Invictus Gaming

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Invictus Gaming
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Team Information
Org LocationChina China
Region
CN
 China
Owner(s)Wang "WXZ" Si-Cong
Sponsor(s)CORSAIR
Lenovo
W.Y.W.K
History
CreatedAugust 2, 2011(2011-08-02)
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
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Invictus Gaming is a Chinese multi-platform e-sports organization founded in August 2011.

History

Formation of Invictus Gaming

Invictus Gaming was created by Wang Si-Cong (son of Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin, ranked by Forbes as the third-richest man in China), who purchased the team which was until then known as Catastrophic Cruel Memory (CCM), including divisions for Starcraft II, DotA and LoL. The transaction volume amounted to 6 million USD.[1]

Season 1

Invictus Gaming had notable appearances in IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou and TGA City of Heroes. The team finished the year by beating Team WE to represent China in the 2011 World Cyber Games Grand Finals. They finished 1st in their group which included Dignitas among others but were knocked out later by North American powerhouse Counter Logic Gaming Prime.

Season 2

IG qualified for IEM Kiev in the Asian qualifiers but did not receive their visas in time to participate. [2] They also qualified for the IEM World Championship in Hanover, but were denied to travel because of visa issues once again. [3]Long time member and captain Wh1t3zZ left iG for Canis Lupus Campestris in March of 2012. [4] In May, former EHOME player Pdd joined as the top laner to complete a total roster revamp. On July 28, iG's new lineup took 1st place in the Season Two Chinese Regional Finals, qualifying for the Season 2 World Championship. In early October, iG traveled to Los Angeles to take part in the Season 2 World Championship. In the first game of the group stage, Invictus was pitted against the heavily favored Azubu Frost. IG's aggressive roaming and early control allowed them to build a lead, but a Baron Nashor steal and well executed teamfight by Frost resulted in a defeat for the Chinese squad. However, Invictus quickly collected themselves and made quick work of CLG Prime and SK Gaming in relatively lopsided matches. They qualified through to the quarterfinals as the second team from Group A. Unfortunately for iG, their run at the championship would end there, as they were knocked out soundly two games to none by Moscow Five. Although iG's strong early game continued to established early advantages, mid game missteps in both games gave the Russian powerhouse the opportunities they needed to turn the games around and take the victory in the best-of-three. Invictus Gaming finished 5th-8th place and took home $ 75,000.

Season 3

Invictus Gaming played a strong Spring Season, taking 1st seed in the regular season with an 22-6 record. They advanced to the Spring Playoffs where they played against Positive Energy in the Semifinals. Surprisingly, they lost 2-0 to drop to the 3rd place match where they faced Team WE and beat them 2-1 to take third place. The Summer Season didn't go as planned for IG, as they found themselves in fifth place with an 10-11 record at the end of the season, missing out on playoffs and not making it to the Season 3 World Championship.

2014 Season

Invictus Gaming competed in the Spring Season and advanced to the Spring Playoffs as fourth seed from the regular season. IG managed to beat Oh My God 2-1 to advance to the finals where they lost in a dominating series to EDward Gaming 3-0, taking second seed in playoffs. The Summer Season went as well as the 2013 summer season and IG didn't even manage to qualify for the Summer Playoffs.

2015 Season

IG went on to take KT Rolster Arrows' mid laner and jungler, RooKie and KaKAO, under contract to hope to qualify for Worlds. They played a mediocre 2015 LPL Spring as they took fifth place with a 8-8-6 record, qualifying for the Spring Playoffs. They beat Vici Gaming 3-1 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals to face EDward Gaming. They lost 3-0 but they managed to win the third place match against Snake Esports 3-1. In the Summer Season, IG took third place in the regular season with another 8-8-6 record to advance to the Summer Playoffs. They played against Vici Gaming in the quarterfinals and beat them 3-2 to advance to the semifinals to play Qiao Gu. Here, they lost 3-2 and were forced to play in the third place match against EDward Gaming. IG took the series 3-1 and ended in third place in playoffs again. They then played in the Regional Finals for a chance to qualify for Worlds 2015. IG played against Qiao Gu in the first round and won convincingly 2-0 to advance to the second round to play against EDward Gaming. Unfortunately, IG couldn't repeat their round 1 performance and got beaten by EDG 3-1. They dropped to the lower bracket final and played against QG. IG would take the series 3-0 and qualify for Worlds 2015 as third seed from China. At worlds, they were placed in a group with Fnatic, Cloud 9, and ahq e-Sports Club. IG disappointed with a mediocre 2-4 record and were knocked out of the tournament in last place.

