The victor of the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships, or TI7, is European Union team Liquid, who in addition to the Aegis of Champions will also take home a $10.8 million prize.
For as easy as Team Liquid might have made it look toward the end of The International 7, however, the journey to the Grand Finals was incredibly hard. 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. From there, they battled through the lower bracket with impressive wins over Team Secret, Team Empire (who upset and eliminated Evil Geniuses one game prior), Virtus Pro, before being faced against two Chinese powerhouses in LGD and LFY. Essentially, if Liquid could take down LFY, the slayer of the group stage and upper bracket, it seemed they would have a chance against Newbee. And the result of that match was 2-1 in a best of 3 rounds. Before this, there has never been a 3-0 grand final.
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. LGD.Forever Young have flexed their superhero-sized gaming muscles this year and lost only one match, to the tough-as-steel Chinese team and TI4 champions Newbee. For instance, about half an hour into the second game, the Alchemist played by Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi began to ruthlessly slice into Newbee's base, taking an aggressively objective-focused approach to the situation.
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Finally, Liquid beat VP to end the day.
The final boss of TI7 is waiting for Liquid.
In the final game, a series of incredibly coordinated slam-downs by Liquid were the highlights that might have won the European squad the grand prize. No matter who Newbee face I think they should be favored and it would be fantastic to see a team win a second worldwide. 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.