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Emphatic performance secures team LAN slot
September 27, 2018
Miracle was his usual self as Liquid secure their slot at DreamLeague Season 10. The star player finished with a KDA of 37/5/18.
ANALYSIS
Miracle had a clean game on his Drow Ranger despite bringing it to the harder lane. His smart positioning throughout the game allowed him to only die two times, an impressive statline on an easy-to-kill hero. Miracle also managed a solid 11 kills in Game 1. In Game 2, he was even more explosive on the recently nerfed Weaver. He could do no wrong across the map as he racked up the game highs in gold per minute, kills, hero damage, and building damage.
Shows off his flexibility
September 27, 2018
Mind_Control stepped it up for Liquid as they secure their Minor slot at the DreamLeague Season 10. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 14/9/32.
ANALYSIS
Mind_Control kicked off the series with Venomancer in the mid lane. The laning adjustment worked perfectly for Liquid as he schooled Fey's Bloodseeker. He was always pressuring the towers of MangoBay which created so much space for Liquid to work with. In Game 2, he was on offlane Drow Ranger. He struggled early on but he bounced in the mid game as he cut down on his deaths and was just reading the map well.
Secures Minor slot
September 27, 2018
Kuroky was a mastermind tactician for Liquid as they booked their slots at the DreamLeague Qualifiers. The captain finished with a KDA of 4/9/42.
ANALYSIS
Kuroky played Earthshaker in Game 1 of the series. His rotations helped Liquid win their lanes with his pinpoint Fissures. His Blink Dagger was on the slow side at 20 minutes but it didn't really affect Liquid's stomp. In Game 2, he switched it up to Enigma as a deny pick for bOne7. He still managed to play a good game despite a greedier than usual Hard Support hero. His eight deaths were unfortunate, but his Black Hole threat really unnerved MangoBay.
Lovely play on nerfed heroes
September 27, 2018
Gh easily controlled the tempo for Liquid as they crush MangoBay in the DreamLeague Qualifiers. The flashy support finished with a KDA of 16/6/34.
ANALYSIS
Gh played the nerfed Dark Willow in the opener like a boss. His rotations early won each and every lane for Liquid. As the mid game rolled in, Gh even managed to bag a few solo kills on the MangoBay cores. In Game 2, Gh shifted to Windrunner with similar results. He won the lanes hard and his Shackle Shots were highlight-reel worthy.
Can't qualify for his first LAN
September 27, 2018
Garter was the best performing player for MangoBay in their lost against Liquid. The Albanian star finished with a KDA of 12/11/15.
ANALYSIS
Garter's opening match with Pugna left a lot to be desired. He struggled against Miracle's Drow Ranger early on. He didn't get a lot of farm early and only had a Eul's Scepter of Divinity at the 16-minute mark. Garter still managed to deal the highest hero damage for his team (16,000) despite the rough opener. In Game 2, Garter stepped it up with his Lina. He won his lane in a big way against Rmn's Pugna. Garter was crisp in his rotations and was involved in 21 of his team's 30 kills.
Struggles heavily against Liquid
September 27, 2018
Fey couldn't keep up with Liquid in their loss at the DreamLeague Qualifiers. The carry player finished with a KDA of 9/19/18.
ANALYSIS
Fey kicked off the series in the worst way possible with his mid Bloodseeker. He had an unfavorable matchup against Mind_Control's Venomancer. His catch-up decision making was questionable as he couldn't read his power levels properly after farming the jungle as he kept dying whenever he tried to make a play. In Game 2, his Spectre was only slightly better. His 20-minute Manta Style allowed him to participate in fights often, but his decision to skip the Blade Mail was an odd choice.
Hit-or-miss performance from the veteran
September 27, 2018
bOne7 had a few flashes of brilliance for MangoBay in their DreamLeague Qualifier match against Liquid. The veteran finished with a KDA of 13/14/14.
