Five Highlights of TI7

Now that the biggest tournament in esports history has been concluded a couple of hours ago, let’s have a very quick look at the five things that defined the course of the tournament!

1. Repeated Patterns

While many knew that the winners of the International have alternated between the West and the East every year, everyone saw how close the Chinese were able to break that trend by putting three of their teams in the top four, namely, LGD, LGD.FY and Newbee.

However, Liquid’s all-star lineup had other plans as they swept Newbee 3-0 in the grand finals after having a long lower bracket run that pitted them against teams such as Secret, Empire and VP, in addition to all the teams mentioned above.

As a result, Liquid gets their first TI title as an organization and takes home around $10.85 million, which corresponds to 44% of the total prize pool of the tournament 

2. Bot Wins Against the Best Players in the World

Yes, Syed Sumail “Sumail” Hassan did not win a single match, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev lost every single time and even Daniil “Dendi” Ishutin was wrecked in a quick showdown against Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot at the 1v1 match segment in this year’s The International. We haven’t even mentioned yet the numerous talents and personalities who went up against the bot, only to be humiliated in the matchup.

Only Per Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille was able to beat the bot once, and despite that single win, he had an atrocious 1-9 record at the end of his matches against the bot.

Arteezy had mentioned in an interview that “they are looking forward to use the bot as our practice partner in matches.” Meanwhile, the developers of OpenAI have stated that their next target is to create a team of five bots that can go up against a fully stacked team of top professional players.

Welcome to the future of artificial intelligence, ladies and gents.

3. Two New Heroes About to be Added!

Yes, Dota 2 is about to have two new heroes soon; although their names and full skillsets have not yet been revealed, they are going to be fun to use!
In addition, the orchestra was nice to hear!

4. OG Rewrites History, Defeats TNC

While many have looked up towards TNC being able to finish in the top eight this year, their unfortunate defeat in their upper bracket series against LGD.FY have ensured that they will meet OG in the lower bracket.

There, OG crushed the dreams and hopes of thousands of Filipinos who were rooting for their team as they dismantled the Filipino side after taking more than an hour of play to play both maps.

Still, TNC goes back to the Philippines with an enormous prize pool of $369,211 (~P18.83 million) and the love and affection of their fans all over the world, for their heroic run in one of the world’s largest esports tournaments.

5. Pudge Wins the Arcana Wars

Yes, you’ve read it right: Pudge won against an array of candidates such as Invoker, Rubick and a ton of other heroes.

Get ready to see a lot of Pudge pickers as soon as the Arcana chest is released!

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There you have it!

We hope you enjoyed our quick rundown on the things that made this year’s International unique!


Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.

Formerly the lead FPS writer for eSports by INQUIRER.

People say he loves fruit juice :)