Sylar Jiajun Liu

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Jiajun 'Sylar' Liu is a professional gamer that hails from China. In the esports Dota 2 scene, he plays the carry position for VGJ.Thunder, implementing his best gameplays with signature Dota 2 heroes like Lycan, Morphling and Anti Mage. 

keyboard tissue

Sylar is known to have an odd habit of placing tissue paper on the mouse buttons and on the keyboard. Unusual as it may sound, it could turn out to be just hygiene practice or perhaps his way of protecting his identity so as not to leave any fingerprints… 

Where it all began:

Liu’s developed an interest in video games through his cousin. Since they used to live together as kids, he would watch his relative play games on his personal computer. Eventually he was encouraged to try the video game, Defense of the Ancients and has never stopped gaming since then. 

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Jiajun’s professional esports career took off in 2010 playing DotA for his first team World Elite. Later that same year, Sylar made the smooth transition to Dota 2 joining He Improved on his mistakes and learning new tactics joining other top esports teams like Rising Stars, Vici Gaming, and EHOME.

The Team:

VGJ. Thunder is a Chinese esports team that was created by Vici Gaming and the professional basketball player, Jeremy Lin in agreement. In September 2017, the squad rebranded to its current name and added a North American team known as VGJ.Storm.

VGj.Thunder roster

VGJ.Thunder have signed on a new roster since 6th September 2017, consisting of pro players such as Fade as team captain, Sylar, Freeze, Yang and the latest addition of ddc who is on loan from LFY – Forever Young.  

Competition Participation:

Jiajun has participated in the latest premier and major tournaments such as Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018, GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor, The Bucharest Major, ESL One Genting 2018, Galaxy battles II: Emerging worlds and China Top 17. Some of the China qualifying matches that Sylar and VGJ.Thunder have taken part in also include EPICENTER XL, StarLadder i-League Invitational #4 and ESL One Katowice 2018.

Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018

Sylar has been competing for VGJ.Thunder since September 2017. He has gained the competitive experience against other top esports teams like LFY - Forever Young, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, EHOME, Newbee, TNC Pro Team, Virtus.Pro and Team Liquid.   


The greatest accomplishment for Jiajun was at The International 5 playing for LGD Gaming. After going through the Group Stages, they started in the Upper brackets round 1, where LGD beat Team Empire. Moving on to UB Round 2 the match saw LGD lose to CDEC Gaming which led them to proceed in the Lower Brackets Round 4. Advancing in the tournament, Sylar and LGD beat Virtus.Pro and Vici Gaming. The Chinese dota squad finished in third place defeated by Evil Geniuses in the LB Finals, taking home a jaw-dropping prize of $2.2 million.  

The second biggest reward for Sylar was while competing for Vici Gaming at The International 2014. Going through the main event Sylar and VG beat the likes of Cloud9, Team DK, Evil Geniuses. Reaching the Grand Finals, the dota 2 team lost to the TI4 champions Newbee, Vici finished in a close second place scooping a prize of an astonishing $1.4 million. 

