Team Liquid: Profile And Journey To The International 9
Posted 5th August 2019 By: Derpina    210 Views
Esports News – The International 7 champion Team Liquid is one of the superior teams this season. After other powerhouse teams appeared as contenders and top finishers from their respective regional qualifiers, Team Liquid remained to be the best of them all. As The International 9 approaches, let’s take a deeper look at the current position of the team in the tournament.
Journey to TI9
Team Liquid has always been a favorite among the sea of Dota 2 teams today. The players with their undeniable skills and plain talent have captured the hearts of many fans and gamers. Although Liquid witnessed multiple roster changes and several losses this Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, the team still did what is expected of them in most Major tournaments.
Liquid didn’t make it to the qualifiers of the Kuala Lumpur Major, the first Major of the 2018-19 DPC season and the 6th overall Major of PGL Esports. Liquid was defeated by Vega Squadron (formerly Team Lithium) at that time. Following that defeat was another disappointing run at the DreamLeague Season 10 qualifier. Their performance was expected of them as it was the first time Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen, Liquid’s star player, filed a temporary leave of absence.
Liquid’s bad luck in the first half of the new DPC season continued. At the Chongqing Major, the team lost another star player. Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-barkawi, the team’s Solo Middle and Carry, wasn’t able to attend the tournament. Team Liquid then concluded the tournament with a seventh-eight place finish.
The team finally found their dynamic at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. In the lower bracket run, Liquid returned from the ashes. With one blow, they defeated paiN Gaming, Vici Gaming, OG, PSG.LGD, and Evil Geniuses—the majority of the powerhouse teams. Liquid was close to the trophy, but Team Secret, their biggest rival, got the best of them in the grand finals. Still, a second-place finish is enough to earn huge DPC points for TI9.
Another one for the books was Team Liquid’s run at the EPICENTER Major. The team had a roster change, and they debuted star player Aliwi “w33” Omar. The player combination was beyond perfect, so Liquid successfully clinched the second place title. This secured their position in TI9.
Team Liquid roster and standings
Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi – Carry / Position 1
Aliwi “w33” Omar – Mid / Position 2
Ivan “MinD_ContRol” Ivanov – Offlane / Position 3:
Maroun “GH” Merhej – Support / Position 4
Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi (captain) – Hard Support / Position 5:
DPC points: 5820 points
Notable tournaments: Two second-places: MDL Disneyland Paris Major and the EPICENTER Major