G-League Team Presentation: iG

posted by Sun_Tzu, 1 year ago
With G-League Season 2 around the corner, we figured we'd try something a little bit different. Over the course of the next few days, we will be bringing you a daily team presentation to get you up to speed about who will be competing at the event, how they got there and what their chances are. Today we will be kicking things off with a double presentation of the two invited teams. This is the presentation for cn Invictus Gaming with cn DK following later today.


(From left to right) Ferrari_430, Faith, Zhou, YYF, Chuan


Dota 2 Achievements:

- 5th/6th - The International @ Gamescom, Cologne (2011) - $35,000
- 2nd - Beyond The Summit World Tour (2012)
- 1st - The International 2 @ Seattle, United States of America (2012) - $1,000,000
- 4th - G-1 Champions League Season 4 @ FuZhou, China (2012) - $6,400
- 1st - World Cyber Games @ Kunshan, China (2012) $20,000

Team History

Having been established in early August of 2011, Invictus Gaming, or iG for short, is a relatively young organization. The players behind it, however, are some of the most established names in the Chinese DotA scene, having played in some of the best and top teams in China.

When Invictus Gaming was originally established, there were two teams playing under the iG tag, known as iG.Y and iG.Z. The former consisted of four members from the infamous LGD, while the latter was the acquistion of the entire CCM team that dominated the scene from early to mid 2011. Both acquistions were said to be in tune of six million dollars, paid for by the son of China's tenth richest man, Wang Sicong.

Both teams continued their quest to be the best as seperate entities up until the World DotA Championships held in November of 2011. With unfavourable results from both squads, the owner decided it was best to merge the two teams which lead to the current iG roster. The new roster showed its worth by winning the SMM Grand National DotA Tournament in December of 2011 and would over time claim the premier spot in Chinese Wc3 DotA leading up to The International 2.

At The International 2 iG dominated their group and went confident into the playoffs, where they were rudely dropped down to the lower bracket by Na`Vi. Undaunted, iG fought their way through the rest of Chinas elite to earn the right to face Na`Vi once more in the grand finals, where they were able to claim the title of best Dota 2 team in the world.

Roster

(Clicking on the individual hero icons will take you to that hero's profile in our database, as well as clicking on player portraits will take you to their profile pages!)

Zhou
cn Yao, Chen

Given the nickname 'Zhou Shen' (Zhou God in English) by the Chinese community as a testatement to how skilled of a player he is, Zhou is known throughout the world for his insane carry abilities, with last hits being some of the most accurate around. Best known for playing under the Nirvana.CN tag, Zhou has been through thick and thin, winning multiple titles throughout his career and going through just as many roster changes as well. He is the current in-game leader of the team.

Signature heroes:

Ferrari_430
cn Fei Chi, Luo

Considered perhaps the greatest solo mid player of today, Ferrari will always be best known for his Invoker play. While the current version has not favoured this hero, Ferrari has instead found himself dominating recently with aggressive gankers, primarily Night Stalker. However, at the G-1 finals it seemed as if his movement with the hero had been figured out, which has forced the iconic player to re-think his game. If WCG grand finals are any indication, his answer may be Brewmaster, but only time will tell if that holds up.

One outstanding attribute of Ferrari is his excellent map awareness, which was demonstrated during a game against cn DK while he was playing Templar Assasin, getting a solo kill on a Broodmother with no detection at all.

Signature heroes:

YYF
cn Cen, Jiang

Another bright star in the Chinese Dota scene, YYF is well known for playing alongside 2009 in the a previous incarnation of LGD. Even after 2009 decided to leave the team, YYF continued to lead the team to achieve excellent results. He is one of two members of this legendary LGD team who remain on iG, and with exceptional play on the offlane has cemented his place as one of the very best, if not the best, at this highly precarious role.

Signature heroes:

Chuan
my Hock Chuan, Wong

The only player on the team not of Chinese origin, Chuan hails from Malaysia, which has produced equally talented players such as Yamateh and Mushi. Chuan is the very first 'foreign' player to join a Chinese professional team; he first headed to China and played under the now defunct ToT team. Even before his move to China, Chuan had been known to be a very skilled player, playing under famous teams such as KingSurf and Mineski.my while still residing in Malaysia.

His flashy plays and larger than life persona has made him perhaps the most famous of the iG squad, spawning many a meme of his Tidehunter plays at The International 2. Formerly a semi-carry player, his Windrunner will always have a special place in our hearts.

Signature heroes:

Faith
cn Hong Da, Zeng

Faith became known for captaining Tyloo under the nick 'WAQT'. Having played the carry role for most of his career, Faith has made the switch to being a support player in iG well. With excellent ward placement as well as good positional play, the drafter of the team does an excellent if often overlooked job. While not as flashy as his other teammates, his strategies have allowed iG to become the team they are today.

Signature heroes:


Predictions for G-League:

Even though iG failed to deliver at the G-1 Champions League finals, their run since The International 2 has been nearly flawless. Having had the time to analyze their mistakes and re-invigorate their practice regimen, there is no reason not to expect great things from iG.

