China eliminated early from Dota 2’s Berlin Major, EU dominance continues

It's almost a one-region show now.

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Team Liquid triumphed over the last Chinese team standing in Dota 2’s Berlin Major, Team Aster. Despite struggling to close out the first match, Liquid advanced to the lower bracket quarterfinals with a score of 2-0.

With this result, the European Dota 2 region makes up five of the six remaining teams at the Berlin Major. Aster’s second-round exit also marks another disappointing run for the Chinese region, as they have been unable to secure a top-six finish in a 2023 Valve event.

China’s last successful runs in a LAN event were in 2022, where the region placed top four at The International 2022, second place at the Arlington Dota 2 Major, and first place at Riyadh Masters.

During the later stages of TI11, Aster players stated that they weren’t worried about their region’s speculated decline due to low player numbers and a lack of talented players. China has been one step behind the global competition ever since this comment, however.

Related: Team Aster isn’t worried about Chinese Dota 2 despite declining player count

This steep decline can seem sudden for fans who haven’t been following Dota 2’s competitive scene since the region was considered one of the strongest during 2022. Even after having a relatively successful year in 2022, the top Chinese Dota 2 teams had to watch their franchise players like Zhang “Faith_bian” RuidaWang “Ame” Chunyu, and Lu “Somnus” Yao retire.

With the strongest and most respected players out of the competitive Dota 2 scene, China relied on youngsters who weren’t quite ready to step up. In recent months, Aster has been trying to pull the region up in global events, but their lackluster internal performance may still cause them to miss out on a TI invite since they haven’t been able secure high-place finishes in their regional DPC leagues.


Gökhan Çakır
Strategical Content Writer and Fortnite Lead for Dot Esports. Gökhan Çakır graduated as an industrial engineer in 2020 and has since applied his analytical and strategic thinking to many endeavors. As a natural-born gamer, he honed his skills to a professional level in Dota 2. Upon giving up on the Aegis of Champions in 2019, Gökhan started his writing career, covering all things gaming while his heart remains a lifetime defender of the Ancients.

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