The International 2017 Grand Final

The International 2017 Grand Final

The International 2017 Grand Final

Liquid secured a foothold, and despite the reviving Aegis expiring literally moments prior to a death, the Western team continued to slowly siege the Newbee base, inching ever-closer to an historic win.

Other Malaysians - veteran "Ohaiyo" Khoo Chong Xin and newcomer "Ahjit" Lai Jay Son both from Fnatic crashed out in the group stages while "MidOne" Zheng Yeik Nai of Team Secret was eliminated by Team Liquid in the lower bracket match early on.

Liquid, meanwhile, dropped to the lower bracket of the tournament after the first round, and were forced to play facing elimination over the entire week.

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Team Liquid bested Newbee from China in three straight matches (out of five) for the crown.

Newbee move on the Grand Finals. This secured Newbee a guaranteed top two finish for TI7, and their almost $4 million prize.

Team Liquid came 8th a year ago, taking home the comparatively low $311,557 cash prize.

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Even though TL defeated Empire, Resolut1ion had an incredible run for a team I considered to already be one of the weakest going into the event. After yesterday I think Liquid are on a huge upswing, if they can take game one I'm confidant they can with this series. West sentiment, as Chinese fans were out in full force while the North American audience, still loyal to Team Liquid from their NA days, fired back with furious roars at every opportunity.

As game three opened, Newbee faced the prospect of a second place finish, and changed their drafting strategy to favor early to mid-game push and objectives.

Team Liquid has sponsored champions in games such as Starcraft, League of Legends and more, but none of the organization's Dota 2 iterations have come this far in official Valve events. The tournament, which is nearly entirely funded by the Dota 2 community, has seen many great stories over the years, including an Evil Geniuses win that proved North American organizations had a place in a scene often dominated by European and Chinese teams. Still, their victory was foreshadowed in their victory at DreamLeague Season 7's Atlanta finals, where they took first over other worldwide teams.

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