The PSG.LGD Dota2 team will be in Vancouver from August 15th to 25th to take part in The International 8, the Dota 2 world championships.
Four months after their creation, the Paris Saint-Germain Esports section and the Chinese club LGD, are about to contest the most important tournament of their 2018 season. Not less than 24 millions dollars are on the line but more importantly, it is the opportunity to win an historic title.
A part of the history of Valve MOBA has already been written by PSG ESPORTS when it became the first French club to be part of that competition, one of the most prestigious in the esports’ realm, every games included. But apart from its own epic, the Parisian club now shares a legacy, the one of its partner, LGD. Since its first participation in 2012, the Chinese structure is the only one who hasn’t missed a single edition of TI. But despite its three podiums, LGD is still running after a first world championship title.
This year, PSG.LGD upkeep the ambition to change history and to uphold one of the oldest adage of the Dota 2 stage. TI has always crowned Chinese teams during even-numbered years and Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu, Lu ‘Maybe’ Yao, Yang ‘Chalice’ Shenyi, Xu ‘Fy’ Linsen as well as Jian Wei ‘xNova’ Yap are willing to honor the tradition.
These last four months, the Parisians showed a great level as well as a remarkable regularity which allowed them to win two major trophies, one in Moscow during the EPICENTER XL and the other one in front of their own public in the MDL Changsha. But The International is more than a trophy, it represents on its own, the height of a professional player’s career.
This dream, Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu and Lu ‘Maybe’ Yao got close to make it happen last summer. After a terrible disillusion in the first round against Virtus.Pro (0-2), LGD recovered in the lower bracket all the way up to the fourth place where the team got stopped by the future world champions, Team Liquid. A year later, the team, under Xu ‘Fy’ Linsen commands, is now considered as the favourite and they are ready to rumble.
PSG.LGD will start its TI8 in group A, a really hard one in which the team will have to make it to the first four ranks in order to qualify for the Main Event. The quality opponents are not missing, the Parisians will notably have to face Team Liquid, the title holder and runner-up of the Pro Circuit but also Mineski, the winners of the Asia Dota 2 championships or even Fnatic, the team who qualified in the south-east Asia region who are known to be surprising duringthe The International.
There is still a long way to go to the Aegis of Champions but PSG.LGD is ready to compete in front of the 18 000 awaited spectators of the Vancouver Rangers Arena. It all starts on August 15th at 6pm and you will be able to watch the competition on Dota official channel. The first game will oppose the PSG.LGd to the European team OG. Ici c’est Paris !