Flash Wolves is a relatively young eSports organization, being formed in April 2013. Their League of Legends team came to life after the draft of the Taiwan e-Sports League Draft Season. They are regarded as easily one of the most successful and illustrious LoL teams in the world. They have come to fame when they managed to defeat established teams like SK Telecom T1. The entire globe watched the events unfold in real time via live stream. They are resolute in establishing Taiwan as one of the leading regions when it comes to LoL and they want to prove they are one of the best teams as well.
Since their 2013 inception, they managed to provide consistent performances and remain a strong force in the League of Legends Master Series. So far, they managed to secure 3 LMS titles. However, the team has their focus on not just dominating the local competition. They want to take the fight to the rest of the regions and become the best. Here is what the team has been up to since their creation until the most recent period. Like most eSports teams that have been around for a while, Flash Wolves have been through a lot of changes and difficulties. In the end, they usually managed to come out on top when it was all said and done.
Flash Wolves Team History
Before the modern Flash Wolves team came to be, another team by the name Yoe Ironmen enlisted the services of nine Taiwanese player from the Taiwan eSports League draft in order to join League of Legends. They managed only to come in at the last place at the second round of the TeSL, raking up a disappointing 4-21 record.
This proved to be no setback since the team was invited to join the Season 3 Taiwan Regional Finals. Here, they earned a spot in the playoffs with their 3-7 record in the group stage. However, before the team could even enter the bracket stage, 4 players decided to simply leave. This made the team unable to compete for the rest of the tournament. This led IRONMEN to forfeit their match and form a new roster in late October 2013.
The new roster would consist of members of the disbanded Gamania Bears, taking the new name Flash Wolves. With an automatic qualification for the 2014 LoL Nova League (LNL) Winter and the 2014 GPL Winter, Gamania Bears paved the way for the Flash Wolves.
Flash Wolves would go on to attend the 2013 World Cyber Games Taiwan Qualifiers. In this tournament, they managed to defeat two established Taiwanese teams in Taipei Assassins and AHQ e-Sports Club. These wins ultimately earned them a place in the main tournament. They went on to finish second in their group, but then lost to World Elite in the quarterfinals, taking a spot in the top eight in the overall rankings.
A new rule concerning age restrictions, where the minimum age for contestants had to be 17, would, however, block the new team from competing in the Riot-sponsored GPL. The team then returned in the LNL Winter and took the 4th place with a 13-8 record, which eventually earned them a place in the 2014 GPL Spring.
Flash Wolves would finish the 2014 GPL Spring with a 5-5 record, which earned them a spot in the playoffs. However, they were ultimately defeated there and failed to move on. They would later return to the 2014 LNL Summer, where they finished with a 12-2 record. The team received an invitation to attend the qualifiers for IEM Taipei, where they placed 3rd in the qualifiers. They also competed in the main event and successfully managed to take the first spot, defeating AHQ and TPA along the way.
The 2015 season started with the LMS hosting a competition between the best-ranked Taiwanese professional teams. Flash Wolves were then regarded as veterans in the scene and received an invite to the qualifiers. In the LMS Spring Season they were able to dominate other teams, finishing with a 19-2 record. Ultimately, however, they lost with 1-3 to AHQ in the playoff finals.
Their victory at IEM Taipei secured them a place at the IEM World Championship in Katowice, Poland. In Katowice, they successfully managed to defeat veterans Cloud9 and SK Gaming in the group stages. However, in the semifinals they would face off against one of the strongest teams in Team SoloMid 1-2, who in the end won the tournament.
After these events, the changed their name to simply Flash Wolves, dropping the Yoe, and went on to compete at the LMS Summer Season. They would finish in second place behind AHQ. In the league playoff finals. Their run was stopped by Hong Kong Esports who defeated them 1-3.
Flash Wolves were tied with AHQ for the most LMS Championship point, and the second and third place finishes at LMS earned them an invite to the 2015 Taiwan Regional Finals. There, they managed to avenge their previous loss to Hong Kong Esports and earn a place in the 2015 Season World Championship. In the WC, they secured wins over established teams like KOO Tigers and Counter Logic Gaming, earning them the first place in their group. However, in the quarterfinals of the tournament, they would go on to lose 1-3 to Origen, still finishing in the top 8.
Flash Wolves established themselves as one of the strongest domestic teams during the 2016 Spring Split. They placed second in the Regular Season and defeated AHQ e-Sports Club with 3-0 in the Spring Playoffs Finals. This success secured them a place in the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
The Summer Split showed that the team was serious in their goal to beat their competition. The second place in the Regular Season earned them a spot in the Playoffs Semifinals, where they again met up with AHQ. This time, they beat them with 3-2. They earned a place in Pool 1 for the group draw of the 2016 Season World Championship sweeping their competition. Flash Wolves placed in the same group as SK Telecom T1, I May, and Clou9. They had close battles with these team, but ultimately placed last in the tournament with a 2-4 score in the group.
Current Team Roster
- Yu “MMD” Li-Hung (Top)
- Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang (Mid)
- Lu “Betty” Yu-Hung (AD)
- Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh (Support)
- Lin “Cyo” Hsin-Yu (Sub/Top)