Team Aster’s Invincible Run in China’s Dpc League Sees Lima Dota Major Begin to Take Shape

After a stellar start in the Winter Regional League in China with five victories and no losses, Team Aster has become the first Dota 2 team to be invited to the Lima Major. Ehome, Dawn Gaming, and Aster were defeated by the Chinese juggernauts. Aries in straight sets, losing one game against each of the Knights and Xtreme Gaming teams but taking the series.

With only two games remaining—one against Invictus and the other against second-place holders PSG.LGD—they’ve already done enough to lock in a spot at the Major.

The Lima Major will be the first premium Dota 2 tournament to take place in South America. It kicks off on Feb. 22 and runs until Mar. 5, although there’s some doubt about whether it will go ahead since Peru is in a state of emergency due to ongoing political protests.

Valve hasn’t addressed the issue at this stage, leading the community to believe the event will go ahead as planned. If that’s the case, Aster is shaping up to be the team to beat.

Team Liquid has also had an impressive start in Western Europe, while BetBoom, Beastcoast, Blacklist Rivalry, and TSM have all dominated their regions so far, but it’s still early days.

Team Aster also performed well at The International 11, finishing fourth—higher than any other Chinese team in the tournament, including PSG.LGD, who many expected would lift the Aegis. They’ve been able to build on that momentum this season after adding mid laner Zhai “Xwy” Jingkai to their roster in Nov. 2022.

The spotlight will certainly be on them at the Lima Major next month.

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