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2017 Kiev Major Team Profiles: Team Liquid

Can Miracle- lead Team Liquid to their first ever Major win? We take a look at their chances of pulling off the upset!


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Three 9k MMR players on the team wasn’t something KuRoKy expected when he joined Team Liquid in 2015. With a star-studded roster which includes the likes of Miracle-, MATUMBAMAN and GH, Liquid was hailed as a team that is going to win everything. But so far, it hasn’t been a comfortable ride as TL failed to qualify for the Boston Major and the ESL One Genting 2017, two premier tournaments in which they were expected to finish in respectable position. Their only major LAN victory in 2016 was the DreamLeague Season 6 where they beat Escape Gaming 3:0 in the grand finals.

But 2017 saw a lot of issues face Team Liquid as BuLba left the team as GH officially replaced him in position 4. With the addition of GH to the team, Liquid secured their place in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 and eventually went on to win the tournament. They even qualified for the Dota 2 Asian Championships from the highly competitive European Region by defeating B)ears 2:0 in the finals. The DAC wasn’t too kind to them as Faceless, also known as the king of Bo1s sent them packing in Round 1 of the lower bracket.

Road to Kiev Major

The road to the Kiev Major wasn’t so smooth for Team Liquid as they had to work hard for one of the eight direct invites to the tournament. Winning DreamLeague Season 6 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 was enough for them as TL secured their place as one of the directly invited teams.

But there is still a long way to go for Team Liquid as their frailties were exposed by Faceless in the Dota 2 Asian Championships. Despite that, Team Liquid has a lot of potential boasting three 9k players and an extremely talented roster. Since, there are no Bo1s in the Kiev Major, we might well say that Team Liquid has high chances of finishing in the top 4.

Current Roster

Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen

Amer ‘Miracle-’ Al-Barkawi

Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Borislavov

Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej

Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi

Recent Form

StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 European Qualfier: 1st

Dota 2 Asian Championships 2017 European Qualfier: 1st

StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3: 1st

Dota 2 Asian Championships: 9-12th

Key Player

The first player that comes to mind when you think of Team Liquid is Miracle-. Over the years, the Jordanian has established himself as one of the best mids the game has ever seen and there is no reason that we are not going to see him pull of some amazing plays on his signature Invoker. Generally, teams tend to respect ban Invoker against him but some overconfident teams who didn’t ban Invoker have seen Miracle- wreak havoc ripping apart every hero in his path. His game presence and map awareness are a big plus to the team and there is no doubt that he is going to produce some big moments in the Kiev Major.

Source: Dota 2 Meta

2017 Kiev Major Team Profiles: Team Liquid

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