Team Liquid’s Dota 2 team stomped Alliance in two games with their tournament lives on the line today in the MDL Chengdu 2019 Major. Team Liquid were able to put their early bad form behind them and will remain in the MDL Chengdu Major as Europe’s sole representatives.
The current Team Liquid roster was previously poached from their opponents, the Alliance organization, forcing Jonathan “Loda” Berg to scramble and quickly put together a brand new roster despite promises not to change out the players. Though there may be no bad blood between the two rosters, it was undeniably a more interesting matchup than the average match up at the MDL Chengdu 2019 Major.
Team Liquid and Alliance, both representing European at the MDL Chengdu, previously met in the qualifiers for the Dota 2 Major in Chengdu, with the new Alliance squad coming away with a 2 – 1 series win. However, in the matchup that mattered, TL played their best Dota wearing their new uniforms against their former organisation.
They put on a clinic in two games against Alliance’s ridiculous hero combinations in the Morphling-Earthshaker for game one and Drow Ranger-Gyrocopter for game two. In the tournament so far, both hero duos have become meta-defining picks and the fact Liquid were able to secure victory twice in a row is only a testament to Team Liquid’s rock solid gameplan and fantastic reads.
It was a performance for the ages by Max “qojqva” Bröcker in the series that saw qojqva handily dominate his lanes as Razor and Lina and force his counterpart Linus “Limmp” Blomdin to have two poor games in a row. The often maligned mid laner qojqva, has been a contentious player, having previously been highlighted as one of Liquid’s roster’s weak links. But qojqva was on form tonight.
The ex-Alliance roster’s talent has never been in question, but they have been notorious for throwing away leads and failing to close out games properly. But overall, Team Liquid showed tremendous class and kept their cool throughout the series. TL will now move on to face Evil Geniuses later today in another elimination match up.
The MDL Chengdu 2019 Major will conclude on Sunday, the grand final scheduled for November 24th at 10:00 CET. The Dota 2 tournament, held in Chengdu, China every year features a total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD, a top prize of $300,000 USD and 4,850 DPC points for the eventual champions. Can Team Liquid continue the excellent form they have shown against Alliance tonight and go on to be the MDL Chengdu 2019 champions? It will be a very tough ask, but only time will tell.
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