This article is contributed by Robin Lin, a content creator for Talon Esports
PSG Talon’s Chiu “Doggo” Tzu-Chuan is no stranger to thriving in unfamiliar territory.
The 18-year-old ADC played his first professional split as part of PCS squad, Beyond Gaming, earlier this year and quickly found his footing.
In the PCS 2021 Spring Split, he rose to become not only the best player on his team, but one of the best players in his region.
Despite losing to PCS powerhouse PSG Talon in the Spring Split Finals, Doggo would ultimately find himself representing his home region at the Mid Season Invitational when PSG ADC Wong “Unified” Chun Kit was unable to attend the tournament due to health issues and Doggo was called to fill in.
Young and eager, Doggo is keen to prove himself on the international stage. “When I heard the news [of being called as a substitute], I immediately started packing my bags. As the substitute for Unified, I am fortunate to be playing with such good players.”
Adjusting to new teammates
As this is Doggo’s first time playing with PSG Talon, quickly building chemistry with his new teammates was key.
PSG Head Coach Kwon “Helper” Yeong-jae said regarding the situation, “We knew about Doggo before and he was one of the key members of Beyond Gaming. So we weren’t really worried about his skill set, we just want to integrate him into the team as much as possible.”
PSG Support Ling “Kaiwing” Kai Wing said regarding playing with Doggo, “His play style is extremely aggressive and we are trying to find a comfortable fit. Fortunately, I think the last few days of practice was sufficient.”
Indeed, despite a rocky start to MSI where PSG lost to LEC Representative MAD Lions, Doggo quickly found his footing within his team, posting solid carry performances through the rest of Group B. PSG Talon would end up qualifying to the Rumble Stage as the second seed from their group.
Facing stiffer competition
In the Rumble Stage, Doggo will find himself face to face with some of the best Bot Lane talent the world has to offer. Damwon KIA’s ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun and Support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee are World Champions. RNG’s Bot Lane of ADC Chen “GALA” Wei and Support Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming are widely known as a top 2 LPL Bot Lane.
Considering that PSG based their regular season success on Mid and Bot Lane play, Doggo will have to step up against world-class competition for PSG to find success in the Rumble Stage.