Team Liquid have come a long way since last October. In that month, Liquid had failed to qualify for The Boston Major, the premier event of the fall season, despite revamping their roster in the aftermath of TI6. Since then, Liquid have slowly but surely climbed back up the Dota 2 ladder and have emerged as one of the best European teams currently playing, receiving an invite to The Kiev Major in the process.
While Liquid did not enact many changes in this recovery time, their most notable move was signing Maroun "GH" Merhej to the team. Having reached the highest MMR in Europe at one point, GH was originally brought on as a trial player in November, before fully joining the team in January.
"Team Liquid needed a support player and Mohamed (our manager) approached me and offered me a slot in their roster," GH told theScore esports. "I was taken in as a trial period at first, then got officially invited to the team and the rest is history."
Editor's note: This interview was conducted prior to the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017.
When GH joined Liquid on a trial basis, he assisted the team to their first LAN win in the post-TI6 shuffle, winning DreamLeague Season 6 in November. From there, GH and Liquid qualified for, and later won, StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3.
The team is currently competing at the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017 in Shanghai, China, which will be the last chance for Liquid to study their opponents and test out new strategies on patch 7.04 before the upcoming Major. For GH, who views OG, Evil Geniuses and "the Chinese monsters" as the biggest challenge for Liquid, he believes that Liquid's greatest strength lies in their team synergy, though it is still something he notes can be improved upon.
"Team Liquid is distinguished by their endurance, tenacity and most importantly by their synergy as a team," GH said. "They have some of the best core players and a great captain making them a team to be feared. I'm personally impressed by every player on the team on an individual level, the compatibility of our personalities makes it that much easier to play, and I'm very satisfied with our performance so far! In my opinion we could improve on our team synergy and communication skills."
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.