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Team Liquid are the champions of China Supermajor

Posted by Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani at 10 June 2018 12:45


Photo courtesy of PerfectWorld

Team Liquid outlasted Virtus.pro 3:2 to take the very last and their first Dota 2 Major championship title and trophy for the regular 2017-2018 season. 

Nothing short of spectacular, the China Supermajor delivered in epic proportions. As Team Liquid went to bat to claim their first Major title for the regular Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2017-2018 season, Virtus.pro were looking to secure their fifth. 

It took a full five-game series for the championship to be decided. In Dota 2 games with teams of this caliber, it all came down to drafting and ability to capitalize on any slight mistake - taking a small advantage and turning it into a victory. 

Game 1

vs
Team Liquid lineup

The Dire

GH Naga Siren Naga Siren
Matumbaman Visage Visage
KuroKy- Jakiro Jakiro
Miracle- Templar Assassin Templar Assassin
MinD_ContRoL Dark Seer Dark Seer
Bans:
Leshrac Disruptor Skywrath Mage Death Prophet Kunkka Bloodseeker
Virtus Pro lineup

The Radiant

Beastmaster Beastmaster 9pasha
Bane Bane SoloLineAbuse
Sand King Sand King RodjER
Invoker Invoker Noone-
Juggernaut Juggernaut RAMZES666
Bans:
Io Lycan Chen Undying Slark Doom

The first match was very even between the two teams through the laning stage and early game. It then became a brawl of skill with back and forth swings in the control and lead. About 30 minutes in, Team Liquid regained control, and although it almost slipped from their hands once again, they were able to close out the game in their favor. 

Game 2

vs
Team Liquid lineup

The Radiant

MinD_ContRoL Leshrac Leshrac
GH Sand King Sand King
KuroKy- Lich Lich
Matumbaman Death Prophet Death Prophet
Miracle- Monkey King Monkey King
Bans:
Skywrath Mage Io Chen Clockwerk Kunkka Broodmother
Virtus Pro lineup

The Dire

Beastmaster Beastmaster 9pasha
Bane Bane SoloLineAbuse
Windranger Windranger RodjER
Bloodseeker Bloodseeker Noone-
Faceless Void Faceless Void RAMZES666
Bans:
Lycan Naga Siren Warlock Undying Tinker Storm Spirit

The second match belonged almost exclusively to Virtus.pro from the start. With an incredibly dominant laning phase, which they are well known for, the CIS powerhouse team took the control of the game and refused to yield to Team Liquid. 

Game 3

vs
Team Liquid lineup

The Dire

MinD_ContRoL Beastmaster Beastmaster
GH Windranger Windranger
KuroKy- Warlock Warlock
Miracle- Mirana Mirana
Matumbaman Drow Ranger Drow Ranger
Bans:
Skywrath Mage Bane Leshrac Slark Night Stalker Broodmother
Virtus Pro lineup

The Radiant

Naga Siren Naga Siren RodjER
Disruptor Disruptor SoloLineAbuse
Pangolier Pangolier 9pasha
Morphling Morphling RAMZES666
Kunkka Kunkka Noone-
Bans:
Io Lycan Chen Tinker Bloodseeker Outworld Devourer

In the third match of the game, Liquid was able to out-draft Virtus.pro with a lineup that would be unstoppable if they could win the laning phase - which is exactly what happened. Trading blows initially, Liquid was able to out-farm to accelerate their lead and advantage, thus snowballing ahead of VP, leaving the CIS team in the dust.

Game 4

vs
Team Liquid lineup

The Radiant

MinD_ContRoL Mirana Mirana
GH Elder Titan Elder Titan
KuroKy- Witch Doctor Witch Doctor
Matumbaman Monkey King Monkey King
Miracle- Tinker Tinker
Bans:
Skywrath Mage Io Beastmaster Night Stalker Sand King Brewmaster
Virtus Pro lineup

The Dire

Chen Chen RodjER
Death Prophet Death Prophet Noone-
Lion Lion SoloLineAbuse
Slark Slark RAMZES666
Pangolier Pangolier 9pasha
Bans:
Naga Siren Lycan Warlock Bloodseeker Visage Broodmother

In the next matchup, Virtus.pro just obliterated Team Liquid. Heavily out-drafting the TI7 championship team, VP then went on to completely crush them. Liquid had no chance to come back from the assault and in only 24 minutes, they raised the white flag of surrender with a dismal 30:5 score.

Game 5

vs
Team Liquid lineup

The Radiant

MinD_ContRoL Beastmaster Beastmaster
Matumbaman Visage Visage
GH Naga Siren Naga Siren
KuroKy- Warlock Warlock
Miracle- Templar Assassin Templar Assassin
Bans:
Bane Leshrac Slark Pangolier Night Stalker Gyrocopter
Virtus Pro lineup

The Dire

Skywrath Mage Skywrath Mage RodjER
Kunkka Kunkka Noone-
Disruptor Disruptor SoloLineAbuse
Tidehunter Tidehunter 9pasha
Medusa Medusa RAMZES666
Bans:
Io Chen Lycan Undying Tinker Outworld Devourer

Once again, things started out relatively even for these two teams. With everything on the line and the last match of the season, both teams went head to head with all they could muster. About 18 minutes in, Team Liquid came out ahead in a team fight and then started to seize the lead thereafter. Team Liquid had Virtus.pro at their mercy and 34 minutes in, Team Liquid finally claimed the title in the last and biggest major of the season.

Upper Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Liquid
2
TnC
0
Secret
2
OpTic
1
Virtus.Pro
2
Newbee
1
PSG.LGD
2
Mineski
1

Round 2

BO3
Liquid
2
Secret
0
Virtus.Pro
0
PSG.LGD
2

Round 3

BO3
Liquid
2
PSG.LGD
0

Lower Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Spirit
1
EG
2
VG.JS
2
Infamous
0
VG
2
Na`Vi
1
VGJ.T
2
FinalTribe
0

Round 2

BO3
OpTic
2
EG
0
TnC
2
VG.JS
1
Mineski
1
VG
2
Newbee
2
VGJ.T
0

Round 3

BO3
OpTic
2
TnC
0
VG
2
Newbee
0

Round 4

BO3
Virtus.Pro
2
OpTic
0
Secret
2
VG
0

Round 5

BO3
Virtus.Pro
2
Secret
1

Round 6

BO3
PSG.LGD
1
Virtus.Pro
2

Final

BO5
Liquid
3
Virtus.Pro
2

QUICKPOLL

Can Team Liquid keep their momentum going, claim the Aegis at TI8 and make history as the first two time TI champions?


Yes, I have no doubt
Thank you for voting!
No, there is too long of a break and too many patches still to come
Thank you for voting!

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