Perfect World Masters Shanghai ends with Newbee finally knowing how it feels like to be on the other side of a 3-0 grand final, sweeping ViCi Gaming to win the Pro Circuit Minor and reasserting themselves as the true kings of Chinese Dota.
The One True Champion of Chinese Dota
Newbee and last year’s Invictus Gaming squad led by Xu ‘BurNIng‘ Zhilei were the only Chinese Dota 2 teams that performed consistently well against international competition last year. The former made multiple deep runs in international LANs, even winning quite a few. Meanwhile, Invictus Gaming took home honors at DAC 2017, among others. But, as per the usual, other Chinese Dota 2 teams started to ramp up their play in the months leading up to The International 7.
Both LFY and LGD Gaming took turns captivating the interest of audiences both in and out of China post-Kiev. They battled it out in an epic five-game series in the Grand Finals of MDL 2017. Then, at The International 7, LFY took the top spot in Group B with a 14-2 record and at one point, winning an unprecedented 13 straight games against some of the best teams in the world.
As we all now know, however, Newbee would go on to outlast every other Chinese team at the main event itself. Although they would go on to lose to Team Liquid in the Grand Finals, their performance throughout the year was enough to establish their spot on top of the proverbial totem pole.
The rise of ViCi Gaming this season, though, put Newbee’s spot on the proverbial throne in jeopardy. This past month alone, Newbee had dropped three straight series to their biggest threats. However, when the stakes were at its highest, Newbee proved that they were still the best Dota 2 team in China, sweeping ViCi Gaming in the Grand Finals of Perfect World Masters Shanghai.
With the win, Newbee, especially their core duo of Xu ‘Moogy‘ Han and Song ‘Sccc‘ Chun, now have all the confidence they need as they head to Jönköping, Sweden next week for the ROG DreamLeague Major.
— Newbee (@NewbeeCN) November 26, 2017
— Xu ‘Moogy‘ Han
— Song ‘Sccc‘ Chun
— Damien ‘kpii‘ Chok
— Hu ‘Kaka‘ Liangzhi
— Zeng ‘Faith‘ Hongda
What can you say about Sccc and Moogy’s performance at Perfect World Masters Shanghai? Do you think they’ll be able to keep it up against better competition at the ROG DreamLeague Major next week? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.