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13 August 2017, 08:11 | Justin Tyler
The International Main Event Day 5 Recap
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.
In today's lower bracket final, LGD.FY managed to win game one of the three game set, but appeared rattled after Liquid's early underperformance was replaced by a near-turnaround for the team.
Team Liquid took the grand prize of US$10.8mil (RM46.4mil). In fact, Liquid is the first squad to ever enter the Losers' Bracket after the first round of Winners' Bracket play and go the distance to win The International. 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. The 2017 International Dota 2 Championships full prize pool exceeded $24 million, all but $1.6 million of which was crowdfunded via in-game purchases within Dota 2.
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A team once considered to be one of the best, North Americans Evil Geniuses have performed poorly in this year's global, 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. With exciting plays and unusual strategies by Liquid to take down the Chinese dark horse, Liquid eventually took the series 2-1 before the Grand Final later that day. 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. They simply never made any huge mistakes, and they punished Liquid's lack of effective gap closers with a last-pick Sniper.
Most notably, the series was a 3-0 finish in favor of Liquid-the first time a team has completely swept a Valve event final. Although Liquid earned a few teamfight wins throughout the mid game and late game, LFY's advantage proved to be too much to handle.
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