We break down all the hottest Dota 2 action from Week 2 of China's DPC Tour 3.
The Chinese region in Dota 2 was one of the most interesting ones to follow. As you remember, this was the only place that did not send its representatives to Stockholm for the Major. Therefore, people from other regions were eager to see which team stood out.
Week one had a lot more action to watch thanks to PSG.LGD losing their first match against EHOME. Some of you may think this isn't that important, but Wang "Ame" Chunyu and the rest usually never lose, so it was a big deal.
With that being said, the second week of Tour 3 was not easy for some teams, so let’s learn more about the most exciting results.
Vici Gaming vs Team Aster
The second series of this week put together two of the best teams in China. Aster and Vici Gaming have a long history of their rivalry because they have always been among the best teams in the region. Everyone was eager to watch this match and luckily, it was a three-game thriller.
Team Aster tried to be innovative in the first match of the series and picked Slark and Warlock. The two heroes became more popular after the new patch, so it wasn’t surprising Aster had an excellent start.
The team won the laning stage and allowed their Puck and Slark to snowball. Even though TA and DK slowly bounced back, their timings were late because Aster’s cores ripped through them.
After 40+ minutes of high-level plays, Aster took the lead.
After losing game one, Vici Decided to pick a very annoying draft that consisted of Razor, Viper, and Marci. Unsurprisingly, the team dominated the laning stage and the mid-game. While it is true Aster’s Juggernaut tried to keep up with Vici’s cores, he was ot powerful enough to stop them.
Following a couple of big team fights, Vici’s lead became too strong even for Aster’s fast-farming cores. This allowed them to equalize the series and focus on the third game of the match.
Everyone thought the third game of the series would be at least as enjoyable as the previous two. However, this was not the case because VG gave their opponents no chance of winning.
Everything went wrong for Aster because the team was crushed during the laning stage. Their Lina had a good game, but this was the only hero that did something. Tons of mistakes from Du "Monet" Peng and the rest prevented Aster from winning and gave Vici their first victory.
EHOME vs RNGU
The second match of the week that people wanted to watch was the fight between EHOME and Royal Never Give Up. These two teams are in a similar state regarding their overall performance. Both have the chance to qualify for the Major, so this match was very important for them.
Interestingly, the two teams used one hero in each game. EHOME relied on the good-old Tiny, whereas RNGU used Marci. Even though most fans expected a back-and-forth match, the reality was different.
Despite the very slow start, Royal Never Give Up took advantage of a few crucial mistakes from EHOME and ripped through them in no time. After securing a couple of team wipes, Lu "Somnus丶M" Yao and his teammates got more than 14k net worth just 22 minutes after the start. Despite having Troll and Puck, EHOME had no way of bouncing back, so they lost the game.
After the beatdown in Game one Lin "planet" Hao and the rest wanted to show their fans they have what it takes to win. Consequently, the team stepped up its game and did not allow RNGU to use their draft.
EHOME had the lead from the beginning, but it didn’t start to increase until the 17th-minute mark. After a good team fight, the Chinese squad got a definite advantage that was too much for RNGU to handle. Despite their efforts, Maybe the rest lost after 29 minutes.
PSG.LGD vs Vici Gaming
The last series we were highly interested in was between the two Chinese powerhouses. This used to be the El Classic of the Chinese Dota 2 scene, but due to Vici’s recent results, PSG.LGD was the heavy favorite. However, it seems like the team has some problems because it failed to win this match.
Both teams used some of the top heroes in the current meta in the match's first game. PSG.LGD tried to take advantage of Nature’s Prophet and his split-pushing capabilities, whereas Vici used Juggernaut.
The game was even for the first 30 minutes, even though Vici was definitely more aggressive. Just when Wang "Ame" Chunyu and the rest started to bounce back, Vici Gaming took down Roshan and got the Aegis. A few seconds after that, Vici’s cores teleported to the bot lane and got five kills in total. We thought that PSG.LGD would try to delay the game as much as possible and bounce back, but the Chinese used the GG call immediately after dying.
After winning the first map, Vici Gaming looked a lot more motivated for the second match. Speaking of the devil, PSG decided to stick to the meta and picked Pudge for their safe lane.
Even though neither team had a definite advantage, Vici was in the driving seat because their cores allowed them to be more offensive. This was great for the Guo "Xm" Hongcheng and the rest because they had the better draft for the late game.
We saw a long team fight near the 28th minute where LGD killed four of Vici’s heroes. Despite gaining an advantage, the team made a crucial mistake a couple of minutes later. Vici Gaming was able to kill four of LGD’s heroes, which allowed the team to destroy the first set of rax.
After getting the mid rax, Vici moved to the top lane, where they killed LGD’s team for the second time. This forced Ame and the rest to use the GG call, which meant this was the team’s second loss in the DPC.
This loss was unexpected because LGD didn't even lose two games total during Tour 1 and Tour 2.
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