October 28, 2023
It's time for another exciting matchup between Team Liquid and Gaimin Gladiators in Dota 2. These two teams have faced each other multiple times in the past year, but what's surprising this time is that they are both in the lower bracket. This means that only one of them can make it to the Grand Finals, adding even more pressure to their final fight.
Throughout the year, Team Liquid and Gaimin Gladiators have met in the Grand Finals on four different occasions - in Lima, Berlin, Bali, and at DreamLeague Season 19. Unfortunately for Liquid, they have always come up short against GG. Now, at TI12, the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, both teams have everything on the line.
Looking at their match history, it's been a disappointing read for Liquid fans. It all started at the Lima Major, where Liquid faced a setback when one of their players, Boxi, fell ill and had to leave the tournament. This forced Liquid's coach to step in, putting them at a significant disadvantage. From that point on, GG continued to defeat Liquid at every Major and DreamLeague event, except for the Riyadh Masters 2023 where Liquid's elimination was due to Talon Esports.
As we make our predictions for today's match between Team Liquid and Gaimin Gladiators, it's a battle between head and heart. Team Liquid has come so close to victory multiple times this year and they truly deserve redemption. However, it's important to acknowledge that Gaimin Gladiators have had an exceptional year, breaking records along the way. A TI win would be the perfect ending to their successful run.
Our prediction is that Gaimin Gladiators will come out on top in another closely contested series. We anticipate a 2-1 scoreline. Despite a slight dip in form recently, GG remains one of the best teams in the world for a reason. Dyrachyo's consistent carries and their ability to adapt to the meta, even with unconventional drafts, make them a formidable opponent. Regardless of the outcome, fans can expect an intense and thrilling battle.
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.