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Dota 2 analyst Nahaz explains why haters can ‘shut up forever’ after Infamous’ TI9 run

Published: 23/Aug/2019 11:26 Updated: 5/May/2020 16:22

by Connor Bennett

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Dota 2 analyst Alan ‘Nahaz’ Bester has stated that haters of South American teams can “shut up forever,” after Infamous’ stellar run at The International 9.

The showpiece event of the Dota 2 competitive calendar – The International – is quickly approaching a conclusion as the field has been thinned to contain the pre-event favorites after impressive showings from other qualifiers.

One of the final fairy tale runs was being made by the majority-Peruvian team Infamous, who found themselves fighting through a stacked lower bracket. They were, unfortunately, sent packing but found plenty of praise for representing their long-memed region with performances that haven’t been seen before.

ValveInfamous caught the eye of everyone with their impressive International run.

While analyzing the conclusion of the lower bracket match-up between Team Secret and Infamous, Nahaz took a few moments to address anyone who still has anything bad to say about South American Dota.

“I’m going to apologize in advance, everybody that’s talking about how SA doesn’t deserve at these tournaments, questioning the talent level in that region, saying why do we have guaranteed SA slots at majors – you can all now shut up forever,” Nahaz stated. “This team was amazing at this event. I’m sorry, you’re done – SA haters, you’re done.”

Nahaz wasn’t the only one with that message, however, as fellow analyst Kyle ‘melonzz’ Freedman agreed that the hate was “tiresome,” and that pros who are against automatic South American qualifiers are wrong.

“It’s b.s,” he said. “These guys – they had composure, they had heart. They get beaten by the tournament favorites, sure, but they gotta be proud.”

While Infamous may have caught the eye with their TI9 run, it remains to be seen if any South American team can match them moving forward – and if the annual post-TI shuffle will be kind to their current line-up.

The debate and memes about SA Dota may continue moving forward, especially if this run ends up being a flash in the pan, but for now, players and fans can hold their heads high.

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Football club PSG extends successful Dota 2 partnership with LGD

Published: 1/Dec/2020 9:29 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 11:42

by Adam Fitch

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French football club Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their partnership with Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming.

The renewal will see LGD’s team in popular MOBA title Dota 2 continue to compete under the banner of PSG.LGD.

Despite announcing the extended alliance, the length of the new deal has not been disclosed at the time of writing. The partnership was originally established in April 2018.

The two parties will continue working together to “promote the internationalization and commercial operation” of the team.

PSG.LGD win EPICENTER XL
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It didn’t take long for PSG.LGD to prove successful, winning the EPICENTER XL Major in May 2018.

PSG.LGD have also unveiled a new look that they will move forward with, changing their logo to reflect LGD’s new logo that was revealed in December 2019 and PSG changing “eSports” to “esports” in their own branding.

PSG.LGD proved to be a force in Dota 2 almost instantly, winning a Major tournament just one month after forming in 2018. They witnessed continued success as the year progressed, emerging victorious at the MDL Changsha Major in the same month and eventually placing second at that year’s The International — netting themselves over $4m in the latter.

In 2019 they continued to play well but couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, placing fourth at The Chongqing Major and MDL Disneyland Paris Major, third at ESL One Birmingham, and third at The International 9.

In 2020 they underwent drastic changes following a difficult year, especially considering the global health situation moving competition online. On September 16th, they unveiled an all-new roster which included loaning two players from domestic rivals EHOME.

PSG have a similar partnership in League of Legends, competing in the Pacific Championship Series — the home for competition in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia — as PSG.Talon. The football club partnered with Hong Kong-based organization Talon Esports in June 2020.