Invictus Gaming

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Invictus Gaming
Invictus Gaming logo.png
Short name iG
Divisions Dota 2
League of Legends
StarCraft II
Crossfire
Overwatch
Founded 2011
Location China
Manager Liu "Efeng" Yuan
Zhang "CuoJue" Guoqing

Invictus Gaming (iG) is a multi-game eSports organization founded in 2011 in China. They are primarily known for their Dota 2, League of Legends, and StarCraft II teams. iG's Dota squad won The International 2012.

History[edit]

Invictus Gaming was founded in 2011 by Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jianlin, the richest man in China and Asia,[1] who bought the team formerly known as Catastrophic Cruel Memory (CCM) at about 6 million USD, in order to promote and ameliorate professional E-Sports in China.[2] Now Invictus Gaming consist of squads for Dota 2, League of Legends, Crossfire, and StarCraft II.

Dota/Dota 2[edit]

Defense of the Ancients[edit]

The creation of iG.Y after poaching YYF, Chuan, 830 and CH of LGD,[3] historically one of the strongest teams in China, came days after the purchase of CCM.[4] The team is now also known as iG.Z (Zhou, SanSheng, Ferrari 430, Xiao8, DDC). iG.Y got the 3rd place in World DotA Championship 2011.[5] iG.Z was the champion of CPL 2011.[6] Having moved into the DotA scene with the new players, the two iG teams represented what appeared to be the two strongest teams in the scene.

In November 2011, iG decided to combine the two teams and have the team with the best Chinese DotA players. The team was composed of Chen "Zhou" Yao, Jiang "YYF" Cen, Luo "Ferrari 430" Feichi, Wong "Chuan" Hock Chuan and Zeng "Faith" Hongda,[7] in which Chen "Zhou" Yao was the captain.

After re-shuffling the roster of the combined IG, they have won the SMM Grand National DotA Tournament world championship.[8] In 2012, Ig won the ACE Dota Pro-league 2012[9] and G-League 2012 Season 1[10]

Dota 2[edit]

The International 2012 grand finals between Na'Vi (left) and iG (right)

In late 2012, Invictus Gaming's Dota squad started to transition to Dota 2. The team kept on their roster Chen "Zhou" Yao, Jiang "YYF" Cen, Luo "Ferrari 430" Feichi, Wong "Chuan" Hock Chuan and Zeng "Faith" Hongda. They became the champions and won the $1,000,000 prize at The International 2012 defeating Natus Vincere in four games in a best of five series of the finals.[11][12][13] The Grand Finals of The International 2 tournament took place in the Seattle, US.

In the same year, Invictus Gaming's Dota 2 squad became the World Cyber Games 2012 world champions. Since Chuan is from Malaysia, the rules of World Cyber Games 2012 restricted him from playing alongside his team in the event. Therefore, Invictus Gaming's dota 2 team has found Li "chisbug(CH)" Chen to replace him.[14] It was another impressive performance by iG and DK where they finished the group stages with an undefeated record. They finally met each other in the finals where Invictus Gaming would end the winning streak of DK and later on ending their run with a 2-0 record and take the tournament without dropping a single game.

Invictus Gaming's Dota 2 squad won multiple tournaments in 2012, including ACE Dota Pro-league 2012, G League 2012 Season 1, G League 2012 Season 2, The International 2012 and WCG 2012. They didn't miss the chance to get mentioned when they were nominated in the GosuAwards for the categories of best players and teams in 2012. All 5 members of their team were nominated. Moreover, they won the top places with three players (Wong "Chuan" Hock Chuan, Jiang "YYF" Cen, Luo "Ferrari 430" Feichi) from their squad in the top five and also the prize for best team in 2012.[15] Except GosuAwards, Invictus Gaming's Dota 2 squad was also the team of the year in Liquid's Dota 2 Awards 2012. For Liquid's Dota 2 Awards, Chen "Zhou" Yao got the best Carry, Zeng "Faith" Hongda got the best support and Luo "Ferrari 430" Feichi got the best ganker.[16]

