Invictus member Peng “xiaosaGe” Song has decided to hang up his mouse and retire from Counter-Strike, citing “age and physical reasons”. The experienced player did not express a desire to stay in the scene in a different role.
xiaosaGe‘s last official appearance came in January at the Hot Pot Masters Championship, a ~$26,000 LAN event that took place in China at the start of 2021. Invictus won the tournament after beating TYLOO 2-1 in the grand final.
xiaosaGe spent the majority of his career playing in Chinese and Asian tournaments, finally getting a chance to compete against international teams in 2017 at the ROG Masters Grand Finals with the Chinese-Mongolian 5POWER lineup.
In 2018, the team attended multiple events outside of their region, including the Qi Invitational, EPICENTER 2018 Wildcard stage, and PLG Grand Slam, peaking at No.47 in the world rankings. After a stint with R-Stars, xiaosaGe linked up with Invictus in April 2020 and spent the last 11 months with the team, who finished second in PAL Summer and fourth in PAL Fall.
“Because of age and physical reasons, I have withdrawn from the Invictus Gaming CS:GO division and retired from my professional career,” the player is quoted by CSGO2ASIA as saying.
“Since 2017, I have known a lot of good friends, have a lot of happy memories. I also want to thank everyone who accompanied me all the way, all the best in your future endeavours, and finally wish my old teammates better and better results.”
Invictus currently have the following players:
MinHui “sPiNacH” Sun (coach)