Chinese transfer deadline roundup

The Chinese ACE organization had previously announced that August 26 would be the transfer deadline for this summer’s post-TI roster shuffles. Following various big name players retiring, the shuffle would undoubtedly be on a large scale. Today, the various clubs and players have been revealing their plans for the next few months to a year… Here is a somewhat comprehensive look at the main movers.

iG roster changes:

YYF retires. We wish him success in his future endeavours, and thank him for the unforgettable memories that he brought to iG fans.
Faith transfers to LGD. Thank you to Faith’s hard work with iG, and good luck in his new environments.
Chisbug returns to competitive play, re-joining iG. As an iG veteran, let us look forward to his new performances with iG.Former VG player June (previously CIS, but VG bought the entirety of CIS following TI4) joins iG on a trial basis. We hope that as a young player, June can quickly blend in with iG.
Ferrari_430, ChuaN, and Luo continue playing for iG.
iG roster: Ferrari_430, ChuaN, Luo, CHisbug, June

LGD roster changes:

DD retires following LGD’s fifth place finish at TI4.
xiaotuji transfers and joins NewBee. Thank you to these two for their contributions to the club, and we wish them good luck in their new beginnings.
Captain Yao, ddc, and Lin remain with the club; thank you to them for remaining and continuing the LGD tradition!
Former VG player Sylar joins for 300k RMB. We hope that the returning Sylar continues his steady play and leads LGD to a new era of glory!
Former DK player MMY joins for 400k RMB. We hope that he can perform even more brilliantly in a new environment!
Former iG player Faith joins for 300k RMB. We hope that Faith’s joining can bring LGD a new element of strategic thought!
Former VG player (due to CIS having been bought by VG following TI4) inflame joins for 100k RMB. We look forward to this young player growing to become a pillar of Chinese Dota 2!
Former DT player Injuly joins as a free agent. We look forward to Injuly continuing his dreams from DT and challenging himself to new heights!
Coach 820 will pursue his own goals and development and will thus leave his role sa coach. Thank you to his help and leadership towards the team, and good luck to him in his new field!

LGD roster: Yao (captain), ddc, Lin, Sylar, MMY, Faith, Injuly, inflame

Newbee roster changes:

xiaotuji joins Newbee for 800k RMB following negotiations with LGD.

DK roster changes:

BurNIng and LaNm retire. BurNIng will remain at the club for the purposes of helping newcomers.
Mushi due to personal reasons chooses to return to Malaysia to develop.
MMY transfers to LGD.
iceiceice transfers to VG.
Thank you to these people for all their contributions to the club, and we wish them success in whatever their new fields or teams.
DK Dota 2 will not cease existing. We will focus on training new players. If you have interest, skill, and passion, then feel free to send your credentials along to us.

VG:

Former CIS player Black^ joins. Sylar transfers to LGD.
rOtK retires, iceiceice joins from DK.

Other of interest:

Xtt leaves HGT, joins NE
Icy leaves LGD, joins HGT
Zhou, YYF, 820, LongDD, and zippO form a casual team by the name of OB, sponsored partially by TongFu.Wanzhou

 

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The Emperor and the King bid farewell

BurNIng has been referred to, at various times and in various contexts, with nicknames such as “Universe B”, “Emperor B”, “B-God”, and so on — all in respect to his status as perhaps the single most legendary player and carry of the Dota and Dota 2 scene.

rOtK’s ID, in his own explanation, stands for ‘Return of the king’. His loudness and charisma has indeed solidified his image as a dominant personality and force in the scene, one with the ability to dictate not only his own team’s tempo, but the emotions of those around him too.

The Emperor and the King have ascended from their terrestrial roles as competitors into the pantheon of Dota — today, these two important figures announced their respective retirements from professional competition in Dota 2 within a minute of each other. And the stage grows a bit emptier, or perhaps it opens up space for the next rulers of the scene.

