The International 2017 Grand Final

The International 2017 Grand Final

The International 2017 Grand Final

Newbee have shown the save versatility in the draft phase as Team Liquid.

Though it looked bleak, enough time was bought and Liquid broke the high ground at 29 minutes after a massive misplay from Damien "kpii" Chok, who leaped into battle and burned his ultimate on an unnoticed Linken's Sphere (an item can block single-target spells like Legion Commander's Duel).

First LGD.Forever Young will face Team Liquid in the Lower Bracket Finals.

Liquid beat Newbee in a dominant 3-0 set in TI7's final best of five series. They will face the victor of Lower Bracket Finals; the victor of LFY vs Liquid. Liquid faced a number of teams in the lower bracket that were widely favored over the European Union squad, including LGD. 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.

Liquid rode their lower bracket momentum into game one, which resulted in an early rout that went unchallenged for half an hour as the European Union team ran over Newbee, in large part thanks to roaming offlane play of Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov as Nature's Prophet. It won't be an easy match for either team. 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. Meanwhile, Liquid fans are likely ecstatic for team captain Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, who has failed to place in the top six of the worldwide since 2013, as a member of esports organization Alliance despite appearing at six of the seven Internationals. 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.

One final fight sealed the deal, handing Liquid the Aegis and a multi-million dollar win, capping off an incredible two weeks of Dota 2.

Team Liquid, coming in from the loser's bracket, closed out the match and were sitting on a 2-0 lead against Newbee, with one game between the team and a $US10 ($13) million finish.