The International 2017Main Stage Recap
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A $10.7 million dollar first place prize and a $24 million dollar tournament. Winning The International would be life changing. Before we get to the best of five that would shape the lives of the players forever we look to the lower bracket finals. Team Liquid and LFY would be forced to fight to claim the right to play against Newbee in the finals.
The stakes could not have been higher. If Team Liquid were to win against LFY it would be Kuroky’s second time in The International’s grand finals. If LFY won likewise it would be Super’s second attempt at claiming the Aegis. Regardless of this match the largest threat to both teams victory still remained looming ahead of them as Newbee would watch the match, preparing for the grand finals showdown in what was quickly becoming the best Dota 2 tournament ever played. The last western hope, Team Liquid, against the wall that was LFY and Newbee, more importantly, the two-time hopeful that was Faith.
Team Liquid managed to make a miraculous comeback against LFY and found themselves in the finals up against Newbee. Kuroky’s drafting seemed to throw Newbee off the game that had got them through the upper bracket as Liquid took the first game almost seamlessly. The second game followed quickly after on the back of a Miracle Alchemist which set Liquid on match point. Team Liquid then made history as they became the first team to ever win in a Valve event finals 3-0 over their opponent proving that Team Liquid were clearly the best team in the world.