Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament

Gwen Vasquez
August 13, 2017

Liquid won as the only surviving Western team after four Chinese Dota 2 teams made it into the top six.

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, 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.

With those victories out of the way, Liquid secured themselves a spot in the grand finals against Newbee, and guaranteeing at least second place.

Liquid, meanwhile, dropped to the lower bracket of the tournament after the first round, and were forced to play facing elimination over the entire week. 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.

Now, however, one of eSports' most iconic franchises has claimed Dota 2's biggest prize, as Team Liquid emerged as the winning side of The International 7, taking home over $10 million United States dollars in prize money for its victory.

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Even though TL defeated Empire, Resolut1ion had an fantastic run for a team I considered to already be one of the weakest going into the event. Before this, there has never been a 3-0 grand final. Liquid came out swinging in game one, taking all of Newbee's outer towers before 20 minutes and forcing a GG shortly after.

In game three, Newbee went with a very push-heavy lineup that nearly overtook Liquid, but a few key teamfights tipped the scales toward Team Liquid until a GG called.

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.

Check Out More Dota 2 global 2017 Coverage at GameRevolution! Although Liquid earned a few teamfight wins throughout the mid game and late game, LFY's advantage proved to be too much to handle.

It's also another feather in the cap for Dota 2 as an eSport, as the finals of The International 7 garnered over 4.7 million worldwide viewers.

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