Sun “Agressif” Zheng is a Chinese Dota 2 player currently activating as a full-time professional for Invictus Gaming. Having taken part in dozens of tournaments, he has amassed winnings of over $850K. And given that he’s only 26 years old, he still has at least a few more years to play at the highest competitive level and win more trophies.
If you’d like to learn more about Agressif and his achievements, as well as his preferred Dota 2 roles and the teams he’s played for, it’s all covered in the upcoming sections.
Agressif started to play professionally and make a successful career out of passion for Dota 2 after The International 2013. He first joined New Element and later played for CDEC Gaming. Pretty soon, he began getting top placements in important competitions, such as the National Electronic Sports Open (2014). Eventually, CDEC qualified for The International 2015, where Agressif and his team made history. Coming into the event from the Wild Card competition, CDEC had a formidable run that ended only in the Grand Final against Evil Geniuses. With this 2nd place finish in the most important tournament of the year, Agressif, as CDEC’s position 1 carry player, achieved a very high status in the Chinese professional scene. Even today, he’s still regarded as one of the legends of Chinese Dota.
Throughout his career, Agressif has utilized his skills by playing the position 1 carry role within the Dota 2 teams he’s been a part of. No doubt, his results clearly prove that his understanding of this role and the heroes it involves is exceptional. Among his preferred heroes are Sven, Gyrocopter and Razor. Of course, like all good carry players, he is very versatile and can play pretty much anything that’s needed for the strategy employed by his team.
Present and past teams
Agressif has been part of many teams and is currently playing for Invictus Gaming. Among his previous teams I will mention New Element, LGD.CDEC, CDEC Gaming, LGD Gaming, Team VGJ, and For The Dream. The two teams he was involved with the longest were CDEC Gaming and Team VGJ. With these teams he achieved many of his notable results, including that 2nd place finish at The International 2015.
Achievements so far
In spite of starting to play professionally in 2013, it wasn’t really until 2015 that the achievements started to mount. Agressif has won only a few tournaments in his entire career, but he’s had many top 6 finishes at important events. Among his most successful tournaments, I would mention The International 2015 (2nd place), Dota2 Professional League Season 1 (1st place), ECL 2015 Dota 2 Autumn (1st place), The Frankfurt Major 2015 (5th – 6th place), The Manila Major 2016 (4th place), Nanyang Dota 2 Championships Season 2 (3rd place), MLG World Finals (3rd – 4th place), World Cyber Arena 2017 (1st place), StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 (2nd place) and The Kiev Major 2017 (5th – 8th place).
Overall, Agressif has made close to 1 million dollars out of playing Dota 2 (and that’s just prize money from tournaments), which isn’t bad at all.
The International 2015
The highlight of Agressif’s career has been no doubt his run with CDEC at The International 2015. Qualifying for the tournament by taking 1st place in the event’s Wild Card competition, CDEC showed early signs of unusual strength by placing 2nd in Group B with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Then, at the main event, CDEC quickly defeated Cloud9 (2 – 0), LGD Gaming (2 – 0) and Evil Geniuses (2 – 0), sending all them to the lower bracket. The only one that came back for revenge was Evil Geniuses, and ppd’s team did manage to finally figure out CDEC’s playstyle, defeating them in 4 games. The last of those games was basically won in Roshan’s Pit, thanks to a scene that has come to be known as the 6 million dollars Echo Slam. Practically, EG’s Ancient Apparition’s Ice Vortex + Ice Blast, combined with UNiVeRsE’s ultimate, killed 4 of CDEC’s members while they were trying to kill Roshan, giving EG a decisive advantage which couldn’t be undone.
After taking 2nd place at The International 2015, CDEC won 2.85 million dollars and then went on to get a few more good placements in the next season as well.
As I mentioned before, Agressif is signed up with Invictus Gaming. The team hasn’t been performing very well lately and does not have a single point this season in the Dota Pro Circuit. Still, IG took part in the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 Major, taking 9th – 12th place, and has also won a lower tier Asian tournament, namely World Cyber Arena 2017, for which it received a prize of 47,000 dollars.
Sun ‘Agressif’ Zheng is currently inactive player for Invictus Gaming. He has played on a number of high profile Chinese teams including CDEC Gaming, LGD Gaming and Team VGJ.
‘Agressif’ joined the team New Element after The International 2013. He only stayed with them for a few months before departing and joining LGD.CDEC, however. This team weren’t very successful, but after placing 5th/8th at i-League Season 1, the organisation departed from their LGD sponsorship to form their own team, CDEC Gaming towards the end of 2014.
CDEC Gaming quickly gained fame as one of the strongest teams in the Eastern scene. They placed in the top 3 at a number of events and rivalled teams such as Newbee, LGD Gaming, and Invictus Gaming. The team faultered shortly after the new year, and placed 13th/16th at Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015 and proceeded to fail to qualify for 2 events, but they quickly regained their footing and once again dominated the scene. Although they failed to win any tournament, they consistently placed highly. By the time The International 2015 came around, CDEC Gaming had made it through the qualifiers and were strong favourites to win the event. They made it to the grand finals, but unfortunately lost against Evil Geniuses 3:1.
In the months that followed The International, CDEC Gaming’s performance dropped considerably. They placed in the top half of most tournaments but frequently failed to make it into the top 3. After a 5th/6th place finish at The Frankfurt Major, they were expected to perform well at The Shanghai Major 2016. However, the team placed joint last and as a result, ‘Agressif’ was picked up by LGD.Gaming.
LGD had already established themselves as a strong Chinese team, and their reputation remained upheld with the help of ‘Agressif’. After placing 4th at The Manila Major, and 3rd at the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships Season 2, LGD attended The International 2016 through an invitation. Unfortunately, they disappointingly placed 9th/12th and ‘Aggressif’ left in the roster changes that follow every International.
‘Agressif’s next team somewhat struggled to perform well. Although they achieved some notable success such as 5th/8th at The Kiev Major, and 2nd and StarLadder i-League StarSeries, the team mostly received mediocre results. The team eventually failed to qualify for The International 2017
‘Agressif’ has attended several Valve sponsored events over the years with various teams. At The International 2015, he got closer than ever to claiming the Aegis of Champions, but in the ended lost the grand final series against Evil Geniuses and ended 2nd. He has also placed highly at The Kiev Major 2017, The Manila Major 2016 and The Frankfurt Major 2015.