One of the most exciting changes is the introduction of a fully new roster: Four Angry Men (4AM). The team consists of previous LGD, Vici Gaming and EHOME players, forming a superteam of some of the most successful players in the China region. Captain Xu “fy” Linsen is Joined by his former LGD team-mate Lu “Somnus” Yao (aka Maybe) as well as Vici Gaming’s Zhou “Yang” Haiyang and Liu “Sylar” Jiajun from EHOME. Finally, Ru “RedPanda” Zhihao from Spark Arrow Gaming rounds out the roster.
The players of this squad are all highly accomplished. The ex-LGD players placed second and third at The International 2018 and The International 2019 respectively. Despite their powerful roster falling off in recent months, fy and Somnus are still well respected as among the best in the world at their respective roles.
Likewise, Sylar is a respected veteran of the Chinese scene, who has come very close to claiming an aegis on multiple occasions, with a second-place finish at The International 2014 and two third-place finishes at TI2 and TI5 where his team only fell to the eventual winners; Invictus Gaming and Evil Geniuses, respectively.
Yang has spent much of his career with Vici Gaming and their sub-teams such as Vici Gaming Reborn. Yang is a highly successful player with absurd win rates of over 70% on his signature heroes like Centaur Warrunner and Omniknight. His career highlights include victories at DPC Majors such as Dreamleague season 11 and Epicentre Major 2019. After spending his entire career with Vici Gaming and their sub-teams, Yang is finally moving on to chase the Aegis with 4AM.
While RedPanda is the least known player on the team, he has rapidly begun to make an impressive impact on the scene, winning several of the online leagues with his previous team, Sparking Arrow Gaming. RedPanda is one of few hard support players who don’t play the captain role as well; that fits in nicely with fy, who holds onto the soft support role while captaining. Despite this, Redpanda is a very exciting pos 5 player, it’s always worth watching his games on the off-chance you get to see his hard support Faceless Void.
4AM will be coached by Chen “Xz” Zezhi, a former player who has been away from the pro-scene since leaving LGD in 2017. Despite his absence from pro-dota, Xz is known for his time in CDEC where he was just inches away from winning TI5, held back only by the historic Million-Dollar Echo Slam.
Alongside their limitless potential and countless tournament victories, what unites the roster is their shared ultimate goal, victory at The International. This team is absolutely one to keep an eye on over the coming months: will the sheer talent and years of experience shine through here? Or will too many big egos clash before they reach their full potential? We’re very excited to see what they can accomplish!