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Why are the best Dota 2 teams skipping the Chengdu major?

Published: 27/Sep/2019 19:51 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 20:17

by Scott Robertson


Dota 2 International 2019, and thus will both the first major in China. Two-time TI champions OG are expected to skip it as well. Why are they taking such a long break, and how can they afford to do so?

In less than two months, the Dota 2 Pro Circuit will be back in full force, as sixteen of the world’s best teams will descend on Chengdu, China for the MDL Chengdu major. Nearly $1 million and 15000 DPC points will be on the line, and a number of organizations will show off altered rosters, while a couple of rosters will likely be representing new organizations.

But a handful of top teams that aren’t making any serious changes are skipping the first major altogether. Team Secret announced that they wouldn’t be making any changes to their roster, but also that they won’t be attending the Chengdu major, citing a need to extend time off for their players.

“Considering the length of each season and impact of fatigue, we are taking these measures to ensure our team begins the DPC Circuit fresh, and sustains that energy through the season.”

Team Secret aren’t taking a vacation alone, as PSG.LGD have passed on the first major as well, as their player Xu ‘fy’ Linsen takes three months off due to eye surgery. Both teams will compete at the ONE ESPORTS Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational at Singapore in December.

Well, because of the nature of the Dota Pro Circuit system, the teams at the top can afford to skip events and still qualify for The International 2020. At the beginning of last year’s Dota Pro Circuit, Team Liquid failed to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur major after failing in the EU closed qualifier that took place just after TI8.

Despite earning no points at the first major, Team Liquid still qualified for TI9 with the fifth most DPC points, thanks to back-to-back grand finals appearances at the MDL Disneyland Paris major and the EPICENTER major. If PSG.LGD and Team Secret removed the points they earned from their first major of last year’s circuit, they still would have qualified for TI9 with a top six spot.

A top six spot in the DPC isn’t even necessary to make a deep run at The International. OG didn’t attend the first major last year, still qualified for TI9, and went on to win the whole thing. Rumors are floating that OG may pass on this first major as well.

ValveOG qualified for, and eventually won TI9 after missing first major of DPC

With this system in place, it makes sense for teams who are at the top tier of Dota to take a longer break if they can afford it. Dota follows a tournament circuit structure that’s somewhat similar to that of CS:GO, with different tournament organizers and formats. 

But the Dota 2 scene has five majors over the course of a year compared to CS:GO’s two, and Dota majors have a longer playoff format because they use double elimination compared to the single elimination bracket that CS:GO uses.

While fans might be disappointed that certain teams won’t attend the first major, especially the local Chinese fans given that PSG.LGD won’t be playing, it’s not the fault of the teams, they’re just playing the system to their advantage.


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


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.

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.