Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament

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In a largely unsurprising turn of events, each western team has been knocked out, barring Netherlands-based Team Liquid, who are set to face LGD.Forever Young in the semi-finals on Saturday the 12h of August. 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. None other could do so with such persuasiveness and prowess as Team Liquid, the victor of this year's Championship.

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. 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. The match was an explosive back-and-forth between the two Chinese teams, during which Newbee showed absolutely spectacular teamfights and took the spot.

It has been a record-setting day for Liquid in many respects, as the team also became the first squad to ever win a Grand Finals at The International in a sweep. After all, LFY took down Newbee 2-0 in the group stage, and the upper bracket 2-1 Newbee victory was hard-fought. The victor moves on to face Newbee in the Grand Final. 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. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss.

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The dominating snowball style of Team Liquid shone in each game of the Grand Finals. On the other, Newbee lost the very last of their entire bottom lane, tower and barracks, opening the lane for creeps to move in and start harassing them. Although Liquid earned a few teamfight wins throughout the mid game and late game, LFY's advantage proved to be too much to handle.

In today's first match I like Team Liquid.

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