On 2 September 2013, Zhou got removed from the iG roster after two years of playing for them. On 4 September 2013, TongFu and Invictus Gaming made a swap. Hao was sent to Invictus Gaming's direction, while Zhou is introduced as a new TongFu player.[17] On 9 September, Banana was introduced as a new player of Invictus Gaming.The captain position was taken up by Zeng "Faith" Hongda. They won the ECL 2013[18] and became the runner-up of G-League 2013 Season 1[19] and 2013 WPC ACE Dota 2 League.[20] In 2014, Chen "Hao" Zhihao and Wang "Banana" Jiao left IG. Wong "Chuan" Hock Chuan returned to ig and Luo "Luo" Yinqi joined as new carry player. After that, ig won WPC 2014. In June, Invictus Gaming became the champion of ESL One Frankfurt[21][22] by beating Evil Geniuses in the grand final with a perfect score 22:0 in the final game.[23][24] In August, YYF retired and Faith left IG. The replacements were Lin "June" Shiyang and old time veteran Li "CHisbug" Chen after two years of inactivity. In March 2015, Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei joined the team and Zeng "Faith" Hongda returned to the team.[25] Lin "June" Shiyang left and Li "CHisbug" Chen transferred to a tactical analyst.[26] Then IG got the champion of Major All Stars Season 1.[27]

League of Legends[edit]

2011[edit]

On August 7, the predecessor of Invictus Gaming, Catastrophic Cruel Memory won the title of 2011 WCG China Regional Finals.[28]

In the same month, iG bought the line-up of CCM. Sun "XiaoXiao" Yalong, Zong "Luffy" Yuan, Wong "Tabe" Pak Kan, Lo "Wh1t3zZ" Pun Wai and Siu "ChrIs" Keung formed the Invictus Gaming's LoL squad. In November of this year, Chen "illuSioN" Xin-Lin and Yang "BlackWeapon" Ao joined the team while Zong "Luffy" Yuan left.

2012[edit]

In January 2012, they got the silver medal at the World GameMaster Tournament 2012. From March to June, Invictus Gaming completed a reform of the team. Wong "Tabe" Pak Kan, Lo "Wh1t3zZ" Pun Wai and Siu "ChrIs" Keung left the team while [29] former Ehome player Liu "PDD" Mou, Liu "Zzitai" Zhi-Hao and former HanGong Clan player Ge "Kid" Yan joined the team to replace them.[30]

On July 28 they were the first place of Season 2 Regionals Finals, held in Shanghai with 2012 China Joy, and thus earned themselves a ticket to the S2 World Finals.[31] Unfortunately their world journey on October was stopped by Moscow 5, 0-2 in the final eight.

Invictus Gaming's LoL squad were the runner-up of World e-Sports Masters and became champions of CPL from September to December of this year. Then Yang "BlackWeapon" Ao left.

2013[edit]

In 2013, they were the third place of 2013 LPL Spring, the runner-up of G-League 2012 Season 2 and IEM Season VIII - Shanghai.

On April 4, after 3 long games with their rival, team World Elite, Invictus Gaming finally came back with 2-1 and won the gold medal of GIGABYTE StarWar League Season 2. After the game several players were enraged because some mad-brained fans of World Elite threw water bottles at them.[32]

However at Season 3 China Regional Finals on September 8, Invictus Gaming was successively defeated by team Oh My God and Royal, which was led by their former players Wong "Tabe" Pak Kan and Lo "Wh1t3zZ" Pun Wai, thus losing the opportunity to S3 World Finals.[33]

In December, Liu "Kitties" Hong-Jun joined team as new support. They beat the Korean team CJ Entus Frost and became the champions of Intel Extreme Masters Singapore.[34]

2014[edit]

After months of rumors, Sun "XiaoXiao" Yalong finally announced his formal retirement on January 20.[35]

In May 2014, Invictus Gaming won the second place of LPL Spring. PDD's amazing performance with Kyle helped them triumphed over team Oh My God 2-1 in semifinals,[36] but in finals they lost to Edward Gaming 0-3.[37] In December 2014, 2 former core players of KT Rolster organizations, Lee "KaKAO" Byung-kwon and Song "RooKie" Eui-jin, joined as new players of Invictus Gaming after 3 months of ordeal.[38] Won "MaFa" Sang-yeon and Lee "PoohManDu" Jeong-hyeon joined as Coaches. Invictus Gaming was considered big winner of the Korea imports.[39]

2015[edit]

Invictus Gaming attended the Demacia Cup in March and made it to the final. However, on March 29 they were knocked from defending the title, swepted 3-0 by Edward Gaming, the team which dominated the series with no loss, thus having place second.

