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Dota 2 Lima Major 2023 Upper Bracket | Gaimin Gladiators vs Aster | 28 February, 11:00 PM (PST)

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Gaimin Gladiators vs Aster 

Quinn "Quinn" Callahan was added to the Gaimin Gladiators' roster as their new midlaner, and what a difference that has made. Quinn has been playing some of his best Dota lately, leading his new team to a comfortable second place finish in Tour 1 with a 5-2 record, which is no small accomplishment in Dota's most difficult division. They qualified before Tundra, Entity, and OG as a result. Gaimin Gladiator might, however, still be going through a rough time. 

Last year, the core squad qualified for TI11 after a stellar first half of the year that saw them win the Regional Final and finish fourth at ESL One Stockholm 2022. However, the rest of the year saw them barely scrape by, placing sixth in 2022's Tour 3 and finishing in the bottom half of the standings at TI11. This LAN could serve as the Gladiators' steppingstone to firmly establishing themselves in the top tier of teams because there is a strong team down here that is capable of hanging out with the best. 

Even after star midlaner Zeng "Ori" Jiaoyang abruptly announced his retirement, Team Aster has carried over their excellent play from TI11 into Tour 1. The other Chinese team, Aster, also qualified easily for the Lima Major with a 6-1 record. Du "Monet" Peng keeps doing a great job as a hard carry, and the rest of the team works hard. 

The biggest enigma will be Zhai "Xwy" Jingkai, the midfielder taking Aster's place. While Ori may not have been the most dynamic midlaner, he was a reliable player who performed well at LAN, allowing Monet to take over in the closing stages of the match. Although Xwy has performed on the LAN stage in the past, this will be his first Major since 2019; therefore, he will be under pressure to deliver. 


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