End of an era.

The brutal The International (TI) 2024 China Qualifier witnessed a heart-breaking upset as LGD Gaming fails to qualify for the annual event. This marks the first time that LGD Gaming will be absent from The International stage, breaking the organization's long-running 11-year attendance record.

LGD Gaming's Dota 2 roster is as follows:

  • Guo "shiro" Xuanang
  • Xu "Echo" Ziliang
  • Li "niu" Kongbo
  • Xiong "Pyw" Jiahan
  • Zhang "y`" Yiping

LGD Gaming eliminated from TI 2024 China Qualifier

The Dota 2 scene witnessed a historical defeat in the 2024 TI China Qualifier. LGD Gaming, for the first time in 11 years, failed to make it into the significant International. They were first knocked down to the Lower Bracket by Azure Ray who were technically the favored favorites in this matchup.

But ultimately, LGD Gaming bombed out of the TI qualifier after an ironic loss to Team Turtle. The new stack is made up of popular Chinese veterans led by Somnus and Chalice. Interestingly enough, both teams that LGD Gaming lost to comprised of the organization's former players.

This defeat came after LGD Gaming took a period of inactivity for roster adjustment. Despite their temporary hiatus, the team only changed their midlaner and continued to deliver rocky performances. LGD Gaming will sit on the bench for this Coppenhagen TI, a first in history since a decade of presence.

A long decorated history for LGD Gaming

LGD Gaming is without a doubt the most consistent Dota 2 organization of all time. The team first made their TI debut in 2012 with a promising 3rd place achievement. Since then, LGD would consistently make it to the grand event - whether via direct invites, DPC points, or qualifiers.

LGD even showed a pattern of resilience. Even during a dim period with little achievements, the Chinese org will bounce back during higher-stake events and finish greatly at Internationals. Just last year, LGD had a less-than-standard overall performance with top 12 to top 6 results in global competitions. But at The International 2023, LGD Gaming ended with an impressive 3rd place podium finish. For more than a decade, the team never failed to show up. But TI 2024 sees a different story.

A list of all LGD Gaming achievements at The International:

The International 2 [2012]
The International 3 [2013]
The International 4 [2014]
The International 5 [2015]
The International 6 [2016]
The International 7 [2017]
The International 8 [2018]
The International 9 [2019]
The International 10 [2021]
The International 11 [2022]
The International 12 [2023]

More TI pioneers will not compete in TI 2024

Dota 2 statsman, Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen highlighted other significant absences from The International.

He showed a list of teams with the highest TI attendance. The top three teams, LGD Gaming, Evil Geniuses, and Fnatic all won't be competing in this year's iteration. While LGD didn't make it in the qualifiers, both EG and Fnatic have pulled out from Dota 2 esports a while ago. Among the list, only Team Liquid has qualified so far. Team Secret, on the other hand, will be facing an intense Western Europe Qualifier journey.

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