Dota 2: TI 9 Grand Final Recap – OG Vs. Team Liquid

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Dota 2: TI 9 Grand Final Recap – OG Vs. Team Liquid

After an amazing LB final, it was time to focus on the most important Dota 2 series in history. Apart from the amazing $15M+ going to the champion, this was the first time where we'd have a two times TI winner.

To be honest, we could not really ask for a more interesting final. Apart from being one of the best teams in the world, both OG and Liquid have the utmost respect for each other. Having said that, only one of them got the chance to win TI two times – OG.

They played the absolute best Dota 2 games of their lives so far. A well-deserved victory for the Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and his team-mates.

OG vs Team Liquid

Game One

Both teams picked one of their most comfortable heroes for the first game. Having said that, Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi’s genius struck again as he baited their enemies with a TA pick which OG thought that will be played by Aliwi “w33” Omar. Little did they know, the Romanian superstar was going to rock one of his strongest heroes – Meepo.

As expected, TI 7 champions dominated the early and mid-game. In fact, they managed to get a very comfortable advantage of over 10k at one point. However, OG never backed down and was constantly trying to bounce back with Anathan “ana” Pham’s incredibly farmed Spectre.

Despite their never-ending strive for success, Team Liquid was able to claim the victory. They were able to defend their high-ground and got a fast Roshan kill afterward. Taking advantage of ana’s death, they decided to simply go and kill the T4’s and the throne.

This game was an amazing rollercoaster of emotions.

Game Two

Unlike the first game, OG started very strong. Not only did they do well during the laning stage but their aggressive playstyle continued throughout the mid-game as well.  After winning a couple of team fights in a row, they suddenly had a massive 7k net worth advantage which enabled them to secure the first Aegis of the game as both ana and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen were snowballing out of control.

Even though things started to look very scary for Liquid, they did not give up. Their Enigma was the last glimmer of hope but it was not enough. OG’s cores were just too farmed to deal with.

OG has delivered Liquid’s most brutal beatdown at this TI yet.

Game Three

The third game of the series was relatively slower compared to the first two. Having said that, as soon as OG got a few levels on their hands, things started to change. They begin to pressure every single lane and even killed Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi 4 times for the first 15 minutes.

Slowly but steadily, Team Liquid’s chances begin to slim as OG looked indestructible. Using their advantage, TI 8 champions took down the first lanes of rax just 18 minutes after the start of the game.

Undoubtedly the star of the show was Topson and his Pugna. The Finnish prodigy completely annihilated Team Liquid’s lineup two games in a row now.

Game Four

An absolutely STUNNING game which was a perfect ending to this amazing tournament,

Team Liquid utilized nearly the same strategy the entire day – TA mid and Tidehunter offlane. However, it seems like it just does not work against OG because they are always one step ahead. That’s why TI 7 champs decided to change their draft drastically for the fourth game of this outstanding series.

At first, it seemed like Liquid’s draft change was for the better. They had a good start and claimed a couple of objectives. However, Topson’s 200 IQ kicked in once again as he brought a Diffusal Blade on his Gyrocopter, something which we have never seen before. This item helped OG to win a couple of team fights, which completely “freed” their line-up.

Team Liquid was caught absolutely off-guard and had no answer for their enemies.

OG has completely re-written Dota 2’s history today. What an outstanding team!

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Dota 2: TI 9 Grand Final Recap – OG Vs. Team Liquid
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.