Liu “Zzitai” Zhihao has joined Snake eSports Club as mid laner, leaving Invictus Gaming after a five-year run.
The 19 year-old Chinese player is accomplished in both the mid lane and top lane roles, having played mid lane for Invictus Gaming from April 2012 until Song “Rookie” Euijin joined the team between the 2014 and 2015 LPL offseason. After Rookie joined iG, Zzitai switched to the top lane role to accommodate the change.
As both a mid laner and a top laner, Zzitai qualified for the World Championship, finishing in the quarterfinals as a mid laner in Season 2, but failing to get out of Group Stage as a top laner in 2015. In 2016, iG had one of their worst LPL seasons, but they made playoffs both times. Invictus Gaming recently won the National Electronic Sports Tournament with a new bottom lane duo.
In the Snake announcement, Zzitai confirmed in his video introduction that he will be playing mid lane for the team, saying that he wants to “become the LPL’s strongest mid laner.” It was known Snake was looking for new mid lane prospects when a scrim tryout featuring Yu “Cool” Jiajun was leaked on NGA, a Chinese forum.
Rumors have speculated that Zzitai will leave Invictus Gaming for at least a week, and iG owner Wang Sicong added fuel to the fire by discussing potential new top lane acquisitions on stream.
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