Chinese Dota Prevails in Day 1 of the PGL Open Minor

LGD Gaming manage to overcome a slow start and sloppy performances from their latest additions, Xu ‘fy’ Linsen and Yao ‘357’ Yi, to advance to the playoffs of the PGL Minor LAN Finals.

The Champions of Chinese Dota

A slow start to the season is nothing new for Chinese Dota 2 teams. In fact, it’s not unusual for teams to make little to no noise outside of China until the months before The International. Even so, though, that hasn’t stopped critics — majority of which are Chinese themselves — from bashing Chinese teams after Newbee and Vici Gaming flamed out at the Starladder Minor.

Both Newbee and Vici Gaming went 0-4 in the first Minor tournament of the season, which didn’t exactly sit well with many of their fans. Vici Gaming’s offlaner, Ren ‘eLeVeN’ Yangwei, for one, received the brunt of the criticism; many disappointed fans took their frustrations to the Dota 2 professional’s Weibo account.

Hopefully, LGD Gaming’s performance in Day 1 of the PGL Minor LAN Finals can, at the very least, help prevent things from getting out of hand.

Close But Not Quite

Immortals started the day on the right note by ripping off three straight games, including a sweep of Pyo ‘MP’ No-a’s previous teamTeam Secret. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to completely seal the deal against the uncharacteristically sloppy LGD Gaming team.

Maybe may end up receiving most of the praise for his performances in Games 2 and 3 on Mirana and Storm Spirit respectively, but fy deserves some of the credit as well. His Underlord in Game 2 and Clockwerk in Game 3 against Immortals were instrumental in shutting down MP during the early stages of the game, which prevented the Koreans from executing their gameplan.

Immortals will get another shot at advancing to the playoffs on Saturday (October 21) as they wait for the winners of the matchup between Team Secret and Infamous.

PGL Minor LAN Finals Day 2

Tomorrow, Chinese Dota will have another champion in VGJ.Thunder as they face off against the likes of Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincereand Mineski to decide who the first team from Group B will join LGD Gaming in the playoffs.

Here’s a breakdown of the schedule for tomorrow’s matches:

09:40 CEST — Preshow
10:00 CEST — 
Evil Geniuses vs VGJ.Thunder
13:20 CEST — Natus Vincere vs Mineski
16:40 CEST — Group B Upper Bracket Final

You can watch the game live from the Dota 2 in-game client or on PGL’s official Twitch channel.

Who do you think will be the first from Group B to qualify for the playoffs? Will Chinese Dota prevail once again tomorrow? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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