Not even a month ago French football club Paris Saint-Germain announced a partnership with Chinese DotA 2 team LGD. There were some questions about this partnership, but after a week the team has lifted its first trophy.
LGD hasn’t had much success in a long time. The performances of the team were characterized by second-place finishes: runners-up at the DotA 2 Asia Championship in April and also at the StarLadder Minor in February. In the StarLadder Minor, the Chinese side was defeated in the final by the reigning world champions, Team Liquid.
After ten days of competition, PSG.LGD became champion of the EPICENTER XL major of DotA 2. The Chinese beat Team Liquid in the grand finale with a score of 3-1, taking home $500,000 in prize money and 750 Pro Circuit Points. The matches were played in Moscow, Russia.
The series, which was disputed in the Bo5 system, began with a victory for LGD. They closed the first match in the 38th minute, ending with a triple kill from carry Wang “Ame” Chunyu inside Team Liquid’s base. Team Liquid tied the final in the second match of the series, with an exceptional performance from Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi.
LGD recovered from defeat and won the last two games to confirm the highest place on the podium. This is the first major title of the organization in 2018. The team currently ranks fourth in the competitive ranking of DotA 2. In addition, Xu “fy” Linsen, a long-standing player in PSG.LGD’s career, has also been voted MVP for this tournament.
The Chinese finished the group stage in second place in Group A with four wins and one defeat. The team, trained by Coach Yao “QQQ” Yi, beat Virtus.Pro and Liquid itself in the upper-bracket match before reaching the final. Team Liquid then defeated FlyToMoon and OG in the playoffs to confirm the rematch.
Also participating in the tournament were seven other organizations: Team Empire, compLexity Gaming, Mineski, Team Secret, NatusVincere, Newbee, and the Brazilians of Pain Gaming. The best teams of DotA 2 will be meeting again at the MDL Changsha Major between the 14th and 20th of May.
Before this year, Team Liquid was the undisputed Champions with two trophies in the last two Epicenter events. PSG.LGD is the first side to end Team Liquid’s reign over this competition. Do you think PSG-LGD has what it takes to get far and end up winning this year’s biggest tournament, The International?
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