Their retirement announcements are translated below, with care –

BurNIng’s announcement:

“For me, today is an important day. I’ve decided to bid farewell to the professional scene, and end my professional competing career.

Seven years of Dota, six years of professional play. Going through countless version changes, I’ve been very lucky to be able to come into and become part of it all. It has taken me along the path of a professional esports competitor, and allowed me to achieve countless honors and glories, fulfilling one goal after another. Dreams are destined to be the luxuries of the few, and even now some past results leave me with remorse. Remember who you were when you first set out, and you will find yourself successful in what you desire. All along this journey, I’ve only striven for a clear conscience and no regrets.

What there is more of, is thankfulness. First of all I must thank Dota, it brought me up onto this magical stage, allowing the introverted me another way of expressing myself. Next I must thank those teammates who have fought alongside me, and the opponents who have driven me to continue improving. Without you all, I would not be who I am today. Lastly I want to thank the fans and friends who have watched me and supported me all this time, your encouragement gave me confidence, your criticisms helped me grow.

Today my Dota competing career has come to an end, and I hope this is only a pause and not a full stop. No matter how much I am reluctant for this day to come, it has still come. Just like in that question they asked me last year, ‘What has your youth been?’ My answer at the time was, ‘My youth has been Dota.’ Now, it’s as if my youth has been taken away alongside this retirement, but nothing can take away those shining memories carved into the lifelong recollections of my heart.

After retiring, I will continue to be active in and around this scene. Early plans are to stay with the club and help train new talents, using my accumulated experience and methods to help them mature. I will also partner with rOtK to commentate, as well as attend some offline events to interact with everyone. I hope those interested will come support.”

rOtK’s announcement:

“Through a period of consideration, I’ve decided to retire. Perhaps it has been the four or five years of competition, my body has shown some signs of wear and desires a period of rest. Three years with DK; joy, success, and loss, have all been imprinted upon the path of my youth. In the one year with VG I felt that I matured quite a bit, I’ve been more able to assume responsibilities. Thank you to the club and my teammates for your confidence in me, you will always be the best! The second of my only two sons (Sylar) has finally had the chance to fight with me for a year, there is nothing else to regret. Super has been a teammate for four or five years now, we need not say much between ourselves, and I will never have truly left you. What we said before whilst drinking, ‘Wherever you are, I am there as well.’ Sylar, your drinking ability is so low. We haven’t exchanged much in terms of heart to heart talks, but what has been, has been enough. In many things I can only say that I’ve tried my best, there’s nothing else I can do. No matter what, though, I wish everyone happiness in the future, because that is most important.

I also want to thank our big Dota academy (joke referring to a previous rOtK appearance at a university where he gave a talk on Dota), I still have many classmates, and I hope that you all will accomplish your goals in life. In the future if someone asks me, I will say I graduated from the Dota Academy, and I am proud of it!

Even though it has only been one year, but I will still never forget our VG five-man group. The strongest newcomer for the future, a future Rubick fun-name competitor, what you need is a tranquil heart, and more experience. The most professional and hardworking five-position Fenrir, you are the Ah-K of my heart (I believe this is referring to Hongo Kanata, who bears some resemblance), every victory cannot be separated from your selfless play and sacrifice. Strongest mid player in the world, second to none, you have a hero pool worthy of fun-names beyond mention. Morphling’s fun-name contender Sylar, steadiness is your longstanding style, I hope that you can bear more responsibility in the future, and play more aggressively. IamHunter (VG CEO), JaL (VG team lead), 357 (VG coach), and everyone at the club I send my wishes for you all to have smooth success in the future.

And all my teammates from the past, MMY, longDD, zippO, 357, and many many more, thank you for the understanding you have shown me and my weaknesses, thank you.

This one year at VG has been very happy, and it has gone by in a very fulfilling way. From our first international title, to our lows, to our unstoppable force at TI4… I won’t say more, because tears would come.

