Headlined by a potential Liquid vs Newbee rematch, Day 1 of the Dota PIT Lan Finals, the first LAN tournament played in patch 7.07, did not disappoint.
Team Liquid, for one, showed up like a team on a mission.
After failing to win their first LAN tournament in six months at ESL One Hamburg Major last week, they went 4-0 to kick off the Dota PIT Minor, with convincing sweeps over Immortals and Newbee.
The Long-Awaited Liquid vs Newbee Rematch
— SG e-sports (@SGe_sports) November 2, 2017
The near redo of The International 7 Grand Finals almost didn’t happen as SG e-sports threatened to sweep Newbee after taking Game 1 on the backs of Adriano ‘4dr’ Machado and his Mirana. However, the Kings of China would take the next two games to move on to the semi-final of the Dota PIT Lan Finals.
It was now then up to Team Liquid to slay Immortals to make the rematch happen.
Pitted against one of the most aggressive squads in all of Dota 2, Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and his co showed off their championship mettle.
Despite Immortals threatening to run away in Game 1, Team Liquid made the necessary in-game adjustments to prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, in Game 2, Team Liquid made sure to stop the Koreans from snowballing by crushing them in all three lanes, ending the series with a clean 2-0 sweep.
— Immortals (@Immortals) November 2, 2017
Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barqawi then went full raid boss with his Anti-Mage in Game 1 of the much-awaited Liquid vs Newbee rematch. The so-called 9k MMR god was his usual stellar self again in Game 2 on his Phantom Assassin. Although he did get a lot of help from Lasse Aukusti ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen and his Viper as they had their hands full dealing with Xu ‘Moogy’ Han and his Leshrac.
With the convincing 2-0 win over Newbee, Team Liquid are the first team to secure a spot in the upper bracket winners’ finals and at least a Top 4 finish.
As for Newbee, they now find themselves just one game away from elimination as they wait for the winners of the matchup between SG e-sports and Immortals at the lower brackets of the Dota PIT Lan Finals.
Dota Pit LAN Finals Day 2
Tomorrow, Vici Gaming, OG, Virtus.Pro and Fnatic will duke it out to decide which team will move on to face Team Liquid at the winners’ finals.
Should Virtus.Pro and OG take care of business against Vici Gaming and Fnatic respectively, expect to see another must-watch rematch as epic as Liquid vs Newbee.
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