Team Liquid come away with yet another successful title defense, taking down LGD Gaming 3-1 in the Grand Finals to win SL i-League Invitational Season 4.
Though it may not have ended the way most Dota 2 fans wanted — with Team Liquid and Newbee going at it once again in the Grand Finals — it was a monumental win nonetheless. After all, Team Liquid’s captain, Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi, made history along the way; with their win in Game 3 of the Grand Finals of Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4, KuroKy became the first ever professional Dota 2 player to reach the 1,000-win milestone.
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) February 4, 2018
KuroKy is now the only member of the said club with 1,001 total wins. Although Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson and Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein, who are both currently part of OG, are not too far behind with 969 and 965 wins respectively.
As for Team Liquid, the win at SL i-League Invitational Season 4 gives them their third Pro Circuit Minor title for the season. They’ll also take home $135,000 USD and add 150 more Qualifying Points to their name.
Team Liquid Deliver As Expected
Very few Dota 2 teams have been able to maintain a high level of success for more than a few months throughout the years. Often, teams go through dry spells in between their successes, surging back up and down as the season goes on. Team Liquid, however, serve as one of the few exceptions. Case in point, Team Liquid have now won 10 of the past 15 LAN tournaments they have attended since December 2016, placing no worse than the top 4 in all but 2 of those said LANs.
So, when Team Liquid headed to Shanghai to defend their title, most people had them pegged as the winners, and they certainly did not fail to deliver. However, while they may have only dropped a single game throughout the entire tournament, their title defense did not go unchallenged. LGD Gaming, for one, gave them the most trouble among the teams they faced, even managing to take a single game off of them in Game 2 of the Grand Finals.
— LGD-Gaming (@LGDgaming) February 4, 2018
Speaking of LGD Gaming, the longtime Chinese powerhouse seem to have struck gold with their latest lineup. After all, this is only their first LAN together, and they ended up taking 2nd place, all the while taking out one of the heavy favourites, Newbee, along the way.
If they keep this up, we might just see LGD Gaming break up the status quo and challenge the likes of Team Liquid, Team Secret, and Newbee for the fictitious title of best Dota 2 team in the world.
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