Team Liquid - The International 2017 champion

Team Liquid - The International 2017 champion

Team Liquid won the most important Dota 2 tournament that took place in Seattle. In the final, they crushed Chinese Newbee. The overall prize was about $10.8 m.

The tournament finalists gained $4 m while LGD. Forever Young took the third place with $2.5 m. The champion started the game getting 13/16 victories. In the shootout, the Europeans were defeated by Invictus Gaming and moved to the low bracket. However, they were more powerful than the rivals and steadily won the tournament.

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CIS teams Virtus.pro G2A and Team Empire gave a good showing at the tournament. The former was recognized as a favorite. However, in a group competition, they just managed to take the third place and were crushed by LGD. Forver Young in the playoff going down the bracket. In this position, the team faced future tournament winners and yielded to them in a rough struggle. All in all, they took fifth and sixth places, which was a pretty fair decision.

Team Empire championship had not a very lucky beginning: Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko had problems with his passport, was not allowed to come to Seattle. So, the team had to find another player – Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok. His appearance made the team stronger. It started to demonstrate a perfect and aggressive game. In the group round, it tried to work out tactics with a new player. In the playoff, everyone observed its mastery. First, the guys passed Cloud9 with the subsequent unexpected win over Evil Geniuses. However, it was a Team Empire’s limit because they were destroyed by the future champions Team Liquid. To conclude, that was their endpoint at the tournament.

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