ANALYSIS
bOne7's Enigma in the opening series had a lovely early game performance. He dominated Rmn's Visage with 43 denies. But in the mid game, bOne7 couldn't keep up as his Black Holes lacked the oomph as he delayed his Blink Dagger way too long. In Game 2, had another respectable showing on his safe lane Mirana. He farmed a quick Maelstrom and controlled the pace for MangoBay. However, a few key deaths in the late game destroyed MangoBay's chances of qualifying to the LAN final.
Decent series for rookie support despite loss
September 26, 2018
Peksu finished with an overall KDA of 14/22/43 in a 1-2 loss to Liquid in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
Peksu played Silencer in Game 1, getting heavily focused by Liquid because of the power of his Global Silence. He did his best to position out of Liquid's reach, but Silencer is a very immobile and fragile support, making him and easy kill for Liquid's cores as the game went on. He finished with a 2/8/9 KDA. Peksu played Silencer again in Game 2 but got to enjoy being on the winning side this time. Global Silence was especially effective this game, with all of Liquid's heroes relying on spells in some way to get their damage out. He finished with an 8/6/27 KDA. In Game 3 Pesku played a good Treant Protector despite a one-sided loss. He made some nice plays in lane and pulled off a very cheeky Roshan and Aegis steal to keep Lithium in things a bit longer. He finished with a 4/8/7 KDA.
Comes close to second win against Liquid
September 26, 2018
Maybe Next Time finished a tough 1-2 loss to Liquid in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers with an overall KDA of 13/24/32.
ANALYSIS
MNT had a rough time on support Lina in Game 1. After losing out on the early game, Lithium was forced on the defensive which left MNT without many opportunities to try and make plays. He quickly became and easy kill for the Liquid cores as is often the fate of supports in a losing game. He finished with a 4/8/5 KDA. In Game 2 MNT played support Tiny, once again opting for a more greedy but high damage support. This time it paid off, with MNT able to find some nice early kills and get the levels and items he needed to actually participate in fights. He finished with a 9/8/19 KDA. In Game 3 MNT got shut down on Phoenix. The one time he managed to get his Supernova stun off Lithium did win a big fight, but that was the only time things went well for MNT and his teammates. He finished with a 0/8/8 KDA.
Flashy Game 2 Dark Seer not enough to shake Liquid
September 26, 2018
KheZu finished with an overall KDA of 8/11/45 in a 1-2 loss to Liquid in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 KheZu played Magnus and had a very difficult time. Liquid did an excellent job playing around his Reverse Polarity, never giving KheZu the opportunity to bring the game back with a huge play in a teamfight. He finished with a 1/2/5 KDA. KheZu struck back in Game 2 with a great Dark Seer performance. He made some extremely impressive plays with Vacuum and Wall of Replica, showing off why he's one of the only off-laners willing to pick the hero. He finished with a 5/2/31 KDA. In Game 3 KheZu struggled to find openings in Liquid with his Centaur Warrunner. Whoever KheZu initiated a fight on would just get saved with a cold embrace, leaving KheZu stranded behind enemy lines. He finished with a 2/7/9 KDA.
Boom-or-bust series
September 26, 2018
MagE had one great game in a 1-2 loss to Liquid in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 24/20/19.
ANALYSIS
MagE had a rough Ember Spirit game to start the series. He dealt the most damage of any hero in the match, but could never seem to finish off any important kills in fights when Lithium needed it the most. He tried to fall back on mass physical damage in the late game, but Liquid was able to end things before he got close to a comeback. Mage finished with a 5/5/5 KDA. MagE came roaring back on Tinker in Game 2. He had a tough start but still finished 13-minute Boots of Travel, and from there it was easy for him to move around the map applying pressure and getting farm. He went for a Dagon build, focusing on bursting down Liquid before they could use any abilities. He finished with a 16/5/12. In Game 3 MagE's Storm Spirit got thrashed by Liquid. Whenever he tried to get into a fight he just got chain disabled and Mana Burned by gh's Nyx Assassin. MagE finished with a 3/10/2 KDA.
