What do Dota 2 fans expect from LGD Gaming at TI7?

Last month’s readers recall my sketicism toward LGD Gaming relative to their sister squad, LFY. LDG put a bit of end to those worries by winning the Mars Dota 2 League. However, the overall record at MDL between the two sides ended LGD 5-4 LFY. It’s still very close.

And keep in mind, LGD Gaming crept into The International 7 after falling to the losers’ bracket of the China qualifier. LFY claimed the second slot after iG Vitality won 1st Place. So, what do I expect from LGD Gaming at TI7? Not too much, but I do expect something.

LGD Gaming at TI7: can they continue their form from MDL?

It’s tough to determine whether or not Dota 2’s usual giants will rise in time for The International 7. Eight teams played in the Mars Dota 2 League to begin July 2017, and the Top 6 are all attending TI7. Newbee, OG, Evil Geniuses, and Invictus Gaming all failed to reach the semifinals. Given all of these teams received invites to TI7, the pressure is certainly on these guys to perform at their best.

On the bright side, they’ve all had four weeks to get their acts together before playing in Seattle. What should fans expect from LGD Gaming at TI7? Not very much. LGD seized the moment in Wuhan because they were off the radar of many top teams. LGD was practically a meme from January 2017 until mid-May, having missed every premier prior to June.

One thing is apparent: LGD Gaming is capable of taking a game from anyone at the moment. If I’m LGD, I’m on the lookout for Team Liquid and Virtus.pro. Newbee is another team to watch out for. I’m sure Newbee wants revenge after dropping the losers’ finals at MDL.

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