One of the most exciting changes is the introduction of a fully new roster consisting of previous LGD and Vici Gaming players to form a superteam consisting 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, Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun (AKA Paparazi), and their coach, Bai “rOtk” Fan. 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, Eurus has been known as one of the top Chinese carry players for many years. Eurus has been playing for Vici Gaming for three years now, so for him to finally part ways with the org shows how much potential he sees in this new dream-team.
Yang too has spent much of his career with Vici Gaming and their sub-teams such as Vici Gaming Reborn. Yang is an absurdly successful player with win rates of over 70% on his signature heroes like Centaur Warrunner and Omniknight. With the new 4AM roster, he and Eurus will not be escaping the watchful eye of their coach, rOtk, who coached Vici Gaming for 2 years before the split. ROtk is among the most successful coaches in pro-Dota’s history, having lead various teams to numerous victories including Dota Pro Circuit Majors such as the Epicenter Major and DreamLeague Season 11 in 2019.
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).
Despite 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 comings 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!