Here are our picks for which team from the Chinese Region will take the last TI 12 slot to join PSG.LGD for a shot at the Aegis
In the midst of chasing the prized Aegis of Champions, the Chinese Dota 2 scene stands at a crucial crossroads. Its impressive history on the global stage, where victories have left a mark in Dota history, now mingles with recent struggles. Once a strong force in Dota 2, China’s rule on the virtual battlegrounds has faced challenges, making us wonder about its position in TI12.
Amidst this landscape, a recent wave of bans has cast a shadow over the Chinese Dota 2 community. Valve and Perfect World’s decision to suspend players, including former Team Knights and EHOME members, for alleged ‘foul play’ has sparked debates about fair competition and the purity of the game. This has put China under a lot of pressure to redeem its Dota 2 legacy.
In a significant move for maintaining the integrity of esports, Valve and Perfect World have announced the banning of over 40 Dota 2 professionals due to “esports integrity violations.” The list of players implicated in these violations was revealedhttps://t.co/32gYLGxvVs pic.twitter.com/hHyJA0Im7s
— Esport.Directory (@Esportdirectory) June 17, 2023
In Search of the Lost Legacy
Past editions of The International have seen Chinese teams coming out as victors. Memorable wins like Invictus Gaming’s triumph in TI2, Newbee’s success in TI4, and the remarkable victory of Wings Gaming in TI6 are moments forever etched in the game’s history. These moments and achievements of Chinese teams lifting the Aegis are now a part of Dota’s story. 5 TI’s have passed without a champion from China, raising the question- can it recapture its former greatness?
In the midst of these challenges, PSG.LGD carrys the torch of hope. Their consistent performance and qualification through DPC points reflect the region’s former glory. PSG.LGD’s journey filled with achievements paves the way for upcoming Chinese teams to find the courage to overcome obstacles and become stronger. Yet, for the region, the road ahead is tough, as TI12 offers only one direct invite and one qualifier spot for China.
The TI12 Chinese Qualifiers emerge as a crucial point for China’s Dota 2 journey, as the intense qualifier battles for the last regional slot is sure to be full of heartbreak. As the hour approaches, China holds its breath and wishes well for their favorite teams in the hopes that they will bring back the Aegis to their home. All eyes are on China, a region that once ruled Dota 2 and now seeks to regain its position at The International’s grand stage.
PSG.LGD Prepares for TI12
On the journey to TI12, PSG.LGD, the sole Chinese team with a direct entry carries their nation’s Dota 2 legacy onto the global stage. With a history of stellar performances in diverse International iterations, PSG.LGD stands as a formidable contender, ready to leave a lasting impression.
PSG.LGD announced that zeal has left the team and niu joined them from VG. Therefore their new roster will be:
Coach: xiao8 pic.twitter.com/YoIcxIOG2C
— CN Dota In A Nutshell (@Tr1H4rd3rDota2) May 13, 2023
PSG.LGD’s TI12 qualification, backed by an impressive 1184 DPC points, underscores their mettle on the international circuit. Bolstered by niu, their new offlane player, PSG.LGD’s strategic acumen and collective synergy fuel their journey. As China’s only representative with a direct TI12 ticket, PSG.LGD steps onto the TI12 battleground, they embody hopes and dreams of their community, poised to not only win, but also carry their region’s legacy forward.
PSG.LGD’s TI 12 Roster:
- Guo “shiro” Xuanang (Carry)
- Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang (Solo Mid)
- Li “niu” Kongbo (Offlaner)
- Lin “planet” Hao (Soft Support)
- Zhang “y`” Yiping (Hard Support, Captain)
The Unveiling of the TI12 Regional Qualifiers
The stage is set for a gripping showdown as the TI12 Chinese Qualifiers kick off from August 17-21. In this battlefield of dreams, 13 teams from across the world of Chinese Dota 2 are poised to clash. Each match carries the weight of ambition, as teams strive to secure the last spot awaiting them at TI12.
Our 13 contenders are as follows:
Day 1 (17th August) Timings
The first matches will be the brutal best-of-one elimination series
- iG.Vitality vs Limit – 03:00 CEST
Followed by the four upper bracket quarter-finals best-of-three series
- Team Aster vs Team Zero – 04:00 CEST
- Xtreme Gaming vs Aster.Aries – 07:00 CEST
- Invictus Gaming vs Holy Grail – 10:00 CEST
- Azure Ray vs Team Bright – 13:00 CEST
The qualifiers promise a flurry of emotions and rivalries, as both established powerhouses and emerging contenders vie for supremacy. The relentless pursuit of victory and glory fuels the competitive fire that burns within these teams.
Our Pick for the Final Qualifier – Team Aster
In the realm of competitive Dota 2, our eyes are fixed on Team Aster, a team that has recently shown promising performances. As we set our sights on the final slot for the Chinese Region at The International 12 (TI12), our pick is none other than Team Aster, who have not received a direct invite and must now navigate a challenging path to secure their spot.
— Team Aster (@CN_TeamAster) August 15, 2023
Team Aster stands at the forefront, leading the DPC charts with an impressive 486 points. However, their journey through the Bali Major playoffs encountered formidable hurdles. While they have demonstrated tactical prowess and moments of brilliance, their direct invitation to TI12 remains uncertain. Despite their star-studded lineup featuring players like Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, Aster faced tough opposition from adversaries like Quest Esports and 9Pandas, preventing them from clinching the coveted invitation.
ASTER announced that BoBoKa will left the team for now, and Kaka will join them as their new pos4 player. pic.twitter.com/0V0FWQVo14
— CN Dota In A Nutshell (@Tr1H4rd3rDota2) July 7, 2023
With the final slot at TI12 up for grabs in the Chinese Region, Team Aster’s resilience will be put to the test. Their recent roster changes, including the addition of Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi, reflect a strategic push to fortify their position. As they set their sights on the TI12 Chinese Qualifiers, Aster’s determination remains unwavering. However, the path ahead is challenging, with 12 other formidable teams vying for the same spot.
Among their competitors, Azure Ray emerges as a strong contender and a fierce rival. In this high-stakes journey, Team Aster’s skill, adaptability, and unwavering spirit will be crucial as they strive to seize the opportunity to secure their place at The International 12 and vie for the prestigious Aegis of Champions.
Team Aster TI 12 Roster:
- Du “Monet” Peng (Carry)
- Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan (Solo Mid)
- Lin “Xxs” Jing (Offlaner)
- Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi (Soft Support, Captain)
- Yu “Piqiu” Yajun (Hard Support)
Chinese Region’s Road To Redemption
With the TI12 Chinese Qualifiers on the horizon, anticipation surges through the Dota 2 community. The journey from China’s golden era to a single slot encapsulates the ebb and flow of esports. PSG.LGD’s triumph speaks of China’s enduring strength, while the trials of other teams highlight the fierce competition within the region.
Regardless of the outcome, the TI12 Chinese Qualifiers promise a spectacle that will resonate far beyond the confines of the qualifiers themselves. As the Chinese Dota 2 scene strives to reclaim its position on the global stage, the determination, resilience, and passion of its players continue to inspire. As the TI12 Chinese Qualifiers unfold, the world watches closely, eager to witness the forging of the next chapter in China’s storied Dota 2 legacy.