PSG.LGD, one of the most successful Chinese esports organisation announced they're switching up roles in their Dota2 team by moving Yang "Chalice" Shenyi to the carry position,
By moving Chalice to No.1 position, PSG.LGD made the third carry switch in just under a month and it seems like the team does not know how they would like for their Dota2 team to look like. The confusion surrounding the carry position started in February 2020, when PSG.LGD traded Wang "Ame" Chunyu to CDEC Gaming and in return received Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son to their roster.
The 21-year-old Malaysian carry, however, did not play a single game for his new team, as he saw himself benched and sent to PSG.Int only five days later, when the Chinese team opted to sign Li "ASD" Zhiwen from Revive as their new carry. ASD helped PSG.LGD with their venture into ESL One Los Angeles 2020 China Open Qualifier, where the Chinese squad failed to deliver to the expectations, as they lost to Blaze in the final round of the qualifiers, thus missed out on securing a ticket for the Closed Qualifiers.
The poor performance ushered yet another roster change. PSG.LGD acquired Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei from EHOME on loan and moved Chalice to the carry position, while ASD got sent to the bench. The experienced 24-year-old joined PSG.LGD as their new offline and brings with him a lot of promise, as he is an established name in the Chinese Dota2 scene.
ELeVeN started his Dota2 career back in 2013, when he played for Subvert. He later played under U5, Immortal Magneto, Gaming, EHOME.K and in September 2015 teamed up with EHOME, where he remained ever since. Throughout the last five years, however, eLeVeN also played for a handful of teams as a stand-in, including Keen Gaming, LGD Gaming and ViCi Gaming. During his loan spell at LGD Gaming, eLeVeN finished fourth at The International 2017 and in 2018 helped ViCI Gaming pocket ninth-12th place finish.
Most recently, eLeVeN played for Revive, helping the team finish third at Asian Masters League S4, and second at World Electronic Sports Games 2019 China - Southern Circuit. Unfortunately, Revive failed to see much success at DreamLeague Season 13 China Closed Qualifiers and World Electronics Sports Games 2019 China Finals in December, where they finished ninth-10th.
PSG.LGD's offlaner and a new carry Chalice, began his Dota2 career in April 2016 with MAX.Y, when he played as a position one. Chalice remained with his team up until December 2017, when he joined PSG.LGS, which marked a huge stepping stone in his career. With PSG.LGD, Chalice achieved numerous honours, including titles at EPICENTER XL and MDL Changsha Major, second place at 2018 TI and a third-place finish at TI9, just to name a few.
Throughout his illustrious career as a offlaner for PSG.LGD, Chalice won a total of $1,780,826 in tournament winnings, making him the 10th-best-paid Chinese esports player in history. Now, the Chinese pro will transition back to the carry position, in a bid to help his team from a role he occupied at the start of his career.
With his reposition to the No.1 role, Chalice is just the latest in a long trend of players converting to the carry role. PSG.LGS previously already experimented with Lu "Somnus" Yao in the carry position, but the Chinese superstar has since returned to the mid lane.
It remains to be seen whether the new swap will result in better success for PSG.LGD, who carry massive expectations on their shoulders, as they are considered as one of the best Chinese teams in history. While LGD were very successful in its early days, since the organisation partnered with the French football giants Paris Saing-Germain, PSG.LGD went on a tear, claiming two Dota2 Major tournaments, as well as silver and bronze at The International 2018 and 2019 respectively.
This season, however, PSG.LGD opted to skip the first Major of Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season and failed to even qualify for the second. The poor performance at Leipzig Major qualifiers ushered massive roster changes, which saw the arrival of Ahjit, who was later benched, as was ASD who arrived shortly after.
As it stands now, PSG.LGD have yet to secure a single DPC point, due to their failure to appear in any offline DPC event this season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, their chances of securing enough points to enter The International 10 seem very slim, considering EPICENTER 2020 was already cancelled by Valve, leaving ONE Esports Singapore Major as the only remaining Major PSG.LGD can potentially attend, if they manage to qualify and if the event will even be played as scheduled.
PSG.LGD's new stack have been seen in action for the first time at WeSave! Charity Play tournament this Saturday, where they faced off against Invictus Gaming. It was an exciting match between two Chinese Dota2 juggernauts, however, it was PSG.LGD who came out ahead sealing the series with a convincing 2-0 score. Chalice proved his worth as carry, with 11/2/18 in game one and 4/1/7 in game two, this played a pivotal role in his team’s success.
PSG.LGS Dota 2 team:
Yang "Chalice" Shenyi - 1
Lu "Somnus" Yao - 2
Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei - 3
Yu "fy" Linsen - 4
Jian Wei "xNova" Yap - 5
Written by KrajnikT
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