Ace
Marcus Hoelgaard 
Denmark
Team Secret
Just what Secret needed
June 9, 2018
Ace continues to be the trump card for Team Secret at the China Dota Supermajor. The Danish carry finished with a KDA of 14/6/28.
ANALYSIS
Ace got an early boost with his Lone Druid thanks to his efficient last hitting of Lanm's Cogs. He consistently held the top networth spot. Ace was just left unchecked by Vici and he eventually took over the game. In Game 2, Ace brought Lycan to the midlane against Paparazzi's Invoker. He gave first blood and was forced to play from behind but Ace was making all of the right decisions. He was farming at the right place and taking objectives and possible. When he eventually did join fights he just went straight for the supports and Vici just crumbled.
Perseveres through a challenging start to the series
June 3, 2018
Ace struggled through Game 1 but recovered nicely to help take the series 2-0 over VGJ.Storm at the China Supermajor. He finished with an overall KDA of 12/15/34.
ANALYSIS
Ace had a very rough time on Luna in Game 1. His early and mid-game were totally miserable. With the majority of VGJ.S' focus on him, Ace struggled to get anything done besides farm. He did a nice job farming though and was able to ensure that he did remain a threat as the game dragged on. He finished with a 2/10/22 KDA. In Game 2 Ace broke out the rarely seen Arc Warden. He had an excellent lane and was able to scale nicely into the mid and late-game. He did go down in fights, but it was an extremely difficult kill for the enemy and created space for the rest of Secret. Ace finished with a 10/5/12 KDA.
Brings the hurt to Evil Geniuses
May 10, 2018
Ace finished a close win over Evil Geniuses at GESC Thailand with a 16/5/12 KDA on Chaos Knight.
ANALYSIS
As the only carry who regularly picks and plays Chaos Knight, Ace showed off just why Secret values the hero so highly. His burst damage in fights was a critical part of bringing down Evil Geniuses' heroes. With Empower from Fata's Magnus, Ace was even able to cleave, which helped him keep up in farm and deliver even more burst damage.
Shut down by Mineski
May 4, 2018
Ace was well contained by Mineski in Secret's elimination at Epicenter XL. The carry finished with a KDA of 3/9/4.
ANALYSIS
Ace brought Troll Warlord to the mid lane in the important matchup. However, he wasted his fairly good start in lane with poorly picked rotations that slowed down his farm tremendously. He couldn't get a Maelstrom or Battle Fury quick enough to help cement his economy game. His first Black King Bar usage allowed Secret to take a fight convincingly, but afterwards it felt like Ace wasn't contributing anything to his team except for Battle Trance.
Shut down by Virtus.pro
May 2, 2018
Ace finished with a 7/7/12 overall KDA in a 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at EPICENTER XL.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Ace had a rough time on Razor. He did OK in lane, but as soon as things broke down into fighting, he started to fall extremely far behind. Secret started getting overwhelmed in fights, and Ace's effectiveness fell off sharply and quickly. He finished with a 1/4/3 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played Juggernaut. He played much better than in Game 1, actually giving Secret a few glimmers of hope, but it just wasn't enough to stop the Virtus.pro onslaught. He finished with a 6/3/9 KDA.
Not the performance Secret wanted
April 30, 2018
Ace never got going against OG in Epicenter XL. The versatile carry finished with a KDA of 18/10/16.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Ace played an unorthodox carry with Timbersaw. He created a lot of problems for N0tail's Lone Druid early on. His 16-minute Bloodstone was never depleted as he never died in the game and it was just a very good showing from Ace with 15 kills. But it all fell apart for Ace in the subsequent games. His Lifestealer in Game 2 still forced the Radiance pickup despite his team's struggles in the early game. The item never really proved a good investment for Ace as OG just ran away with Game 2. In Game 3, it was an even worse story for Ace's Gyrocopter. He never got a single kill to his name and only managed to farm up a Ring of Aquila and Power Treads.
Impressive performance in the face of defeat
April 1, 2018
Ace finished with an 8/6/11 KDA on Lone Druid in a loss to Virtus.pro at DAC 2018.
