LGD Gaming Steps Away From Competitive Dota 2

31 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 31 Mar 2024
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  • LGD Gaming announced it is taking a break from competitive Dota 2
  • The decision follows a disappointing result in recent tournaments
  • This is only a temporary solution
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LGD Gaming announced that due to its Dota 2 team's recent performances, the Chinese esports organisation decided to step away from competitive Dota 2. This is not the end of LGD Gaming's involvement in the Dota 2 scene, but only a temporary intermission period.

In 2023, LGD Gaming proved themselves as one of the best Dota 2 teams in the world. They won the first and third DPC China tours, as well as added two bronze medals from DreamLeague Season 20 and The International 2023. However, despite their success in 2023, this year has proven to be a challenging one for the Chinese side.
Since the start of the year, LGD Gaming have not won a single tournament and while they made the Games of the Future 2024 finals, they've not found much success in other events. This month, LGD Gaming crashed out of DreamLeague Season 23: China Closed Qualifier in fifth-sixth place, and this week ended PGL Wallachia Season 1: China Closed Qualifier in third place.

Failing to qualify DreamLeague earlier into the season, on top of other concerning results, led the Chinese organisation to make some changes, which are said to be implemented during the team's intermission period.

The announcement confirms that LGD Gaming have officially withdrawn from all ongoing tournaments while the team focuses on rebuilding the roster and addressing the issues which prevented the team from finding traction. It is still unclear what LGD's plans are, what the changes will be, or how long LGD Gaming will be away from the competitive Dota 2 scene. However, the organisation hopes to return before the next big event.

Some believe that the catalyst of LGD Gaming's downfall was the departure of Wang "Ame" Chunyu, who left the team in December, after seven years, to join Xtreme Gaming. Since then, Xtreme Gaming have ascended to become one of China's top Dota 2 teams, while LGD Gaming found themselves on the opposite path.

While LGD Gaming are not in a good spot now, there is an abundance of high-profile players on the market, which LGD Gaming can pick up to rebuild the roster and find more success later this season. Yet, as of now, it's unclear what LGD Gaming's plans are – the only thing we can be sure of is that LGD will be back.