2016 Season

The 2016 season was fairly straightforward for IG. The team placed 4th in the 2016 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They were quickly knocked out of playoffs in the first round after getting swept 0-3 by Snake Esports. The summer season was identical to the spring one for IG since they finished in 4th again with a 5-11 record. The summer playoffs also had the same result and IG were knocked out in the first round again by getting swept by I May.

2017 Season

Invictus Gaming finished 3rd in Group A of the 2017 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They would then drop out in the first round of the playoffs with a 1-3 loss to Newbee. IG participated in the 2017 Demacia Cup and finished 3rd after a 1-3 loss to I May in the semifinals. Their summer season was similar to their spring season and they finished 3rd with a 10-6 record. They did much better in the playoffs and finished 3rd with a victory over Team WE in the third place match. IG then participated in the 2017 Season China Regional Finals but failed to make it to Worlds after Team WE got their revenge against them and beat them 3-2.

2018 Season

Invictus Gaming added JackeyLove to their starting roster, when the young ADC prodigy finally became eligible for competitive play. Invictus Gaming started the Spring Split with a loss against future nemesis Royal Never Give Up, losing 1-2. After that match, Invictus Gaming went on a 18 series win streak, only dropping 3 games in the process and ending the regular season with an 18-1 record. IG were heavy favorites headed into the Spring Playoffs, however, starting top laner TheShy sustained an injury to his hand, forcing IG to use their sub top laner Duke instead, with whom they had little practice. Having secured a bye into the Semi Finals, IG faced Royal Never Give Up and lost 2-3.

IG attended Rift Rivals, and faced SK Telecom T1 and Machi 17 during the group stage, defeating both. In the finals, they faced KT Rolster, to whom they lost.

In the Summer Split, IG managed to achieve the same record as they had in Spring, once again going 18-1 in series, but dropping more games along the way, and once again losing their only series to Royal Never Give Up. Headed into the Summer Playoffs, IG had yet again secured a semifinal bye. They faced JD Gaming in the Semifinal, managing to defeat them, 3-2. For the first time ever, IG found themselves in the LPL Final, and a spot at the 2018 World Championship as at least the second seed. They faced Royal Never Give Up once again. RNG won the first two games after the final, pushing IG to game point. IG managed to win both Game 3 and 4, and were poised to win Game 5. However, RNG made a comeback in Game 5, and once again denied IG the LPL championship.

IG were put into Group D at the World Championship, along with Fnatic, 100 Thieves, and G-Rex. IG ended the group stage with a 5-1 record, but ended up losing the tiebreaker for 1st to Fnatic, so IG headed into the quarterfinals as the second seed from Group D. They were drawn against Korean champions KT Rolster, whom they had previously lost to at Rift Rivals in Dalian. IG were the underdogs going into the series, but managed to take KT down in 5 games after nearly sweeping them but for an extremely close base race in Game 3.

In the semifinals in Gwangju, IG faced G2 Esports, who had managed to take down IG's nemesis RNG in 5 games. Despite analysts calling for a possible close series, IG defeated G2 3-0 as Rookie and TheShy starred against lane opponents Perkz and Wunder. In the grand final in Incheon, IG faced Fnatic again and this time dominated, winning 3-0 in the third-fastest best-of-5 series in professional League of Legends history. It marked not only IG's and China's first World Championship but also IG's first international tournament win and the first non-Korean world champion since Taipei Assassins in 2012. Ning won Finals MVP honors after posting a 13/3/29 KDA in the series (including 11/0/19 as Camille in Game 1 and Gragas in Game 2).

Timeline

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

Player Roster

Active

Contract Expiration Notice: To prevent over-reporting of changes, we are keeping players with expired contracts listed here until either (a) an announcement is made from the player or the team about their departure; (b) the player joins another team; or (c) the 2019 season begins & the player is not re-added to the GCD, whichever happens first.
R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR
South Korea Duke Lee Ho-seong (이호성) 1Top Laner 2018-11-19 2016-12-18
KR
South Korea TheShy Kang Seung-lok (강승록) 1Top Laner 2019-11-18 2017-05-19
CN
China Ning Gao Zhen-Ning (高振宁) 2Jungler - 2017-05-19
KR
South Korea Rookie Song Eui-jin (송의진) 3Mid Laner 2018-11-19 2014-12-18
CN
China JackeyLove Yu Wen-Bo (喻文波) 4Bot Laner 2019-11-18 2017-05-19
CN
China Baolan Wang Liu-Yi (王柳羿) 5Support - 2018-11-29
CN
China West Chen Long (陈龙) 4Sub/Bot 2019-11-18 2017-05-19

