TI2 champions and once one of the strongest teams coming from China, Invictus Gaming had a rough patch through the last couple of years and it went from bad to worse. Countless roster changes and dramas replaced the glory days of IG. However, the new season brings a new ray of hope and a revamped roster that looks like the best that the organization fielded for a while now.
Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen from Mineski, Jin “flyfly”‘ Zhiyi, formerly known as zhizhizhi, carry of Serenity, and Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi, who needs no introduction, are now assembling a Chinese-Malaysian mix at IG, and with the first round of Dota Pro Circuit qualifiers, they bring the team back to Valve events.
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IG started as one of the eight direct invites to the MDL Chengdu Major, but finished third in Group A and were pushed straight into the DOTA Summit 11 Minor qualifiers, where they were joined by Newbee, Royal Never Give Up, CDEC Gaming. They were the first to reach the grand finals after running over Newbee in a little over 45 minutes series, where game two lasted just 15 minutes. CDEC Gaming were IG’s biggest contender at the Minor slot, and the two went head to head today to decide which one of them would head to Los Angeles, California to fight for a last chance at returning to China with a Major slot. IG and CDEC played eight games in total, as they fought in the best-of-three upper bracket finals and once again in the bo5 grand finals after CDEC bounced back from the lower bracket. The overall score of their 8 games is 5-3, with IG coming on top in both series of the day. The grand finals were action-packed and started with a one-hour long match, in which the two traded kills back and forth continuously until IG were able to get better control of the team fights with their very late game items.
Nonetheless, CDEC executed them in game two and three to set-up for an epic battle for the ticket to the Minor. With the series going on for over three hours, CDEC showed signs of fatigue in the fifth game, and despite starting it strong and holding the networth and experience advantage for the first 25 minutes, they weren’t able to press the issue and eventually got out-farmed by IG’s Gyrocopter and Phantom lancer duo-cores.
DOTA Summit 11 Minor will unfold November 7-10 at the Beyond the Summit studio, and it’s set to be the only DPC tournament taking place in NA this season. It’s also the first BTS tournament to be played with a live audience, so those who want to witness the event in person should check the tickets availability at smash.gg/tournament/dota-summit-11/