The International 2017 Grand Final

James Marshall
August 13, 2017

This year's tournament saw 18 teams from six regions - North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and South America - competing in The International, which is often dubbed the "World Cup" of Dota 2. The seventh annual Dota 2 event in Seattle was like the Super Bowl of esports, with a record prize pool of $24 million this year, compared to $20.7 million a year ago.

Newbee originally entered the tournament as one of the Chinese favorites to win, given its consistent, strong presence throughout the competitive season. 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.

Liquid move on to the Lower Bracket Finals to face LFY.

Even though TL defeated Empire, Resolut1ion had an wonderful run for a team I considered to already be one of the weakest going into the event.

In one of the most intense and heart-racing best-of-three series at The International 7, Liquid edged out LGD Forever Young in the third game of their lower bracket match. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss. Team Liquid almost dropped out of the competition and had to fight its way back in the lower bracket of the tournament.

The final boss of TI7 is waiting for Liquid. 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. They lost this year, but it wasn't because they choked like they did last year.

In the final game, a series of incredibly coordinated slam-downs by Liquid were the highlights that might have won the European squad the grand prize. It won't be an easy match for either team. 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 previous year.

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