Is Xiaotuji a good replacement for Sylar?
Mali wrote a feature on 2P stating why Xiaotuji is a good replacement for Sylar in LGD. In the 905 words long article, Mali compared both the players and drew conclusion on how Xiaotuji can bring LGD to the next level.
Zhang 'Xiaotuji' Wang was invited to play with LGD.cn on the 5th of September and many raised the question on whether he will be able to fill the shoes long time LGD player Jia Jun 'Sylar' Liu left for him.
In 905 words, Dimitri 'Mali' Vallette broke down why he thinks Xiaotuji is a great replacement for Sylar and how he could elevate the team to the next level despite being inexperienced.
Excerpt of the article:
Due to only having about 52 official games, it is difficult to compare xiaotuji with Sylar, who has played four times more. However, with his performances in these official games and the Chinese Dota Elite Community, it is relatively easy to see the similarities between the two. While Sylar is particularly fond of Lone Druid, Gyrocopter, Morphling and Luna, xiaotuji prefers melee heroes with Alchemist, Anti-Mage, Lifestealer and Juggernaut being his most played heroes. However, he has proved through public or inhouse games that he can excel with mid ranged heroes such as Storm Spirit, Shadow Fiend and Queen of Pain which may offer more possibilities.
Heroes aside, both players are relatively close when it comes to farming. While Sylar has better last hits with an average of 247 to 219 for xiaotuji, the latter has more presence in team-fights which may compensate for the lack of creep kills. Nevertheless, these statistics are not really of a great importance not only because xiaotuji has less games than Sylar, but also because RisingStars and LGD-Gaming are teams of very different level and caliber. While Peng “Super” Su and Silong “XDD” Liu are two players who have improved the team considerably since joining, it’s hard for them to compete with Xie “DD” Bin and Leong “ddc” Fat-meng, two of the best supports in China. It is impossible to predict the future, but it is almost certain that xiaotuji’s statistics will be improved under the LGD-Gaming banner.