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Spica
TSM Spica 2021 Split 2.png
Background Information
NameMingyi Lu
Country of Birth
China
BirthdayFebruary 17, 2001 (age 20)
Residency
NA
North America
Competitive
TeamTSMlogo std.pngTSM
Contract Expires2022-11-22
Role
Jungler
Favorite Champs


Soloqueue IDsNA: TSM Spica, ASTROBOY99, Spica1, ONETRICKPOLICE
CN: 河道肾, Beabadoobee
Social Media & Links
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Mingyi "Spica" (▶️ listen) Lu is a League of Legends esports player, currently jungler for TSM.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
Notes
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX Academy
Jul 20182018-07-25[2]Mar 20192019-03-20[1]7mo 26dInactive
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Academy
Apr 20192019-04-20[4]May 20202020-05-27[3]1yr 1mo
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Aug 20192019-08-03[7]Dec 20192019-12-03[5]4mo
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
May 20202020-05-27[8]Present1yr 4mo
ej
TeamStartEnd
Notes
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX Academy
Jul 20182018-07-25[2]Jan 20192019-01-115mo 17d
ejel
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX Academy
Jan 20192019-01-11Mar 20192019-03-20[1]2mo 9dInactive
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Academy
Apr 20192019-04-20[4]May 20202020-05-27[3]1yr 1mo
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Aug 20192019-08-03[7]Dec 20192019-12-03[5]4mo
ejel
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
May 20202020-05-27[8]Present1yr 4mo
ej

News

  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX.AJuly 25,
Spica and
Cake are added to the GCD.
[2]
Spica's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020.
Cake's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 18 November 2019.[9]
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX.AJanuary 11,
Lourlo joins from main roster.

Lost rejoins from main roster.

Spica becomes inactive.
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX.AMarch 20,
Spica is removed from the GCD.[1]
NA
Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX.AMarch 21,
Spica's departure is confirmed.[10]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.AApril 20,
Spica is added to the GCD.

Fanatiik is removed from the GCD.[4]
Spica's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[11]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.AMay 26,
Spica's joining is confirmed.

Johnsun moves to substitute.
Grig leaves for main roster.
Fanatiik's departure is confirmed.[12][13]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSMAugust 3,
Spica joins from academy roster.
[7]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSMDecember 3, Peter Zhang (Coach to Head Coach), Haitham (Analyst to Assistant Coach), Lustboy (Assistant Coach to Strategic Coach), and David Denis (Esports Psychology Trainer to Head of Performance) change positions.
Spica leaves for academy roster.[5][6]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.ADecember 3,
Dhokla,
Evolved, and
Lost join.

Spica and
Treatz will remain with the team for 2020.[14][15]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.ADecember 17,
Spica's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[16]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.AMay 27,
Spica leaves for main roster.[3]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSMMay 27,
Spica rejoins from academy roster.
[8]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSMDecember 10,
Spica's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2022.
Lost's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 21 November 2023.[17]
NA
TSMlogo std.pngTSMJuly 29,
Huni,
Spica,
PowerOfEvil, and
SwordArt's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 22 November 2022.[18]

Biography[]

2018 Season[]

Spica debuted at the 2017 NA Scouting Grounds as a relatively unknown solo queue prodigy. Playing for Team Infernal Drake, he impressed enough to be drafted second, by Echo Fox. Due to still being in high school, Spica would not play for the organization until after the school year ended, joining Echo Fox Academy in July to play in the final three weeks of NA Academy 2018 Summer. Echo Fox Academy already had a poor record when Spica joined and the team did not improve much afterward, winning only two of the six games he played. While on the team, Spica and teammates Cake and Mabrey received a competitive ruling for griefing in solo queue by target banning their own teammates.[19] Spica was issued a warning, while Cake and Mabrey were fined for additional instances of toxicity surrounding the incident.

