After a solid performance in the group stage, Vici Gaming’s
new roster has taken their first national victory. Their tear in the upper bracket didn’t see a single game loss until a razor-sharp grand finals against PSG.LGD.
Captain Ding “Dy” Cong
and his gang will be taking home $37,521 in prize money.
Their signature hero for this tournament was Omniknight, expertly played by Dy himself. His
77.78% winrate over nine games saw him go a combined 5/33/130. Dy’s Guardian Greaves powered several midgame pushes, leading to multiple victories before 35 minutes.
Vici and LGD are racing for placings
The Chinese shuffle has brought a lot of insight into who Chinese teams really covet and who they consider filler. Vici was chasing flagship status throughout the online era as LGD’s ownership of the title was slipping. Expectations for Vici greatly lowered after the departure of Zhou "Yang" Haiyang
and Zhang "Eurus" Chengjun,
especially since they’ll be making up an incredibly stacked roster in 4 Angry Men.
But this victory, along with their bronze trophy from China Dota2 Pro Cup,
shows that the roster changes haven’t slowed them down much. LGD was in a similar position, losing Xu "fy" Linsen
alongside Lu "Somnus丶M" Yao,
only to immediately bounce back with a championship at CD2 Pro Cup. What spices up the situation is that 4 Angry Men’s roster has yet to formally begin competing.
The 4AM organization cherry-picked the best players from both rosters to form their own lineup, and they will undoubtedly be the strongest team in the region. This calm before the storm is LGD and Vici’s last chance to keep the competition between themselves. Team Aster and EHOME also got huge boosts from the shuffle, and they’re not too far behind. PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming are looking to get as much prize money as possible before 4AM’s debut.
Catch the Chinese and Southeast Asian Tier 2 scenes duke it out at Moon Studio Mid-Autumn League, happening now.