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Team Secret are the DreamLeague Season 8 Major Champions

Posted by Andreea "divushka" Esanu at 03 December 2017 19:41


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Extremely versatile and incredibly skilled, both Team Secret and Team Liquid delivered a Major grand final hard to forget.

Team Secret’s run in the DreamLeague Season 8 Major will not be forgotten anytime soon.  Reaching the grand finals by dropping just one game the entire tournament, the best-of-five grand finals was an impressive display of dominance over The International 7, the SL i-League Invitational Season 3 and the DotaPit Season 6 Minors Champions. The DreamLeague grand final was, in fact, a rematch of the upper bracket final but despite Liquid’s thirst for revenge, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov out-drafted Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi three times in a row to place his team at the top of the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.

Game One:

vs
Team Secret lineup

The Dire

YapzOr Elder Titan Elder Titan
Puppey Disruptor Disruptor
FATA- Tidehunter Tidehunter
Ace. Weaver Weaver
MidOne Kunkka Kunkka
Bans:
Earth Spirit Omniknight Tiny Slardar Earthshaker Ursa Warrior
Team Liquid lineup

The Radiant

Shadow Demon Shadow Demon KuroKy-
Lone Druid Lone Druid Matumbaman
Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Light GH
Nyx Assassin Nyx Assassin MinD_ContRoL
Gyrocopter Gyrocopter Miracle-
Bans:
Sand King Bounty Hunter Bane Lifestealer Brewmaster Shadow Fiend

The series kicked off with 72 minutes long game, where Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat had an absolutely stunning performance on Elder Titan. The early laning stage went terrible for Secret’s carry Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard who found it extremely hard to farm or to stay alive even, against Liquid’s Nyx Assasin – Keeper of the Light mana burn duo. However, while he was losing the lane and Nyx was happily walking around with a five minutes Hand of Midas, Secret’s Yapzor won the other two lanes and kept his team in the game with 100 % kill participation at the 10 minutes mark. Secret managed to team wipe Liquid for the first time at the 20 minute mark, and despite getting overrun, and losing the entire map control, the TI7 Champions had Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen on lone Druid to ensure that a rat strategy would take the game to very late stages.

Matumba’s super farmed Lone Druid kept Liquid in the gold lead even when the scoreboard was 30 to 9 in Secret’s favor. With Aghanim's Scepter on him as well as on Maroun "GH" Merhej KotL, Liquid had both the push and anti-push power to hold onto their base up to 72 minutes. What they didn’t have was a real answer to a core Kunkka of Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng who became a killing machine with a Divine Rapier in his inventory.

Game Two:

vs
Team Secret lineup

The Radiant

YapzOr Sand King Sand King
Ace. Lone Druid Lone Druid
Puppey Ancient Apparition Ancient Apparition
FATA- Tidehunter Tidehunter
MidOne Arc Warden Arc Warden
Bans:
Earth Spirit Tiny Omniknight Slardar Batrider Brewmaster
Team Liquid lineup

The Dire

Winter Wyvern Winter Wyvern KuroKy-
Lifestealer Lifestealer Matumbaman
Night Stalker Night Stalker GH
Tinker Tinker Miracle-
Phoenix Phoenix MinD_ContRoL
Bans:
Bounty Hunter Bane Elder Titan Chen Razor Viper

Team Liquid opened the game two draft with a ban on Elder Titan and denied two of Puppey supports as well while trying to line-up a Tinker split push strategy as Secret were the first to get their hands on Lone Druid this time around. The early to mid-stage game time went fairly even, both teams trading kills everywhere. However, Secret had a more powerful teamfight combo with Adrian "Fata" Trinks on Tidehunter and MidOne on Arc Warden.

With both Lone Druid and Tinker splitting up the map, game two went close to 70 minutes as well, however the Ace Lone Druid made the difference as he took down all the three lanes of barracks with his Aghanim's Bear while Liquid found it impossible to push the high ground against a Refresher Orb plus Refresher Shard Tidehunter.

Game Three:

vs
Team Secret lineup

The Radiant

YapzOr Rubick Rubick
MidOne Razor Razor
Puppey Bane Bane
FATA- Underlord Underlord
Ace. Troll Warlord Troll Warlord
Bans:
Earth Spirit Tiny Slardar Morphling Gyrocopter Sniper
Team Liquid lineup

The Dire

Omniknight Omniknight Matumbaman
Vengeful Spirit Vengeful Spirit GH
Undying Undying KuroKy-
Nature's Prophet Nature's Prophet MinD_ContRoL
Drow Ranger Drow Ranger Miracle-
Bans:
Elder Titan Bounty Hunter Lone Druid Ancient Apparition Brewmaster Meepo

One game away from a Major title, Team Secret came prepared with something completely different for the third game of the series and surprised Liquid with a last pick Troll Warlord into a Pit Lord. Team Liquid, had a game plan of their own with a Draw ranger strategy but they started the game with an aggressive trilane that proved to be a total loss as Puppey had Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barqawi’s farm under control with his Enfeeble-Bane spell. At the same time, Fata had an explosive start of the match with two solo kills in his offlane and a 12 minute completed Crimson Guard. Liquid had no real magic damage and their right clicks were easily soaked by Fata’s incredible early Crimson, which allowed Team Secret to push the high ground only 17 minutes into the game and sweep Liquid 3-0 in the DreamLeague Season 8 Major.

1st place: Europe Team Secret - $500,000 + 750 DPC Points
2nd place: Europe Team Liquid - $200,000 + 450 DPC Points
3rd place: United States Evil Geniuses - $100,000 + 225 DPC Points
4th place: Ukraine Natus Vincere - $70,000 + 75 DPC Points
5th-6th place: Russia Virtus.pro / China Newbee - $45,000
7th-8th place: Peru Infamous / Malaysia Fnatic -  $20,000

Upper Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Virtus.Pro
2
Na`Vi
1
Liquid
2
Fnatic
0
Secret
2
EG
0
Newbee
2
Infamous
0

Round 2

BO3
Virtus.Pro
1
Liquid
2
Secret
2
Newbee
0

Round 3

BO3
Liquid
1
Secret
2

Lower Bracket

Round 1

BO3
Na`Vi
2
Fnatic
1
EG
2
Infamous
0

Round 2

BO3
Newbee
1
Na`Vi
2
Virtus.Pro
0
EG
2

Round 3

BO3
Na`Vi
0
EG
2

Round 4

BO3
Liquid
2
EG
0

Final

BO5
Secret
3
Liquid
0

 

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