2019 Season[]

Although Spica remained with Echo Fox Academy during NA Academy 2019 Spring, he became inactive to continue high school and did not play during the tournament. In April, Spica moved to TSM Academy where he competed for NA Academy 2019 Summer and achieved a fourth place finish in the regular split. In August, Spica was unexpectedly called up to the main TSM roster due to dysfunction with its two junglers Grig and Akaadian. Spica played for TSM during the final week of LCS 2019 Summer and continued as the starter during playoffs and regional finals, where TSM failed to qualify for Worlds 2019 after being reverse swept by Clutch Gaming. Although Spica managed to steal some critical objectives, the team failed to perform up to expectations while he was on the roster.

2020 Season[]

Although veteran TSM mid laner Bjergsen wanted Spica to continue as the team's starting jungler for the 2020 season, TSM management did not believe Spica was ready for the LCS. He returned to TSM Academy while the main team replaced him with Dardoch. After a decent NA Academy 2020 Spring, as well as continued disappointing performances from the main squad and Dardoch in particular, Spica was once more called up to the main TSM roster for LCS 2020 Summer. By this time, the jungler position on TSM had become highly volatile, with changes made to the position every split since 2018. Many fans had low expectations for Spica, especially after TSM's poor performance at the end of 2019. These low expectations were not helped when, during the first game of the split, Spica played Kayn (a jungler considered highly off-meta) and performed extremely poorly during a blowout loss to Team Liquid. TSM struggled for the first half of the split, with Spica's performance being inconsistent and often criticized by fans. However, TSM started to improve and ultimately finished the split with a respectable 12-6 record.

During playoffs, TSM was upset in the first round by Golden Guardians and dropped to the Loser's Bracket. After easily defeating the struggling Dignitas 3-0, TSM faced a rematch with Golden Guardians, which the team barely managed to reverse sweep with a close Game 5. Spica slowly started to make a name for himself during this playoff run, first with strong Nidalee play, then after picking the off-meta jungle Shen in two games against Team Liquid, where he performed some crucial engages to help win the series. After defeating FlyQuest in the finals, TSM completed the "miracle" Loser's Bracket run and won its first LCS split since 2017.

While hype for the team was high going into Worlds 2020, TSM heavily disappointed after finishing 0-6 in the group stage and being eliminated from the tournament. Although the team performed poorly, Spica was praised for his individual play.

2021 Season[]

After the retirement of superstars Bjergsen and Doublelift, TSM replaced almost its entire roster, keeping only Spica from the 2020 championship squad. The new roster struggled during the LCS 2021 Lock In tournament and the first few weeks of LCS 2021 Spring, leaving many fans unimpressed with the roster decisions and calling for substitutions from TSM's Academy squad. The team improved, but Spica had a relatively quiet split after the hype he had garnered the previous year, winning only two Player of the Game awards and not appearing on any All Pro team. TSM finished third in playoffs, losing to Team Liquid even after the emergency substitution of Armao to replace Santorin.

In Summer, TSM got off to a stronger start than the previous split, with Spica distinguishing himself as a top performer. During the split, commentators such as LS described Spica as both the best player on TSM and the best jungler in the LCS, with praise given to his mechanical ability and smart pathing. The LCS broadcast team frequently compared Spica to Blaber, the previous split's MVP jungler who also started his competitive career at the 2017 NA Scouting Grounds. Spica's performance helped lead TSM to a first place regular season finish, the first time TSM had accomplished that since 2017.

Trivia[]

  • Is a Chinese citizen, despite living in the United States.[20]
    • Fluent in English and Mandarin.
  • Stole Baron in his LCS debut against FlyQuest in the LCS 2019 Summer, then again in his playoff debut against Clutch Gaming in the Summer Playoffs.
    • Has since become known for winning Smite fights over neutral objections and stealing Barons.
  • Jokingly known for his
    Sejuani
    due to a low career win rate on the champion.
  • Known for performing a "9 man sleep" at Worlds 2020 after ulting all five enemy champions as
    Lillia
    but receiving no follow-up from his team.
  • Described by Bjergsen as the best
    Nidalee
    player in North America.
  • Known for his taste in designer shoes and clothes.