One-trick pony not enough to take on Liquid
September 26, 2018
Madara played Weaver in all three games of a 1-2 loss to Liquid in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers. He finished with a 29/13/34 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Madara struggled in Game 1 to find the kills that Lithium needed in the late game. Madara was very slippery all game, but could never close the gap and finish off Miracle's Shadow Fiend in fights. He finished with a 4/4/7 KDA. Madara bounced back and showed off the power of his Weaver in Game 2. His mobility was much more effective this game; as long as he avoided Echo Slam, Madara was good to go. He moved around easily in fights, finding quick kills on Liquid's fragile heroes. He finished with an 11/2/21 KDA. Game 3 was another rough one for Madara. He was helpless against Kuroky's Winter Wyvern, both Cold Embrace and Winter's Curse completely shut down Madara's gameplan of skittering around fights picking targets off. He finished with a 4/7/6 KDA.
Captains Liquid to much-needed win
September 26, 2018
Kuroky lead Liquid to a 2-1 win over Lithium in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers. He finished with a 7/24/36 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Kuroky put major pressure on Lithium in Game 1 on Chen. The pressure he put on the map in the early game was too much to handle, and lead to a very large Liquid lead. Kuroky pushed that early advantage all game, never giving Lithium the space to catch up. He finished with a 1/6/12 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky got destroyed on Witch Doctor. Nothing seemed to be going his way as he died over and over again to anyone on Lithium without getting to use his spells well. He finished with a 2/16/8 KDA. Kuroky played an amazing Winter Wyvern in Game 3. His saves with Cold Embrace were absolutely backbreaking for Lithium, undoing massive amounts of work and letting Liquid reset fights with ease. Kuroky finished with a 4/2/16 KDA.
Dreamleague Minor hopes kept alive
September 26, 2018
gh finished with an overall KDA of 10/12/39 in a 2-1 win over Lithium in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
gh was extremely impactful in Game 1. His stuns and spacing abilities allowed Liquid to approach towers in the early game, taking fights and following them up with a powerful pushing lineup. gh was able to use this lead to finish a 13-minute Blink Dagger, making things extremely difficult for Lithium. He finished with a 3/2/11 KDA. Game 2 went poorly for gh in almost every way. His Blink Dagger came four minutes later and Liquid was already behind, so his grand reveal wasn't as impactful as he wanted. Lithium's mobility also made it difficult for gh to have much impact. He finished with a 1/7/12 KDA. In Game 3 gh played a great Nyx Assassin. His primary objective was to shut down MagE's Storm Spirit and gh accomplished it with gusto. He was always in position to Mana Burn and stun MagE, punishing him for using his mobility. gh finished with a 6/3/16 KDA.
Comes back after brutal Game 2
September 26, 2018
Mind_Control played a solid series overall in Liquid's 2-1 win in the Dreamleague Season 10 Qualifiers, finishing with a 21/17/37.
ANALYSIS
Mind_Control put the pressure on in Game 1 with his Nature's Prophet. He made excellent use of the hero's mobility, moving around the map early with Kurokyky's Chen to take a quick lead for Liquid that they were able to snowball into a dominant victory. Mind_Control finished with a 10/6/9 KDA, leading the match in both kills and overall kill participation. In Game 2 Mind_Control's Nature's Prophet was very well handled by Lithium. They shut down a lot of his attempts at kills and he quickly became and easy kill. He finished with a 5/10/10 KDA. In Game 3 Mind_Control took Dragon Knight to the middle lane with great results. He played very well against MagE's Storm Spirit in lane, showing off Mind_Control's prowess as an overall Dota player. Mind_Control continued to play very well all game, pressing his advantage into a win. He finished with a 6/1/18 KDA.