Chinese Powerhouse PSG.LGD Wins EPICENTER XL 2018
Posted 9th May 2018 By: Derpina    146 Views
Esports News – It seems like 2018 is PSG.LGD’s golden year! Fresh off a major sponsorship from premiere football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Chinese powerhouse team LGD Gaming—now called PSG.LGD—wins their first Dota 2 Major against Team Liquid at the EPICENTER XL. They have now climbed up to fourth place in the Pro Circuit rankings with 4071 points.
A total of 12 teams have competed for a portion of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool, EPICENTER XL title, and an exclusive Infinity gauntlet at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow from April 27 to May 6. In the end, two teams have remained: Team Liquid and PSG. LGD. In actuality, the final battle between the two was not a surprise for some since they have been trying to achieve the title for years now. What’s surprising is PSG.LGD’s smooth victory against The International 2017’s champion, Team Liquid.
Grand finals recap
PSG.LGD 3:1 Team Liquid
The first game sent Team Liquid straight to the lower bracket, all credits goes to PSG.LGD’s bold choice to match a Morphling for the team’s Carry, Wang “Ame” Chunyu. He single-handedly killed four heroes from the opposing team to defend their base even after Liquid attempted to siege two lanes of barracks in a successful team fight. Despite this, Liquid ditched all sorts of fear in the second game when they introduced new strategies such as reviving the Drow Ranger from the dead and picking Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi’s signature hero, Invoker. The tactic of using the Drow immediately failed since it was known for being very susceptible to ganks. Luckily, the Invoker defeated everyone in teamfights and had survived at a sliver of HP with the acquisition of an Aghanim’s Scepter.
The most crucial round is the third game because it’s a best-of-five (BO5) series. Liquid and PSG.LGD both have 1 point so the supposed winning team is only one short away from claiming the title. Liquid flashed their lucky charm Invoker once again as they have come to believe that it could maintain their momentum. Unfortunately, PSF.LGD managed to teamwipe Liquid and annihilate their Ancient despite all attempts at a retreat. The fourth game had Liquid call out the “GG” to wave the white flag. PSG.LGD may have used meta pics and signature heroes all throughout the game, but Liquid struggled to remain versatile in the Dire base.