Paris Saint-Germain eSports announced today a partnership with LGD Gaming, the historical DOTA 2 chinese franchise.
The story of LGD on the Valve MOBA starts in 2009 with the recruitment of Chinese players from “For The Dream”, winners of the SMM in Kuala Lumpur. Three years later, the structure successfully achieved the transition to DOTA 2 with a podium at the 2012 edition of The International.
Already well established competitively and enjoying a good popularity with the Chinese public, the club tries a first international experience that will last almost a year with Western players. In spite of rather convincing performances, tensions between the players and the difference of vision with the organization led the organization to put a stop to the project.
Starting in 2014, LGD focused on the Chinese scene by investing in youth. With LGD CDEC and then LGD Forever Young the structure has accompanied several young talents in their discovery of the highest competitive eSports level. Wang ‘Ame‘ Chunyu and Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao are pure fruits of this training center. The “Solo Middle” and “Carry” have been playing together for nearly three years now. A long collaboration that paid last year with a fourth place at The International and a victory in the Mars Dota 2 League.
To reach a new milestone, the duo decided to start again from scratch by recruiting three players at the end of 2017, starting with a new captain. At only 23 years old, Xu ‘Fy‘ Linsen already has reached two quarterfinals at the World Championships, in 2014 and in 2015. As for them, Jian Wei ‘xNova‘ Yap and Yang ‘Chalice‘ Shenyi are two very young talents that quickly proved their potential. Since their arrival, LGD has reached the finals of two major events, the StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4 and the 2018 Asia Championships.
Five years after their first international adventure, it is with this young, experienced and talented team that LGD Gaming is embarking on this new era. There are still a few months to ramp up and prepare The International 2018. Under the colors of Paris Saint-Germain eSports, the structure sets out to conquer the globe and a world champion title. Dream bigger !