Bilibili Gaming Bilibili Gaming China Rank #5 B3ar Yang Zhanxiong (杨瞻雄) whzy Wang Haozhe (王昊哲) Levius Lu Yinzhong (卢胤中) nephh Marcus Tan Flex1n Lo Rui (罗瑞) Knight Liu Yuxiang (刘宇翔) Yosemite Wang Lei (王磊) have announced the departure of veteran player Zhong "Biank" Jianfei (钟剑飞) in place of Lo "Flex1n" Rui (罗瑞) as the former transfers to Trace Esports Trace Esports China Rank #2 LuoK1ng Zhang Zhan Peng (张展鹏) Kai Lu Zhinan (卢智楠) FengF Song Xuefeng (宋学锋) heybay Ho Shun Hei Biank Zhong Jianfei (钟剑飞) . This roster change leaves only three original members of the squad that upset NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #9 FiNESSE Pujan Mehta s0m Sam Oh crashies Austin Roberts Ethan Ethan Arnold Demon1 Max Mazanov last year at Los Angeles' Champions.

Biank was one of the many Chinese players that yearned for a chance in the spotlight as EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #1 S1Mon Hsien Meng-Hsun (谢孟勋) WoodAy1 Lin Weihong (林伟宏) ZmjjKK Zheng Yongkang (郑永康) nobody Wang Senxu (王森旭) CHICHOO Wan Shunji (万顺治) Smoggy Zhang Zhao (张钊) Haodong Guo Haodong (郭浩东) dominated the regional competition in 2023. After missing out on Masters Tokyo, a new hope for the roster appeared in the form of the Chinese Champions Qualifier, where Bilibili secured one of the three spots and became the fourth Chinese team to ever make an international appearance.

Slotted into Group C and expected to exit winless, the underdogs shocked the crowd by taking down NRG in a clean 2-0 fashion, then doing it again to prove it was not a fluke in their deciding rematch against North America's prospects. Despite making it out of groups, the team quickly crumbled against DRX DRX Korea Rank #2 Flashback Cho Min-hyuk (조민혁) BuZz Yu Byung-chul (유병철) MaKo Kim Myeong-gwan (김명관) Foxy9 Jung Jae-sung (정재성) BeYN Kang Ha-bin (강하빈) and were sent home by their Chinese brothers at EDG to end their most successful year yet.

biank champs image Biank was a part of the second Chinese squad to ever reach international playoffs. (Photo: Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

As the regional leagues were introduced, Bilibili struggled in the regular season and failed to qualify for Masters Madrid and Shanghai, prompting roster changes. Biank's replacement Flex1n most recently played for TYLOO, who also failed to break past the group stage of the regular season. However, the Controller player also represented Trace and was one match off of qualifying for Madrid back in March.

Biank joins Trace in place of Yip "YOU" Man Ho and will attempt to make a run into this year's Champions. While EDG and FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix China Rank #3 Autumn Kale Dunne Life Qu Donghao (瞿东豪) AAAAY Zhang Yang (张杨) BerLIN Zhang Bolin (張柏霖) Lysoar Liang Youhao (梁优好) currently hold a vast amount of Championship points, the rest of the regional teams are neck-and-neck, opening up an opportunity for redemption.

Trace Esports Trace Esports China Rank #2 LuoK1ng Zhang Zhan Peng (张展鹏) Kai Lu Zhinan (卢智楠) FengF Song Xuefeng (宋学锋) heybay Ho Shun Hei Biank Zhong Jianfei (钟剑飞) is now:

  • Zhang "LuoK1ng" Zhan Peng (张展鹏)
  • Lu "Kai" Zhinan (卢智楠)
  • Cui "cxyy" Xinyu (崔新宇)
  • Song "FengF" Xuefeng (宋学锋)
  • Zhong "Biank" Jianfei (钟剑飞)
  • Ho "heybay" Shun Hei
  • Gu "destroyeR" Jiaming (顾佳鸣) (Coach)
  • Zhang "Yiyee" Tianyuan (张天元) (Assistant coach)