Tournament Placing

20 Nov 2016The Summit 67th-8th$2,500.00Dota 2
13 Nov 2016Northern Arena BEAT Invitational3rd$12,000.00Dota 2
8 Oct 2016Shanghai Dota 2 Open #23rd$8,989.80Dota 2
10 Jul 2016Dota2 Professional League Season 111th$5,000.00Dota 2
6 Mar 2016The Shanghai Major 20169th-12th$45,000.00Dota 2
31 Jan 2016MarsTV Dota 2 League Winter 20154th$22,183.00Dota 2
17 Jan 2016SL i-League XIV Finals (Dota 2)3rd-4th$30,000.00Dota 2
2 Jan 2016Shangai Dota 2 Open 20164th$3,838.75Dota 2
27 Dec 2015Dota 2 Radiant and Dire Cup 20155th-6th$7,718.00Dota 2
20 Dec 2015World Cyber Arena 2015 (Dota 2)2nd$173,258.80Dota 2
21 Nov 2015The Frankfurt Major 20157th-8th$105,000.00Dota 2
18 Oct 2015MLG World Finals 2015 (Dota 2)7th-8th$5,699.00Dota 2
8 Aug 2015The International 20153rd$2,211,553.56Dota 2
5 Jul 2015WCA 2015 Chinese Qualifiers (Dota 2)1st$48,336.00Dota 2
1 Jul 2015G-League 2015 (Dota 2)1st$32,246.00Dota 2
14 Jun 2015ECL 2015 Spring (Dota 2)3rd$3,220.38Dota 2
7 Jun 2015MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Spring5th-8th$12,100.50Dota 2
23 May 2015i-league Season 3 (Dota 2)1st$210,125.60Dota 2
21 May 2015MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 - Chinese League1st$32,290.17Dota 2
17 May 2015The Summit 34th$27,169.00Dota 2
19 Apr 2015VPGame Pro League2nd$6,455.60Dota 2
9 Feb 2015DAC 20159th-12th$45,863.00Dota 2
6 Jan 2015D2L Season 55th-6th$933.00Dota 2
6 Jan 2015i-League Season 21st$64,629.53Dota 2
30 Dec 2014ECL 2014 Autumn (Dota 2)3rd$1,610.90Dota 2
27 Dec 2014G-League 2014 (Dota 2)1st$32,702.00Dota 2
2 Nov 2014NEST 2014 (Dota 2)2nd$11,439.40Dota 2
5 Oct 2014WCA 2014 (Dota 2)5th-6th$3,258.00Dota 2
7 Sep 2014WEC 2014 (Dota 2)5th-6th$3,257.06Dota 2
21 Jul 2014The International 20142nd$1,475,699.00Dota 2
29 Jun 2014ESL One Frankfurt5th-8th$10,545.00Dota 2
25 Jun 2014V Games Tournament Season 25th-8th$320.84Dota 2
24 Jun 2014WVW3rd-4th$401.63Dota 2
24 Jun 2014WVW NESC4th$401.18Dota 2
8 Jun 2014The Summit 13rd$15,354.00Dota 2
2 Jun 2014WPC 20145th-8th$3,209.80Dota 2
25 May 2014MarsTV Dota 2 League3rd-4th$1,603.49Dota 2
8 Mar 2014Sina Cup Supernova Season 32nd$3,266.03Dota 2
24 Feb 2014Netolic Pro League #5 East3rd$819.93Dota 2
10 Jan 2014HyperX D2L Season 43rd$7,500.00Dota 2
8 Dec 2013RaidCall EMS One Fall 2013 (Dota 2)1st$12,000.00Dota 2
4 Dec 2013Sina Cup Supernova Season 21st$8,208.19Dota 2
14 Jul 2013Redbull ECL1st$16,289.03Dota 2
9 Jul 2013Alienware Cup 2013 Season 12nd$12,000.00Dota 2
6 Jul 2013Dota 2 Super League3rd$19,566.60Dota 2
26 May 2013G-1 Champions League Season 52nd$13,046.88Dota 2
9 Mar 2013G-League 2012 Season 2 (Dota 2)3rd-4th$1,609.14Dota 2
23 Dec 2012The Asia 20121st$15,000.00Dota 2
2 Dec 2012WCG 2012 (DotA: Allstars)2nd$5,000.00
18 Nov 2012G-1 Champions League Season 41st$28,845.69Dota 2
14 Sep 2012ACE Dota Pro-league 2012 Season 12nd$7,914.77
2 Sep 2012The International 20123rd$150,000.00Dota 2
11 Aug 2012G-League 2012 Season 1 (DotA)3rd-4th$1,572.23
13 Jan 2012WGT 2012 Global Final (DotA)3rd$1,585.62
8 Jan 2012G-League 2011 Season 3 (DotA)2nd$7,925.81
31 Dec 2011ECL 2011 Finals (DotA)3rd$1,588.74
13 Nov 2011World DotA Championship 20115th-8th$788.32
15 Oct 2011G-League 2011 Season 2 (DotA)2nd$1,567.64
9 Aug 2011CPL Invitational 2011 (DotA)2nd$2,332.13