The International 2017: Team Liquid advances to the Grand Finals, secure at least 3 Million USD

August 13, 2017

by: Ram Ronquillo

Team Liquid heroics keep their hopes alive and win via reverse sweep as they head to face Newbee in The International 2017.

After a surprising undefeated run in the Upper Bracket, LGD.Forever Young finally lost their first series against Newbee in the Upper Bracket Finals. Their opponents, Team Liquid, had to go through a long journey in the Lower Bracket where they beat Team Secret, Team Empire, Virtus.pro, and LGD Gaming.

Both teams had one thing in mind, survive and face Newbee in the Grand Finals but only one team could survive.

 

GAME 1

 

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen – Lone Druid

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi – Bloodseeker

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov – Earthshaker

Maroun “GH” Merhej – Keeper of the Light

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi – Rubick

 

LGD.Forever Young

Du “Monet” Peng – Lifestealer

Xie “Super” Junhao – Sniper

He “Inflame” Yongzheng – Puck

Tue “Ahfu” Soon Chuan – Earth Spirit

Leong “DDC” Fat-meng – Lich

 

The first game between Team Liquid and LGD.Forever Young started out with Team Liquid hoping to team up and force down the structures of the Chinese team. While LGD.Forever Young looked to get pick offs but were also ready to reach the late game.

Things went well early on for LFY with Super getting first blood on Matumbaman with help from Ahfu. This started an early snowball for the Chinese team as they started to make moves across the map. TL had to commit 4 men to the middle lane 11 minutes in the game to take down Monet but shortly after they lose MinD_ContRoL and Miracle-.

LFY used this momentum to continue to pick off TL and starve them off their resources. TL fought back with MATUMBAMAN’s bear pushing in the top lane while LFY pressured in the middle lane. This would buy the European team time to try and catch up. LFY continued to pressure and find their picks. One last push in the top lane drew out a long team fight that drew blood and buybacks. By the end of it, LFY came out on top and force the ‘gg’ call from TL.

 

WINNER: LGD.FOREVER YOUNG

 

 

GAME 2

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen – Venomancer

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi – Alchemist

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov – Nature’s Prophet

Maroun “GH” Merhej – Earthshaker

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi – Crystal Maiden

 

LGD.Forever Young

Du “Monet” Peng – Terrorblade

Xie “Super” Junhao – Bloodseeker

He “Inflame” Yongzheng – Puck

Tue “Ahfu” Soon Chuan – Tusk

Leong “DDC” Fat-meng – Lich

 

After seeing what Ahfu can do on the Earth Spirit in Game 1, Team Liquid was forced to ban the Earth Spirit. Both teams adjusted their drafts this time deciding to go for their own versions of a split push composition.

TL surprised LFY after they decided to play MATUMBAMAN in the middle lane to counter Super. This worked out spectacularly well as they took kill after kill on the Bloodseeker. With LFY busy trying to protect Super and Monet, this gave Miracle- enough to farm throughout the early to mid game.

This gave them the confidence to continue to starve out LFY. TL was able to shut down Monet so bad that at 22 minutes, he was the fourth lowest player in net worth. At 27 minutes, TL cleanly take Roshan and Aegis of the Immortal which they used to push the bottom lane. Shortly after, LFY would lose 3 men and their barracks in the middle which forced them to call ‘gg’ and force Game 3.

 

WINNER: TEAM LIQUID

 

GAME 3

Team Liquid

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen – Terrorblade

Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi – Venomancer

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov – Nature’s Prophet

Maroun “GH” Merhej – Rubick

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi – Spirit Breaker

 

LGD.Forever Young

Du “Monet” Peng – Morphling

Xie “Super” Junhao – Death Prophet

He “Inflame” Yongzheng – Batrider

Tue “Ahfu” Soon Chuan – Earthshaker

Leong “DDC” Fat-meng – Witch Doctor

 

The Finals dream was alive for both teams and it all boiled down to Game 3. TL hoped to continue their split push composition while LFY hoped to catch out the TL stragglers and group up.

TL found success in the early lane taking kills on Monet and multiple kills on Super. As if a replay of Game 2, TL would use this to pressure the Chinese team. Monet also found himself further down in net worth due to the TL pressure around the map.

Despite the pressure from the European team, Inflame kept LFY alive in the mid game after successfully surviving ganks and picking off MinD_ContRoL again and again. LFY held their ground as they started to group up and find the kills to claw their way back into the game but they found their base in shambles.

From what was a strong start from TL, LFY continued to find the kills and soon found themselves only 2k behind in gold 44 minutes in the game. TL found their own team fights which allowed them to take apart LFY’s base even more.

TL confidently took Roshan as 45 minutes hit after they made enough space for themselves. They used this to take down the last barracks in the top lane. With the Europeans in their base and their dream to raise the Aegis on the line, LFY made one last stand and tried to keep TL back. But as TL started taking kill after kill, it was certain that they were headed to Finals to face Newbee.

 

WINNER: TEAM LIQUID

 

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