Whether it is my unwavering support of my teammates, or my fiery passion for Dota, I am still the same me as before ^_^

After retiring, I will team up with BurNIng to commentate, and I will go to some offline events to interact with everyone. Those interested can look out for these and come to support, and it’s possible that we will still form a fun team in the future to play and keep ourselves busy. There are also many more surprises, so please look forward.

For example, “Hello everyone we are BB, I am xB (rOtK), I am BurNIng (big B),” will you all watch a show where we are the hosts?

I will focus my energies on promoting esports, so esports can truly become hot!

Lastly I want to thank all those who have supported esports, loved esports. You have accompanied me on my career path, allowed me to have more confidence, and brought more excitement to my journey. Now that I’ve retired, I will have more time, so I will frequently organize in-houses and groups to play together in my fan club, keep fighting!”

LGD officially announce xiao8’s departure; reveal transfer fee

LGD made the xiao8 transfer official today with an announcement on their Weibo:

“Former LGD.Dota captain xiao8 has completed his transfer as of today, officially moving from LGD Gaming Club to NewBee Esports Club. Thank you to xiao8 for the two years spent leading LGD and all the dedicated contributions and sacrifices along the way, and we would like to wish xiao8 all the best in leading his new team. This transfer has been conducted accordingly with D.ACE’s Transfer Regulations, under constructive attitudes from both parties, and ultimately has been concluded in accordance with the player’s personal wishes. The transfer fee was 500,000 RMB (81,367 USD as of writing).”

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/316990072167694

‘Dream team’ finally confirmed… as “Newbees”

The official Chinese Dota 2 Weibo just posted that xiao8’s new ‘dream team’ has been named “Newbee”, and will consist of xiao8, Mu, Hao, ZSMJ, and KingJ.

For some context, “Newbee” is similar in the way it sounds to “niubi”, which is a common slang used by youth to roughly mean “fucking awesome”.

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/385364134185984

iG officially announces new roster on their Weibo

iG Dota 2 roster change announcement

Former iG Dota 2 player Hao has officially transferred away from the team. The well-known ChuaN returns to iG’s first team roster. Banana continues on with iG as a substitute player. After friendly negotiations with Speed Gaming club (formerly RattleSnake), their player Luo as of today joins iG under a loan format, and he will be on trial with iG. During this trial period, he will represent iG in all competitions. We hope that iG’s Dota 2 team can create new glories upon playing together in this new year!

iG Dota 2 roster:

Ferrari_430
YYF
Faith
ChuaN
Luo
Banana

As a sidenote, the previous ‘Luo interview’, posted across Chinese webspace, was fake.

Source: iG official weibo

 

LGD announces Maybe as their replacement for xiao8

On the official LGD Weibo account, they’ve just officially confirmed that newcomer, highly promising young player Maybe is their replacement for xiao8.

“Wonderkid Maybe has officially joined LGD-Gaming Club, and from today onward will play as LGD.Taobao.Maybe and represent LGD in various events. Here we wish to express our thanks to our fans, and welcome Maybe to the LGD family. In 2014, LGD will set their sights on the horizon, and go further with fresh faces.”

 

 

ForLove drops Dota 2 team, players now looking for new sponsors

After a bumpy 2013 in which For.Love saw the likes of KingJ and Zippo come and go, the past few months have been relatively quiet for the team. Recently, long-time ForLove player Hanci posted on his Weibo that the club had officially disbanded its Dota 2 team and that he and his teammates would now be on the hunt for new sponsors. His post is below.

“From last October to just before this past Chinese New Year, we’ve had three months to play together. Atmosphere amongst the team has been good, and even though this team hasn’t been together that long, we’ve continuously improved in competitions. In training, we’ve traded wins with top teams. Currently, due to ForLove disbanding their Dota 2 team, we are searching for new sponsorship. The team: hanci, prettyhaw, fan, yim, 5400

Contact phone: 18938924884
Contact QQ: 232170394”

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/339602069867720