PSG.LGD take a one-game lead against PSG.LGD. Both teams are on the verge of elimination.

The Dota 2 Berlin Major is underway in full swing. The penultimate day of the Group stage will, in many ways, decide the seeding of teams going into the playoffs. And one such matchup that is possibly the most important match today is Team Liquid vs PSG LGD. 

Not only are the two teams behemoths when it comes to Dota 2 esports, but one of them is almost on the verge of elimination from the Major. The other one doesn’t fare well either, standing just one place above. 

Game 1: Morph’s lead flows away

The first game saw Team Liquid take on an early lead. Their lineup was made for a dominant early game and it wasn’t really surprising. In many ways, Team Liquid did things right in the early game, but failed to carry the momentum into the mid-game.

The mid-game was characterized by a few mispositioned ultimates, a buyback that achieved nothing for Team Liquid, and more. PSG LGD persevered through the early Team Liquid aggression to go into the late game, where their team had a clear advantage. 

Now Team Liquid's Nisha was dominating the mid-lane, even getting the kill on NothingToSay three minutes in. However, Alchemist showed excellent restraint in the mid-game to help his team worth improve their net worth and thereby secure the advantage in the game.

A key component of the PSG LGD gameplay was the performance of the support duo. Constantly being able to chain stun opponents and controlling them was crucial to the outcome of the teamfights.

With an Alchemist and a Medusa, PSG.LGD had their game plan set for the late game. Of course, Team Liquid’s lineup was more spell-heavy and once the Asian players got tankier items and magic resistance, it was extremely difficult for Team Liquid to pierce through.

With an 879 GPM, shiro dominated the late game, even going for the Silver Edge to have an added advantage on the Medusa. 

Game 2: Hell Freezes over for PSG LGD

The second game saw PSG LGD pick up a few of their comfort heroes. But right from the start of the game, PSG LGD had one problem. A meta-morphed problem in the form of mICKE's Terrorblade. There was simply no way to control him except Faceless Void Chronosphere.

Being dependent on one big ultimate ran completely counter-productive to Team PSG LGD's playstyle. Team Liquid slowly but surely marched ahead in the lead and ultimately took the game to tie the series.

Did we mention Medusa's GPM last game? Well mICKE was not to be left behind as he got a similar number this time around and his impact on the game was simply much stronger than Medusa had in the previous game.

Ultimately, Team Liquid being able to tie the series was a massive accomplishment considering both teams are on the verge of elimination.

Team Liquid Dota 2 roster

The Team Liquid roster for the Team Liquid vs PSG.LGD matchup is as follows:

  • Michael "miCKe" Vu 
  • Michał "Nisha" Jankowski
  • Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg
  • Samuel "Boxi" Svahn
  • Aydin "iNSaNiA" Sarkohi

PSG LGD Dota 2 roster

  • Guo "shiro" Xuanang
  • Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang 
  • Nicholas "zeal" Lim
  • Lin "planet" Hao
  • Zhang "y`" Yiping

With this victory and an exciting Team Liquid vs PSG LGD matchup, PSG LGD are one step closer to avoiding elimination at the Berlin Major.