LGD Gaming steps away from competitive Dota 2

After a disappointing run in late 2023 and 2024, Dota 2 powerhouse LGD Gaming is stepping away from the competitive scene temporarily to make roster adjustments.

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One of the best organizations in the professional Dota 2 scene, LGD Gaming, has decided to step away from the competitive scene. As per the official announcement, it is not a permanent decision, but rather a temporary hiatus, specifically in the upcoming Elite League tournament.

LGD had a bad run last year during the ESL One Kuala Lumpur. However, the decision comes after the recent fall in the performance of their Dota 2 team, which likely added fuel to the situation. The official statement summarized everything as a recent drop in performance.

LGD has been one of the strongest competitors in the past few years. The team secured the Riyadh Masters 2022, one of the biggest Dota 2 events, however, their recent setback in DreamLeague Season 22 alongside failing to qualify for multiple tournaments likely made the org rethink its way forward.

“We are very sorry to bring such a decision to the fans who continue to follow us. Thank you to the fans and sponsors for the long-term support of the LGD DOTA2 team. We will actively adjust to keep the attention of the DOTA2 tournament. The dream is still alive,” LGD said, reassuring its fans.

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What comes next?

The current roster contains Guo “shiro” Xuanang, Gao “Setsu” Zhenxiong, Li “niu” Kongbo, Xiong “Pyw” Jiahan and Zhang “y`” Yiping. As per the announcement, the organization will likely be back with a new team and a game plan.

It is currency unknown for how long LGD will be absent from the competitive scene. The team is currently not a part of DreamLeague Season 23 or ESL One Birmingham 2024 which will run till late May as it failed to qualify. It is safe to say there is at least a couple of months before the team is back in action with a new line-up.