EHOME announce new lineup with Cty, old chicken; LaNm to coach

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[hkes_show_google_ad] After disappointing results in the latter half of 2016, EHOME have refurbished their roster with four new additions. Of the three names that have become synonymous with EHOME over the past year — Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei and Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong — only old chicken will remain on their starting lineup for 2017. According to a followup post on the org’s Facebook page, former captain LaNm will remain with the team and likely act as coach for the new squad, while eLeVeN will move to sub. Returning to the roster will be safe carry Chen “Cty” Tianyu. Cty left EHOME after The Shanghai Major to join a super team put together by Vici Gaming, which saw little success and was eventually supplanted by VG’s secondary roster, VG.Reborn. He’ll be joined by three players from EHOME’s sub teams, EHOME.Keen’s Luo “Xi” Yinqi and Jiang “jdh”‘ Donghao and EHOME.Luminous’ Hu “Sen” Sen (formerly Guvara). jdh has been part of EHOME.Keen on-and-off since the post-TI5 roster shuffle, while Xi played for EHOME.Keen for only a short stint, joining in September and playing with them at the Nanyang Cruise Cup qualifiers and The Boston Major qualifiers. EHOME.Keen won the second Chinese open qualifier for Boston and squeaked their way through the group stage at the regional qualifier, only to go down 0-4 in the bracket. LaNm’s EHOME had an overall disappointing 2016. They came into the year strong with wins at the Radiant & Dire Cup and MarsTV Dota 2 League, but fell apart with the rest of China at The Shanghai Major. Bringing on Chinese stars Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang and Lu “Fenrir” Chao failed to turn things around, and in the leadup to TI6 they weren’t able to qualify for The Manila Major, EPICENTER or ESL One Frankfurt. They did, however, manage to place third in the TI6 Chinese regional qualifier and win their way through the Wild Card stage. At the main event they put on a surprising show, topping their group and finishing a respectable 5th-6th after tense losses to Evil Geniuses and Digital Chaos. But the team weren’t able to keep up the momentum in the fall. After replacing iceiceice and Fenrir with Liu “Garder” Xinzhou and Liu “Sylar” Jiajun, the closest they got to a LAN Grand Finals was the semifinals at the Northern Arena Beat Invitational. 2017 will mark a fresh start for the organization, who will field their new primary squad in the upcoming Kiev Major qualifiers. [hkes_show_google_ad]

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