The WCA 2015 Grand Finals concluded, giving Alliance their first championship title in one and a half years. The Swedish team bested LGD Gaming in the best-of-five Grand Finals to place their mark on the international scene once again. Team Liquid defeated Wings Gaming, 3:0, to take the third place.
— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) December 20, 2015
Team Liquid convincingly seized third place from the upcoming Wings Gaming team. The Europeans had an incredible run at the event, placing in the first position of their group phase and fighting to grab the third place spot. Their individual talent have always been noticeable in their play, but the synergy between the players and the coordination has improved drastically as of late. The growth makes Team Liquid now a top contender for any tournament and an opponent to be wary of. This is the third top 3 placement for the team in approximately six weeks.
Forcing a five game Grand Finals, Rat Dota prevailed as Alliance was able to seize the final game victory and their first championship title in 1.5 years. Bring back the TI3 championship roster, Alliance is already proving they are back.
The WCA 2015 LAN groupstage started out two days with groups C and D debuting the new 6.86 patch. Teams had adapted to the changes and immediately started adding in new heroes and strategies.
The second day started out business as usual. Things started to get interesting as Team Secret were eliminated from the event much earlier than expected. Then only hours before the event, Newbee forfeit their matches and resulted in a three way race for Group B.
Yesterday proved to be quite exciting as Alliance eliminated CDEC, showing their new roster has renewed a past synergy and cohesion. Wings Gaming has continued to emerge as the dark horse and push forward to the finals with determination. Team Liquid has been looking strong with many of their favorite heroes receiving extra attention and play time in the new patch. In the end LGD gaming and Alliance were the two to head into the Grand Finals.
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WCA 2015 Grand Finals third place decider
Team Liquid easily took a 3:0 victory over Wings Gaming to seize third place. The European team didn’t seem to have much problem shutting down the rising Chinese team. All three of the matches were each under 29 minutes an heavily one sided. The first game in series lasted only 15 minutes with a devastating score of 24:4, giving Team Liquid shot of confidence. The second and third games were a bit longer at 26 and 29 minutes respectively, with the last game being a bit more even through the mid game.
Team Liquid grabbed a commendable 4th place at the Nanyang Championships LAN and fifth place at The Summit 4. They seized the title in D2CL Season 6 and in The Defense 5, demonstrating their incredibly strong will and talent to thrive in the international scene.
WCA 2015 Grand Finals
Alliance didn’t seem to have too much trouble grabbing wins against LGD Gaming. The first two games went in favor of the Swedes with what seemed to be little effort. They easily rolled over LGD, with Jonathan “Loda” Berg looking on point with Naga and then Bristle Back.
Not to be outdone, LGD grabbed the third game from Alliance just as easy as they had given away the first two. With Loda not getting the farm he needed and Liu “Sylar” Jiajun’s Gyrocopter outfarming everyone, LGD were ahead with minimal threat. Lu “Maybe” Yao’s stellar Dragon Knight propelled the team to victory. Giving up only two kills to Alliance in the fourth game, LGD crushed the Swedes in only 22 minutes to tie the series up and force a five game Grand Finals.
The last game to decide the WCA 2015 champions started out much closer with Alliance eventually taking the advantage in both experience and gold. Exercising their infamous “Rat Dota” pushing power, Alliance went full force towards their end objective. Alliance become the championship team defeating LGD 3:2.
Alliance recreated the lineup which brought them the Aegis of Champions at The International 3, by bidding welcome to former teammate and longtime friend, Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist. Alliance recently had renewed success with their previous roster, qualifying for the Frankfurt Major where they placed 9th overall. They seized 4th place at DreamLeague Season 4, went undefeated in their StarLadder i-League group stage, and topped their group in The Defense 5, leading to a third place at the LAN finals.