Team Aster have turn out to be the primary Dota 2 crew to obtain an invitation to the Lima Major after a blistering begin within the Winter Regional League in China with 5 wins and no losses. The Chinese juggernauts beat Ehome, Dawn Gaming, and Aster.Aries in straight units, whereas dropping a sport in opposition to each Knights and Xtreme Gaming however profitable the general sequence.
With solely two video games remaining—one in opposition to Invictus and the opposite in opposition to second-place holders PSG.LGD—they’ve already completed sufficient to lock in a spot on the Major.
The Lima Major would be the first premium Dota 2 event to happen in South America. It kicks off on Feb. 22 and runs till Mar. 5, though there’s some doubt about whether or not it’ll go forward since Peru is in a state of emergency as a result of ongoing political protests.
Valve hasn’t addressed the difficulty at this stage, main the neighborhood to imagine the occasion will go forward as deliberate. If that’s the case, Aster is shaping as much as be the crew to beat.
Team Liquid has additionally had a formidable begin in Western Europe, whereas BetBoom, Beastcoast, Blacklist Rivalry, and TSM have all dominated their areas to date, however it’s nonetheless early days.
Team Aster additionally carried out properly at The International 11, ending fourth—larger than another Chinese crew within the event, together with PSG.LGD, who many anticipated would raise the Aegis. They’ve been in a position to construct on that momentum this season after including mid laner Zhai “Xwy” Jingkai to their roster in Nov. 2022.
The highlight will definitely be on them on the Lima Major subsequent month.