Temporary Subs

ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
China Lovecryboy Ke Yi (柯宜) 5Support China XiaoXiao IEM Season VIII - Singapore
China YanSir Huang Li (黄励) 5Support NEST 2013
China Otto Hou Guo-Yu (侯国玉) 1Top Laner China PDD IEM Season VIII - Shanghai
NEST 2013

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
CN
China Baolan Wang Liu-Yi (王柳羿) 5Support Invictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming 2017-12-202017-12-20 2018-11-282018-11-28
CN
China WXZ Wang Si-Cong (王思聪) 4Sub/Bot Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2018-08-172018-08-17 2018-09-192018-09-19
CN
China Kid Ge Yan (葛炎) 2Sub/Jun Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2012-06-282012-06-28 2018-03-082018-03-08
CN
China Rio Wen Fu-Hua (温富华) 2Jungler
None
2017-04-132017-04-13 2017-12-212017-12-21
CN
China Megan Wang Liu-Yi (王柳羿) 5Support Invictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming 2016-07-112016-07-?? 2017-12-192017-12-19
KR
South Korea Save Baek Young-jin (백영진) 1Top Laner
None
2016-06-222016-06-22 2017-05-112017-05-??
???
Mingkui Jin Ming-kui 2Jungler
None
2017-11-112017-??-?? 2017-05-112017-05-??
CN
China Marge Feng Lei (冯磊) 4Bot Laner TyLoologo std.png TyLoo 2016-07-112016-07-?? 2017-05-112017-05-??
CN
China JackeyLove Yu Wen-Bo (喻文波) 4Bot Laner Invictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming 2016-06-222016-06-22 2017-05-012017-05-01
KR
South Korea Rain An Hyeon-guk (안현국) 4Sub/Bot Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2016-01-142016-01-14 2016-12-192016-12-19
CN
China Kitties Liu Hong-Jun (刘洪均) 5Sub/Sup Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2013-12-112013-12-?? 2016-12-192016-12-19
KR
South Korea Ben Nam Dong-hyun (남동현) 5Sub/Sup Welogo std.png Team WE 2016-07-112016-07-?? 2016-12-172016-12-17
CN
China Zzitai Liu Zhi-Hao (刘志豪) 1Top Laner Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports 2012-04-112012-04-?? 2016-12-152016-12-15
CN
Hong Kong Tabe Martin Wong (王柏勤) 5Support Hong Kong Attitudelogo std.png Hong Kong Attitude 2016-04-132016-04-13 2016-12-112016-12-??
CN
China AGxw Gao Ya-Ze (高亚泽) 1Sub/Top Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2016-05-272016-05-27 2016-12-112016-12-??
CN
China Hule Ding Yu-Bo (丁于波) 5Sub/Sup Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports ??? 2016-12-112016-12-??
CN
China Time Tang Jin-Tai (唐靖泰) 4Sub/Bot Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2015-07-092015-07-09 2016-09-052016-09-05
KR
South Korea Destiny Lee Jae-hoon (이재훈) 5Support Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2016-06-222016-06-22 2016-06-252016-06-25
CN
China Pokemon Zeng Tao (曾韬) 1Sub/Top TyLoologo std.png TyLoo 2014-10-302014-10-30 2015-12-292015-12-29
KR
South Korea YongSoo Gwon Yong-su (권용수) 2Sub/Jun
None
2014-06-092014-06-09 2015-12-292015-12-29
KR
South Korea KaKAO Lee Byung-kwon (이병권) 2Jungler Wan Yoologo std.png Wan Yoo 2014-12-182014-12-18 2015-12-292015-12-29
CN
China mo Cai Bo (蔡波) 5Sub/Sup Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports 2015-09-212015-09-21 2016-11-112016-??-??
CN
China Do Fan Mo-Chen (范默尘) 1Sub/Top
None
??? ???
KR
South Korea Save Baek Young-jin (백영진) 1Top Laner Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2014-12-012014-12-01 2015-01-022015-01-02
KR
South Korea Fly Song Yong-jun (송용준) 3Mid Laner Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2014-12-012014-12-01 2015-01-022015-01-02
CN
China illuSioN Chen Xin-Lin (陈新霖) 2Jungler Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2012-03-012012-03-01 2014-12-172014-12-17
CN
China PDD Liu Mou (刘谋) 1Top Laner Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2012-04-212012-04-21 2014-06-152014-06-15
CN
China XiaoXiao Sun Ya-Long (孙亚龙) 5Support Casterlogo std.png Caster 2011-08-022011-08-02 2014-01-202014-01-20
CN
Hong Kong Tabe Martin Wong (王柏勤) 5Support Hong Kong Attitudelogo std.png Hong Kong Attitude 2011-08-022011-08-02 2012-07-112012-07-??
CN
China BlackWeapon Yang Ao (杨奥) 1Top Laner AllGamersLogo std.png All Gamers 2012-03-012012-03-01 ???
CN
China Duck Shao Zheng-Qiu (邵正秋) 2Jungler
None
2012-02-162012-02-16 2012-06-282012-06-28
CN
Hong Kong ChrIs Siu Keung (蕭強) 5Support Clclogo std.png Canis Lupus Campestris 2011-08-022011-08-02 2012-04-212012-04-21
CN
Hong Kong Wh1t3zZ Lo Pun Wai (盧本偉) 3Mid Laner Clclogo std.png Canis Lupus Campestris 2011-05-052011-05-05 2012-03-012012-03-01
CN
Hong Kong knob Hk Wong Ho Sing (黄浩升) 4Bot Laner
None
2011-05-052011-05-05 ???
CN
China illuSioN Chen Xin-Lin (陈新霖) 2Jungler Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory 2011-11-112011-11-?? 2012-02-162012-02-16
CN
China Luffy Zong Yuan (宗原) 3Mid Laner
None
2011-05-052011-05-05 2011-11-112011-11-??
CN
China Lonelyhot Yao Yue (姚越) 4Bot Laner Managerlogo std.png Manager ??? ???

