xiao8, Yao, Super form LGD.Forever Young

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LGD-Gaming have formed an offshoot Dota 2 team dubbed LGD.Forever Young, featuring the likes of Zhang "xiao8" Ning, Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng and Xie "Super" Junhao. The rest of the roster is rounded out by lesser known players, Luo "lpc" Puchao and Du "Monet" Peng. lpc most recently played for TongFu, while Monet played for CDEC Avenger.

xiao8 is the former captain of LGD's primary roster. The team finished in 9th-12th place at The International 2016 after losing 2-0 to Digital Chaos in Lower Bracket Round 2.

Super and Yao most recently played for CDEC Gaming, but they were eliminated from the group stage of TI6's Chinese qualifier. Meanwhile, lpc's former team TongFu were eliminated from the qualifier's group stage, while Monet's former team, CDEC.A, could not qualify for the main qualifier as they finished second in both open qualifier.

LGD.Forever Young's fall roster looks as follows:

  • Zhang "xiao8" Ning
  • Yao "Yao" Zhengzheng
  • Xie "Super" Junhao
  • Luo "lpc" Puchao
  • Du "Monet" Peng

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.

xiao8 retires from competitive play

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LGD.ForeverYoung's Zhang "xiao8" Ning has announced his retirement, LGD Gaming's Twitter account confirmed on Tuesday. "Director8" competed as Captain and support player for LGD.FY in The Boston Major 2016 after leading LGD's main roster for a year and a half.

xiao8 has enjoyed a string of success in his competitive career. Starting with a 5th-6th place finish in The International 2011 on Invictus Gaming, xiao8 moved to LGD, initially joining the organization in August 2011.

In February 2014, xiao8 transitioned to Newbee, with whom he won TI4. Notably, Newbee won their 2014 title with an extremely convincing 15-minute, 19-3 game. Following the victory, xiao8 announced he would be taking a break from competitive play.

In December 2014 he returned to the game, this time as Captain of Big God. After a series of sub-optimal results, the team disbanded and xiao8 returned to LGD to compete in TI5, eventually placing third at that tournament.

In an interview with theScore esports, xiao8 expressed that his previous TI victory weighed on his shoulders. "It gives me more pressure because if I don't do as well," he said, "I will feel ashamed or I feel bad about it."

Since rejoining LGD, he has also placed first in i-league Season 3 and 9th-12th in TI6. Most recently, on LGD.FY, he placed 5th-8th in The Boston Major 2016.

There is no word yet as to who will replace xiao8 on LGD.FY's roster.

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xiao8, ChuaN, Ferrari_430 return to form Newbee Boss

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Well, that didn't take long.

Newbee Boss has formed, featuring recent retiree Zhang "xiao8" Ning. It also sees the return of Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan and Luo "Ferrari_430" Feichi.

The roster move from xiao8 is reminiscent of his earlier departure from LGD-Gaming at the beginning of 2014, in which he went on to form Newbee. Later that year, he won The International 2014. xiao8 was most recently part of LGD's ForeverYoung roster, which formed on Sept. 17, 2016.

ChuaN took a break from competitive play following Newbee's disappointing 9th-12th placing at The International 2016, while Ferrari_430's last competition was the Dota 2 Professional League in July last year. Additionally, with Ferrari_430 going over to Newbee Boss, this is the first time in his five-year-long competitive Dota 2 career that he will play for a team other than Invictus Gaming.

Also on the team is axx, who is a female semi-pro player that competes in the CDEC Masters in-house league alongside other Dota 2 pros, such as EHOME's Ren "old eleven" Yangwei, Team VG.J's Xu "fy" Linsen and iG's Fu "Q" Bin, to name a few.

As for Zei9, he is the CEO of Newbee. The team was formed with the intention of having fun, not unlike Evil Geniuses CEO Peter "ppd" Dager's team, WanteD.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

LGD.Forever Young sign White, swap Jixing and Yao with main roster

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LGD.Forever Young have signed Lei "White" Yipei to replace Zhang "Xiao8" Ning and have swapped Yao "Yao" Zhenzheng to LGD's main roster for Xiao "Jixing" Zihao, according to Valve's Dota 2 Major Registration page.

