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Minimal contributions in important game
September 20, 2018
Saksa just couldn't get anything done against Alliance in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers. The support finished with a KDA of 2/16/16.
ANALYSIS
Saksa tried his luck with support Zeus in the series opener. He couldn't secure Ace's early game as he was too mana dependent to be effective. As the game went on, Saksa just tried to be useful with his dewarding and scouting Thundergod's Wrath. In Game 2, Saksa was slightly more effective with his Phoenix. His laning stage allowed Fata a fairly good start. He had a few Supernovas that helped NiP take some favorable engagements, but it wasn't enough
Can't deal with early lane adjustments
September 20, 2018
Fata's return to the mid position didn't exactly happen against Alliance in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers. The mid laner finished with a KDA of 10/11/5.
ANALYSIS
Fata kicked off the series with Mirana in the mid lane, but since he would struggle against Lone Druid, Fata moved to the top lane where he didn't fare much better. His 11-minute Power Treads highlighted his poor laning stage and he never really made the plays for NiP. In Game 2, he still did not go to the mid lane with Pugna. Fata was still matched up against Qojqva's Mirana. Despite being on a known lane dominator with Pugna, Fata struggled to get any farm going.
Doesn't look like himself
September 20, 2018
Ace didn't look comfortable with Ninja in Pyjamas against Alliance in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers. The Danish carry finished with a KDA of 3/14/6.
ANALYSIS
Ace kicked off the series with carry Riki. Though the pick worked out for Liquid's Miracle in The International 8, the pick exploded in NiP's face. Ace died seven times and recorded only 394 gold per minute in the series opener. It wasn't much better for Ace in Game 2 with his Alchemist. He shifted to the mid lane but lost against Micke's Phantom Lancer in the early phase. His 18-minute Radiance was on the slow side and he was mostly a non-factor because of it.
Struggles with lane rotations
September 20, 2018
33 failed to deliver against Alliance in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers. The Israeli offlaner finished with a KDA of 3/16/6.
ANALYSIS
33 shifted to the midlane with his Tiny in the series opener. He had a poor match-up against Qojqva's Lone Druid. 33 tried to set the tempo for NiP after farming up a 12-minute Blink Dagger. However, it didn't work according to plan as Alliance were more than ready for his initiations and 33 ended up dying eight times. In the following game, his Brewmaster had even more of a rough time. With his Blink Dagger related to 22 minutes, 33 just couldn't get anything done in teamfights.
Perfect showing from the veteran
September 20, 2018
Qojqva had a perfect game for Alliance against Ninjas in Pyjamas. The German finished with a KDA of 11/02/28.
ANALYSIS
Qojqva kicked off the series with Lone Druid in the mid lane. He styled on 33's Tiny throughout the laning stage. His micro was lovely as he his Bear placement in fights were always a thing of beauty. He had both Hand of Midas and Radiance at the 17-minute mark which led to an impressive 632 gold per minute stat in Game 1. In the following game, Qojqva's Mirana was as effective. He shrugged off his rough start in the offlane and dominated the game in a big way. His Maelstrom and Black King Bar at the 21-minute mark made him an unstoppable force on the way to nine kills.
Dominates the NiP lineup
September 20, 2018
Micke had an impressive game for Alliance against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers. The Swedish star finished with a KDA of 24/5/11.
ANALYSIS
Micke played the recently nerfed Weaver in the safelane. He had an easy time against Ace's Riki in the laning stage. He quickly farmed up a Force Staff to deal with Riki's Smokescreen in the mid game. Micke's 15 kills was a game high and Ninjas in Pyjamas just had no answer for him. In Game 2, he shifted to the midlane with his Phantom Lancer. Micke just styled on Ace's Alchemist anew. After his 13-minute Diffusal Blade, he was making plays across the map and racked up nine kills.
Great warding secures game
September 20, 2018
Insania made a lot of good calls for Alliance in their game against Ninjas in Pyjamas. The support finished with a KDA of 6/5/34.
ANALYSIS
Insania played Phoenix in the opening game of the series. He managed to outward veteran PPD in many moments of the game. He only died three times, which is highly impressive as a hard support player. In Game 2, he switched it up with Winter Wyvern. His ward game was on point once again and his saving Cold Embraces were a pain for NiP to deal with. Insania also managed to die even fewer times (two) in the deciding game.
Steps it up in a huge way
September 20, 2018
Boxi had a stellar showing in the offlane for Alliance. The rising star finished with a KDA of 20/5/18.
ANALYSIS
Boxi managed to win the offlane for Alliance with his Brewmaster. He got the early level advantage against Fata's Mirana and he just went ham from there. His micro with Primal Split created a lot of problems for NiP. While his Blink Dagger was on the slow side at 18 minutes, his impact wasn't affected by it in the slightest In Game 2, he switched it up with Abaddon. His decision to pick up the nerfed Helm of the Dominator worked out wonderfully as he managed to pressure towers early and often for Alliance.