Individual Awards[]

  • NA 1st All Pro Team (2021 Summer)

Tournament Results[]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Spica Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2021-08-224 LCS 2021 Championship
2 : 3Cloud9logo std.pngC9
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Huni,  Spica,  PowerOfEvil,  Lost,  SwordArt,  Bjergsen,  Curry
2021-08-011 LCS 2021 Summer
30 - 15Blanklogo std.pngRR
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Huni,  Spica,  PowerOfEvil,  Lost,  SwordArt,  Bjergsen,  Curry
2021-04-103 LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown
1 : 3Team Liquidlogo std.pngTL
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Huni,  Spica,  PowerOfEvil,  Lost,  SwordArt,  Bjergsen,  Curry
2021-03-142 LCS 2021 Spring
12 - 6Blanklogo std.pngRR
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Huni,  Spica,  PowerOfEvil,  Lost,  SwordArt,  Bjergsen,  Curry
2021-01-235 - 8 LCS 2021 Lock In
1 : 2Cloud9logo std.pngC9
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Huni,  Spica,  PowerOfEvil,  Lost,  SwordArt,  Bjergsen,  Curry
2020-10-1013 - 16 Worlds 2020
0 - 6Blanklogo std.pngRR
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Broken Blade,  Spica,  Bjergsen,  Doublelift,  Biofrost,  Parth,  Mabrey
2020-09-061 LCS 2020 Summer Playoffs
3 : 2FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Broken Blade,  Spica,  Bjergsen,  Doublelift,  Treatz,  Biofrost,  Parth,  Lustboy,  Mabrey
2020-08-094 LCS 2020 Summer
12 - 6Blanklogo std.pngRR
TSMlogo std.pngTSM Broken Blade,  Spica,  Bjergsen,  Doublelift,  Biofrost,  Treatz,  Parth,  Lustboy,  Mabrey
2020-04-103 - 4 NA Academy 2020 Spring Playoffs
1: 3Cloud9logo std.pngC9.A
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.A Dhokla,  Spica,  Evolved,  Lost,  Treatz,  Mabrey
2020-03-274 NA Academy 2020 Spring
10 - 8Blanklogo std.pngRR
TSMlogo std.pngTSM.A Dhokla,  Spica,  Evolved,  Lost,  Treatz,  Mabrey

Media[]

Post-Match Interviews

DateTournamentMatchLink
2021-08-20LCS 2021 Championship
Immortalslogo std.pngIMT
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link
2021-08-01LCS 2021 Summer
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
Link
2021-06-19LCS 2021 Summer
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG
Link
2021-06-13LCS 2021 Summer
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link
2021-03-27LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
Eglogo std.pngEG
Link
2021-02-20LCS 2021 Spring
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
100 Thieveslogo std.png100
Link
2021-02-13LCS 2021 Spring
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG
Link
2020-09-05LCS 2020 Summer Playoffs
Team Liquidlogo std.pngTL
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link
2020-08-29LCS 2020 Summer Playoffs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
vs
Cloud9logo std.pngC9
Link
2020-07-26LCS 2020 Summer
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link
2020-06-20LCS 2020 Summer
Immortalslogo std.pngIMT
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link
2019-08-04LCS 2019 Summer
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
vs
TSMlogo std.pngTSM
Link

Images[]

Name Pronunciation

Spica
AccuracyRiot
Voiced ByRaafaa

Redirects

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-03-19; after change - NA - 2019-03-20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2018-07-24; after change - NA - 2018-07-25
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-04-19; after change - NA - 2019-04-20
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TSM's Official 2020 LCS Roster Announcement tsm.gg
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  9. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-07-25
  10. Spica's Tweet twitter.com
  11. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-04-20
  12. TSM League of Legends Mid-Season Update tsm.gg
  13. Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  14. TSM's Official 2020 LCS Roster Announcement tsm.gg
  15. Team SoloMid's Tweet twitter.com
  16. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-17
  17. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2020-12-09; after change - NA - 2020-12-10
  18. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2021-07-28; after change - NA - 2021-07-29
  19. Competitive Ruling: Mingyi "Spica" Lu, Tristan "Cake" Côté-Lalumière, and Joshua "Mabrey" Mabrey nexus.leagueoflegends.com
  20. Spica's Twitch Clip twitchstats.net
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