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Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament

Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament

Four out of the six top teams were Chinese, and the other two were Liquid itself and Virtus.Pro, regional rivals.

Chinese team LFY - which has a sole Malaysian player, "Ahfu" Tue Soon Chuan - came in third at the prestigious The International 2017 Dota 2, winning US$2.5mil (RM10.7mil). Who will hoist the Aegis of Champions next?

For as easy as Team Liquid might have made it look toward the end of The International 7, however, the journey to the Grand Finals was incredibly hard.

Liquid rode their lower bracket momentum into game one, which resulted in an early rout that went unchallenged for half an hour as the European Union team ran over Newbee, in large part thanks to roaming offlane play of Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov as Nature's Prophet. After all, LFY took down Newbee 2-0 in the group stage, and the upper bracket 2-1 Newbee victory was hard-fought.

Above: The final moments of the Grand Finals. After yesterday I think Liquid are on a huge upswing, if they can take game one I'm confidant they can with this series. For instance, about half an hour into the second game, the Alchemist played by Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi began to ruthlessly slice into Newbee's base, taking an aggressively objective-focused approach to the situation. Liquid entered the Losers' Bracket of the tournament early, resulting in a staggering number of elimination matches on the way to the Grand Finals.

The dominating snowball style of Team Liquid shone in each game of the Grand Finals. West sentiment, as Chinese fans were out in full force while the North American audience, still loyal to Team Liquid from their NA days, fired back with furious roars at every opportunity. Liquid came out swinging in game one, taking all of Newbee's outer towers before 20 minutes and forcing a GG shortly after. There is one very simple thing Newbee's opponents have to at least consider, (I think this is essential but who am I to tell them what to do) ban Earth Spirit. 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 past year.