13 August, 2017
Team Liquid bested Newbee from China in three straight matches (out of five) for the crown. The 2017 International Dota 2 Championships full prize pool exceeded $24 million, all but $1.6 million of which was crowdfunded via in-game purchases within Dota 2. None other could do so with such persuasiveness and prowess as Team Liquid, the victor of this year's Championship.
In today's lower bracket final, LGD.FY managed to win game one of the three game set, but appeared rattled after Liquid's early underperformance was replaced by a near-turnaround for the team.
A team once considered to be one of the best, North Americans Evil Geniuses have performed poorly in this year's worldwide, 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. 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. After all, LFY took down Newbee 2-0 in the group stage, and the upper bracket 2-1 Newbee victory was hard-fought. Liquid faced a number of teams in the lower bracket that were widely favored over the European Union squad, including LGD.
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.
Above: The final moments of the Grand Finals. Team Liquid almost dropped out of the competition and had to fight its way back in the lower bracket of the tournament.
The dominating snowball style of Team Liquid shone in each game of the Grand Finals.
They kept their lead through the mid game, making sure that Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi's Terrorblade was miles ahead of Du "Monet" Peng's Morphling. It took about two minutes and an Aegis, but on one hand for Newbee, the Alch was finally dead. 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. 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 past year.