Gritty PSG.LGD Eliminates Nigma Galaxy to Qualify For Riyadh Masters Semi Finals
When PSG.LGD and Nigma Galaxy met in the Riyadh Masters 2022 quarterfinals, it was Dota 2 at its finest with some incredible plays and highlight worthy moments. In the end, PSG.LGD emerged victorious after three games. Nigma has been eliminated from the Riyadh Masters as a result, bowing out with $200,000 USD in prize winnings, while PSG.LGD advances to the semifinals.
Nigma started the series well and was leading in the first game, but one teamfight defeat spun the game out of control, leading to a 1-0 loss. The team returned with a bang in Game 2, defeating PSG.LGD in just 22 minutes. However, PSG.LGD fought back with force in the third game with superior drafts and flawless performances from Zhao "XinQ" Zixing and Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang to win the series.
Nigma Galaxy vs PSG.LGD: Match recap and highlights
In game 1, PSG.LGD unexpectedly went for a carry Faceless Void in the initial phase, while the following heroes were rather conventional for both teams. Nigma took advantage of its stronger laning matchups, notably in the safelane on Miracle-'s Bristleback and GH's Crystal Maiden. Things were coming along for the squad, which had found both critical kills and timely objectives to take a 5k lead in 24 minutes. However, a chain of events that began in Nigma's safelane jungle proved fatal for the team, as it saw PSG.LGD trying to take down its Ancient. Nigma attempted to fight back but perished one by one, resulting in a 34-minute loss.
In game 2, Nigma annihilated PSG.LGD in every way. Miracle- and GH were outstanding once again in the safelane, while KuroKy and MinD ContRoL raised their game in the offlane. The team was off to a flying start once more, and it didn't let up as it continued to take down opposing heroes. PSG.LGD was doing well to keep the networth deficit under control, but it only took one teamfight loss for it to call it quits. The game was over in 22 minutes.
Game 3 saw PSG.LGD play the lanes to perfection as XinQ was all over the map on position four Earth Spirit. Miracle-, after two dominating lane performances, was the primary target of this aggression and
Here are some highlights of the series.
PSG.LGD has been patchy at times in the event but has shown to be the more formidable team at crucial moments. While it may not be at its best right now, the Chinese juggernauts continue to be a challenge for teams all over the world. PSG.LGD has advanced to the semifinals, where it will face OG, in what promises to be one the most thrilling matches of the event.
After dominating Division 2 of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Tour 3, there were some doubts about how Nigma would fare against the best teams in the world. The LAN event undoubtedly revealed the team's stronger side, as it was able to put up quite an incredible showing, but it was not enough to go past the quarterfinals. Nigma had a chance to win the series 2-0, but PSG.LGD’s tenacity proved too much to overcome.
Nigma's main aim will still be winning The International 11 (TI11) regional qualifier, and it will seek as much top-tier match preparation as possible in tournaments like the Riyadh Masters.
PSG.LGD's series vs OG will take place on 24th July, with a Riyadh Masters grand final position on the line.