Despite starting the playoffs in the lower brackets as a result of their lacklustre group stage performance, PSG.LGD have recovered enough to guarantee a third-place finish at the MDL Changsha Major and secure enough points for a direct TI8 invite.
PSG.LGD are the fourth team to secure a direct TI8 invite. Team Secret were the third Dota 2 team to clinch their spot last week after finishing in 3rd-4th place at the GESC Thailand Dota 2 Minor.
PSG Get Their Money’s Worth
IT’S DONE ! We are officially qualified for the most prestigious DotA2 tournament of the year ! 🔥#THEINTERNATIONAL8 here we come !
📅 15th August – 25th August
📍 Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦
— PSG eSports (@PSGeSports) May 19, 2018
When the French soccer club Paris Saint Germain announced their strategic partnership with the Chinese Dota 2 team LGD Gaming earlier in April, not many thought that it would be the start of PSG.LGD’s return to dominance. After placing fourth at The International 2017, LGD Gaming (now PSG.LGD) had a tough start to the season. They went through various roster shuffles until finally settling with their current roster featuring Wang ‘Ame‘ Chunyu, Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao, Yang ‘Chalice‘ Shenyi, Xu ‘Fy‘ Linsen, and Jian Wei ‘xNova‘ Yap.
The current roster has attended five LAN tournaments together so far. They have failed to place in the Top 4 in all but one of them. Most notably, PSG.LGD took second place at the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 before following it up with a title at EPICENTER XL, with their position 4 support player Fy taking home MVP honors, and at the expense of the two-time defending champions Team Liquid no less.
Now, PSG.LGD will have a chance to join Virtus.Pro and OG as the only Dota 2 teams to have ever won back-to-back Majors. They’re currently in third-place at the MDL Changsha Major and are set to face off against ViCi Gaming in the lower bracket finals for the right to advance to fight for the title against VGJ.Storm.
Last Chance for TI8 Invite
PSG.LGD may be the first non-EU/CIS team to secure a TI8 invite, but things aren’t exactly looking up for other aspirants as the remaining four spots are firmly held by teams from China and Southeast Asia. Also, regardless of how the MDL Changsha Major ends, PSG.LGD are the only team to guarantee a TI8 invite at this tournament. Even if ViCI Gaming ends up winning the tournament, they’ll still fall 180 points short of a TI8 invite. Meanwhile, VGJ.Storm are already out of the running for a TI8 invite as a penalty for changing their roster past the roster lock.
The next tournament, ESL One Birmingham, will be huge for ViCi Gaming, Mineski, Newbee, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and OpTic Gaming. Anything less than a win for Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and OpTic Gaming will force them to go through the North American and Southeast Asian Regional Qualifiers for a spot at The International 2018.
Which Dota 2 team do you think will clinch a TI8 invite next? Can Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, or OpTic Gaming, defy the odds and win ESL One Birmingham next week? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.