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LGD outlasts LFY for MDL 2017 Title

The LGD Franchise Awakens

Maouie Reyes

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LGD Gaming unsheathed the Battle Fury trophy in front of their home crowd as they bested LGD.ForeverYoung, 3-2, in the Grand Finals of Mars Dota 2 League 2017.

The premiere tournament held at Wuhan, China served as a vital warm-up for the much-awaited The International 2017. Six out of eight teams who vied for the lion’s share of $250,000 prize pool are going to Seattle this August.

Out of those six, four teams were given the direct invitation for the Aegis of the Champions race. Whether they were just hiding drafts, strategically underperforming, or were simply outplayed, Team OG, Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, and Newbee all failed to reach the Grand Finals.

Instead, The International 2017 Chinese Qualifiers, LGD Gaming and LGD.ForeverYoung faced each other for the best-of-five finale. But prior to their road to The International, the LGD franchise was rather missing-in-action.

Their track record was far from impressive coming into 2017. They missed multiple premiere LANs including vital ones like the Kiev Major. While LFY was able to qualify at the Valve-sanctioned Dota 2 Asia Championship 2017, they were unfortunately eliminated in the first Lower Bracket round by a co-Chinese team, iG.Vitality.

This trend changed after both teams came atop the MDL 2017 Chinese Qualifiers. Watching the Main Event’s Grand Finals was a déjà vu of the Chinese Qualifiers’ Winner Grand Finals as it featured same LGD and LFY who fought for five games but with different results.

After what seemed like a three-hour mirror match dawned to a do-or-die game five. Like most of their games in the series, LGD came out with a commanding early game phase, scoring two quick kills mere moments after the horns were blown.

LGD's early game lead posed a huge threat at LFY's chance to take the crown as Wang "Ame*" Chunyu's Anti-Mage was left free farming on his lane. Not even the meta-favored Bristleback of Du "Monet" Peng can graze the net worth leader in Anti-Mage.

LGD was highly aware of their position and held tight to their lead. Their front line led by Ursa and Anti-Mage was too much to handle for their counterpart. The intensified series then succumbed into a rather anti-climactic ending as LFY called the GG-call out after 28 minutes--the shortest game of the series.

While there are still on-going tournaments before The International, MDL 2017 proved to be a massive preview of the Dota 2 greatness which we are about to witness in August.