Team Liquid Wins Dota 2's $24 Million The International Tournament

Mindy Sparks
August 13, 2017

Team Liquid bested Newbee from China in three straight matches (out of five) for the crown.

The Grand Finals, then, were set: Newbee, the slayers of the dominating team, versus Liquid, the up-and-coming assassin which kicked and stomped through the lower bracket to perform on the final day. Newbee have played really well in the Upper Bracket and just like Liquid I believe their play has improved over each day. Each were considered a favorite in the tournament before TI began, but once the main event got underway, the two teams' paths diverged. Still, Newbee leaves with a second place prize of nearly $3.9 million.

The victor of the Lower Bracket Finals will face Newbee. This proved a somewhat redemptive arc for the team, after a series of lower-than-expected results over the history of The International and an early exit a year ago. Essentially, if Liquid could take down LFY, the slayer of the group stage and upper bracket, it seemed they would have a chance against Newbee. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss.

Team Liquid, hot off a 2-1 series against LGD Forever Young, returned once again to a Nature's Prophet for Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Borislavov Ivanov in game 1.

In today's first match I like Team Liquid.

Team Liquid Wins Dota 2's $24 Million The International Tournament

A team once considered to be one of the best, North Americans Evil Geniuses have performed poorly in this year's worldwide, not winning a single match: being beaten by both Newbee and Russian team Team Empire early in the tournament - both ending in a 2-0 loss.

As game three opened, Newbee faced the prospect of a second place finish, and changed their drafting strategy to favor early to mid-game push and objectives. Perhaps it's a result of the fact that popular Lebanese gamer GH joined the team in January this year - a gamer who once gained notoriety for reaching over 9K MMR in the Dota 2 Matchmaking leaderboards and consequently becoming the highest-ranked player in Europe.

Team Empire, Seventh/Eight Place $600,000+.

LGD are eliminated from The International 7.

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