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The International 2017's Grand Finals – Team Liquid claims the Aegis of Champions

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“Liquid is doing in!” and then days later “Liquid have done it!”.

Those two lines from Toby Dawson at The International 2017’s Main Event still echo in my mind this morning. Team Liquid is, as you can see from the image above, the champions of The International 2017 as they claimed the Aegis of Champions and the lion’s share of the biggest prize pool in esports history at roughly 03:15 AM last night.

For winning The International 2017, Team Liquid gets $10,826,185, while the Chinese juggernaut, Newbee, gets $3,936,795.

Liquid’s Journey and the Grand Finals

Liquid was one of the favourites going into the tournament and showed just how strong they were by ending first in Group A during the Group Stage. However, when it came to the Main Event, they got knocked to the Lower Bracket by Invictus Gaming during the first round. Since then, Liquid clawed their way through the Lower Bracket Finals, beating Team Secret, Team Empire, Virtus.pro (one of the best matches of the tournament) and LGD Gaming.

Last night, they faced their Chinese team, LGD Forever Young. After a gruelling match, Liquid prevailed 2-1 and would now face the final boss, Newbee, in the Grand Finals. The immense momentum on their side going into the Grand Finals, Team Liquid didn’t pull any punches, quickly defeating Newbee in game one (under 30 minutes) and then made the score 2-0.

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At that point, Liquid seemed unstoppable, not only due to their ability to split-push and team-fight but because of their extremely strong drafts from Kuro Salehi "KuroKy" Takhasomi, who is, in my opinion, one of the most iconic Dota 2 players who aren't a The International champion. That all changed after game three. Even though Newbee put up their best fight of the Grand Finals in the third game, two big team-fights turned the tide of battle in Liquid’s favour as the stomped Newbee down and claimed the Aegis of Champions.

It was the first time in The International history that a clean sweep occurred in the Grand Finals – which is a testament to just how dominating Liquid’s performance was. Watch the Grand Finals below and see the Team Liquid dominance.

I mentioned in my Day 5 coverage that it is shaping up to be the best The International ever. For the Group Stage matchups and Main Event Bracket matches, that still rings true, but it was a bit disappointing to see only three games in the Grand Finals. I think many fans would have wanted the finals to go the distance, but in the end, Liquid was just too good – and we can’t really fault anyone for that.

What do you think about Liquid’s run to the Grand Finals and did you watch the final day’s matches live?

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