October 28, 2023
The match between Team Liquid and Gaimin Gladiators at The International 12 was highly anticipated and watched by many. Team Liquid fans were hoping for a redemption story, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be.
Gaimin Gladiators have consistently proven to be a formidable opponent for Team Liquid throughout the year. This match was no exception, as GG showcased their dominance once again. Their victory over Liquid will undoubtedly fuel their motivation for the upcoming season.
In the first game, Team Liquid displayed their skill and resilience. Despite initially falling behind in kills, Micke's Luna remained a force to be reckoned with, securing the top farm throughout the game. A pivotal fight at the Dire Rosh pit turned the tide in Liquid's favor, leading them to a victory in game one.
However, Gaimin Gladiators bounced back in the second game. Ace's Lone Druid pick, combined with a Harpoon and Radiance build on the bear, proved to be too much for Liquid to handle. This showcased why Gaimin Gladiators deserved their high rankings at TI 12.
Game three was a desperate situation for Liquid, as Zai's Centaur struggled against Dyrachyo's Weaver. By the 20-minute mark, it was clear that the game was heavily in favor of Gaimin Gladiators.
Although it was a disappointing end to the year for Team Liquid, they are not a bad team. While a roster shuffle may be a possibility, it is important to acknowledge their consistent performance throughout the season. They have played exceptionally well, just falling short of being the best. As the next season approaches, Liquid will have the opportunity to reset and come back stronger.
This may be the end of Team Liquid's journey at The International 12, but it is certainly not the end of their presence in the Dota 2 scene. Fans can expect to see more from this talented team in the future.
Haruki Nakamura, affectionately termed "DataSensei" within the Esports universe, is EsportRanker's resident data wizard. Seamlessly merging his love for Esports with his knack for research, he provides insights and analysis that propel the industry forward.