The International Main Event Day 5 Recap

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 13, 2017

Team Liquid bested Newbee from China in three straight matches (out of five) for the crown. None other could do so with such persuasiveness and prowess as Team Liquid, the victor of this year's Championship.

The next day, the scraps of LFY were left to Team Liquid for the taking in the lower bracket finals. Liquid entered the Losers' Bracket of the tournament early, resulting in a staggering number of elimination matches on the way to the Grand Finals.

The third game started very well for Liquid, with the first LFY tier one tower dropping as early as two minutes in.

Liquid move on to the Lower Bracket Finals to face LFY. 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. Before this, there has never been a 3-0 grand final. Riding that momentum, Liquid took the next two games decisively, albeit in ways that called into question the team's ability to take on the formidable Newbee lineup. LFY specifically went undefeated until the last day, though at that point they had already secured the top Upper Bracket slot for the main event.

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. 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.

Congratulations to Team Liquid for a breath-taking performance at The International 7! Meanwhile, Liquid fans are likely ecstatic for team captain Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, who has failed to place in the top six of the global since 2013, as a member of esports organization Alliance despite appearing at six of the seven Internationals. According to Valve, the TI7 Grand Final reached 4.7 million viewers across streaming platforms and within the Dota 2 client.

LGD.FY's third place finish earns it more than $2.4 million.

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