Chinese organisation Vici Gaming has (VG) announced the official release of carry player Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun, allowing him to fully become a member of the Chinese superteam now playing under Elephant following the dissolution of their deal with Four Angry Men (4AM).
VG announced Eurus’ release on their official Twitter and Weibo accounts, thanking the star carry player for his three-year stint with the team.
Eurus’ release comes after VG revealed that Elephant.4AM had not yet paid them the transfer fee for the carry player, threatening that they would not allow him to play with his new team if no payment was made.
His transfer fee was finally paid shortly after VG made its statement.
Elephant.4AM initially announced its official roster in early October with Liu “Sylar” Jiajun as their carry player instead of Eurus, whose transfer has not yet been made official at the time.
However, just a day after that initial roster announcement, the organisation released Sylar and replaced him with Eurus.
It was later revealed that VG, out of respect for their long-time player’s wishes to be part of the superteam, allowed him to play for Elephant.4AM while waiting for the completion of his transfer.
The end of the Elephant and 4AM partnership
While the superteam now officially has its carry player, its problems don’t end there.
Disagreements between the 4AM and Elephant organisations sprung up following the debacle with Eurus’ transfer fee, which ultimately ended with Elephant officially taking over the name and operations of the Chinese superteam.
In statements posted on Weibo, Elephant accused 4AM of not paying their share of investments into their Dota 2 project despite the Chinese superteam carrying the name of both organisations.
It was revealed that the partnership between 4AM and Elephant began in March 2019, with Elephant using its platform as a multi-channel network to promote 4AM’s esports teams.
Both brands later started a Dota 2 project which eventually became the 4AM superteam, with both organisations initially agreeing to a 50-50 share in investments.
However, since the official reveal of the team in October, Elephant claimed it had independently funded and operated the team despite 4AM still having its name on the brand.
Both organisations cited a failure in negotiations for the debacle, and moving forward, the Chinese superteam will continue playing solely under the Elephant name.
The Chinese superteam has been dealing with internal issues even before its official reveal, with the Sylar-Eurus fiasco attributed to an apparent lack of funding for Eurus’ transfer fee.
This was further compounded when former VG coach and Dota living legend, Bai “rOtK” Fan, revealed that he will not be coaching the superteam, despite earlier reports he will be doing so, because they refused to pay for his salary.
The drama surrounding the organisation seems to be having a significant effect on the Chinese superteam’s performance.
As of the time of writing, Elephant is off to a 0-2 start in the group stage of the CDA-FDC Dota 2 Professional Championship Season 2, with losses to Royal Never Give Up and VG. They are also competing in the China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 2, holding a 1-1 record with a win over Team Aster and another loss to VG.
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