VGJ, Vici Gaming's partnership with professional basketball player Jeremy Lin, is expanding to two teams ahead of the 2017-18 competitive season, with one Chinese team and one North American team, the organization announced in a press release posted by Dota 2 player Stanley "Stan King" Yang.
VGJ.Thunder, the Chinese team, will be replacing the old VGJ roster and features former EHOME player Liu "Sylar" Jiajun, former Vici player Zhou "Yang" Haiyang, and former Vici Gaming Potential players Zheng "Ghost" Jie, Fan "Ayo" Tianyou and Pan "Fade" Yi. The roster will be coached by former VGJ player Bai "rOtk" Fan.
"I'm excited for the new VGJ teams," Jeremy Lin stated in a press release. "The synergy and what we can learn form each other is invaluable and will help us compete at the highest level in Dota 2."
The NA roster will be called VGJ.Storm, and is made up of players who were playing together as is GG. The lineup features Ravindu "Ritsu" Kopippli, Kinkun "SneyKing" Wu, Francis "FLEE" Lee, Stan King and Eric "Ryoya" Dong, formerly known as 747. The team will be coached by Dota 2 caster and analyst Jack "KBBQ" Chen.
"We are incredibly grateful for the support of such a professional organization," Stan King stated in a press release. "Falling just short during TI7 qualifiers is motivating us to work harder than ever to becoming the best."
VGJ placed 5th-8th at the Kiev Major in April, but failed to put up significant results as the year went on. The team placed 7th-8th at Dota Summit 7, and ninth in The International 2017 China qualifier.
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