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25 /05
DOTA 2

BACK-TO-BACK AND QUALIFICATION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FOR PSG.LGD

Only a few days after they became the first chinese team to win a Major, the PSG.

LGD Dota 2 squad got themselves a double in Changsha. They barely got back from Moscow with the EPICENTER XL trophy, still, Wang 'Ame' Chunyu and his teammates were back at it, this time at home in front of the chinese crowd and what's more with the favourite status. In absence of Virtus Pro and Team Liquid, PSG.LGD had a strong card to play in order to secure a good rank in the Dota Pro Circuit but the opponents weren't missing ! Mineski, Team Secret, Newbee and Vici Gaming were taking part in the competition and they were willing to collect as many points as possible in the run-up to the world championships. Despite a very good start against Vega Squadron and Newbee in opening of the MDL Changsha Major, the sino-malaysian team had a partial sucess during the group stage. PSG.LGD finished fourth of its group with two wins, two losses and a draw. To everyone's surprise, the parisian club began the playoffs in the Lower Bracket in which a defeat was synonym of elimination. Lu 'Somnus丶M' Yao provided an explanation to vpesports about this difficult start : « We didn’t fully understand the meta during the group stage. And QQQ’s draft was terrible. The good thing is that eventually he listened to us [...], so we just got better and better.». Back to the wall, the Parisians got scared all the way to the second ballot conceeding a round on an unexpected comeback from TNC after a 70 minutes game. This conceeded map was the last one PSG.LGD was giving away during the weekend. Team Secret, Newbee, Vici Gaming, they all suffered from the blue and red steamroller which did no mercy with three 2-0 victories in the Lower Bracket allowing PSG.LGD to reach the grand final against VGJ Storm. The first game of the grand final was quick and despite a very fast pace game based on agression, the Americans couldn't resist more than 32 minutes. Lu 'Somnus丶M' Yao then did the break on his own during the second round. With 4,000 gold ahead of his opponents in less than 9 minutes and with 24 kills at the end of the game, he made short work of VGJ. Roman 'Resolution' Fominok tried to get his troops back together after a very good start in the third game but in vain because Lu 'Somnus丶M' Yao and Xu 'Fy' Linsen turned it around allowing PSG.LGD to win the title. This trophy they won in China has a unique flavour for the players : « Only a few people would cheer for you if you win a Major in a foreign country. Here, the crowd was really enthusiastic and we could feel the warmth and a scene of belonging ». But this victory is also special because it allowed the team to secure a spot for The International. From the 15th of august, PSG.LGD will be playing the Dota 2 world championships, one of the biggest if it's not the biggest esports event in the world. The qualification was a goal for the two clubs but it is now the title which the PSG.LGD is aiming for. Ici c'est Paris !

12 /05
DOTA 2

PSG.LGD : EPICENTER XL CHAMPION !

Only a few days after they joined together, the PSG eSports and LGD Gaming have won a first major trophy on Dota 2.

  Moscow was one of the most important step of the professional tour and it was also a good occasion to secure a high rank in the global leaderboard in order to be directly invited for The International which are the world championships of Dota 2. For their first appearance under their new colors, the Sino-Malaysian team was under a lot of pressure. On vpesports website, Lu 'Maybe' Yao admitted that : « Most of the strategies were implemented before we arrived at the EPICENTER. The patch got released during the flight so we had to adjust and discover what was viable during the group stage ».   As a warm up on the new patch, PSG.LGD had to face Mineski, the team that they lost against during the DOTA Asia Championships final a month ago : « after our loss we discussed about it in order to identify the issue and we used that during this tournament, we understood the way they play » entrusted Yap ‘xNova’ Jian Wei to CyberSport.   Despite the doubts, the team had a brilliant start with a 2-1 victory against that direct contender for the Upper Bracket qualification. The second game against Team Liquid was a bit more complicated (loss 1-2) but the new Parisians managed to get back into it in order to win their last three games of the group stage without conceding a single round allowing them to secure the second spot of their group.   For the semi-final, the PSG.LGD was facing the Russians Virtus Pro who is the most dominant pro team at the moment with nearly 8000 points and what’s more they were playing in front of their public. The two squads jostled, both winning a round. During the deciding round, VP took the first Roshan but the PSG.LGD turned it around by capitalizing on a crucial fight for the map control allowing them to push the opponents back into their base. The Russians could not handle the attacks and they finally gave up under the pressure applied from Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu and his 13 kills.   The Chinese were back then two games away from the trophy, two games against Team Liquid who they lost against during the group stage. The PSG.LGD did win the first match after two long maps of more than 40 minutes each but Liquid earned the right to revenge after their victory against FlyToMoon during the Lower Bracket final.   The grand final began on a boisterous rhythm with nearly two kills per minute during the first two rounds. The PSG.LGD won the first one but lost the second. Wang ‘Ame’ Chunyu and Lu ‘Maybe’ Yao finally led their team to a 3-1 victory with 23 kills each during the two rounds. The PSG.LGD brings back the first ever trophy in a Major, a first for a Chinese team while the collaboration is only in its early stages. Thanks to this title, the players are taking a serious option on the immediate qualification for The International standing at the fourth rank of the Dota Pro Tour with 4071 points.   Lu ’Maybe’ Yao talked about the victory to vpesports : « First victory in a Major for China and first victory for France on Dota 2. We are going to focus on the TI8, it has always been our goal, now that we are sitting at the 4th rank of the DPC all our attention is focused on The International ».   Focus on the world championships, the PSG.LGD will pursue its preparation as of the 14th of may in Changsha for the MGL Major. Dream Bigger !