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Team Liquid Wins Over $10 Million At International Dota 2 Tournament

Team Liquid Wins Over $10 Million At International Dota 2 Tournament
From Deadspin - August 12, 2017

Team Liquid are the victors of The International 7, a Dota 2 tournament with over $24 million in prize pool. The European squad will take home the lions share at $$10,806,301 after an historic 3-0 sweep of team Newbee.

Coming up through the losers bracket, the five players of Liquidare both the first team to have ever swept the grand finals at TI, and also the first to win after dropping in the first round of the winners bracket. After a year of strong performances and captained by seven-time International competitor Kuro Kuroky Takhasomi.

Team Liquid, hot off a 2-1 series against LGD Forever Young, returned once again to a Natures Prophet for Ivan MinD_ContRoL Borislavov Ivanov in game 1. Prophets ability to maneuver around the map and pressure opponents early made Ivanov a strong presence early on, securing a series of kills and helping put Liquid up six kills in six minutes. Despite brief signs of life from Newbee, a full team wipe inside the Radiant base led to a tap-out at 27 minutes, putting Liquid up one game in the best-of-five finals.

In game 2, it was Newbees turn to take the steering wheel, especially for Song Sccc Chun. With Natures Prophet finally banned out, early skirmishes kept going in Newbees favor and Liquid became fodder, biding time for Amer Miracle- Al-Barkawis Alchemists to accumulate the items he would need to take back control of the game.

Though it looked bleak, enough time was bought and Liquid broke the high ground at 29 minutes after a massive misplay from Damien kpii Chok, who leaped into battle and burned his ultimate on an unnoticed Linkens Sphere (an item can block single-target spells like Legion Commanders Duel).

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