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Team Liquid are the champions of China Supermajor

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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
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No, there is too long of a break and too many patches still to come
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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

Discussion

  • James "Yared" A ,
    First time seeing VP take TL really seriously with their drafting. And I heard Solo is the only one on his team who studies his counterparts. Their system is top tier but this tendency of his teammates after winning has to go. Unlike TL or P.L which seems to scout each opposing player just like other sports preparations. Great Major overall with a very high level 5 game finale. LAKAD MATATAG TL!
    • Rexonial "Dancingwar" Bebb ,
      Counterparts only? In Dota2, it's only beneficial for the mids to study their counterparts because they are the only possition to play against their counterparts. During the laning phase, pos 3 is up against Pos 2+4/5, not their counterpart. Pos 4/5 is up against all(roaming) so they must study all not just their counterparts. Although you must mean he was studying about the warding spots. Anyway, I remembered a player said that the current Dota2 is less about the consistency of the players but more about how they can be flexible. Since the meta is changing every 2 weeks. So I think it's better to better yourselves with the ever-changing meta rather than spending more time on studying your counterparts.
      • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
        "Counterparts only? In Dota2, it's only beneficial for the mids to study their counterparts because they are the only possition to play against their counterparts. During the laning phase, pos 3 is up against Pos 2+4/5, not their counterpart. Pos 4/5 is up against all(roaming) so they must study all not just their counterparts." - well said
      • Hitanshu "Anomalina" Budhwani ,
        I think, in professional Dota and high tiers atleast, lanes are very flexible. The roles are the same but teams adjust their lanes for the best possible outcome. One can send the offlaner mid but he will still serve the same purpose. Similarly, carries can go aggro trilane. Thus, counterparts in the laning phase and later in the game matter.
  • ryuzaki "Yamako" seven ,
    TL and VP in the International 2018 Grand Finals?
    • James "JamesWilly" William ,
      I think it will be TL vs either VP or LGD.
      • Trance "exhale" Energy ,
        Actually, VP fares better vs TL than they do vs PSG.LGD. The exact opposite goes for PSG.LGD, which lose horribly vs TL but seem to have the edge vs VP.
  • ryuzaki "Yamako" seven ,
    Nevertheless this is The InInternational which anything can happen. But i really hope to see PSG.LGD Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro in the upper bracket and lower bracket finals and in the Grand Finals

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