Southeast Asia’s two best teams emerged from Garena’s newest professional eSports circuit, the Garena Premier League. Like the upcoming Season Three Championship Series, the Garena Premier League features eight professional teams from around Southeast Asia. GPL teams are made up of highly skilled and dedicated players, all of whom play League of Legends full time. From the two qualifying events, one in Taipei, the other in Da Nang, two teams, the local favorites, emerged victorious: The Taipei Assassins and the Saigon Jokers.


Taipei Assassins



For dedicated eSports fans, Taipei Assassins are known as a team often cited as one of the strongest in the world, despite having not played in any challenger circuit events this year. Taipei Assassins spent most of this year completely dominating the Garena Premier League, with a current record of 29-2. Long-time followers of high-Elo League of Legends players will recognize star players MiStaKe and Lilballz, both of whom were commonly seen on the top of the North American ladder during Season One, and Lilballz was even once a member of Counter Logic Gaming NA. Taipei Assassins brings with them the confidence of having completely dominated an entire region throughout Season Two.

Kurtis “Toyz” Lau
Position: AP Carry
Hometown: Hong Kong, China

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Anivia
Creep Score per Game: 238
Average Gold per Game: 12.48K
Total KDA: 158/42/213












Wang “Stanley” June Tsan
Position: Top Lane
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Jayce
Creep Score per Game: 214
Average Gold per Game: 11.75K
Total KDA: 145/51/209












Alex “Lilballz” Sung
Position: Jungler
Hometown: PingTung, Taiwan

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Shyvana
Creep Score per Game: 116
Average Gold per Game: 9.56K
Total KDA: 86/46/319












Cheng “bebeisadog” Bo Wei
Position: AD Carry
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Graves
Creep Score per Game: 242
Average Gold per Game: 12.17K
Total KDA: 160/39/203












Chen “MiSTakE” Hui Chung
Position: Support
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Sona
Creep Score per Game: 47
Average Gold per Game: 8.68K
Total KDA: 41/67/377













Links to additional community coverage:

Taipei Assassins - Message to Fans
ggChronicle’s Taipei Assassins Preview
In2LOL’s Taipei Assassins Preview


Saigon Jokers



In the second Southeast Asian Regional event, Saigon Jokers were faced with a daunting challenge. Despite playing in the Joker’s home country, the Singapore Sentinels were heavily favored entering the event. They were the number two team in the GPL, had beaten the Saigon Jokers in early rounds and forced them into the lower bracket. However, the Saigon Jokers rallied and returned to the final match, facing off against the Singapore Sentinels for the second time that event. In a stunning upset, the Saigon Jokers defeated the Singapore Sentinels 2-1, the first time Saigon Jokers had ever overcome the Singapore Sentinels in a tournament. Yet they face an even greater challenge at the World Championships, battling against teams whom they’ve never played before, as well as rival Taipei Assassins, who they have never won against.

Mai “NIXWATER” Nhat Tan
Position: AP Carry
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Cassiopeia
Creep Score per Game: 219
Average Gold per Game: 11.43K
Total KDA: 99/74/180












Nguyen “QTV” Tran Tuong Vu
Position: Top Lane
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Irelia
Creep Score per Game: 207
Average Gold per Game: 11.41K
Total KDA: 79/69/145












Ngo “Violet” Manh Quyen
Position: Jungler
Hometown: Ha Noi, Vietnam

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Urgot
Creep Score per Game: 201
Average Gold per Game: 11.03K
Total KDA: 101/93/196












Tran “Archie” Minh Nhut
Position: AD Carry
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Graves
Creep Score per Game: 272
Average Gold per Game: 12.62K
Total KDA: 82/42/90












Tran “Junie” Huu Nhut Minh
Position: Support
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Garena Premier League Stats
Most Used Champion: Nocturne
Creep Score per Game: 105
Average Gold per Game: 9.36K
Total KDA: 56/85/174











Links to additional community coverage:

Singapore Sentinel's Tribute to Saigon Jokers - Passing the Baton
Garena Vietnam’s Saigon Jokers Video
ggChronicle’s Saigon Jokers Preview
in2LOL’s Saigon Jokers Preview