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Somnus', Fy, and Chalice Qualify For Bali Major 2023 After Beating Xtreme Gaming

Dhruv Saikia
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Lu "Somnus'" Yao, Xu "fy" Linsen, and Yang "Chalice" Shenyi competing together in Azure Ray have secured the last slot for the Bali Major 2023.
The team played against Xtreme Gaming in a tiebreaker for the slot, where Azure Ray was victorious in a close 2-1 series.
Somnus and the rest will play at the Bali Major 2023, beginning 29th June, alongside the best teams from around the world.

In a thrilling showdown during the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) China 2023 Tour 3: Division I, Azure Ray, featuring Chinese Superstars Lu "Somnus'" Yao, Xu "fy" Linsen, and Yang "Chalice" Shenyi, emerged victorious to secure its qualification for The Bali Major 2023. The team faced Xtreme Gaming in a highly anticipated tiebreaker series, where Azure Ray showcased their resilience and skill to secure a memorable 2-1 comeback victory. This triumph not only earned Azure Ray a spot in the prestigious Bali Major 2023 but also dealt a blow to Xtreme Gaming's hopes of qualifying for both the event and The International 12 (TI12) through DPC points.

The Rise of Azure Ray: A Cohesive Lineup

Azure Ray, comprising the formidable trio of Somnus', fy, and Chalice, was formed ahead of the DPC CN 2023 Summer Tour. Somnus', after taking a break from Dota 2 following a disappointing exit from TI11, made a resolute decision to return to the scene, igniting anticipation among fans and fellow players alike. Their qualification for The Bali Major 2023 stands as a testament to the team's dedication, resilience, and the chemistry they have cultivated through their shared experiences.

In an intense clash between Azure Ray and Xtreme Gaming, the series began on a challenging note for Somnus' and his teammates as they suffered an initial loss. However, the players stayed calm and displayed their determination and adaptability by mounting an impressive comeback. Through strategic prowess, individual skill, and exceptional teamwork, Azure Ray turned the tide, winning the next two games and securing a hard-fought victory.

Implications for Xtreme Gaming and The International 2023

Xtreme Gaming's owner, who had previously provided Somnus' with a slot owned by Ybb, found their plans upended as Azure Ray snatched away their ticket to The Bali Major 2023. The defeat not only denied Xtreme Gaming a chance to compete at the prestigious event but also dealt a blow to their aspirations of qualifying for The International 2023 through DPC points. Similarly, Somnus and his teammates, despite their qualifications, will not secure a direct invitation to TI12 even if they go on to win the Bali Major 2022.

With Azure Ray's qualification, the roster of participants for the highly anticipated IO Esports Bali Major 2023 is now complete. Set to commence on June 29, the tournament promises an exhilarating showcase of skill, strategy, and competition as top teams from around the world vie for supremacy. Azure Ray's achievement positions them among the elite teams in the Dota 2 competitive scene, and fans eagerly anticipate their performance in the upcoming tournament, hoping to witness their mastery and potentially see them claim the title of champions.

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Since 2012, Dhruv has developed a deep passion for Dota 2, which has only grown stronger over time. With three years of experience as a competitive player and a background in writing, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to create content around the game and its esports scene.

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