Team Aster had to fight a couple of adversities over the past couple of months. They failed in the ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers, but managed to claim the only slot for Chinese region at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor. Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China during the Lunar Year vacation, they were forced to bootcamp and stay in quarantine in Southeast Asia in order to make sure that they can make the trip to Ukraine.
Just ahead of the Minor, Aster have also changed their coach, welcoming to their ranks Yao “QQQ” Yi, but because of the travel limitations imposed by the same COVD-19, they couldn’t actually train with him or even bring him to the Minor. Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, who is currently working with Team Sirius, stood in for QQQ and joined Aster at the SL ImbaTV Minor. His contribution to the drafts and to the overall strategies made Aster almost unbeatable this past week in Kiev. The Chinese team reached the grand finals undefeated. Alliance managed to take a game from them, ending Aster’s winning streak, but they couldn’t more than that. Aster took the championship title with a 3-1 score in the best-of-five series.
Winning the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor also means that Team Aster are the 16th and final team qualified for the ESL Los Angeles Major, which is set to begin next week, on the 15th of March.
But, unfortunately, the team might miss the event entirely as three of their players don’t have the US visa sorted out yet. On a Weibo post made last night after winning the Minor, Aster’s captain Pan “Fade” Yi said the following: “I’ve been here in Kiev for 3 events during the past 3 years, in which I claimed 2 champion titles and I finished on the second place once. I’m glad that I won this Minor, but Visa is the issue now, not sure if we can go to the Major.”
Later on, he commented to his own post stating that himself, Song “Sccc” Chun and Kee Chyuan “ChYuan” Ng don’t have the US visa yet.
“We didn’t apply (for US visas) when we were in China, so the only option now is to apply from Ukraine. If we can’t, then our positions 1,2 and 4 are done.”
Earlier today, Team Adroit were the first of the 16 participating squads at the LA Major to report a visa issue. Their captain Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton was unable to get the US visa after numerous attempts and will have to sit the Major out. At this time, it’s unclear if Aster will be able to get three visas in less than a week through their Embassy in Ukraine. Stay tuned for further updates!