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TI11 Finals Weekend: Conclusion

The last day of The International 2022 is finally upon us. Only the Lower Bracket Final and Grand Final remain. One of the Top 3 teams remaining will be etched in the history books as The International Champions. Without further ado, let’s dive into the conclusion of TI11.

Lower Bracket Final: Team Secret versus Team Liquid

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It was a bittersweet matchup between Team Secret and Team Liquid. Both teams came from the Last Chance Qualifiers and are Western Europe representatives. With Team Liquid’s Matumbaman’s final TI before retirement, the match-up was as exciting as it can be. 

Team Secret was able to mount a 1-0 lead in the series against Team Liquid thanks to Nisha’s immaculate deathless performance on his Morphling. Team Secret swiftly dominated Team Liquid in game one, with the match spanning only 28 minutes.

Team Liquid takes their revenge in game two against Team Secret. Team Liquid’s Matumbaman and Micke stepped up their game with their Tiny and Sniper draft. The Sniper was seemingly untouchable in the match, and Team Secret struggled to keep up. The game ended after 39 minutes of action. 

The do-or-die game was reasonably even coming into the mid-game. Multiple back-and-forth actions occurred throughout the game, fitting an elimination game. However, Team Secret’s strong late-game team composition overwhelmed Team Liquid despite their valiant efforts. Team Secret advanced to the Grand Finals after three games to face Tundra Esports.

Grand Final: Tundra Esports versus Team Secret

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In the rematch of the tournament, Tundra Esports and Team Secret faced off in the Upper Bracket Final, with Tundra getting the better of Team Secret to advance first to the Grand Final. Team Secret is surely itching for revenge against their rival. 

Team Secret struggled early in the game with their hard carry Pudge on the lowest among cores in terms of net worth. Tundra’s last pick Tidehunter looked solid as they relied heavily on initiating team composition. Team Secret struggled to keep up throughout the game with their hard carry behind to make a difference. Tundra claims the 1-0 lead. 

Tundra Esports brought out Arc Warden as their last pick in the draft. The hero has never been used before in a TI Grand Final. Similar to game one, Team Secret’s hard carry Bristleback had a rough start against Team Liquid’s Visage. In the late game, Arc Warden was too farmed to keep up, leading to Tundra securing a 2-0 series lead. 

Tundra Esports’ patented team fighting was on full display in game three. Their coordination and surgical playmaking were too strong for Team Secret. Team Secret could not secure crucial team fights to have a fighting chance. Tundra Esports secure the championship after sweeping Team Secret 3-0. A well-deserved win, indeed. Congratulations, Tundra Esports!

*Featured image via DOTA 2 Facebook Page

Juan Cesar Torres
Juan Cesar Torres
College student. Gamer since birth. Learned to read because of Pokémon. Dreams of buying a Nintendo Switch. Always looking for game recommendations (will play anything).
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