Team Liquid has emerged as the European qualifier for the 2017 Dota 2 Asia Championships, defeating B)ears 2-0 in just under an hour total. Liquid will travel to Shanghai to compete in the premier March 28 - April 4.
The European qualifiers for DAC 2017 were arguably the most stacked of any region, pitting former titans of the scene against newly formed but promising lineups. This conflict was personified in the grand finals, where B)ears' competitive Dota debut saw the team matched up against a resurgent Team Liquid, a squad that had been conspicuously absent from the Boston Major after falling to Virtus.Pro.
Though topping both their respective groups, Liquid seemed to have B)ears' number; the squad knocked B)ears out of the winner's finals. Game 1's draft threw a few curveballs in a flexible Weaver pick and surprise Spirit Breaker, both of which garnered great results alongside Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi's Invoker. B)ears fought to hold back the advance of Liquid early thanks to a few kills for the team's aggressive safe-lane trio, but at 15 minutes B)ears found itself on the wrong side of the net worth totals. At 31 minutes, Liquid secured the victory and took the advantage in the series.
A Lone Druid snuck through the draft for B)ears in game two, a pick that has recently been regularly banned in the first round. In response, Liquid quietly snuck through another Invoker for Al-Barkawi, and then drafted a Necrophos hard carry for Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen. Both had purchased a Hand of Midas by 10 minutes, and the gold gain soon dwarfed B)ears, exacerbated by a few early deaths for core Feras "Feero" Hroob. After several almost-full-team wipes, it became clear B)ears would not surmount the deficit, and a "GG" at 28 minutes ended the series 2-0 for Team Liquid.
Team Liquid will join 11 other squads in Shanghai, China to compete in DAC 2017, with the main event kicking off April 1.