Team Liquid has defended their Epicenter title in a convincing 3-1 victory over Evil Geniuses. The Europeans almost faced elimination in the group stage, but managed to squeeze into the playoffs thanks to Team Secret. In the playoffs, Liquid took out home favorites Virtus.pro 2-1 and Chinese newcomers LFY before advancing to the finals. Epicenter is Team Liquid's second LAN victory in the post-Kiev season, following their victory at StarLadder i-League Invitational 2.
Detailed match analysis of Liquid's victory can be found here.
Following the conclusion of the Epicenter grand finals, Valve immediately released a new balance patch. Epicenter showcased a variety of hero strengths that needed to be addressed. Bristleback, Crystal Maiden and Treant Protector were among the top picks and received several nerfs to be dealt with.The patch notes can be found here.
Today, Valve released the Immortals Treasure chest II. Chaos Knight, Treant Protector, Pudge, Elder Titan, Bloodseeker, Lina, Keeper of the Light (rare) and Necrophos (ultra rare) all receive an immortal. In addition to the rare drops, there is also a very rare drop which awards the player a "Golden Immortal Treasure Chest". The chest drops golden versions of the Pudge, Chaos Knight and Lina immortals.A detailed breakdown of the available items can be found here.
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