Touted as a TI7 Finals rematch, Newbee has finally gotten revenge over Team Liquid with a 3-2 win over the other boys in blue at ESL One Genting 2018. What makes the victory all the more sweeter is that Newbee were the first runners up in last year’s campaign, losing out to Digital Chaos 3-2 in a best-of-five series.
As victors, Newbee walks away with US$160,000 as well as 200 precious Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points. This moves Newbee up to fourth place in the overall standings with a total of 1,635 points. Liquid on the other hand, walked away with US$80,000 and 12o DPC points. This allows Liquid to keep up the pressure on Team Secret, who are the current leaders when it comes to DPC points with a total of 4,260 points while Liquid has 3,060.
Speaking of Team Secret, they head home with US$40,000 and 40 DPC points alongside Evil Geniuses (EG), who they share third and fourth place with. Team Secret had an unfortunate run in ESL One Genting 2018 with their offlaner Adrian “Fata” Trinks falling ill on the second day, which paved the way for former Fnatic offlaner, Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin to stand-in for the team. Of course, this meant that there would definitely be some disruption in the overall flow of the team, which were evident in their 2-0 loss against eventual winners, Newbee.
EG also looked out of sorts in their semi-final match against Liquid. a hotly-anticipated match-up that did not live up to its hype, EG were outclassed in both games by Liquid, which then became all the more worse for EG’s offlaner Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan. SumaiL tweeted this right after EG’s victory against Virtus.pro in the quaterfinals, who were one of the favourites to win the tournament as well.
Eg is still not top tier?u fucking punks are never satisfied are you?Hope you enjoy being bitter cause I definitely love being the greatest
— Sumail (@SumaaaaiL) January 26, 2018
Thankfully, the grand finals did not disappoint as both Newbee and Liquid went blow-for-blow against one another. Newbee’s hero pool during the finals were a straightforward one with Disruptor being picked four times. Naga Siren was also called into action three times, as well as Gyrocopter.
Here are all the highlights of all five games for you to watch, in case you missed the finals of the livestream.