Excellent series from Secret's new carry
September 20, 2018
Nisha played an excellent series in a 2-0 win over Team Liquid in in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 26/8/31.
ANALYSIS
Nisha started the series with an explosive Juggernaut game. Apart from a couple of early-game deaths, Nisha was an impossible kill for Liquid all game. He used his combination of magic immunity from Blade Flurry and being un-targetable during Omnislash to get his damage off very quickly and effectively in fights. He finished with a 15/2/10 KDA. In Game 2 Nisha played Drow Ranger, sitting back in fights and ripping Liquid apart from range. So long as he could keep himself alive, Secret would have a big damage advantage in fights and Nisha did an excellent job of that for most of the game. He finished with an 11/6/21 KDA.
Super series from Secret's middle lane
September 20, 2018
MidOne finished with an overall KDA of 25/9/32 in a well-played 2-0 win vs Team Liquid in in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MidOne played Dazzle in the middle lane, and unusual but effective pick. He had a rough time in lane against Miracle's Lina, but MidOne was extremely useful for Secret for the rest of the game. His quick Glimmer Cape and Force Staff provided huge utility that helped Secret secure its lead in the first few fights of the game. He finished with an 11/3/20 KDA. In Game 2 MidOne played a great Tiny. He had a tough lane but managed to bounce back with a vengeance. He moved around the map finding kill after kill and creating tons of space for Nisha's Drow Ranger to farm up and then sit in the back of fights and shoot away. MidOne finished with a 14/6/12 KDA.
Looking comfortable in the offlane again
September 20, 2018
zai played well in both games of a 2-0 win over Team Liquid in in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 15/9/36.
ANALYSIS
zai did a good job starting fights and finding kills for Secret on Tiny in Game 1. He moved very well around the map, putting a lot of pressure on Liquid and enabling Secret to choose its fights. zai's initiation created a lot of space for Nisha to wreak havoc on Juggernaut, easily rolling over Liquid in fights. zai finished with a 7/4/18 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Storm Spirit, benefiting from Nisha's Drow Ranger Precision Aura. Although zai did have a tough time playing around gh's Nyx Assassin, his team was able to help him out in this regard and enable zai to play the aggressive game Secret wanted. He finished with an 8/5/18 KDA.
Great series from Secret's position four
September 20, 2018
YapzOr finished with an overall KDA of 9/9/35 in a 2-0 win over Team Liquid in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
YapzOr played Earthshaker in Game 1, bringing a huge array of stuns to the table for Secret. YapzOr gave Secret an incredible advantage in fights, both in terms of damage and the constant lockdown he was able to provide. He finished with a 6/4/16 KDA. In Game 2 YapzOr played Sand King, delivering powerful stuns and damage from a different strength support hero. He finished a 15-minute Blink Dagger that made him extremely effective for the rest of the game, enabling his cores to shine. He finished with a 3/5/19 KDA.
Starts playoffs with strong win over Liquid
September 20, 2018
Puppey played two good Crystal Maiden games in a 2-0 win vs Team Liquid in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers. He finished with a 7/12/43 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Puppey played a solid Game 1, leading Secret to a convincing win over Team Liquid. His positioning was good all game, keeping his deaths to only four. He supplied a nice disable and damage during the lane phase, supporting his teammates to a lead that Secret could ride all the way to a win. He finished with a 3/4/22 KDA. Puppey delivered another good game in Game 2, despite giving up a few more deaths to Liquid. He finished with a 4/8/21 KDA, but also supplied his team with valuable disables and vision over the map.
Ineffective vs Secret
September 20, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 7/11/12 in a 0-2 loss to Team Secret in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN had a terrible time on Wraith King in Game 1. He had a rough early game, and was almost completely ignored by Secret in fights. It was easy for them to bring him down twice without expending much effort, and MATUMBAMAN lacked the damage to make himself a real threat. He finished with a 1/7/7 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Phantom Lancer. He did a better job keeping himself alive, but his hero was practically a non-factor in fights for most of the game. He finished with a 6/4/5 KDA.
Can't heat things up enough vs Secret
September 20, 2018
Miracle finished a 0-2 loss to Team Secret at the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers with an overall KDA of 23/9/5 on Lina both games.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Miracle found a lot of kills for Liquid and won his lane, but he was the only member of Liquid to have any success whatsoever. He couldn't stand up to Secret on his own, and was often forced out of fights by Secret taking out his teammates. He finished with a 10/4/3 KDA. Game 2 was very similar for Miracle. He did well in lane and found a lot of kills, but he was the only one of Liquid to get off to a good start against Secret. This time he was facing off against a Drow Ranger lineup, which left him little chance to pull out a miraculous victory. He finished with a 13/5/2 KDA.