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The International 2017's Main Event – The beginning of the end

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I’ve been watching Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament since its first appearance in 2011, where Na’Vi took down the Chinese juggernaut EHOME in the Grand Finals. Every year, the tournament just keeps on getting better, and this year is no different. The International 2017 has been the best Dota 2 tournament I have ever watched and tonight, it comes to an end with the best-of-five Grand Finals not to be missed.

When the dust settles over the KeyArena in Seattle tonight (or in the early morning for us South Africans), one team will walk away with the lion’s share of the biggest prize pool in esports history (currently at $24.5 million and counting) and the coveted Aegis of Champions. It is an esports spectacle that you shouldn’t miss, even if you don’t particularly like Dota 2, as it is quite literally esports history in the making.

Below, check out the schedule in South African time so you don’t miss a single second of the action, then find out what happened on Day 5 of the Main Event and check out my Fantasy Roster picks.

  • LB Finals on 12 August at 19:00 PM - LGD Forever Young versus Team Liquid
  • Grand Finals on 12 August at 22:00 PM – Newbee versus the winner of LFY vs Liquid

Don’t forget that even if you are unfamiliar with Dota 2 or want to watch the final with someone who doesn’t know the first thing about the game, there will be a newcomer stream to enjoy.

Day 5 results and the chance for a repeat champion

Yesterday, we saw some awesome matches take place as two teams got eliminated from the tournament, while others prevailed and moved on to the top three. Now, only one player remains that could become a repeat The International champion, and his name is Zeng "Faith" Hongda currently playing for Newbee. In 2012, Faith won The International with Invictus Gaming and now, he looks to repeat his success with The International 2014 winners Newbee.

However, I think all eyes will be on Team Liquid and their star player, Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi, the only non-Chinese team left in the tournament. But before Liquid can get their shot at Newbee, they have to go through LFY, a team that has been looking nearly unbeatable, until last night of course. Check out the results of The International 2017’s Main Event Day 5 below.

  • LGD Gaming 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming
  • Newbee 2 – 1 LGD Forever Young
  • Team Liquid 2 – 0 LGD Gaming

My final Fantasy Roster picks

Yesterday, I went all in on Invictus Gaming and as you can guess from the results above, my Fantasy Roster didn’t do very well. Today is the last day to get as many points as you can and hopefully make it into the top 10% for 16000 Battle Points. Check out my picks below.  

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As you can see, I didn’t go all in this time. Instead, I chose three players from Team Liquid, as I hope they will make it to the Grand Finals. However, as a safety net, I picked the two players from Team Liquid who has scored the most points throughout the tournament.

Who do you think will win The International 2017 and lift the Aegis of Champions? Let us know in the comment section and check out another awesome bit from SirActionSlacks below.

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