They have arguably the easier of the two groups and should be expected to secure themselves a fairly convincing straight seed into the semi-finals. While they will encounter greater resistance during the playoffs, they remain the favourites to take home first place.

Any opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the editor's, and do not reflect joinDOTA as a whole.

Image of iG taken at The International 2 copyright of Valve Software.

Credit and thanks to the guys over at DotA Academy for their amazing statistics!


Sources: Invictus Gaming Facebook

 
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#1
AndyZloy wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:26 CET:
1st
#2
Loqo wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:28 CET:
Ferrari troll face.
#3
eg.blacksheep wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:30 CET:
Nice presentation, enjoyed it
#4
Deruz0r wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:31 CET:
I like how you actually DID put WR on chuan's signature heroes :D
<3
#5
Miyagi-sama wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:36 CET:
Ferrari looks like singsing? Bro fist??
#6
ComeHereFOLKS wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:36 CET:
very well written ! Good job on that !
Also like the video-link to Ferraris solo kill.
#7
HCX_Winchester wrote at 18.12.2012, 17:55 CET:
Well doesn't this same with International 2 presentation?
#8
kazama wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:00 CET:
Miyagi-sama wrote:
Ferrari looks like singsing? Bro fist??


+1 *Bro fist*
#9
TheMightyTalkerrr wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:15 CET:
Nice read. Good job at this presentation. No real complaints.
#10
OnmyRedEye wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:15 CET:
Since when did Chuan become the most famous player in IG? Not even close in the Chinese community...Chuan is just an Okay player in China's professional players.
#11
752 wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:18 CET:
inb4 dendi best solo mid comments
#12
Alexstrov wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:28 CET:
OnmyRedEye wrote:
Since when did Chuan become the most famous player in IG? Not even close in the Chinese community...Chuan is just an Okay player in China's professional players.


Chuan is the soul of iG
#13
Serene- wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:33 CET:
HCX_Winchester wrote:
Well doesn't this same with International 2 presentation?


+1... stop recycling material (especially without shortcoming like how they lost to LGD at WCG)
#14
kop_ wrote at 18.12.2012, 18:35 CET:
OnmyRedEye wrote:
Since when did Chuan become the most famous player in IG? Not even close in the Chinese community...Chuan is just an Okay player in China's professional players.


Chuan is the best player in Dota dude.
#15
Koerage wrote at 18.12.2012, 19:10 CET:
why is TA not one of ferrari's signature hero? he's easily (one of) the best with it, feel the same for Zhou's AM (doesnt he have the quickest BF rush ever?)
anyway, nice writeup, but dont make it look like the TI2-presentations
#16
krsrwn wrote at 18.12.2012, 19:14 CET:
HCX_Winchester wrote:
Well doesn't this same with International 2 presentation?


Yep, that's what I thought as well.
#17
Congo wrote at 18.12.2012, 19:16 CET:
OnmyRedEye wrote:
Since when did Chuan become the most famous player in IG? Not even close in the Chinese community...Chuan is just an Okay player in China's professional players.


sounds a bit harsh...
imo YYF is the mastermind of iG
#18
DerpLingT_T wrote at 18.12.2012, 19:56 CET:
didnt notice any difference at WCG in iG so it doesnt matter imho chuan or chisbug ,he can replace him but chuan is perfectly fine but i would say faith yyf and ferrari are core of iG because they are good friends and coordination is best between these
#19
DDfish wrote at 18.12.2012, 20:05 CET:
shut down both yyf and ferrari will let you win the game. but not the case for other members.
#20
p4di.de wrote at 18.12.2012, 20:07 CET:
Ferrari signature hero TA mb?
#21
Sun_Tzu wrote at 18.12.2012, 20:38 CET:
I said Chuan has become the most famous, which I believe holds true for the western world. This is not the same as to say that he is their most important player, or their best player.

Ferrari has played remarkably few games of TA recently even though TA is first pick material. With this in mind, I left it out. Balancing several years of history with giving an accurate indication of what a player in question might play in the upcoming tournament isn't exactly a clear cut decision.
#22
ComeHereFOLKS wrote at 18.12.2012, 22:08 CET:
omg why change to pictures we already know ? That was bad tbh
#23
morliez wrote at 18.12.2012, 22:15 CET:
Im going to get hated for this, but imo that blindkill Ferrari got with TA has been overhyped way too much. And Im not saying I could pull it off or that it was luck, but in that same situtation many players could have pulled off exactly the same thing he did.
#24
itsBambi wrote at 19.12.2012, 00:20 CET:
TA, Not a signature hero of 430? Dude, he made his name because of that TA on TI2.
#25
Sun_Tzu wrote at 19.12.2012, 01:01 CET:
itsBambi wrote:
TA, Not a signature hero of 430? Dude, he made his name because of that TA on TI2.


He made his name on Invoker, a long time before TI2.
 
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