- August 15, 2017
We may have just seen Team Liquid win TI7, but that’s not exactly the only big thing that happened within the Dota 2 scene this past week.
Team Liquid Win TI7
First of all, congratulations to Team Liquid, who won The International 2017 via a 3-0 sweep of Newbee in the grand finals.
It was amazing to see how much Team Liquid had evolved after each of their nerve-wracking series as they faced elimination in the lower brackets.
With the team’s chemistry possibly at an all-time high, Team Liquid will likely be the first to go back to defend their title with the same members at the following year’s TI since Newbee did so back in TI5.
Who knows, with a roster as talented as theirs, they might even be the first to go back-to-back.
“The Dueling Fates” Update Announced
Right after the end of the penultimate day of TI7, Dota 2 fans from all over the world were in for quite the treat as Valve announced, not just one, but two new heroes.
One of them seems to be the long-rumored Sylph that was first discovered to have been added to the game’s files back in April. However, the French armadillo is a big mystery; some say he’s one of the hero ideas that were lost when the old DotA forums went down.
In any case, we can expect Valve to make an official announcement and a huge update sometime soon.
The Post-TI7 Shuffle Is Now Officially Underway
Team Liquid may be content to stand pat with their current roster, but don’t expect other teams to do the same. In particular, top-tier organisations such as Evil Geniuses and OG are prime candidates for a shakeup after they finished in 9th-12th and 7th-8th places respectively at TI7.
Of the teams who attended TI, Team Secret were, unsurprisingly, the first to announce a roster change. Meanwhile, other teams who failed to make it to this year’s TI had also begun to make their moves.
One of the most recent organisation’s to announce a roster change was compLexity Gaming, who decided to part ways with Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho and Feras ‘Feero’ Hroob.
Expect a lot of player movement the following weeks, and as always, you can count on us here at Esportsranks to provide you with the latest info.
Click here for the latest updates on the post-TI7 roster shuffle.
Iceiceice to Return to China
Following Team Faceless’ failure to qualify for TI7 and subsequent disbandment, many had speculated that long time Dota 2 veteran, Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang was going to retire and possibly pursue a career as a streamer full time. This career shift would have made a lot of sense considering iceiceice is one of the most famous Dota 2 players in the world.
As it turns out, however, iceiceice doesn’t plan on giving up just yet and is actually set to return to China to play in an all-new Vici Gaming roster.
The said roster is said to be composed of the following players:
- Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang
- Lu ‘Fenrir’ Chao
- Zhang ‘LaNm’ Zhicheng
- Zhou ‘Yang’ Haiyang
- Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang
Iceiceice himself shared this information live on Twitch.
Virtus.Pro to Stick Together
While it’s very rare for teams to stick together after failing to win a TI, Virtus.Pro’s decision to stick together is hardly any surprise. Especially since it was announced earlier that the entire Dota 2 roster had signed a contract extension that will see them through 2018.
With that said, Virtus.Pro are heavy favourites to be the CIS’ best Dota 2 team this upcoming 2017-18 competitive season.
Bot Defeats Take Top Mid Players
The fifth day of TI7 saw a special appearance from fan-favourite, Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin, for a “Special Match” between him and the OpenAI bot, where he, to the surprise of many, actually lost multiple times.
Other notable players also who tried their hand and failed against the AI include Artour ‘Arteezy’ Babaev, Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan and Pers Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille.
The phrase “go play with bots” will never carry the same weight again.
Other Noteworthy News:
- Team Singularity to stay together for the 2017/18 season.
- German Dota 2 player Roman ‘rmN-‘ Paley signs with Penta Sports.
- SG e-sports captain and support player, Emilano ‘c4t’ Ito, steps down from the roster.
- SirActionSlacks’ new loregasm video is up.