While each member of Team Liquid made a strong case for being named as our TI7 MVP, Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi’s consistent performance during the main event on a wide range of heroes gives him an edge over his own teammates.
The One True 9K MMR God
Winners of four straight LAN tournaments heading into The International 7, we all knew what Team Liquid was capable of right from the start.
Team Liquid certainly did not disappoint and blitzed through the group stages with a 13-3 record. However, many started to express doubts when they lost to Invictus Gaming in the upper brackets of the main event.
All eyes were then on Miracle as the so-called “9K MMR God” had yet to post a dominating performance where he would just simply take over the game all tournament long.
As it turns out, however, being dropped to the lower brackets was all that Miracle and the rest of Team Liquid needed to step their game up.
Miracle went on to play as many as 12 different heroes in 18 games during Team Liquid’s lower bracket run at the main event. In particular, his excellent play on unconventional picks such as Alchemist, Huskar, Morphling and Troll Warlord was key to their success in the lower brackets.
In the title-winning game, his performance on Juggernaut was a sight to behold. His timely pickup and subsequent use of Black King Bar and his hero’s ultimate, Omnislash, paired with Maroun ‘GH’ Merhe and his Earthshaker’s Echo Slam at the ~42-minute mark was arguably what secured Team Liquid the win and the title.
What’s Next for Team Liquid?
As the first team to win sweep their opponents in the grand finals, Team Liquid are no strangers to making history. Barring any unforeseen complications, Team Liquid have a strong chance of making history yet again as the first ever back-to-back TI champions at TI8.
TI8, however, is still twelve months away and a lot could happen until then. Team Liquid may very well stick with their current TI-winning roster, but other teams aren’t likely just to stand pat.
With that said, the post-ti shuffle period is sure to get wild and crazy. You can expect underwhelming teams to make changes to their rosters and well-known organizations to surprise everyone with a big announcement pretty soon.
With Valve teasing two new heroes and a fresh lineup of minors and majors, we just can’t wait for the next competitive season to start.
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