Team Liquid swept The International 2017 Grand Finals for the $10.8M prize
In Dota 2, there are no seasons, no relegations and no league tiers. Teams instead have their eyes on the biggest event of the year—and in Esports: The International. After months of preparation, eighteen teams qualified for a gruelling week-and-a-half event, but only one could emerge with the $10.8 million crowd-funded top prize.
This year, two curses were upheld: the East-West flip-flop curse, and the ‘no repeat winner’ curse. None other could do so with such persuasiveness and prowess as Team Liquid, the winner of this year’s Championship.
Team Liquid has sponsored champions in games such as StarCraft, League of Legends and more, but none of the organization’s Dota 2 iterations have come this far in official Valve events. Formerly, Liquid’s Dota squad was American, but this European one took the crown in a more volatile and profitable environment.
Team Liquid’s phenomenal run in the lower-bracket could not be stopped, and Liquid made their way past five opponents to reach a Grand Finals against Newbee. For Kuroky it was his seventh International but this would be the first he would hold the Aegis of the Immortal, having lead his team to victory against the odds and against opposition from across the globe.
It was a clean sweep in The International finals, 3-0, for the first time in TI’s seven year history. The third game a symbol of just how incredibly strong Liquid are. With the momentum in their favour Liquid never really gave Newbee a chance to get into the Grand Finals, and Miracle’s Juggernaut in the third and final game was styling all over Newbee.