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We still have a long way to go and I am very aware of that. Still, even though we can't say that we're out of trouble, things are improving. We are playing better Dota than we have in quite some time. With several close series and some wins against top teams there is a notable improvement in our play. Some of those hard fought games were won in part thanks to DeMoN playing a phenomenal Sand King and Dazzle.
He doesn't only bring the ability to play well, but he also brings an the ability to make others play better. Atmosphere is so extremely important within a team and the past couple of months have been really hard on our players. If you don't truly believe in what you are trying to achieve it is impossible to make it happen, and sometimes it was hard to see how to get there. That is the big change.
Perhaps the strongest motivator he brought with him is his #commitment to this team. DeMoN was on the verge of accepting a stable casting opportunity when we were looking for a trial of our fifth player. It was a deadline he could not get out of. Despite the uncertainty of a trial versus the stability of casting he declined the casting job and committed to the trial in a big way. A move like that inspires confidence and with it comes the belief that we can turn this around. As far as I'm concerned he needs this team and we need him.
DeMoN is someone who can motivate others and kick it into the next gear when it is needed, and with that he is a more than welcome addition to this team. If roughly a month or so ago you would have told me this were to happen I would not have believed you. Today, it makes a lot of sense. Welcome Liquid`DeMoN!