorites coming into the tournament lose the first one against the"

  • "champions of Korea and then take three games in a row"

  • the Taipei Assassins run has become something of a legend it comes from a time when league of legends

  • was still growing and theirs was easily one of the most exciting storylines to

  • grace the game up to that point sure looking back on the games now we can see

  • how far the competitive scene has come the macro decisions team fighting and

  • execution are far more developed today but the Taipei Assassins story at Worlds

  • 2012 still embodies the amazing spirit of league's early days

  • the passion

  • the fun

  • the triumphant underdog how can you not love that

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ICONIC Esportsの瞬間。アサシンが世界を支配した時 - 世界選手権2012での台北アサシンズ(LoL) (ICONIC Esports Moments: When Assassins Ruled the World - The Taipei Assassins at Worlds 2012 (LoL))

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    卓子鈞 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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