Invictus Gaming roster has undergone a complete overhaul including both of their teams – IG and iG Vitality. Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi is the only member of the main squad that will remain with the team. A disappointing year for the organization, and Chinese teams overall, has resulted in drastic roster changes and the elevation of new blood to the main squads.
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Based off of the new roster information from Invictus Gaming, Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi is the only member to remain on the main Invictus Gaming roster.
Ferrari_430 is considered one of the best mid players in the world. Nicknamed “the pianist”, his fingers move with speed and grace across the keyboard, commanding spells in a beautifully orchestrated manner. He is revered as one of the best Invoker players, thanks to the way he manages to manipulate the complexity of the hero’s spell combinations.
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi started his professional Dota 2 career with Invictus Gaming in 2011. The International 5 was his fifth International with Invictus Gaming.
Joining him will be four of the former iG Vitality players – Zhao “qd” Shungeng, Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao, Lin “Xxs” Jing and Chen “Rong” Jingwu.
Former main IG squad members Su “super” Peng and Zhang “Yuno” Chengjun have both reportedly transferred to iG Vitality. Joining them will be Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong from Team FanTuan in the offlane position, Gao “dogfight” Tianpeng from ViCi Gaming Potential in the support role and a new support player “Op”.
Invictus Gaming have provided a high level of competition to their Chinese and international rivals, maintaining a strong and at times threatening presence in the past. Always a team to achieve placements during tournament playoffs, IG towered above their peers. The team has seized top three finishes at several premier and major tournaments last year and numerous commendable positions in between.
However, Invictus Gaming has had a very difficult time in the last year. After a disappointing 12th place finish at TI5, the team was once again subject to roster changes.
They did place 4th at ESL One New York but their ease didn’t last long.
Invictus Gaming was forced to withdraw from The Frankfurt Major due to complications in obtaining required travel documents for Su “super” Peng. The team did not have a substitute registered, therefore falling out of compliance with the roster lock rules implemented by Valve.
Then, in a very surprising move, Wong “ChuaN” Hock has transferred to Newbee.
Invictus Gaming has almost always been synonymous with ChuaN. While he started his career in 2011, with LGD Gaming, he transferred to Invictus Gaming after the first International. In September of 2013, he departed the organization for a five-month stint away from competitive gaming, before coming back to his “home”, at IG.
Liu “XDD” Silong had taken ChuaN’s place on the team. XDD has been playing since 2012 for various Chinese teams including Wings Gaming and Hyper Glory Team.
The changes in the roster did not help further Invictus Gaming. They were not directly invited to the Shanghai Major and were forced to participate in the Regional Chinese qualifiers. Falling short there, with a 5-6th place finish, they missed the second Valve sponsored Major of the year.
Invictus Gaming roster:
Invictus Gaming roster
Zhao “qd” Shungeng
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi
Lin “Xxs” Jingi
Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao
Chen “Rong” Jingwu
On December 6th Invictus Gaming announced that they had signed a new youth squad, called iG Vitality. The team has since been playing in some qualifier matches as well as minor and major local events.
The new squad was able to take 4th at Dota 2 Radiant & Dire Cup 2015, fifth at ECL 2015 Dota 2 Autumn and eighth at Shanghai Dota 2 Open.
At the Shanghai Majors Chinese qualifiers, iG Vitality had a fantastic run, falling to Newbee 0:2 in the lower bracket finals.
Zhang “Yuno” Chengjun
Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong
Gao “dogfight” Tianpeng
Su “super” Peng