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Team Liquid crushes Newbee, pockets 10M+ USD and the title of TI7 Grand Champions

Team Liquid has done it. Along with the achievement of securing the first-ever clean sweep for any Valve tournament Finals, the boys in blue hailing from the West ultimately made history by taking hold of the Aegis and earning the right to be called this year’s best Dota 2 team.

And in case you missed all of it, here’s what went down in their best-of-five match against fellow Grand Finalist, Newbee.

Game 1

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen — Lifestealer

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi — Troll Warlord

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov — Nature’s Prophet

Maroun “GH” Merhej — Slardar

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi — Lich

Newbee

Xu “Moogy” Han — Bloodseeker

Song “Sccc” Chun — Lina

Damien “kpii” Chok — Batrider

Hu “kaka” Liangzhi — Nyx Assassin

Zeng “Faith” Hongda — Crystal Maiden

For the first game of the series, Team Liquid asserted pressure in the early phase and was already able to secure a 6-0 kill and 5,000 gold advantage before the 7-minute mark. But with only a few minutes apart after one of them gets taken down by Newbee at that point, they get three more kills and has then on cemented their lead.

Before the 24-minute mark set in, Team Liquid made their first siege attempt starting with the bottom lane of Newbee. But even though their lead by then already reached snowball status and Batrider was currently absent from Newbee’s defensive formation, Team Liquid was unable to at least take down the high-ground tower and was forced to retreat with only a 1-for-1 trade in the bag.

However, after MATUMBAMAN’s 11/1/13 Lifestealer and the rest of Team Liquid demolished Newbee in the final few skirmishes and team fights three minutes later, the European squad started to tear apart their opponents’ base which then eventually called for a surrender. Team Liquid — 1, Newbee — 0

Game 2

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen — Necrophos

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi — Alchemist

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov — Venomancer

Maroun “GH” Merhej — Earthshaker

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi — Ancient Apparition

Newbee

Xu “Moogy” Han — Anti-Mage

Song “Sccc” Chun — Queen of Pain

Damien “kpii” Chok — Legion Commander

Hu “kaka” Liangzhi — Sand King

Zeng “Faith” Hongda — Lich

After Game 1’s disaster for Newbee, they were able to recompose themselves for the second one and force a tight game out of Team Liquid. Opposite to the previous game, it was Newbee who managed to gain an early lead over their opponents after multiple members from Team Liquid were caught out in their lanes. But despite their ten straight kills onto the European squad, Newbee’s gold lead wasn’t able to attain a significant gap reasonably due to Miracle-’s excessively superior farm rate on Alchemist.

From the point where Team Liquid got their first kill, both teams started to continually trade in kills all over the map. And with Miracle-’s Alchemist going online after finally getting most of his core items, he and the rest of his team took the temporary momentum that they had and went for a siege attempt on Newbee’s bottom high-ground. They were then able to successfully take down the tower and one of the barracks, but more importantly, an advantageous trade-off in kills and buybacks from the extended team fight that occurred within the Dire base and onto the bottom-side jungle of Newbee.

Several minutes later, Team Liquid took for the middle high-ground of Newbee and convincingly won the ensuing team fight. And with all hopes diminished in this game for the Chinese squad, a surrender was once again prompted from them, resulting in another win for KuroKy and company. Team Liquid — 2, Newbee — 0

Game 3

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen — Necrophos

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi — Juggernaut

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov — Dark Seer

Maroun “GH” Merhej — Earthshaker

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi — Lich

Newbee

Xu “Moogy” Han — Venomancer

Song “Sccc” Chun — Death Prophet

Damien “kpii” Chok — Centaur Warrunner

Hu “kaka” Liangzhi — Sand King

Zeng “Faith” Hongda — Shadow Shaman

It all came down to this — Team Liquid was already at match point and Newbee had their backs completely against the wall. And by far, this third game was the longest and closest one among the three overall.

In this final game, there was no clear leader during the early-to-mid phase as both teams continually and carefully traded kills. But later on, it was Newbee who managed to gain a significant advantage over Team Liquid by successfully shoving in all three of their lanes as well as taking the first siege attempt onto their middle high-ground.

However, Team Liquid managed to hold their ground by defending their base and answering back to Newbee’s momentum. And with just a few minutes later, Team Liquid took a massive team fight win over Newbee after intervening with the latter’s Roshan attempt. This then resulted in a 4-for-1 exchange in favor of the European squad, with them also snatching both the kill on Roshan and the Aegis of the Immortal.

With the momentum swinging hard towards the side of Team Liquid, they then decided to go for nonsuccessive back-and-forth siege attempts in all three lanes of Newbee which, at the very most, only resulted in taking down a tower for each. And again, with just a few minutes later from that point, Team Liquid took another massive team fight win over Newbee, but this time, it was much, much bigger.

After Newbee first initiated onto Miracle-’s Juggernaut near the Roshan pit, he astoundingly managed to escape death by performing a clutch Manta Style active followed by an immediate Black King Bar and Omnislash combo. The team fight that ensued from this ultimately resulted in a complete ace onto Newbee as Team Liquid surgically decimated them with their superior team fighting.

Moments later, after taking Roshan and the Aegis uncontested, they went straight for Newbee’s high-grounds. And after winning the final, few team fights within the Radiant base, they got their third and final surrender from the Chinese squad, which then, above else, effectively made them the victors of the game, the series, and The International 2017 championship. Team Liquid — 3, Newbee — 0


Aside from claiming the title of TI7 Grand Champions, Team Liquid will also be taking home a lion’s share of the entire tournament’s prize pool worth north of 10 million USD. For second place, Newbee will be taking their part of close to 4 million USD.

This victory for the European squad also continued the pattern of Western and Eastern teams taking turns in winning the yearly TI tournaments, as well as prevented a potential two-time championship for Newbee which, by far, hasn’t been attained yet by any of the previous TI champions.

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