Team Liquid Wins the Dota 2 International Tournament, $10.7 Million Grand Prize

TI7 bracket stage Day 4 briefing

The International Main Event Day 5 Recap

There was no all-Malaysian team this year.

Team Liquid won The International Dota 2 Championships, taking home a grand prize of $10.8 million. Perhaps it's a result of the fact that popular Lebanese gamer GH joined the team in January this year - a gamer who once gained notoriety for reaching over 9K MMR in the Dota 2 Matchmaking leaderboards and consequently becoming the highest-ranked player in Europe. Formerly, Liquid's Dota squad was American, but this European one took the crown in a more volatile and profitable environment. The 2017 International Dota 2 Championships full prize pool exceeded $24 million, all but $1.6 million of which was crowdfunded via in-game purchases within Dota 2. Newbee have shown the save versatility in the draft phase as Team Liquid.

Newbee originally entered the tournament as one of the Chinese favorites to win, given its consistent, strong presence throughout the competitive season.

The third game started very well for Liquid, with the first LFY tier one tower dropping as early as two minutes in. The match was an explosive back-and-forth between the two Chinese teams, during which Newbee showed absolutely spectacular teamfights and took the spot.

Team Liquid have performed exceedingly well this year, ruthlessly eliminating Team Empire and LGD Gaming 2-0 each in the Lower Bracket rounds 3 and 5, respectively. And the result of that match was 2-1 in a best of 3 rounds.

North Korea nerves push stocks down for third day, lift gold
A separate report from the Labor Department showed an unexpected uptick in initial jobless claims in the week ended August 5th. Guam which is more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people and a U.S.

China's state media: We won't help North Korea if it attacks
Tensions around the Korean Peninsula started to rise in light of the implementation of the North Korean missile program. Eddie Calvo to express his support to the USA territory amid the threats of an imminent strike from North Korea.

What Does the US Military Do on the Island of Guam?
A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system. There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the USA military.

The three series played yesterday were TL vs. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss.

The Grand Finals, then, were set: Newbee, the slayers of the dominating team, versus Liquid, the up-and-coming assassin which kicked and stomped through the lower bracket to perform on the final day.

The final boss of TI7 is waiting for Liquid.

They kept their lead through the mid game, making sure that Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi's Terrorblade was miles ahead of Du "Monet" Peng's Morphling. They simply never made any huge mistakes, and they punished Liquid's lack of effective gap closers with a last-pick Sniper.

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