Sweeping changes come to iG as the Chinese organization reveal an entirely new roster.
Invictus Gaming came on as something of a late-season surprise on the Pro Circuit last season, as the Chinese squad earned itself a spot at TI8 despite having made just 2 appearances on the Pro Circuit stage and finishing near the bottom of the standings in each of them. While the squad ended up finishing in the shared last place position of 17th-18th in Vancouver, the fact that the team made it to TI8 at all was fairly impressive. However, the organization has decided to go in a different direction heading into the new season, as it has revealed a completely new roster just a few days ahead of the registration deadline. Carry Sun “Agressif” Zheng has been shifted to an inactive role with the team, while Offlaner Sun “Srf” Runfa and Support Fu “Q” Bin have left the organization. In their place comes a number of call-ups and transfers to rebuild the team’s roster. Carry Zheng “ghost” Jie transfers to iG from Eclipse, while supports Chan “Oli” Chon Kien and Ru “RedPanda” Zhihao come to the team from Geek Fam and Echo Gaming, respectively. Meanwhile, Midlaner Zhou “HAlf” Yi, Offlaner Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong, and Support Gao “dogf1ghts” Tianpeng shift from the Invictus Gaming Vitality roster to the main squad. If you’ve been counting in your head, then you will notice that 6 players are listed for the new iG lineup, and that isn’t by mistake. The organization has listed both Oli and RedPanda as their position 5 supports, and as of right now it is unclear which of them will be designated as a substitute.
Any time a team changes out its entire roster, there are sure to be complications and adjustment periods that need to be taken into account, and this situation with iG is no different. The team’s new roster will likely need some time and practice around the beginning of the season in order to fully acclimate to its new players and style. At the time of writing this, the team has participated in the first China Open Qualifier for the Kuala Lumpur Major, but failed to advance beyond the Round of 32. So obvously, there will be some growing pains for the team to begin its Pro Circuit campaign, but the talent is very clearly there for the Chinese squad, and the face that nearly every other major organization made changes to their rosters as well helps to buy a little more time for Invictus Gaming to get itself on track to potentially be a leading squad in China on the Pro Circuit this season.
The new roster of Invictus Gaming:
Zheng “ghost” Jie (Carry)
Zhou “HAlf” Yi (Mid)
Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong (Offlane)
Gao “dogf1ghts” Tianpeng (Support)
Ru “RedPanda” Zhihao (Support)
Chan “Oli” Chon Kien (Support)
Luo “Lpc” Puchao (Coach)
Li “zaizai” Pan (Manager)