CN Dota PIT S3: Vici triumphs over LGD, Aster

By Kenneth WilliamsOctober 13, 2020
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.
Their back-and-forth grand finals series against LGD was the highlight of the event, including a victory over Zhao "XinQ" Zixing’s terrifying Techies. A surprise Phantom Assassin from Yang "Erica" Shaohan sealed off game five with a 14 minute Battle Fury, going 15/0/3.
Also on the podum are Team Aster, who landed an impressive 2-0 victory over EHOME. Invictus Gaming were already struggling before the shuffle and it did them no favors; they caught last along with Sparking Arrow Gaming.

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.
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