After becoming the only person in CPA history to win Person of the Year twice, CPA legend and Templars creator Xing has announced his retirement set for January 6th, 2022. Xing has been the most prominent figure of the Templars’ army throughout its entire history.
On December 30th, 2022, Xing announced to his Templars troops after their successful invasion of Parka that he would be retiring on January 6th, 2023. This ends a very lengthy leadership stint by Xing who a few days took home the Person of the Year honor for the second year in a row—and thus has become the only person to win the award more than once.
Xing founded the Templars army with the help of CPA legend Elmikey on April 4th, 2018. The duo would see the Templars and its Red Dawn Alliance allies defeat the Rebel Penguin Federation in World War VII in an upset. The Templars would largely be a rollercoaster for the next 2 years. They would thrive on CPO and win multiple wars; conflictingly, they also experienced a spell of instability.
Near mid-2021, Xing would begin developing Templars back into a major player, which would ultimately culminate in them holding a 50-week-long first-place streak that broke the longest first-place record and would also achieve victory in the Legends Cup tournament in 2022, becoming the first army created post-original CPA to win the tournament. Xing’s retirement comes as the Templars wrap up the ‘Troubled Allies War’ against the Special Weapons and Tactics.
Club Penguin Armies was able to obtain an exclusive interview with Xing to reflect on his time as a leader, along with the future of the Templars army.
So first off, we’d like to congratulate you, Xing, on your upcoming retirement. How do you feel about your decision to retire?
Good, I feel that everything that’s needed to be accomplished for my army has been done. There is no need for me to continue any longer as I’ve done everything already. The new leaders will make names for themselves and win even more without me.
There have been a few people that have theorized that your retirement is in name only and that you’ll still hold significant influence over daily Templarian affairs. What is going to be the extent of your retirement?
Entirely off of discord. I will have people notifying me of day to day affairs in Templars.
Does this cancel out any momentary returns for tournaments or wars?
Alright. So does this mean you have enough trust in Brownpen, Racecar, Nicky, and Dawnables to maintain the Templars’ success without issue given you will no longer be active?
What do you consider your biggest achievement? Defeating a very successful RPF against all odds as an underdog in 2018, or your victory in Legends Cup and the long top-ten streak this year?
If there was no 2018, there would be no Xing.
So are you saying you feel the former [defeating RPF] was your bigger achievement?
Indeed. Without it, we would not have gotten to this point.
Do you feel the victory against RPF in 2018 was the biggest influence on your need to succeed the past 2 years or was there another person or event that played a role?
I believe it was my army that was my biggest influence.
I see. What do you think is the biggest hurdle for this army with you no longer going to be a leader?
Size, most likely, but it’ll be controlled within a matter of 2 or so months.
You obviously weren’t successful in emulating the same success you had during World War VII in the Summer Sovereignty War. Does that bother you at all?
No, not at all. Playing the long game has it’s benefits.
With Xing concluding his ‘final invasion’, he has begun the steps towards placing his knight helmet on the mantle; this time it will be for the final time. Based on the information we obtained from this interview, it appears Xing has no regrets and is confident in the ability of the other leaders to keep the army alive. Regardless of what the future has in store, Xing will forever be remembered as a significant figure for these past few years. Will this be the last we see of Xing, or will we see a return in the future?