The next step in the Chinese Dota 2 roster shuffle of 2020, Vici Gaming
has announced the release of both offlaner, Zhou "Yang" Haiyang
, and team coach, Bai "rOtK" Fan.
Vici Gaming indicated that Yang's contract expires as of September 1 and that it was a mutual decision that he will move forward as a free agent. No word yet on where the talented player will land, but it will be interesting to follow his progress now that he's left the VG team-umbrella.
Yang has been competing with Vici Gaming since 2015. He rotated through some of their off-shoot teams, putting in a year with Vici Gaming in the 2016-2017 season, and then rejoining the main squad in September 2018. He won several tournaments with VG, including DreamLeague Season 11, EPICENTER 2019, ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore, and most recently, OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online: China.
The offlaner has seen the most success recently with his Centaur Warrunner and Batrider.
Two hours after releasing Yang, VG followed up with a farewell message to rOtK. His contract also expired September 1.
One of the most popular Chinese players of all-time, rOtK shifted to coaching in 2017, first for Invictus Gaming and then rejoining the Vici Gaming organization as the coach for VGJ.Thunder and, most recently, Vici Gaming.
ROtK had an impressive and lengthy career as a player, beginning with Team DK in 2012. His best placement at The International was second in 2014. As a coach, he earned an impressive reputation as a taskmaster and authority. His close participation in strategy and decision-making was evident any time the camera showed his squad during a game's draft.
No word yet on where either Yang or rOtK will land. For now, we'll have wait to see the roster shuffle season progress.