Following the departure of its previous offlaner, the Chinese organization recall the inactive player.
The roster shuffle season just keeps on rolling across the Dota 2 world, this time hitting the Chinese region again. The changes are not so drastic this time, as Chinese squad Invictus Gaming Vitality have registered its roster for the rest of the 2017-2018 season with a minor alteration. With its offlaner Sun “Srf” Runfa being transferred to iG Vitality’s sister squad, Invictus Gaming, the team was in need of a new offlaner to take his place. Rather than a new player, iG Vitality went with an old one in the form of its former offlaner and previously inactive roster member Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong.
Seeing as how InJuly never actually left the organization, his return to the active roster of iG Vitality isn’t as big of a roster change as some of the others we’ve seen so far this season. The Chinese offlaner has been with the organization since early 2016, and was part of the iG Vitality roster that won the Chinese Qualifier and participated at TI7. Just before the beginning of the season though, InJuly was removed from the active roster in the move that brought Su “Flyby” Lei and Srf to the team. InJuly has not played in an official match since the team’s TI7 run, so there may be some rust for the Chinese offlaner to shake off before he is playing at full strength. Despite that concern, the organization felt it better to fill its roster vacancy with a more familiar face rather than look to bring in a player from outside of the organization. iG Vitality has not been a significant factor on Pro Circuit qualifiers so far this season, but the team is hoping that the return of InJuly may spark an improvement int the squad’s play moving forward.
The Roster of Invictus Gaming Vitality following InJuly’s reactivation:
- Su “Flyby” Lei (Carry)
- Xu “Sakata” Zichen (Mid)
- Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong (Offlane)
- Gao “dogf1ghts” Tianpeng (Support)
- Su “super” Peng (Support)