After an excellent performance in the group stage and a flawless run through the upper bracket, PSG.LGD
have earned their first championship as a completely rebuilt team. China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1
also marks the first LAN Dota event since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
The team employed a variety of strategies hinging on the offlane. Tiny and Clockwerk were LGD’s favorite heroes with 10 games each and positive win rates. TI6 winner and captain Zhang "y`" Yiping
often drafted one reliable core early and saved his second for a harsh counter pick. Monkey King, Bloodseeker, and Magnus all saw great success. LGD even opted for a cheeky game of Techies,
a strat that Zhao "XinQ" Zixing
lifted from his time on EHOME.
LGD were far from the only retooled roster chasing the $80,000 prize purse. This event also showcased the results of the recent Chinese shuffle.
EHOME’s stack landed second place after a dominant run through the lower bracket. Vici Gaming
rounded out the podium at third place.
Who won the shuffle?
It takes more than just one event to accurately judge the rankings of a region, but first impressions are important. This was the first major event to bring the remixed region together and some teams have definitely benefited more than others.
and Sparking Arrow Gaming
were the wildcards going into CD2 Pro Cup. Aster might have gained the most of any Tier 2 team in Du “Monet” Peng
and Liu “白学家” Yuhao.
They failed to achieve a notable result, losing to unknown stack Phoenix Gaming for 5th place. SAG had an even rougher run, failing to make it out of the online group stage. Team captain Xiao “XCJ” Chaojian
is still on trial for the team, putting him in a precarious position.