In a largely unsurprising turn of events, each western team has been knocked out, barring Netherlands-based Team Liquid, who are set to face LGD.Forever Young in the semi-finals on Saturday the 12h of August. Still, their victory was foreshadowed in their victory at DreamLeague Season 7's Atlanta finals, where they took first over other worldwide teams.
Though it looked bleak, enough time was bought and Liquid broke the high ground at 29 minutes after a massive misplay from Damien "kpii" Chok, who leaped into battle and burned his ultimate on an unnoticed Linken's Sphere (an item can block single-target spells like Legion Commander's Duel).
Other Malaysians - veteran "Ohaiyo" Khoo Chong Xin and newcomer "Ahjit" Lai Jay Son both from Fnatic crashed out in the group stages while "MidOne" Zheng Yeik Nai of Team Secret was eliminated by Team Liquid in the lower bracket match early on.
It has been a record-setting day for Liquid in many respects, as the team also became the first squad to ever win a Grand Finals at The International in a sweep. And the result of that match was 2-1 in a best of 3 rounds.
A team once considered to be one of the best, North Americans Evil Geniuses have performed poorly in this year's worldwide, not winning a single match: being beaten by both Newbee and Russian team Team Empire early in the tournament - both ending in a 2-0 loss. Before this, there has never been a 3-0 grand final. In game two, an aggressive early game from Newbee earned the Chinese team a strong start, but key teamfights and stalling tactics on the part of Liquid allowed carry player Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi to recover and ultimately overwhelm Newbee.
The final boss of TI7 is waiting for Liquid. West sentiment, as Chinese fans were out in full force while the North American audience, still loyal to Team Liquid from their NA days, fired back with furious roars at every opportunity. They lost this year, but it wasn't because they choked like they did last year. The team claimed their Aegis of Championship, popped open a bottle of champagne, and quickly departed to celebrate the historic win.