PSG.LGD Win MDL Changsha Major and Qualify for The International 2018
One of the last Dota 2 major tournaments of the season – MDL Changsha – has concluded with PSG.LGD defeating 3-0 VGJ.Storm in the grand finals. The Chinese team received 750 qualification points for their victory, which secured their invitation to The International 2018.
The tournament took place on May 14-20 in the Chinese city Changsha at Human International Conventional and Exhibition Center. It featured 12 teams competing for a $1,000,000 prize pool and 1500 DPC points. First the teams were split into two groups of six, where they played best-of-two series following the round-robin format. Then the group winners advanced to the second round of the upper bracket, the teams placed 2nd and 3rd made it to the first round of the upper bracket, the teams placed 4th and 5th qualified for the lower bracket. The teams who finished last in their groups got eliminated.
Group Stage Results
|Group A||Group B|
|1.||Team Secret||3-2-0||8p||1.||Vici Gaming||3-2-0||8p|
|3.||OG||3-0-2||6p||3.||TNC Pro Team||1-4-0||6p|
The playoffs stage was held in a double-elimination format, with the first round of the lower bracket being best-of-one, the regular matches being best-of-three, and the grand finals being best-of-five. VGJ.Storm, who surprised everyone by placing second in their group with the 2-2-1 score, managed to even build up in the playoffs, where they made it to the grand finals all the way through the upper bracket by defeating OG (2-0), Team Secret (2-1), Vici Gaming (2-0). Meanwhile PSG.LGD placed fourth in their group, thus started in the lower bracket. Despite their shaky performance in the group stage, they looked very confident in the playoffs and managed to win iG Vitality (1-0), TNC Pro Team (2-1), Team Secret (2-0), Newbee (2-0), and Vici Gaming. Unfortunately, the grand final was one-sided as PSG.LGD managed to win without losing a single-map. By winning MDL Changsha they received $400,000 in prize money and 750 Dota Pro Circuit points, which guaranteed them the spot at The International 2018.
|Place||$ USD||DPC Points||Team|
|7th-8th||$25,000||-||OG, TNC Pro Team|
|9th-10th||$17,500||-||Invictus Gaming, iG Vitality|
|11th-12th||$10,000||-||Infamous, Vega Squadron|
The other teams that secured their invited to TI8 are Virtus.pro, Team Secret and Team Liquid. The last DPC tournaments are ESL One Birmingham (May 23-27) and China Dota2 Supermajor (June 2-10).