“LGD fighting” is their motto and it truly showed in the opening series on Friday, May 10, at MDL Disneyland® Paris Major that PSG.LGD Gaming are in Paris to fight for supremacy.
All the Chinese teams are in the lower bracket at the second to last Major of the season, one has already been eliminated, so it’s up to PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming to make a lower bracket comeback into the grand finals. In order to get closer to the ultimate goal, PSG.LGD had to overcome Virtus.pro. The CIS juggernaut have been into all Major grand finals so far and are the top ranked team with over 11,000 points gathered from their marvelous run. However, today marked the end of their dominance in what can be regarded the hardest fought and the most intense series of the Paris Major so far.
No Terrorblade was played, despite it being Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev best hero. Instead, both teams brought on the Major stage their latest strategies. In game one, the Chinese made use of Grimstroke, paired with two stun options provided by a carry Sven plus a support Sand King and imposed a fast paced game from the laning stage. VP’s cores suffered in the early stages and melted down to Sven’s right clicks later on, but they still had the very late game option with Ramzes on Spectre. They didn’t give up as fast as they did earlier in the tournament, versus OG, but they got controlled in the teamfights by PSG.LGD’s line-up and especially by Xu “fy” Linsen’s Sand King. Game one brough spectacular clashes between these two teams, but wasn’t even close in matching the tension of game two.
Virtus.pro came with a Ursa draft for the second game, with Enigma and Lion to give them some of the best initiation tools in the game and annihilated PSG.LGD through the first 15 minutes. The Chinese lost their tier one towers fast to a Helm of the Dominator from Enigma and coordinated five man pushes from VP. By the 14-minute mark PSG.LGD were already sieged at their tier three towers and were yet to land a kill on VP’s heroes. But as it was revealed by Fy in the winner’s interview at the end of the match, they knew that they have no chance in the laning stage and they had to be patient for their Drow Ranger to come online. Wang “Ame” Chunyu was crucial in LGD’s comeback. His positioning and perfect timings on the AoE silence from Drow placed him outside the menacing Black Holes and saved his teammates countless of times. VP lost the grip on the game with every team fight. The longer the game was going, the better it was for LGD who were fighting against lower BKB durations and had better chances at contesting VP in the Roshan pit to avoid the spam of Refresher Shards and Cheese.
While VP are now eliminated only top 8, PSG.LGD will return to the Disney® Events Arena tomorrow May 11 for another battle for survival. Their adversaries will be decided later on today, in the upper bracket semifinals Evil Geniuses versus Ninjas in Pyjamas.