PSG.LGD’s superstar midlaner, Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao, is set to take some time off from his squad due to personal and physical reasons.
The Chinese organization made the announcement earlier in Tuesday. They also added that they will be playing with CDEC Gaming’s mid player, Guo ‘Xm‘ Hongchen, as their substitute while Maybe is out on leave.
The 23-year-old is currently PSG.LGD’s longest tenured player and has been with the team since 2015 after making a name for himself in China’s most prestigious in-house league, the Chinese Dota Elite Community, otherwise known as CDEC.
Maybe is averaging 8.26 kills, 3.45 deaths, and 9.68 assists, for a total KDA of 5.22 for the season. This is not a far cry from his stats from last season — 9.42 kills, 4.13 deaths, 9.47 assists, for a total KDA of 5.37 — although it is worth noting that his kills and deaths are down, hinting at his lack of aggression in recent times.
After losing in five games to OG in the Grand Finals of The International 2018, PSG.LGD have not had the start that they were hoping for this 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. They have yet to win a LAN tournament in the four LANs that they have attended so far, finishing in 5th-6th place at the Kuala Lumpur Major and 4th place at the Chongqing Major.
With Maybe out of the lineup, PSG.LGD will hope that they can weather out the storm and qualify for the Stockholm Major in March with Xm playing in his stead.
Will PSG.LGD Survive Without Maybe?
Arguably the most talented lineup in all of China, PSG.LGD’s success regionally is all but guaranteed already. Even if they had to contend with up-and-coming teams like Vici Gaming and EHOME, as well as Team Aster and Keen Gaming, they should be able to survive even without Maybe at the Regional Qualifiers for the Stockholm Major. However, they’ll have to hope that the leave is short, otherwise, they may have to play MDL Macau 2019 without Maybe.
A stacked tournament featuring the likes of Team Liquid, Virtus.Pro, Evil Geniuses, and Vici Gaming, MDL Macau 2019 will serve as an excellent way to boost PSG.LGD’s confidence at the second half of the season, which is also when they ramped their aggression up last year, going from missing out on tournaments to establishing themselves as a powerhouse after winning back-to-back Majors at EPICENTER XL and the MDL Changsha Major.
So far, Team Secret and Virtus.Pro have established themselves as the powerhouses of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit after winning a Major each. With 7,950 DPC points already guaranteed, both teams have already secured their invites for The International 2019.
With 2,250 DPC points, PSG.LGD are not too far off in 4th place, but they have a lot of ground to cover if they want to secure their spot at TI9 in Shanghai as early as possible, and they’ll hope to have Maybe back as soon as possible to make that happen.
How long do you think Maybe’s personal leave from PSG.LGD will be? Do you think PSG.LGD will be able to survive without their superstar mid laner? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.