Invictus Gaming jumped into Defense of the Ancients with a splash in 2011. In quick succession, the team scooped up the roster of Catastrophic Cruel Memory and most of the players from LGD Gaming. This saw Invictus Gaming play host to most of the best Chinese DotA players at the time.
That depth allowed Invictus Gaming to form two teams in iG.Z and iG.Y. Unfortunately, that depth also caused issues as the two teams were shifted frequently and the organization’s efforts were divided. The team fell short of the top in appearances at G-League 2011, WDC 2011, and The International 2011. This hampered morale and eventually led to Invictus Gaming consolidating its talent into one highly skilled Dota 2 team.
The new team, which included star players Luo "Ferrari_430" Feichi, Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan, and Chen "Zhou" Yao, posted strong results but was in a constant battle to maintain strong positioning in a crowded Asian Dota scene that also included LGD, Orange Esports, Team DK, and more. Despite that, iG stood out enough that the team received a direct invitation to The International 2012. Utilizing the so-called “four protect one” farming approach designed to build up an untouchably strong carry player, Invictus Gaming claimed the Aegis of Champions by defeating Natus Vincere.
Invictus Gaming retained its championship team for the following season, but wasn’t quite as strong. The team posted mixed results and received another direct invitation to The International 2013 as the reigning champions. The team was eliminated in sixth place by Chinese rivals TongFu.
The following season started with a series of changes as Zhou was transferred to TongFu and Invictus Gaming experimented with running a six-man active roster. Early results were generally underwhelming, as the team was repeatedly bested by LGD Gaming. iG improved as the season progressed however, with the team winning WPC League’s 2014 season and ESL One Frankfurt 2014. The team looked the part of being one of the favorites to win The International 2014, but an underwhelming top-eight finish followed.
This marked the start of a decline for iG, with the team posting mixed results en route throughout the year. Strong showings in the Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament and StarLadder StarSeries Season 12 were offset by weaker showings in a number of leagues and the Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015. iG still received a direct invitation to The International 2015, but the team posted a disappointing 12th-place finish.
Invictus Gaming followed that up with a decent showing at ESL One New York 2015, but ChuaN departed the team after four years. While the 2014-2015 season saw iG post mixed results, 2016 saw the side consistently struggle. The team missed all three Valve-sponsored majors and missed out on The International for the first time in its history.
While that season was disastrous, iG responded by improving considerably. The team fell short of playing at the Boston Major, but hit its stride in 2017 by winning the 2017 Dota 2 Asia Championship and following that with a top-four finish at the Kiev Major. The season wrapped with a strong sixth-place finish at The International 2017.
Invictus Gaming’s return to form didn’t stick for long. The team competed in just two Dota Pro Circuit events and failed to post strong performances in either. iG cleared the China qualifiers for The International 2018, but finished in last place at the event.
The 2018-2019 season started with the team’s roster being gutted by departures, with the organization struggling to have a stable roster locked down for any length of time. The team competed in smaller leagues and regional tournaments throughout the year but only found its stride towards the end of the year. It exceeded expectations in the qualifiers for The International 2019, but did not manage to qualify for the event.
Despite this, iG mostly stuck by its roster for the 2019-2020 season. This quickly paid off for the organization as its team won the Dota Summit 11 Minor and followed that up with a third-place finish in the MDL Chengdu Major. The team then finished top-six in the DreamLeague Season 13 Major to become one of the top ranked teams in the Dota Pro Circuit standings.