In April, Invictus Gaming finished LPL Spring regular season with in 5th place. In the playoffs, Invictus Gaming advanced 3-0 with wins over VICI Gaming in the first round[40] but then again crushed by Edward Gaming 3-0 in semifinals.[41] On April 27, with Kid's Pentakill Invictus Gaming won the third place of LPL Spring after beating Snake 3-0.[42]

On April 29, in the finals of International Esports Tournament Invictus Gaming defeated, World Elite, and won their first title of the year.[43]

CrossFire and Starcraft 2[edit]

Invictus Gaming's CrossFire squad were the World Cyber Games champions in 2012.

The Crossfire competition at the World Cyber Games 2012 was composed of 13 teams and the $25,000 cash prize. Invictus Gaming's CF squad won the grand finals of WCG.[44][45] Hu "MacSed Xiang got the bronze medal in the Starcraft II portion of WCG 2012. Wang "XiGua" Le was the silver medalist of WCG 2011.

Rosters[edit]

Dota 2[edit]

Player ID Position Birth Date Hometown Join Date
Xu Zhilei BurNIng 1 1988-02-16 Tongling, Anhui 2016-09-17
Ou Peng Op 2 2016-09-17
Lin Jing Xxs 3 2016-03-19
Ye Zhibiao BoBoKa 4/5 2016-03-19
Fu Bin Q 4/5 2016-09-17

Previous Dota/Dota 2 members[edit]

Player ID Position Birth Date Hometown Joined Left
Zeng Hongda Faith 5 1992-02-06 Guangdong 2015-03-06 2015-09-02
Chen Yao Zhou 1 1990-06-14 Yueyang, Hunan 2011-08-02 2013-09-04
Chen Zhihao Hao 1 1991-07-28 Guangdong 2013-09-04 2014-02-13
Leong Fat-meng DDC 4 1990-07-03 Macau 2011-08-02 2011-08-09
Wang Zhaohui SanSheng 3 1989-06-13 Huaihua, Hunan 2011-08-02 2011-11-23
Jiang Cen YYF 3 1987-02-03 Shanghai 2011-08-02 2014-07-24
Luo feichi Ferrari430 2 1990-02-14 Hubei 2011 2016
Zhang Ning Xiao8 3 1989-12-14 Shaoyang, Hunan 2011-08-02 2011-08-09

League of Legends[edit]

  • Liu "Zzitai" Zhihao (刘志豪)(since 2012, Top laner)
  • Gao "AGxw" Yaze (高亚泽)(since May 28, 2016, Sub/Top laner)
  • Song "RooKie" Eui-jin (송의진)(since December 18, 2014, Mid laner)
  • Cai "Mo" Bo (蔡波)(since 2015, Sub/Support)
  • Zeng "Pokemon" Tao (曾韬)(since October 30, 2014, Sub/Top)
  • Ge "Kid" Yan (葛炎)(since 2012, Jungler)
  • An "Rain" Hyeon-Guk (안현국)(since 2016, AD carry)
  • Liu "Kitties" Hongjun (刘洪均)(since 2013, Support)
  • Wong "Tabe" Pak Kan (王柏勤)(since April 13, 2016, Sub/Support)
  • Ding "Hule" Yubo(丁于波)(since May 28, 2016, Sub/Support)[46]

Former[edit]

  • Liu "PDD" Mou (刘谋)(2012–2014, Top laner)
  • Lo "Wh1t3zZ" Pun Wai (盧本偉)(2011–2012, Mid laner)
  • Sun "XiaoXiao" Yalong (孙亚龙)(2011–2014, Support/Top)
  • Wong "Tabe" Pak Kan (王柏勤)(2011–2012, Support)
  • Zong "Luffy" Yuan (宗原)(2011–2011, Support)
  • Chen "illuSioN" Xinlin (陈新霖)(2011-2014, Jungler)

StarCraft II[edit]

  1. Cao "Jim" Jin Hui
  2. Hu "MacSed" Xiang
  3. Wang "XiGua" Lei
  4. Song "XluoS" Ying
  5. Xiang "XY" Yao
  6. Zhou "IA" Hang

CrossFire[edit]

World Cyber Games 2012 Rosters
  1. Ma "MZIN" Zhe
  2. Xu "4ME" Depeng
  3. Feng "Nice" Yongqiang
  4. Dai "18Lin" Yueqiang
  5. Shen "Best" Zhong

FIFA[edit]

  1. Wei "Satan" Chen

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Natus Vincere
The International winner
2012
Succeeded by
Alliance