Team Liquid Wins the Dota 2 International Tournament, $10.7 Million Grand Prize

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Finally, Liquid beat VP to end the day.

This year's tournament saw 18 teams from six regions - North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and South America - competing in The International, which is often dubbed the "World Cup" of Dota 2.

LGD are eliminated from The International 7. Four out of the six top teams were Chinese, and the other two were Liquid itself and Virtus.Pro, regional rivals.

A team once considered to be one of the best, North Americans Evil Geniuses have performed poorly in this year's global, not winning a single match: being beaten by both Newbee and Russian team Team Empire early in the tournament - both ending in a 2-0 loss.

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Team Liquid, hot off a 2-1 series against LGD Forever Young, returned once again to a Nature's Prophet for Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Borislavov Ivanov in game 1. Newbee will be taking home US$3.9mil (RM16.7mil). 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. Before this, there has never been a 3-0 grand final.

Ahfu, who joined the team in May was the latest addition to LFY which is made up of three Chinese players - "Monet" Du Peng, "Super" Xie Junhao, "Inflame" He Yongzheng, and captain "ddc" Leong Fat-meng from Macau. 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. There is one very simple thing Newbee's opponents have to at least consider, (I think this is essential but who am I to tell them what to do) ban Earth Spirit.

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.

In today's first match I like Team Liquid. 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 a year ago.

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