Yao was moved to the Forever Young roster in September along with Xiao8 and Luo "lpc" Puchao when the roster was formed. He'll be headed back to the main roster, while Jixing, who replaced Yao on the main roster, will now be taking his place on LGD.FY.

Xiao8 retired earlier this month, and was the captain for the LGD.FY roster. He'll be replaced by White, a relatively unknown player, who will be filling the support role on the team.

LGD.FY recently placed 5th-8th at the Boston Major and fifth in the Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 Top Division.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Cloud9 returns to Dota 2 with ex-Imperial roster

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The all-Danish former roster of The Imperial has signed with Cloud9, the organization announced Thursday.

Cloud9 announced their return to Dota 2 through a post on the Red Bull Esports website. C9 CEO Jack Etienne said that his organization believes in the future of the game.

"Dota 2 is and will continue be a top esports title for the foreseeable future," Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne told Red Bull. "Cloud9 is always looking to participate in the most exciting and relevant esports titles."

Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen said that the team's perseverance is one of the qualities that gives it an advantage.

"Every team has issues and the easy thing to do is to throw in the towel, look for another team or just quit altogether," he said. "Sticking together and learning from your mistakes, not being too hard on one another but instead looking inwards and improving as a player and a human being is what sets apart good teams from the best."

While the roster was with The Imperial, they finished fourth-place finish at DreamLeague Season 6, and earned a seat at the regional qualifier after running the gauntlet at the the Boston Major EU open qualifiers. They did not make it to the Major itself after finishing 5th-10th at the Europe qualifier with a 4-5 record in the round robin.

The roster left The Imperial on Dec. 9, at which point the organization's CEO Oli Adams noted that "the opportunity they've been offered was something we could not compete with," and that "It is upsetting that organisations such as ourselves can't grow when bigger ones come knocking."

The roster was known as the Danish Bears before they signed with the Imperial, and they narrowly missed qualification for several major events. They did manage to defeat Ad Finem 3-0 in the Rumble Town finals after victories over RoX and Prodota Gaming.

The new Cloud9 Dota 2 roster is now as follows:

  • Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard
  • Jon "13abyKnight" Andersen
  • Mikki "HesteJoe-Rotten" Junget
  • Danny "Noia" Junget
  • Christopher "Ryze" Winther

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

MVP acquire NoLifer5.Reborn, team renames to MVP Revolution

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MVP have acquired Kyrgyzstan-based Dota 2 team NoLifer5.Reborn and have dubbed the roster MVP Revolution, according to MVP's social media manager Felix "JeeF" Jedelhauser on Monday.

The news closely follows Kim "DuBu" Doo-young's departure from MVP Phoenix earlier today to form Team Onyx with North American Dota 2 veterans Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho and Sam "BuLba" Sosale.

It's not clear why the Korean organization chose to pick up a non-Korean, Kyrgyz team as their secondary squad, but the former NL5.R roster have shown some promising results at the tail end of 2016.

The team primarily competes in the CIS region, but during the national competition, WESG 2016, they competed in the Asia Pacific Finals. There, NL5.R topped their group over lesser MAX.Y and Power Gaming to move on to the playoffs and later swept TNC Pro Team 2-0 in the quarterfinals and swept Signature.Trust 2-0 in the semifinals, the team who notably defeated MVP Phoenix 2-1 in the quarterfinals. NL5.R later lost 2-1 in Grand Finals against To.be.or.not.to.be, which features former Newbee Young players Zhou "Lwy" Xinyi and Zhang "MelodyLovers" Hangqi.

MVP now have four Dota 2 rosters under their banner after rebranding NL5.R to MVP Revolution, joining the team's primary roster MVP Phoenix and the other secondary squads, MVP HOT6ix and MVP Aegis.

Here's what MVP Revolution's roster looks like:

  • Bektur "Runec" Kulov
  • Duulat "StormC4t" Subankulov
  • ilgiz "NapaleoshQa" Djunuşaliev
  • Džoni "Blizzy" Ri
  • Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.

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