iG.Vitality have qualified for another major – this time taking the cake in the Kiev Major China qualifiers. The Chinese team slid into fourth place in the group stage, then experienced a resurgence in the playoffs, becoming the first of two teams that will head to out to the Kiev Major to take place between April 27th – April 30th, joining Wings Gaming, Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, OG, Team Liquid, Ad Finem, Team VG.J, Team Faceless and TnC Pro.
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iG.Vitality have found their groove in the Kiev Major China qualifiers.
The team is the first Chinese to secure themselves a spot in the Kiev Major.
iG.Vitality had slid into fourth place in the group stage, advancing by the skin of their teeth after taking both games in a three way tiebreaker.
The team then went on to sweep through CDEC Gaming 2:0 and then bested their sister team Invictus Gaming 2:1 in the upper bracket finals. Although they dropped the first match of the series, Xu “Sakata” Zichen dominated in the second two matches and the team cruised through to claim the matches, the series and the qualifying spot.
One more team – ViCi Gaming, CDEC or Invictus Gaming will have the opportunity to join their Chinese peers.
iG.Vitality – Kiev Major China qualifiers winner
IG.Vitality was created in March 2016 for the Manila Major/TI6 roster season.
As one of the few teams to not make any changes to the lineup in the post TI6 season, continuing to play with the same roster.
IG did not have any representation at TI6. The Vitality squad had a strong presence during the season, participating in various regional events and qualifiers.
The young squad had encountered their own visa issues for the Boston Major – forcing them to take on their official substitute and one other to replace super and Dogf1ghts.
The team has made no roster changes since their inception and have progressed quite nicely to being a top contender for the Chinese region but fell a bit short taking 7-8th place in StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3.
Zhang “Yuno” Chengjun
Xu “Sakata” Zichen
Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong
Su “super” Peng
Gao “Dogf1ghts” Tianpeng
The Kiev Major is scheduled to take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine. National Palace of Arts is one of the main theater venues in Kiev, Ukraine. It was opened in 1970 with a seating capacity of almost 4,000 in the main concert hall – approximately the same size as Wang Theater where the Boston Major was held this last fall.
In the past, StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 hosted CS:GO at the event successfully.
The event will be hosted by PGL and will be the last Major ore-TI7.
Kiev Major dates
- The Kiev Major group stage will take place starting April TBA.
- The Kiev Major main event will take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine.