After splitting their series with Team Secret and going 2-0 against MidorFeed, the back-to-back DreamLeague Champions, Team Liquid, will now get a chance to defend their title at the ROG DreamLeague Finals in December.
With a 9-3 record, Team Liquid are the second team from the combined Europe + CIS regional qualifiers to clinch their berth in the second Pro Circuit Major of the season. This leaves Virtus Pro, Natus Vincere and OG as the only remaining teams who have a realistic shot at making it to the ROG DreamLeague Finals.
ROG DreamLeague Finals – A Chance to Make History
Winning The International 7 already guaranteed Team Liquid’s spot in the annals of Dota 2 history. However, they’ve made it clear since that they’re after so much more; winners of 6 out of the 7 previous LAN tournaments they’ve played in, Team Liquid clearly wants to be the first Dota 2 team to go back to back and win TI twice.
With a lineup composed of 4 of the world’s top MMR players and one of the winningest pros as their captain, Team Liquid have a huge chance of doing just that. Of course, the season is long, and a lot can still happen. But, another successful title defense at the ROG DreamLeague Finals will take them one step closer to their goal, all the while helping them make a little bit of history along the way.
As it stands, Alliance’s roster that won The International 3 holds the record for the most LAN titles with the same five-man lineup at 12. Although, technically, they have 14, as they won two more when the same TI winning lineup reunited post TI5.
Team Liquid’s current lineup are the closest with 8 so far. And, with so many more Pro Circuit LANs to go, getting at least 13 is well within reach. Additionally, winning the DreamLeague Major will make Team Liquid the first reigning TI champions to ever win a Major.
While it’s not the sort of history they’re looking to make, it is a good start.
Team Liquid Roster
- Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN‘ Urpalainen
- Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barqawi
- Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL‘ Ivanov
- Maroun ‘GH‘ Merhej
- Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi
- Lee Seung ‘Heen‘ Gon (Coach)
What do you think of Team Liquid’s chances at the ROG DreamLeague Finals? Do you think they can make it a trifecta? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.