PSG.LGD picked a Rikimaru against Team Aster in the elimination match. They got an early lead, but it quickly faded away.

Heartbreaks and Heart-shaped eyes!! As we head into the final few matches at TI11 Singapore, those are the two emotions, fans will see the most. Heartbreak for teams that are eliminated from the event and love for the teams that survive for another day. The TI11 playoffs is taking place at two venues – The Suntec City and The Singapore Indoor Stadium. But on the last day of the Suntec City were all elimination matches. One of those matches saw two Chinese teams face each other – PSG.LGD vs Team Aster.

One of the most consistent orgs in Dota 2 esports, LGD, surprisingly, has never won a TI. They have come close, very close indeed, on multiple occasions. But the win has eluded them so far. And this year, they had an early fall to the lower bracket after losing versus Team Secret in their opening playoffs series.

Team Aster vs PSG.LGD – Game 1

Xiao8 had a plan and it was a surprise for their local counterparts. PSG.LGD went with a Riki position 1 pick, a pick that surprised everyone at the venue. Rikimaru is not a hero that is common in Dota 2 esports and more recently, he has often been picked as a support (or an initiator with his Aghanim’s Shard).

PSG.LGD had a strong laning phase with Disruptor clearly controlling the pace of the game in the early-mid games. With Primal Beast on one side and a Disruptor as the support, it was really difficult for Team Aster to possibly get anything going for themselves.

PSG.LGD marched ahead, even diving behind the enemy Tier 2 towers to get kills. Team Aster’s Drow Ranger was often found running for her life as Ember, Riki and Disruptor always had excellent positioning.


But once Team Aster got a few kills, they started clawing back into the game. Even though technically Riki is a hero that can scale really well into the late game, the hero often is impacted by several other factors and often falls behind in the late game.

The match between PSG.LGD and Team Aster at the TI11 playoffs saw a Rikimaru pick. But after having a networht lead for most of Game 1, PSG.LGD faltered and Aster took the win.
The networth graph of the match between PSG.LGD and Team Aster in the TI11 elimination match.. Screengrab via Dotabuff..com

By the 35 minute mark, the game had completely turned on its head. Team Aster’s Lina and later Drow Ranger were simply dealing too much damage to the PSG.LGD heroes. Riki went for a Skadi to attempt to get some stats, but it wasn’t enough for LGD in this TI11 elimination match.

Game 2

Faith-bian’s retirement loomed large as PSG.LGD lost game 1. He has already declared he will retire at the end of TI11 and he was literally one game away from retirement. In Game 2, PSG.LGD simply could not get any lead over Team Aster.

The sizable lead required in order to ensure they can win the game never came. Even when they won crucial teamfights, it was never a decisive win, often losing most of their cores before they got any kills.

Picking an Enigma is a double-edged sword. PSG.LGD relied too heavily on the Blackhole and it came most often at the most unfortunate time. Team Aster’s positioning and knowledge of the Enigma’s items (Wraith Pact first) enabled them to play to their strenghts. One does wonder if Enigma would’ve been more useful if PSG.LGD had picked the blink on the Enigma before the Wraith Pact.

TI11 is taking place in Singapore featuring the best Dota 2 teams from all over the world. The TI11 playoffs will crown one team as the undisputed champion of Dota 2 esports – but it could still be anyone’s game. Dota 2 fans can catch up with the TI11 livescore here.

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