It’s by no means enjoyable to have your main participation lower brief as a result of exterior components. Chinese language groups skilled unlucky circumstance twice at DPC (2021-22) as a result of lockdowns. The primary Tour, which ought to have hosted the primary LAN Main, was canceled as a result of issues in regards to the pandemic. Whereas different areas flew to ESL One Stockholm 2022 for the second Main, Chinese language groups as soon as once more needed to withdraw because of the nation’s lockdown.
Though Valve hosted the China regional finals as an alternative choice to nonetheless earn DPC factors, it wasn’t as rewarding as attending the foremost. PSG.LGD, being the undisputed champions of DPC China bracket, basically monopolized all of the DPC factors, touchdown first in two consecutive regional finals.
Whereas PSG.LGD followers can relaxation assured that the powerhouse seemingly secured a direct invite to the Worldwide 11 (TI11). We will’t say the identical for the opposite distinguished Chinese language candidates, as even Workforce Aster, the runner-up of each regional finals, is at present at solely tenth place. The opposite two candidates, Xtreme Gaming and workforce RNG are properly behind the fifteenth place, which is regarding.
Chinese language workforce supremacy in Dota Professional Circuit
Arguably essentially the most constant workforce within the scene, PSG.LGD has been a staple in Worldwide championships, securing runner-up victories throughout 4 iterations. Whereas LGD is well the poster boy of Chinese language workforce supremacy, the current rivals are nothing to scoff at. Workforce Aster is second solely to PSG.LGD within the area, which is a testomony to their bloated stack of distinguished gamers. Du “Monet” Peng has been many Chinese language groups’ power-forward as a result of his unbiased playstyle as a carry.
Then, there’s Xtreme Gaming, an all-stars squad includes of Vici Gaming remnants. The workforce debuted in Division 2 however shortly made its means into powerhouse territory by putting prime 4 in DPC China Tour 2 Division 1. Notable VG gamers, similar to Zhang “Paparazi灬” Chengjun, Xiong “Pyw” Jiahan, and Ding “Dy” Cong, gathered to type a harmonic workforce, able to overwhelming its former workforce.
Final however not least, RNG additionally performed properly to land them among the many prime 4 in DPC China. As soon as once more, it’s a workforce that includes high-profile gamers, particularly remnants of PSG.LGD, which performed in TI8 and TI9. Lu “Somnus丶M” Yao, Yang “Chalice” Shenyi, and Yap “xNova” Jian Wei seemingly have phenomenal synergy amongst themselves, which is what RNG wanted to be robust.
In hindsight, the DPC Chinese language scene has all the time been distinguished but strict, therefore why they’re typically the benchmark to measure one other regional opponents’ efficiency.
No LAN Majors for China
Whereas we actually don’t hope for one more no-show from Chinese language groups on the third and final main, the Arlington Main. Sudden lockdowns over any surge in pandemic circumstances are sufficient to place any area in China into code crimson.
We will’t foresee whether or not that may occur, but when it does, then the DPC season as an entire, won’t be honest for Chinese language individuals. Not solely have they got fewer factors to distribute within the regional finals, however main individuals nonetheless get that share of factors meant for eighteen groups, however solely distributed to 14 current individuals.
As such, Valve will seemingly should allocate extra DPC factors for the regional finals if it ever involves that state of affairs. Even then, we most likely could have a conflicting debacle on whether or not the DPC season is honest or not. In any case, even qualifying for TI11 is an unique expertise, value preventing over.
For the uninitiated, groups can get a direct invite to TI11 by way of securing the highest twelve in DPC rankings. The rankings are international, so there’s no quota for any area’s groups to occupy the highest twelve finishes. For example, there have been solely two Western European groups, which certified for TI10 by way of direct invite.
Therefore, we envision a possible situation the place there may solely be PSG.LGD, which makes up the highest twelve in DPC rankings after the Arlington Main. Worst but, it’s been ages since China final gained the Internationals, which will certainly put strain on PSG.LGD to bag the Aegis at TI11.