After having started this edition of The International in style by ensuring first place in the group stages and then by making 2 clean sheets in round 1 and round 2 of the Upper Bracket, the PSG.LGD team failed in the semi-final of the competition against the same opponent as last year : the reigning team OG Esports.
However, our team had managed these play-offs perfectly by delivering 2 excellent performances. The first against the Virtus.pro team, where 2 particularly long and challenging games were won by the PSG.LGD, and the second against the Vici Gaming team where our players offered a superb show to the public by beating this team Vici by a score of 2-0. A one-way game with a clear score that sends our team to the semi-finals of what is considered by many to be the Dota2 World Cup, The International 2019.
All the elements were therefore in place to ensure that our players reached the semi-finals in the best possible conditions. And for good reason, these 2 great victories in which the PSG.LGD team had not lost a game, combined with the fact that they were playing at home in front of very supporting fans, gave them that extra confidence that can make a difference in top level matches. It is therefore serene, but with a slight desire for revenge, that our players approached this semi-final against the winner of the 2018 edition: the OG Esports team, who had a very similar path as the PSG.LGD by finishing first of its group and flying over the play-offs.
Unfortunately, the revenge did not happen. As the scenario repeated itself this year, our PSG.LGD team failed to beat the OG Esports team, who once again won in Round 3 of the Upper Bracket. However, the game had started well for our team, who won the first game by quickly suffocating its opponent, before being caught by OG in game 2. The 3rd game was therefore decisive, and it was OG Esports that took the lead after a very tight and rarely intense game as game 3 was… Well done to OG who despite our successive attacks kept a solid formation in defense and were difficult to contain in attack.
But there was still hope for the PSG.LGD to meet OG Esports again in the 2019 International Grand Final. To do that, we had to win against the winner of the Lower Bracket. And it was Team Liquid who was waiting for us to compete for that place in the Grand Final. Even if the PSG.LGD had won against Team Liquid in the group phase, this latter literally transcended itself in the Lower Bracket by winning its 5 matches without losing a single set. And sadly, the scenario was the same as the match against OG Esports: our team won game 1 before losing game 2, as well as game 3. The PSG.LGD therefore finished 3rd in this edition of The International 2019.
The disappointment was great for our players who were so keen to join OG in the final to show the world what they can do. In any case, we are very proud of them, they have shown great strength of character and the qualities of a great team. In addition, they win a prize money worth $3,081,943! Congratulations to them. You can find below the ranking of the top 4 and the prize money won by each team:
– 1st: OG Esports – $15,618,051
– 2nd: Team Liquid – $4,462,300
– 3rd: PSG.LGD – $3,081,943
– 4th: Team Secret – $2,059,523
So it’s over for The International 2019! Proud of our team’s achievements, we wish them strength, because perseverance always pays off. Allez, Paris!