China, once dubbed the strongest Dota 2 region, has lately been plagued by controversies and poor performances. However, if we take everything that’s happening right now into consideration, even PSG.LGD’s undefeated winning streak at the Dota Pro Circuit 2023 Tour 2 raises the question of whether China is still important.
With five wins and zero losses, PSG.LGD is the first confirmed squad to qualify for the Berlin Major. The final two series pit Team Aster and Invictus Gaming against long-time rivals, but it’s enough for now. Many supporters have linked LGD’s success to their most recent addition. After the Lima Major 2023, Nicholas “zeal” Lim became the replacement offlaner and has been delivering.
While their form and playstyle appear to be adequate, it is too early to predict that LGD will be a top contender in the Berlin Major. After all, the second Tour includes three former Division 2 teams following the match-fixing fiasco in China, which fell short of Division 1 expectations. Outsiders From CN, for example, has six losses, which isn’t too bad given it’s their first Division 1 appearance.
Even so, the final two D2 top seeds, Ybb Gaming and Vici Gaming, had no chance against PSG.LGD. All in all, it’s justified to be critical of recent performances. For those of you that may be unaware, PSG.LGD finished twelfth in Lima Major, which was a major disappointment and earned them no DPC points.
While it is unrealistic to expect Wang “Ame” Chunyu to return to the field, he is LGD’s golden child. Ame has been PSG.LGD’s main power forward for the past two seasons, where he has consistently outperformed most hard carry players. Ame has been as important to PSG.LGD since the International 8 as Micha “Nisha” Jankowski was to Team Secret.
PSG.LGD supporters will have to deal with this younger lineup for the time being, despite the presence of seasoned players such as Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang and Zhang “y'” Yiping.
PSG.LGD’s final two series is also the most difficult challenge in China Tour 2 DPC 2023. Throughout the seasons, Team Aster has been neck and neck with PSG.LGD, and has even outmatched the latter in recent competitions. For instance, Team Aster won third at TI11 and recently placed seventh at Lima Major, which are both better standings than their rival.
With so much uncertainty in PSG.LGD’s recent roster change, it’s tough to predict who will win. Especially given that both teams have had their equal share of victories and defeats against each other.
The other match against IG should be a resounding victory for PSG.LGD. Despite the IG fans of Yi, this team has time and time again demonstrated to be relatively weak as they are currently at the risk of placing bottom seeds in the second Tour. This implies that IG will be demoted to the Division 2 bracket once again. On the other hand, PSG.LGD will still likely qualify for TI12 since they continue to snatch first place in every China DPC 2023.
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