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Invictus Gaming Announce New Dota 2 Roster
- Invictus Gaming revealed a new Dota 2 roster on Saturday, November 11, 2023
- The new lineup will feature two carryovers and a couple of returning faces
- The lineup overhaul follows a disappointing season
Chinese Dota 2 esports team Invictus Gaming unveiled its new roster on Saturday, November 11, after a disappointing run through the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season. The lineup will include two carryovers from the former roster as well as a couple of returning faces who previously competed under the IG banner.
Invictus Gaming used to be one of the strongest Chinese Dota 2 teams; however, success was hard to come by for the Chinese squad over the last two years. Since IG placed fourth at The International 2021, they've not won a single tournament title, nor has the team qualified for another TI.
The 2023 season was not terrible for Invictus Gaming, who found some success on separate occasions. They placed third in DPC CN 2023 Tour 2: Division I and claimed silver medal from Tour 3: Division I; however, those were IG's only notable accomplishments of the year.
In international events, the Chinese squad proved far less successful. They crashed out of ESL One Berlin Major 2023 in 17th-18th place and emulated that run at Bali Major 2023 in July. Things didn't get better at The International 2023 - China Qualifier either, as Invictus Gaming couldn't make it past the second round and missed out on The International for the second year in a row.
In a bid to find more success in the 2024 season, Invictus Gaming made some changes to its lineup and brought in some of the top talent from the region. But the new roster won't look entirely new.
Despite the team's struggles in 2023, Invictus Gaming decided to keep Zhou "Dust" Shiyuan and Cui "qyqx" Chenyang, who'll continue with the team and link up with five new teammates, including Du "Monet" Peng, Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang, Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen, Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao, and Yap "xNova" Jian.
Monte joins IG as one of the most experienced Dota 2 players from the region, having started his career in 2015. He is mostly known for his time at Royal Never Give Up and Aster, with whom he won the Intel World Open Beijing and placed fourth at The International 2022.
Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang is another massive signing for IG. The former LGD Gaming (previously PSG.LGD), NothingToSay has recently claimed a bronze medal from The International 2023 and is currently the only player to leave LGD Gaming this offseason.
JT- and BoBoKa are two familiar faces for IG fans, having previously competed for the Chinese team at different points in their careers. JT- was a member of IG from April 2019 to December 2022 before leaving for Xtreme Gaming, where he spent one year. BoBoKa, on the other side, was a member of IG in March 2016 – September 2018 before he left and spent the next five years playing for Team Aster and BetBoom Esports.
xNova is another veteran player to join Invictus Gaming. The 26-year-old support started his Dota 2 career in September 2015 with Who2Bet and has since played for some of the biggest Chinese teams, including PSG.LGD, EHOME, and Royal Never Give Up.
By keeping ahold of younger talent and adding seasoned veterans, Invictus Gaming look ready to turn a new leaf and re-establish itself as one of the top Chinese Dota 2 teams. However, only time will tell whether IG's new project will manage to reach the heights it's destined to.
Invictus Gaming 2024 Roster:
- Zhou "Dust" Shiyuan
- Cui "qyqx" Chenyang
- Du "Monet" Peng
- Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang
- Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen
- Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao
- Yap "xNova" Jian