The Chinese organization registered its new roster with significant changes to the lineup.
As the official roster lock from Valve creeps ever closer, more and more squads are announcing changes to their lineups, and today another squad joins the list of altered teams. Chinese organization Invictus Gaming registered its roster for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season, but the registered lineup features a few changes from the team we’ve seen up to this point. First off, the team will not be keeping Xie “Super” Junhao on its active roster after receiving him on a trial basis in an exchange with LGD.Forever Young. It also appears the Ou “Op” Peng, the player that Invictus Gaming traded to LGD.Forever Young, will not be returning to the squad, nor will its carry player, Yang “GazEoD” Pu. In addition to these changes, the team also added two new players in Sun “Agressif” Zheng from For the Dream and Sun “Srf” Runfa of Invictus Gaming’s sister team, Invictus Gaming.Vitality. Those moves will also apparently have the effect of shifting Lin “Xxs” Jing from the offlane into the midlane role.
Agressif was most notably a member of the legendary CDEC Gaming squad that rose to prominence in 2015 and famously faced off against Evil Geniuses in the TI5 Grand Finals. Since then, Agressif has had runs with a few Chinese teams such as LGD Gaming, VGJ, and his most recent squad For The Dream. He brings talent and experience on the international stage to an IG lineup that has been largely in the background of the Chinese scene so far this season.
Srf has been with the Invictus Gaming organization all season long, having been a part of the IG.Vitality lineup prior to this move onto the main squad. The player has not experience much success yet, either within the Chinese region or on the international level. That being said, the decision to move him from a developmental or youth squad onto the flagship roster of a major Chinese Dota organization would not be made if there wasn’t a high degree of confidence and faith in his abilities.
These changes are incredibly significant for the team, despite really only changing out two players in total. While Agressif and Srf bring experience and young talent to the roster, it will likely take some time for the team to fully integrate its new players and for Xxs to adjust to his transition into the mid-lane. That being said, the team wasn’t really in a very competitive position in the Chinese region at this point in the season, and these significant changes may be what it needs to return to prominence in China and on the international level. We’ll see how well this new look Invictus Gaming squad plays, but fans may be in for a long wait as IG isn’t scheduled to compete in any upcoming Pro Circuit qualifiers or events.
The new roster of Invictus Gaming:
- Sun “Agressif” Zheng (Carry)
- Lin “Xxs” Jing (Mid)
- Sun “Srf” Runfa (Offlane)
- Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao (Support)
- Fu “Q” Bin (Support) (Captain)