The second season of China Dota 2 Professional League crowned its champions. PSG.LGD have successfully defended the title with a 3-1 win over Invictus Gaming in the grand finals.
A total of 10 teams from China entered the battle for the title. Two of them came from the development league of the previous season and one was there to defend the title. PSG.LGD placed second in the group play of the second season and started the playoff run from the upper bracket.
CDL Season 2 took place online, beginning on April 1st. Still adjusting to the addition of Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei and Yang “Chalice” Shenyi’s position change, PSG.LGD kicked off their league run with early losses to Team Aster and Royal Never Give Up. As the season went on, LGD began to find success with a win over Sparking Arrow, later taking down big names like Invictus and Vici Gaming. PSG.LGD closed out the regular season with victories over Keen Gaming, CDEC, and EHOME, finishing second overall and earning themselves a spot in the play-offs. Matching up against CDEC Gaming in the upper bracket’s first round, PSG.LGD earned their semi-final appearance with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. They next met Royal Never Give Up, and took down the top seeded team to advance to the Grand Final. Invictus Gaming were the sole survivor of the lower bracket, starting the playoffs from there and cutting through Vici Gaming, Team Aster and finally RNG for a shot at the title.
Invictus Gaming started the best-of-five grand finals against PSG.LGD with a quick victory courtesy of a carry Clinkz setting a high tempo that couldn’t be matched by PSG.LGD’s Phantom lancer. The defending champions evened the series score with a Lycan draft and took the lead in the bo5 battle with a core Dazzle, a support Tiny from captain Xu “fy” Linsen and a carry Ursa. The third game was brutal for iG who had to admit defeat in 24 minutes with just one kill scored by themselves. PSG.LGD sealed the deal in game four with another Lycan pushing strategy, enhanced by a core Nature’s Prophet.
Of course, the biggest story coming out of the CDPL season will end up being Newbee’s disqualification for match fixing, but that shouldn’t overshadow just how good LGD looked in the closing days. No single player stood out for LGD. The team played with only winning in mind, leading to most of the players having very tame statlines despite dominating iG in the final three games. All three core players looked strong and had both net worth and damage totals that showed how well they outplayed their opponents.
The only player on LGD to have double-digit kills in a game was Somnus during his team’s largest victory in game three. In that match he went 10/0/8 for 25,500 hero damage, utterly dominating the mid lane as LGD closed out a 25-1 win in less than 25 minutes. FlyFly was the standout performer on iG, opening up the series with a 15/1/6 game on Clinkz, but outside of that single showing, iG were rather silent as LGD routed them. LGD are now back-to-back CDPL champions and currently look like the team to beat in China and are likely preparing for a deep playoff run in yet another tournament.