Invictus Gaming
China
Joins iG to fill BurNIng's shoes, also changes nickname
September 6, 2017
In a release on weibo, iG confirmed that END would be joining the team in place of BurNIng and changing his nickname to GazEoD.
ANALYSIS
GazEoD first came into the spotlight in 2015 when he played for EHOME and placed 5th-6th at The International 2015. Since then, he has spent the majority of his career with Vici Gaming. GazEoD achieved some notable results, but no huge tournament wins in his career. His move to iG places him under a lot of pressure to fill BurNIng's spot, but GazEoD is a capable player and should serve as a positive addition to the team.
Captains his team to clean 2-0 win
August 4, 2017
Q finished with an overall KDA of 5/11/33 in iG's 2-0 win over Cloud9 in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Q played Dazzle. Q played a great game supporting BurNIng's Terrorblade. He was always there when needed to save BurNIng with Shallow Grave and a heal. Additionally, the power of Weave was extremely effective in this game with so much physical damage on both teams. Q finished with a 2/6/11 KDA, maintaining Dazzle's undefeated record at TI7. In Game 2 Q played Disruptor. He played another good game for iG to close out this series in a clean sweep. Glimpse secured several key kills for iG and let them play an aggressive game that put Cloud9 on the back foot almost immediately. He finished with a 3/5/23 KDA.
Impressive performance in two wins
August 4, 2017
BoBoKa finished with an overall KDA of 6/9/33 in iG's 2-0 win over Cloud9 in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 BoBoKa played Nyx Assassin. BoBoKa was very effective in this game, even while iG were playing from behind. His ability to scout out Cloud9 helped his team avoid potential disaster many times, and he managed to pull this off while keep his deaths low. He finished with a 1/3/16 KDA. In Game 2 BoBoKa played Sand King. This was another very solid performance from BoBoKa. His early roaming was effective, and he was able to transition nicely into the later stages of the game. He did end up dying a lot, but it usually ended in a won fight for iG. He finished with a 5/6/17 KDA.
Dominates in second game of 2-0 win
August 4, 2017
Xxs finished with an overall KDA of 9/7/27 in iG's 2-0 win over Cloud9 in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Xxs played Tidehunter. His score of 0/7/15 looks unimpressive, but Xxs came through with his Ravages when iG needed it the most. He suffered a lot in the early game, all seven of his deaths came before 20 minutes, but when it came to take the offensive Xxs delivered. In Game 2 Xxs played Puck. After having an underwhelming time in Game 1, Xxs decided it was his time to shine. He dominated Cloud9 for the entire game this time, maneuvering expertly around them in fights. He finished the game with a very impressive 9/0/12 KDA.
Two solid games from the iG middle lane
August 4, 2017
Op finished with an overall KDA of 11/6/27 in iG's 2-0 win over Cloud 9 in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Op played Puck. Op played a solid game despite not getting to show off very much. His spell usage in fights was good, and despite having to use Dream Coil to retreat very often it was still useful. Once iG started to edge ahead of Cloud9, Op was able to start fights and bait the enemy into position for his team to follow up. He finished with a 4/3/10 KDA. In Game 2 Op played Death Prophet. Op did a good job in this game of providing a durable frontline hero for iG while still dealing considerable damage. He was able to wade into the fray and then heal up with Spirit Siphon while forcing Cloud9 to commit a lot of attention to him. He finished with a 7/3/17 KDA.
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Direct invite to The International 2017 secured
June 19, 2017
According to the official Dota 2 website, iG has received one of the six direct invitations to The International 2017 in August.
ANALYSIS
iG's rise to prominence began early this year in April when it won the Dota 2 Asia Championships with in a convincing 3-0 series against OG. Since then, it hasn't secured another tournament win, but its finishes have all been good. iG secured 3rd-4th place at the Kiev Major and StarLadder iLeague Invitational, followed by 5th-6th place at the Manila Masters and EPICENTER: Moscow. Hopefully for iG this downward trend will not continue, because in top form they are a serious contender to take home the Aegis of Champions.