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
China WXZ Wang Si-Cong (王思聪) 70Owner
China Sookie Liao Jun (廖君) Financial Manager
China SuXiaoLuo Zhu Song-Ge (祝颂歌) Manager
South Korea Mafa Won Sang-yeon (원상연) 70Coach
China Chen Zi (陈子) Assistant Leader
South Korea Shin Min-seung (신민승) Translator

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea Kim Kim Jeong-soo (김정수) 70Head Coach DAMWON Gaminglogo std.png DAMWON Gaming
Hong Kong Chris Siu Keung (蕭強) 70Coach Triumphant Song Gaminglogo std.png Triumphant Song Gaming
South Korea PoohManDu Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현) 70Coach Young Glorylogo std.png Young Glory
China Zhu Kai (朱开) Coach Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports
China HoT Yao Yue (么越) Manager & Coach China e-Sports Academiclogo std.png China e-Sports Academic
China Tsukasa (TT) Huang Ying-Xiang (黄颖翔) Analyst Oh My Godlogo std.png Oh My God
China Efeng Liu Yuan (刘源) Chief Executive Officer EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Invictus Gaming Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-11-15A55 - 8NEST logo small.png NEST 2018FF : WSuninglogo std.png SN
2018-11-03A11$ 2,418,750$ 2,418,750€ 2,097,039.32WCS logo small.png Worlds 2018 Main Event3 : 0Fnaticlogo std.png FNC
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim
2018-09-14A22¥ 800,000$ 116,491.26€ 99,918.6LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer Playoffs2 : 3Royal Never Give Uplogo std.png RNG
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-09-02A11LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer - East18 - 1Blanklogo std.png RR
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,

 JackeyLove,
 West,
 WXZ,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-07-08A11RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS3 : 2LCK Allstarslogo std.png LCK
 TheShy,
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-06-03A33DC logo small.png Demacia Cup 20181 : 2Bilibili Gaminglogo std.png BLG
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-04-24A44¥ 300,000$ 47,376.88€ 39,055.63LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring Playoffs1 : 3Rogue Warriorslogo std.png RW
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-04-08A11LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring - East18 - 1Blanklogo std.png RR
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Kid,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-01-07A33¥ 200,000$ 30,800€ 25,600DC logo small.png Demacia Championship 20171 : 2Snake Esportslogo std.png SS
 TheShy,
 Duke,
 Ning,
 RooKiE,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2017-11-19A11¥ 400,000$ 60,000€ 50,800NEST logo small.png NEST 20172 : 0JD Gaminglogo std.png JDG
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Megan
Total Prize: USD 2,418,750 • CNY 1,700,000

Gallery

Interviews

Articles

  • 2018
  • 2015

Additional Content

  • 2015

Links

References

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  2. Three team changes for Kiev esl-world.net
  3. ALTERNATE replaces iG in Hanover esl-world.net
  4. Wh1t3zZ Interview sgamer.com
  5. Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  6. Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  7. League of Legends Esports' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  8. Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
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  13. Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  14. Kid to start as AD carry for Invictus Gaming's match against Oh My God esports.yahoo.com
  15. JackeyLove's Weibo Post weibo.com
  16. JackeyLove renews contract with Invictus Gaming, Ning, West, and The Shy join iG esports.yahoo.com
  17. ​iG's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  18. ​Megan's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  19. ​Megan's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
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  39. Invictus Gaming picks up Save and Fly ongamers.com
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