Four VG.Reborn players promoted to Vici Gaming

by theScore Staff Sep 14 2016
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Xu "fy" Linsen, Yang "END" Pu (formerly Zyf), Leong "ddc" Fat-meng and Zhou "Yang" Haiyang, formerly of Vici Gaming Reborn, have joined the main Vici Gaming lineup, according to the Dota 2 Majors registration page.

Both VG.R and Vici Gaming were among the 10 Chinese Dota teams that un-registered their full rosters during Valve's roster drop period to facilitate player contract negotiations. There has been no official word yet on what will become of the previous Vici Gaming roster that VG.R's members are replacing, aside from Liu "Sylar" Jiajun, who joined EHOME Sept. 7.

VG.R was formed in March, featuring several members from Vici's training team, VG.Potential, along with veteran Xu "fy" Linsen and rookie Wang "Nono" Xin. The new team quickly distinguished itself, defeating Na'Vi 3-1 to win StarLadder i-League Invitational #1, coming in third at the Dota 2 Professional League Season 1, and defeating EHOME to qualify for The International 2016 at the Chinese Regional Qualifiers.

However, offlaner Yang was unable to secure a visa and could not attend the main event, and VG.R were forced to sub in coach Tong "mikasa" Junjie. The team struggled to make headway against the top international competition, finishing last in their group and getting eliminated in the first day of the Loser's Bracket.

Despite the loss, they still did better than the VG's primary roster, who have failed to qualify for any international tournament since the roster formed after the Shanghai Major. A lot was expected of the Chinese superteam, which featured veteran Dota stars Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei, Bai "rOtK" Fan and Chen "Cty" Tianyu, but for months the roster failed to gel and saw little to no success either at home or abroad.

Nono has not been registered to the new Vici along with the rest of VG.R, so a single spot remains to be filled before Valve's roster add deadline on Sept. 18. It's possible the organization could keep one of the players from the original roster, or Nono could also be promoted before Sunday.

No players have been added to VG.R, and it's not clear whether Vici plans to maintain a secondary squad under that name. The org has yet to make a statement about their new rosters.

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