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PSG.LGD have failed to make it out of open qualifiers for the Dota 2 DreamLeague Major 2019. The top Chinese Dota 2 team from The International 2019, PSG.LGD, skipped out on competing in the first set of DPC qualifiers, hoping to give their players a longer break, but it seems now to have been a mistake.

PSG.LGD were upset in the round of 16 of the second qualifier for the DreamLeague Major 2019 by FTD.apollo. There will be no do-overs so LGD officially won’t be at the major Dota 2 tournament. PSG.LGD will now have to wait a full two months before they can compete in the open qualifiers for the next Dota 2 Major, which will be the ESL One Los Angeles tournament.

Valve recently made certain changes to the qualifiers for the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit season, and since then, no matter how good a team is, if they don’t have any DPC points they will have to compete in the open qualifiers.

This will undoubtedly be a very heavy burden for even the best Dota 2 teams out there. It takes just one game for a team to get hot, break out and take out one of the top rosters in the world, which is exactly the situation PSG.LGD has found themselves in.

There’s not a lot of information out there about FTD.apollo, a new subsidiary team of For The Dream. The team however, managed to get hot at the exact right time, ultimately eliminating one of the incoming favorites before they even made it to closed qualifiers.

LGD wasn’t the only top Dota 2 team to suffer this big of a loss, Keen Gaming another TI9 team were defeated in the same round by their sub-team KG.Luminous. This will certainly prompt several roster changes after the DreamLeague Major 2019’s conclusion, other notable losses have seen Team Serenity falling in the round of 16 and Team Sirius losing in the round of 32.

This was PSG.LGD’s first competitive Dota 2 event since TI9, so it is unlikely any major shifts will occur as a result of this surprising loss. These qualifiers also took place only two days after the release of one of the biggest Dota 2 patches, which may have influenced the final result as well.

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