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Another MDL edition is in the history books and it marks the full comeback of Team Liquid, who’s been somewhat dormant during the first half of the competitive season.
“I am after a fairly long break, but it feels really good to be back with my team,” said Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi after he was handled the tournament MVP statute. Miracle-‘s run at MDL Macau 2019 was nothing but phenomenal. From the group stages to the grand finals, he was one of the most important factors in Team Liquid’s success. The European juggernauts placed first in the group stage to start the playoffs from the upper bracket, where they defeated Royal Never Give Up in the semi-finals and Evil Geniuses in the finals and the grand finals. EG were dropped into the lower bracket finals yesterday but managed to make a comeback in a commendable fashion by eliminating Virtus.pro. However, Team Liquid’s dominant performance continued today and game one in the grand finals was a total stomp that lasted just 23 minutes, in which Miracle- ran the show on a safe lane Phantom Assassin. While EG had Artour “Arteezy” Babaev on Pangolier, struggling from the laning stage to the end of the game, Miracle- was enabled by his entire team and managed to find the farm for a 22 minute full Satanic on top of Battle Fury and Desolator to finish the game with a 19-0-6 K/D/A.
I love kuro
— Miracle- (@NigmaMiracle) February 24, 2019
Game two went down even faster. Liquid sealed the deal in just 20 minutes to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five grand finals on the back of another strong performance from their star player. However, they weren’t allowed to score a clean sweep in the grand finals. EG bounced back in game three with a fast pushing line-up and Arteezy on PA, who just 11 minutes into the game was hitting Liquid’s Tier three tower in the top lane. EG’s Chen-Enigma- Kunkka line-up pushed Liquid to a game four, where EG were most probably looking to secure more of the same draft. They opened the pick phase with Chen and PA which prompted the master drafter Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi to ban them the Enigma while securing for his team Troll Warlord and Magnus. Miracle played the Troll in the safe lane while Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen went mid with Lone Druid. Team Liquid held the networth advantage for the entire game and kept the pressure high with the Troll constantly hitting EG towers to end the grand finals with a 3-1 victory.
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) February 24, 2019
Both Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses will meet again rather soon, at the DreamLeague Season 11, the Stockholm Major, which will be Team Liquid’s first Dota Pro Circuit event played in the full formula. Liquid missed the first Major of the season and last month had to play in the Chongqing Major with a stand in after Miracle- was unable to make it to the event due to a personal issue.