Their opponents, Chinese team Newbee, will receive more than $3.9 for its second place finish. The victor moves on to face Newbee in the Grand Final. Newbee have played really well in the Upper Bracket and just like Liquid I believe their play has improved over each day. Each were considered a favorite in the tournament before TI began, but once the main event got underway, the two teams' paths diverged.
LGD are eliminated from The International 7. This secured Newbee a guaranteed top two finish for TI7, and their almost $4 million prize.
This marks Liquid's first championship after appearing at five global tournaments without ever even making it to the final day. They lost this year, but it wasn't because they choked like they did last year. Liquid faced a number of teams in the lower bracket that were widely favored over the European Union squad, including LGD. Forever Young, who sought a rematch against Newbee in the Grand Final after Friday's loss.
After blazing past Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming was set to throw down against Team Liquid to determine which team would move on to face LFY in the lower bracket finals and which team's tournament life would be snuffed out.
In Game 3, the pendulum swung back in Newbee's favor, with Moogy's Bloodseeker taking over the game, ravaging LFY and finishing with a 15/1/16 KDA.
Even though TL defeated Empire, Resolut1ion had an wonderful run for a team I considered to already be one of the weakest going into the event. In game two, an aggressive early game from Newbee earned the Chinese team a strong start, but key teamfights and stalling tactics on the part of Liquid allowed carry player Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi to recover and ultimately overwhelm Newbee.
Liquid's victory over Newbee prevented what would have been the first team to win two global tournaments, after their victory at TI4.
Team Empire, Seventh/Eight Place $600,000+.
Team Liquid, hot off a 2-1 series against LGD Forever Young, returned once again to a Nature's Prophet for Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Borislavov Ivanov in game 1. The seventh annual Dota 2 event in Seattle was like the Super Bowl of esports, with a record prize pool of $24 million this year, compared to $20.7 million a year ago.
One final fight sealed the deal, handing Liquid the Aegis and a multi-million dollar win, capping off an incredible two weeks of Dota 2.