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PSG.LGD prevail; Secret, Mineski, Newbee eliminated from MDL Changsha Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani


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The MDL Changsha Lower Brackets sent home three more teams today, first Team Secret and Mineski, followed by Newbee as PSG.LGD Gaming has proven to be a real threat in the DPC.

With Secret and Mineski dropping in the MDL Changsha Lower Brackets Round 3, the stage was set for three Chinese teams to occupy three of the top 4 placements and DPC points. 

Newbee displayed their dominance with a very convincing and relatively quick 2:0 sweep over Mineski to start the Chinese onslaught. Song "Sccc" Chun and Xu "Moogy" Han came out with stellar playmaking and performances in both games, giving the SEA team hardly any chance to contest their tournament life. Newbee's success and powerful showing have given their fans hope they could still be a title contender to firmly establish their grip and placement in the DPC rankings for a TI8 invite. 

PSG.LGD also overpowered Team Secret in two relatively one-sided victories. Team Secret's results have been slipping since February, with the team failing to take anything better than 5-8th place finishes. On the other hand, Lu "Somnus丶M" Yao continues to impress with his stand out plays and talent in both games as the Chinese team advances further along in their evolution and progress as a top world favorite. 

The last lower bracket matchup of the day was a Chinese battle royale. In only 26 minutes, PSG.LGD completely demolished Newbee with surgical precision and aggressive command of the game.  The second match looked to belong to Newbee but two back to back fights about 40 minutes in by PSG.LGD destroyed Newbee's lead and seized the game right out from under them. Fantastic combo's and incredible itemization and coordination in the fights were the keys to PSG.LGD's success with Xu "fy" Linsen at the forefront of the crusade. Another incredible fight for LGD about 49 minutes in, as Newbee tried to seize the base, ended the game in PSG.LGD's favor.

Upper Bracket

Round 2 - Best of 3

Secret
(bye)
(bye)
VG

Round 4 - Best of 3

Lower Bracket

Round 2 - Best of 3

(bye)
(bye)
(bye)
(bye)

Round 5 - Best of 3

Round 6 - Best of 3

Final

The action continues this afternoon with the upper bracket finals between ViCi Gaming and VGJ.Storm in the best-of-three series for a place in the grand finals. 

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

Discussion

  • Akimb "Akimb" Akimbas ,
    What's up with the casters these days ? I see really big downgrade in terms of casting quality - the casters are just plain garbage. Where is Tobi, LD, Synderen, Purge? These guys talk about the game and it's actually quite interesting to listen to their analysis of the game and commentary overall.. From the current casters in this tournament, only Godz is any good, and in tier of the ones mentioned above, others seem to be only interested with boosting their shitty ego with 'witty' lines.. The comments they make sometimes make me cringe... Some guy comments how will be really mad if he sees some build of pro player in pub. Geez, none gives a fuck, you're there to make quality commentary, not spout some weird shit. I sincerely hope these guys will not be invited to TI.
    • Joel "jwyc" Wong ,
      simple answer : budget issue
      • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
        These are not budget issues and even so, i highly doubt that there aren'y any casters in the lower-paid category. The problem is that there is no rule book after which people cast. No rewards / punishments if they cast good / terrible. Viewers don't give that much of a shit if the casting is terribad, they just watch the game. I would also like to add that the in-game camera movement is plain horrible. I've never seen so many missed fights / engagements / kills before, especially in an official tournament.
        • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
          tbh i was very surprised that there was no English speaking talent on hand for a Major. I kept forgetting that we were in the main event and not in groupstages because of it. It had a much more casual feel which I think is sad for a Major... as it is I feel that Majors have somewhat lost their status feel due to the sheer number and multiple issues (just my 2 cents)
          • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
            My guess is that most of the decent to good English talents have had their pockets filled and now, they don't care that much. Truth be told, at one point there was this influx of VERY BAD casters, which were allowed to cast different tournaments and games and as strange as it might sound, people were "enjoying" their casts just for the fun of it (Xyclopz or what's his name is an example). This has affected the overall face of the pro-casting scene of Dota 2. This Major felt...casual, to say the least. While there were some very good games, casting was a disappointment and it offered no real value, insight or even that slight touch of hype (i wasn't expecting Tobi levels of hype but still..). As a TL;DR, Valve has monetized and compartmentalized Dota 2 way too much. With the introduction of Majors and Minors, the casting scene also suffered heavy segregation which lead to what we have (or don't have) today.

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