Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament

Above Team Liquid wins the 2017 International Dota 2

Team Liquid defeated China's Newbee in the Grand Finals of The International 7 today, sweeping the second place finishers aside in a dominating 3-0 series victory.

The victor of the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships, or TI7, is European Union team Liquid, who in addition to the Aegis of Champions will also take home a $10.8 million prize. Team Liquid almost dropped out of the competition and had to fight its way back in the lower bracket of the tournament. From there, they battled through the lower bracket with impressive wins over Team Secret, Team Empire (who upset and eliminated Evil Geniuses one game prior), Virtus Pro, before being faced against two Chinese powerhouses in LGD and LFY.

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).

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Beijing worlds silver medalists China finished fourth with second-leg runner Xie Zhenye just coming back from injury. Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic finished second in 89.73m, ahead of fellow countryman Petr Frydrych on 88.32m.

Check out the TI7 Viewing Party and Pubstomp at High Grounds Cafe by TNC in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss. 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. LFY specifically went undefeated until the last day, though at that point they had already secured the top Upper Bracket slot for the main event.

The three series played yesterday were TL vs. With Nature's Prophet finally banned out, early skirmishes kept going in Newbee's favour and Liquid became fodder, biding time for Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi's Alchemist's to accumulate the items he would need to take back control of the game. Although Liquid earned a few teamfight wins throughout the mid game and late game, LFY's advantage proved to be too much to handle. The tournament, which is nearly entirely funded by the Dota 2 community, has seen many great stories over the years, including an Evil Geniuses win that proved North American organizations had a place in a scene often dominated by European and Chinese teams.

One final fight sealed the deal, handing Liquid the Aegis and a multi-million dollar win, capping off an incredible two weeks of Dota 2.

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