Invictus Gaming is a Chinese esports organization founded by Wang Si-Cong, son of China’s third richest man in 2011. The organization came to life after a $6 million purchase of Catastrophic Cruel Memory and its gaming divisions, including the League of Legends team.
The team had its first bigger performance as Invictus at World Cyber Games 2011 China, where it took down Team WE in the final, securing the spot at WCG Grand Finals 2011. At the grand finals, the team made it to the playoffs but was kicked out in fifth place by Counter Logic Gaming.
Going into the second season, the team failed to participate at IEM Kiev and the IEM World Championship due to visa issues, but was the dominant team at Season 2 Regional Finals in Shanghai, getting the second Chinese slot for the World Championship.
At Worlds Season 2, Invictus made it to the knockout stage after finishing the group stage with a 2-1 record. The team was quickly stopped by Moscow Five in the quarterfinals for another fifth-place finish on an international stage. The organization felt no need to change the roster for the third season.
Back in the regional scene for the 2013 season, Invictus was slowly becoming a domestic powerhouse. In China’s first professional League of Legends league, the 2013 LPL, the team kept competing at the top. However, it failed to perform when it mattered most, and the summer split didn’t end well. This resulted in a season without Worlds attendance.
2014 saw a similar story unfold. Even though Invictus won the Demacia Cup and finished the LPL 2014 Spring playoffs second, it failed to reach the playoffs in the summer split.
Going into 2015, the organization welcomed Song "Rookie" Eui-jin and Lee "KaKAO" Byung-kwon to the team. The new roster placed second at the Demacia Cup but had a shaky performance in the LPL. The team still finished the playoffs of both splits third. It managed to qualify for Worlds 2015 by placing second at China’s Regional Finals. Invictus stood no chance in groups, and was kicked out immediately.
The sixth competitive season wasn’t the best for Invictus either. The team finished both regional splits fourth, proceeding to underperform in the LPL 2016 playoffs and ending the season as the seventh best team in the region. In the coming year, the team improved a bit after bringing Kang "TheShy" Seung-lok to the roster. However, a third-place finish in the LPL 2017 Summer playoffs wasn’t enough to bring the team back to Worlds.
2018 was the year Invictus turned its luck around. Starting from a strong performance in the LPL 2018 Spring Split, the team also finished the summer on top of the region with an 18-1 record. As China’s first seed at Worlds 2018, Invictus stood strong.
After a 5-1 score in the group stage, Invictus advanced to the knockout stage and then knocked everyone out. The team won against KT Rolster in the quarterfinals, against G2 Esports in the semifinals, and eventually swept Fnatic with ease for the World Championship 2018 crown. A little over a month later, Invictus earned themselves another Demacia Cup title as well.
Although the team retained the same roster for the 2019 season and won LPL 2019 Spring playoffs, the overall outcome wasn’t as positive as the season before. A semifinals loss to Team Liquid at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational shook confidence in the team, resulting in iG finishing seventh in the LPL 2019 Summer playoffs. Invictus still managed to qualify for Worlds 2019, however, by winning the regional finals in China.
Invictus had another strong run at the World Championship in 2019. This time around, it wouldn’t fail behind Liquid, advancing to the knockout stage as a second seed. The team defeated Griffin in the quarterfinals, but couldn’t do the same against the eventual world champions from FunPlus Phoenix in the semifinal. A 3-1 loss resulted in Invictus finishing third at Worlds 2019.