The Post-TI Shuffle begins: Team Secret parts ways with KheZu and MP

Dota 2 Muhammad “TheHague” Ammar

After an unsatisfactory performance at The International 2017, where they placed 9th/12th, Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann and Noa 'MP' Pyo have kicked off the post-TI reshuffle by stepping down from Team Secret.

Losing to Team Liquid in the second round of the Lower Bracket at the Main Stage, Team Secret didn't look pleased with their performance at The International 2017 and have decided to undergo a couple of changes to their roster, a move many were already anticipating. The first member to depart is safelaner Noa 'MP' Pyo, who had joined Team Secret along with former MVP Phoenix teammate and Korean comrade Lee 'Forev' Sang-don in last year's post TI shuffle. The second one looks to be Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann, who joined Team Secret as a replacement for ForeV after they failed to qualify for the Boston Major.

Acing the European Qualifiers of the International 2017 where they secured first place, Team Secret looked very strong going into the tournament, especially after the addition of Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat to their playing roster. While they couldn't do very well at DreamLeague, owing to a long break prior to it according to KheZu, but many fans still had high hopes for them at TI 7. Fast forward to the Group Stage, Team Secret were unable to perform well and were placed in the Lower Bracket at the Main Stage as a result. Fortunately for them, their Bo1 matchup was against the South-east Asian Execration, who had emerged quite weak from the Group Stage, barely qualifying for the Main Stage. While the first round of the Lower Bracket was a quick win, Team Secret met Team Liquid (who had lost to Invictus Gaming in the Upper Bracket) in the second round, and the series, unfortunately, ended 2-1 for them, crushing their hopes of advancing further in the tournament, while Team Liquid made a miraculous run through the Lower Bracket to later claim the Aegis of Champions.

 Thank you everyone, I do not know what the future holds, but, I can say that I'm so ready. I've always been motivated but I've just received a kick in the a**, and I'm channeling all the negatives from this situation into positives - Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann's thoughts on the shuffle

You can read more of KheZu's thoughts here at the TwitLonger blog he made after TI7. Team Secret will announce the finalized roster over the next few weeks and have termed it as "exciting news". With a lot of teams changing their roster for the upcoming season, there will certainly be a sizeable pool of candidates for the Positions 1 and 3 at Team Secret.

Team Secret's current roster: 

Malaysia Zheng 'MidOne' Yeik Nai
Jordan Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
Estonia Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov

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Muhammad “TheHague” Ammar
16, wordsmith, excessive sleeper, huge TI3 Alliance fanboy (FeelsBadMan), eat sleep dota repeat :D ... Follow me @TheHagueDota


  • tsu "tsuken96" ken ,
    seems like reso on pos 1 and i dont know who gonna pos 3 thought. i dont dislike MP and khezu, but MP has chance to regroup his MVP.P after Forev reveal some korean thought to overseas and for khezu, honestly he is adapting this game soooo fast and he getting better every match (nobody perfect on executing descison). maybe his inexperience not the answere pupey need so yeah. i hope team secret got someone who flashy enough on his 1st pos but bigger hero pool then EE-sama. and low ego 3rd pos like khezu with more experience on dota scene. GL team secret, u guys just unlucky face on fire team liquid back then ^_^ (sry for bad spelling thought)
  • Shubham "akidos_" Bharadwaj ,
    After Joining , it was a nice Khezu show for sometime but looking at last 2-3 months. Its like if Yapzor dont have early impact and MidOne do not carry game is over.. MP is never a true carry but just got carried ..All in all thinking dota 2 becoming professional games and not just friends in a team game where u want to only win this is the right decision. These are the 2 weakpoints in their team.. Another thing which i felt recently is Puppy Draft.. He is getting out drafted a lot.
    • Akshay "akshay_kashyap14" Kashya[ ,
      Have you thought about the fact that the drafts from Puppey may have been bad because of the limited hero pool of some of the players on the team?
      • Shubham "akidos_" Bharadwaj ,
        Yes Sure, I agree to it. Secret Position 3 hero pool was not making plays.. Neither their Position 1 ever carried when midone was shut down..
  • Dota "DotaTwo" Two ,
    Maybe they will add Funnik and Arteezy.. Arteezy team Cycle Begins here!!
  • jose miguel "daclerigo" valero ,
    Loda and AdmiralBullDog to join!


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