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RNG Unexpectedly Wins ESL One LA China




The Chinese tournament of ESL One Los Angeles Online is over, and the winner is Royal Never Give Up. The team smashed all opposition and went undefeated in seven games at this event, a result that few would have anticipated ten days ago, as all the DOTA 2 betting odds were stacked against them. And not because RNG doesn’t have exceptional players (it does!). Rather, their dominant victory came as a surprise because Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD were regarded as being much stronger competitors. In this article, we will take a brief look at what happened during ESL One LA China.

ESL One LA China Details

ESL One Los Angeles China lasted for nine days and featured six teams.

Place

Team

1st

Royal Never Give Up

2nd

Newbee

3rd

EHOME

4th

Vici Gaming

5th-6th

PSG.LGD

5th-6th

Invictus Gaming

Ahead of the tournament, most people would have said that either Vici Gaming or PSG.LGD would win.

PSG.LGD was regarded as a very strong team even though it had missed the first two DPC Majors of the season, simply because its roster was mostly intact. Only one player was changed and this was the roster that finished 2nd at The International 2018 and 3rd at The International 2019. Furthermore, PSG.LGD recently won two important events: WeSave! Charity Play China and China Dota2 Professional League Season 1. So, naturally, people had high hopes for them at ESL One LA China as well.

Vici Gaming finished 2nd at the first Major of the season and 3rd and the second one. Globally, the team is ranked 2nd in the Dota Pro Circuit. However, before ESL One Los Angeles it had lost two important Finals against PSG.LGD. And for this reason, almost everyone viewed them as the second-best competitor in the race.

The third important team prior to ESL One LA China was Invictus Gaming. Besides having one of the best position 4 players in the circuit (Kaka), IG is a strong team with exceptional synergy. Just consider the fact that with only a few big players, it managed to win the first Minor of the season, finish 3rd in the first Major and then get another 5th – 6th place finish at the second Major. Based on these results, you could clearly see them doing well at ESL One Los Angeles.

The other teams were more or less the same: excellent rosters, prestigious organizations, but few results to speak of in the current season. RNG is sitting at number 13 in the DPC rankings, EHOME at 16, and Newbee is not even in the top 30. And in spite of all this, the finalists were Newbee and RNG.

ESL One LA China Results

These are the results of the tournament.

Group Stage

Right from the start, it was obvious that something was off. The favorite teams were losing match after match and the underdogs were leading the race. Ultimately, RNG and EHOME were the two big winners of the round-robin, while PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming, two of the three big favorites, were eliminated. The complete results for this stage were the following:

Place

Team

Wins

Loses

1st

Royal Never Give Up

5

0

2nd

EHOME

3

2

3rd

Newbee

3

2

4th

Vici Gaming

2

3

5th-6th

PSG.LGD

1

4

5th-6th

Invictus Gaming

1

4

Playoffs

The Playoffs Stage consisted of a double-elimination format. The top two teams from the Group Stage started in the Upper Bracket while the 3rd and 4th started in the Lower Bracket. The results were as follows:

  • RNG defeated EHOME in the Upper Bracket Finals (2 – 1)
  • Newbee defeated Vici Gaming in the Lower Bracket Round 1 (2 – 1)
  • Newbee defeated EHOME in the Lower Bracket Finals (2 – 1)
  • RNG won the Grand Final against Newbee (3 – 1)