The International 2018: Vici Gaming

Vici Gaming are back at The International after missing out for the last two years. For an organization that made the finals of TI4, that’s quite a slump and this year it was all or nothing for them. “Out with the old and in with the new” was the team’s approach. Only Ori was allowed to stay as they brought in players with several TI’s under their belt. With Paparazi, eleven, Lanm, and Fenrir on the squad, VG have successfully built a team ready to compete.

Vici finished 2nd at TI4 and it seems like the 2nd place curse is here to stay. With the exception of their third-place finish at MDL Changsha, all of VG’s DPC points came from losing finals. They finished 2nd in three Minors before their crowning achievement of this season: a 2nd place finish at ESL One Katowice, where they beat out Liquid for a spot in the finals. Thanks to the top-heavy the DPC points distribution, this was enough to qualify them for TI8 in 6th place, as the 2nd highest Chinese team. During their two dark years, Vici Gaming struggled to find a leader the team would line up behind. It wasn’t that the players brought in weren’t ready for the spotlight Fy and rOtk are respected names on the Dota 2 scene but they couldn’t get VG off the ground. Having missed two TI’s VG had their backs against the wall. They’re a storied organization that made the finals at one point but had failed to achieve much since. They needed someone to dig them out of their hole. That someone was Lanm. Lanm turned not only the team but the entire organization around and made them a contender again. Under his leadership the aim is now once again set on the finals, and this time they want to win! Even without having won a tournament this year VG can be seen as a threat for the Aegis. They may not have been a threat for the entire season but they have defeated some of the big boys of the scene and have displayed moments of brilliance. Their series versus Team Liquid at ESL One Katowice was one of those moments. They displayed tactical brilliance together with drafting excellence. If they can bring that with them to Vancouver, China can feel comfortable in having more than one contender.

(1) Zhang "Paparazi" Chengjun
(2) Zeng "Ori" Jiaoyang
(3) Ren "ELeVeN" Yangwei
(4) Zhang "LaNm" Zhicheng
(5) Lu "Fenrir" Chao 
The International 2018: Vici Gaming The International 2018: Vici Gaming Reviewed by Jesi Max on 08:29 Rating: 5

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