Two Time TI Champions
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With their win against LFY, Newbee and Faith have now secured a Top 2 finish and are now just one series away from making history as the first ever two-time TI champions.

Newbee Secures a Grand Finals Berth

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LFY’s nearly flawless run has been one of the biggest storylines of this year’s The International.

Not a single team has been fully able to figure them out so far and heading into their matchup against Newbee, many were sure that they’d be the first team to secure a grand finals berth.

The TI5 champions, however, had other ideas.

While LFY led for pretty much of the game, Newbee remained unfazed and calmly stuck to their plan. Their patience would pay off as their smoke gank at the ~38-minute mark, which resulted in a 4 for 4 kill trade and two LFY buybacks, swung the momentum heavily in their favor until they were finally able to take down every one of LFY’s heroes and force out a GG at the ~52 minute mark.

Game 2 was a different story; LFY was careful not to make the same mistakes as they did in Game 1. Su ‘super’ Peng also stood out on his Storm Spirit as he finished the game with 17 kills and just 3 deaths to help LFY secure the win in a little under ~34 minutes.

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In Game 3, Newbee decided to go with the seldom-picked Shadow Fiend in the middle lane for Song ‘Sccc’ Chun. The decision paid off as Sccc finished the game leading in total net worth and was able to make his presence felt during team fights.

Damien ‘kpii’ Chok, though, was the story of the series, as his Axe play in both Games 1 and 3 was what kept his team in the game.

Team Liquid Eliminates LGD

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The odds weren’t looking good for Team Liquid heading into their matchup against LGD Gaming.

Not only had they look vulnerable at times throughout the main event, LGD was also fresh off a 2-0 sweep of Invictus Gaming, the team responsible for dropping Team Liquid to the lower brackets, in a BO3 series that didn’t even last for more than an hour.

Team Liquid, however, was ready for LGD and absolutely crushed them 2-0.

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In Game 1, Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi and his Morphling was the star of the match as he played the hero to perfection. Also noteworthy was the performance of his teammates, especially Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen, who was very active around the map with his Necrophos, looking for pickoffs every chance he could get.

The following game, Team Liquid made short work of LGD Gaming as they went full cheese, drafting Huskar and Broodmother as their carry heroes.

With their unconventional picks catching their opponents off guard, Team Liquid was able to force out a GG and eliminate LGD Gaming in just ~25 minutes.

Team Liquid will now face off against LFY tomorrow in the lower bracket finals for the right to go against Newbee in the TI7 grand finals.

Valve Takes The Cake

As much kudos as the potential two-time TI champions, Newbee, deserve, Valve definitely takes the cake for what they did throughout the day.

Valve wasn’t just content with surprising everyone with an appearance from arguably the most popular Dota 2 player in the world Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin earlier in the day.

No, they just had top it off and had the crowd, who was still hyped from Team Liquid’s victory, roaring even loader with a musical score and a very welcome announcement.

What do you think the odds are that Newbee and Faith will be the first ever two-time TI champions? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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