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After not qualifying for the next Minor or Major in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, Na’Vi were not looking like a team that anyone would be worried about, especially after they came through a closed qualifier to the Winter Clash. But surprisingly, they took down Virtus.pro in the Group Stage before eliminating PSG.LGD earlier today, as they marched into the grand finals and were hoping to prove to the world that they were back. To do so, their challenger in the final was Team Liquid, who one game up due to winning the Upper Bracket finals – Na’Vi had everything to gain and nothing to lose.

After 3 days of entertainment at Crocus Expo, Moscow, the Grand Finals were set and the 2 teams were ready to fight for their share of the $300,000 prize pool. The crowd was split, with thousands of Liquid fans and just as many Na’Vi chants ringing through the arena. Hot off their victory over LGD, Na’Vi took the first game to Liquid’s doorstep – but counter-plays from the ex-TI victors with a Phantom Lancer from Amer ‘Miracle’ Al-Barkawi was too much to handle and they faced a huge uphill battle to win 3 games in a row.

Na’Vi tried everything they could to take the next game of the series, but even with a “cheese” pick of Meepo and a Huskar too coming out from Liquid, the home team could not stand up to their opponents. Na’Vi showed extremely great form throughout the tournament and in this series too, playing well around their opponents but unfortunately falling short in the Grand Finals – but maybe this is the start of their return to form. For Team Liquid, they have not had much on their calendar as of late but with their Chongqing Major spot secured, they are definitely looking like hot favourites to get back to the top of the Dota 2 World.

The final standings for the MegaFon Winter Clash are:

First Place: Team Liquid
Second Place: Natus Vincere
Third Place: PSG.LGD
Fourth Place: Team Secret
Fifth/Sixth Place: Forward Gaming/Virtus.pro

It has been a busy weekend in the Dota 2 world with this event as well as the Dota 2 Pro Series in Melbourne, Australia AND the ESL One Katowice 2019 qualifiers too. The qualifiers are still underway but you can find out exactly how the Pro Series ended here. With their MegaFon Winter Clash victory, Team Liquid, once again, seem to be returning to the top of the form, not dropping a single game throughout the event and seemingly ready to fight in the DPC.


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