PSG.LGD started the series thinking they could blitz Team Liquid with a hyper-aggressive draft with Ursa Warrior and Templar Assassin as cores. However, the European squad was one step ahead, punishing their offense-heavy opponents with area-of-effect stun heroes, such as Tidehunter and Earthshaker backed by Amer “Miracle” Al-Barkawi’s Morphling.
PSG.LGD tried to change things up with a tower race strategy to split up Team Liquid’s heroes, hoping this would halt their push. Miracle and Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen’s Razor had other plans, as they held off PSG LGD by themselves until the cavalry could arrive. Eventually Liquid prevailed, taking the first game.
The next game in the series was a showcase in how unpredictable Dota 2 can be. Team Liquid continued to play well, with Miracle’s Troll Warlord getting away with a sliver of health, while still taking down all of PSG.LGD heroes.
With Liquid ahead by 26,000 gold, the Chinese team mounted a historic comeback starting with Xu “Fy” Linsen’s four-man “Echo Slam”. The underfarmed Radiant squad then threatened to take their first set of barracks at the 55-minute mark, before finally winning the second game to even the series.
The last match saw Team Liquid taking full advantage of the map, starting engagements that complemented their hero composition and eventually pulling ahead of PSG.LGD.
The former TI Champions finished the final match of the day by taking over the Dire base and knocking the Chinese squad out of the tournament. They will face North American team Evil Geniuses next.
The MDL Disneyland Paris Major continues later today and will be streamed here.