Shanghai Major: MVP wins Group A

Dota 2 Ben “PineappleCake” Tan

In less than an hour, MVP.Phoenix defeats Secret 2-0 for a spot in the upper bracket at the main event.

Upper Bracket

Round 2 - Best of 3

Lower Bracket

Round 1 - Best of 3

Round 2 - Best of 3


Best of 1


Game 1:

Sticking with what they are comfortable with, MVP.Phoenix drafted a Phantom Lancer, Nature's Prophet and Earth Spirit, allowing them to gank early and quickly push. As the game began, Secret and MVP clashed in an attempt to secure the bottom bounty rune, resulting in Secret's Invoker giving up first blood to MVP's PL. This gave MVP's mid PL an advantage over Invoker and allowed Earth Spirit to easily gank mid successfully; making use of this opportunity to kill Invoker twice and also finding the opportunity to kill Beast Master twice. MVP quickly snowballed, achieving a 10-1 kill score and a mega kill streak on PL by ten minutes. Without leaving any space for their opposition to react, MVP pushed multiple towers, took Rosh and decimated Secret's base at the 18 minute mark.

Game 2:

Once again, a minute zero bounty rune conflict occurred. This time though Secret claimed the first blood at the cost of two deaths. Despite coming out of the pre-laning stage engagement even, things quickly went sour for Secret as MVP's Bounty Hunter managed to snipe their courier twice and get multiple ganks on Secret heroes. After obtaining some levels, MVP's Nature's Prophet joined in the ganking, forcing Secret's heroes to lose experience and farm. Capitalising on Secret's supports, that were weak at tower defending, and low leveled cores MVP quickly took the majority of the outer towers and pushed through the top barracks after picking off the opposing Tiny. Things went further downhill from there and eventually Secret gave in.


Will MVP continue their domination at the main event?

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Ben “PineappleCake” Tan
Inactive editor for Gosugamers Dota2 and an osu! Standard lover. Contact me via a message on Gosugamers or email to [email protected]


  • Jep Jep "backerking" DA ,
  • Hassan "Imnotgonnawin" Jamal ,
    No one expected this but that was clearly a tier1 performance :)
  • Andreé "akguerram" Guerra ,
    What a play!! grats tu MVP, i really hope still playing soo good !
  • Nathan Brenn Jr. "nathanjr12" Plazos ,
    This is almost the same as what was happening to CDEC pre T.I 5 and during T.I 5 as well. I believe they will continue their performance. Though, I hope this is not happening because of the patch favoring them like CDEC. I really hope it's because of great improvement.
  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    We saw it last Majors and this one again.Teams underestimate teams.They pay the price.Wp MVP hope they meet EG upper bracket would love to see how the drafts go...TS are the only team that really deserved to lose.Puppeh's drafts so predictable i wouldve love to ee w33 on something else than Invoker. If they took like a Mid silencer or something that wouldve surprised the enemy :D
  • E "drinkwater" mil ,
    Amazing MVP.Phoenix Amazing. Also EE weak against korean kappa
  • amirul "amrlsyfq" syafiq ,
    the rise of the korean overlord
  • Lan "xedeluxe" Xday ,
    mvp draft + playstyle is completely amazing today..
  • John "BluesBoy" Do ,
    Where you got that strategy from x2 I got it from my daddy x2
  • slim "HitmanFLUFFY" shady ,
    MVP had a hard time finding scrims, other team don't want to practice with them cause they thaught it would be useless now it backfired. They dont know what to ban and how to play against MVP!!! KARMA


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