Liquid Decimates Shopify to Secure Top 3 Finish in Lima Major

Vignesh Raghuram
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Team Liquid secured a Top 3 finish at the Lima Major 2023 after beating Shopify Rebellion 2-0 in the upper bracket semifinals.
Team Liquid dominated in Game 1, while Game 2 was more even, but it made a comeback to secure the win.
Following its victory, Team Liquid is guaranteed at least $75,000 USD in prize money and 300 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points. Shopify Rebellion will have to fight through the Lower Brackets, starting with a match against Evil Geniuses.

Team Liquid with an excellent showing at the Lima Major 2023 upper bracket semifinals beat Shopify Rebellion 2-0 to secure a Top 3 finish and will now face Gaimin Gladiators for a spot in the Grand Finals. Liquid absolutely stomped the North American juggernauts in Game 1 and then made a massive comeback in Game 2 to secure this victory. Following this victory, Team Liquid is now guaranteed at least $75,000 USD in prize money and 300 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points. 

Team Liquid vs Shopify Rebellion: Match Recap and Highlights

Recap:

Game 1 saw Team Liquid get its hands on Lina for Michael "miCKe" Vu and used the overpowered hero to snowball to victory. Shopify Rebellion initially drew even in lanes, but once the mid-game started rolling Team Liquid had established an insurmountable lead and mowed down objectives with smart map movements. Artour “Arteezy” Babaev’s Marci was always fighting an uphill battle and eventually just couldn’t hold a candle to miCKe’s overwhelming damage on Lina.

Game 2 was a lot more even with Shopify Rebellion getting off to an early lead and taking control of the map thanks to Abed “Abed” Yusop’s near-flawless performance on Primal Beast. Abed was a terror across the map, killing off Liquid’s cores all across the map with measured aggression, save for one mistake. That one mistake cost them dearly with Team Liquid fully taking advantage of the situation and turning it around.

Team Liquid eventually went on to secure the 2-0 victory, pushing Shopify Rebellion down to the Lower Brackets.

To make it to the Grand Finals, Shopify Rebellion will now have to go through the Lower Brackets, starting with a match against Evil Geniuses on March 4 at 05:00 AM SGT. Evil Geniuses will have a massive advantage with the support of the home crowd, making it a tough challenge for the North American team. However, if Shopify Rebellion can demonstrate the same tenacity and skill displayed in their recent match, they have a strong chance of emerging victorious.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.