Cracks on the Wall of China: PSG.LGD’s Dota 2 Squad Parts Ways With Faith_Bian and XinQ Ahead of 2023 DPC Season
Teams from all around the world look for a winning recipe during the roster shuffle season in order to succeed in the forthcoming Dota 2 competitive season. Even though PSG.LGD had been one of the best teams in the world since 2020, they faltered under pressure at The International 2022, and players left after Faith Bian declared his retirement.
In addition to bidding farewell to Faith_Bian, LGD also parted ways with long-time position four-player XinQ today. Considering teams are almost a week away from the roster lock date for the 2023 DPC season, LGD will need to fill two large holes in the roster before Dec. 9 as the team will need to defend their domestic throne after a disappointing showing at TI11.
Considering LGD had been the runner-up in the last two TIs, fans had high expectations for the team, many deeming them as favorites. Though LGD had some strong showings, they were outmatched before the final four by a local rival, Team Aster.
Throughout the DPC season leading up to TI11, Aster was one step behind LGD as the veteran squad performed relatively better in LAN events. Tables turned during TI11, however, and the situation may have prompted LGD to make further changes in addition to finding a replacement for the retiring Faith_Bian.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear what the future holds for XinQ and LGD, but considering the roster lock date is just around the corner, more announcements are likely to follow. Faith_Bian, on the other hand, will enjoy the retired life in the 2023 DPC season.
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