ANALYSIS
Ace's positioning was good all game, but Virtus.pro just had the tools to run at Ace in fights. When he was able to keep his distance, such as when Secret were defending high ground, Ace was extremely deadly. With the enhanced range talent, Ace was able to dish out a huge amount of damage from long range. Unfortunately, the huge strength of his hero was somewhat lost when Secret had to fight outside their base.
Puts Liquid on the ropes
March 23, 2018
Ace played a solid series in a 2-0 win over Team Liquid at Dreamhack Dreamleague Season 9. He finished with an overall KDA of 12/4/22.
ANALYSIS
Ace played Weaver in Game 1. He went for the super old-school Radiance Weaver, but it worked well as a counter to Kuroky's Phantom Lancer illusions. Ace was literally impossible for Liquid to kill this game as well, with only two stuns to watch out for. He finished with a 3/0/10 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played Ursa, another unpopular pick lately. He made excellent use of the hero against Liquid's static and squishy heroes, although Ace often paid for his success by feeding a kill back Liquid's way. He finished with a 9/4/12 KDA.
Smashes his way to a Secret win
March 4, 2018
Ace finished with a 14/5/12 KDA in a win over compLexity.
ANALYSIS
Ace played Chaos Knight against complexity, taking things the distance in a well-fought win. Things started out a bit shaky for Ace and Secret, but some excellent teamfighting was all it took to bring them back into the game. Ace was able to make excellent use of space created for him in fights. His burst damage was enough to bring down nearly anyone on compLexity.
Shut down hard after pulling out Meepo in Game 1
February 23, 2018
Ace had a strong Game 2 but struggled otherwise in Secret's 1-2 loss to Liquid at ESL One Katowice. He finished with a 14/14/19 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ace played Meepo in Game 1. Despite being one of his best heroes, Ace couldn't put his clones to work for him this game with Liquid constantly hounding him. There was more than enough burst on Liquid to bring him down, and he had to spend most of the game in fear rather than setting the pace. He finished with a 3/8/2 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played a nice Terrorblade. He ended up going for a Battle Fury, but it paid off when the rest of Secret were able to buy him some time and space to farm. In late-game fights Ace was a monster, dealing huge physical damage and being very difficult to bring down through Sunder. He finished with a 7/3/14 KDA. In Game 3 Ace played Visage. He did well in his lane, but once again struggled to exert his presence on the map, like in Game 1. He did decent damage, but was always just short of finishing off kills when Secret needed them the most. He finished with a 4/3/3 KDA.
Rolls over LGD
February 21, 2018
Ace finished with a 16/3/22 overall KDA in a commanding win over LGD at ESL One Katowice.
ANALYSIS
Ace started the series with an excellent Luna game. He played an almost textbook example of the hero, farming up very quickly and dominating fights with Eclipse. He was even further pumped up by his teammates' auras, putting out massive damage in fights as well as when it game time to take buildings. He finished with a 6/1/6 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played Wraith King. He had a very quiet early game, but when he started showing up to fights his impact was huge. With so much of LGD's damage concentrated into a small window, Ace was easily able to frontline for his team and soak up damage. He finished with a 10/2/16 KDA.
Excellent series secures win for Secret
January 5, 2018
Ace finished with an overall KDA of 21/13/24 in a well-fought 2-1 series win against Evil Geniuses at Captain's Draft 4.
ANALYSIS
Ace played a fantastic Juggernaut in Game 1. He was usually the first one going into fights, because there was just no good counter to him on the side of EG. This let Ace spend most the game doing whatever he wanted, setting up Secret for a good win. Ace finished with an 8/3/6 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played Timbersaw. He did his best to carry his team, but ultimately, he couldn't do it all on his own. Ace was the only one on Secret with the durability to actually get into fights, but this often backfired on him when none of his teammates could follow up. He finished with a 6/4/2 KDA. Ace played Luna in Game 3. It was a slow start for Ace, who spent a lot of time in the early game getting killed, but he came back in force in the late game. There was no one on EG who could stand in fights with Ace's Glaives bouncing around. He finished with a 7/6/16 KDA.
Plays well in otherwise lost match
January 4, 2018
Ace worked hard in a losing effort as Team Secret lost to Mineski in the Group Stages of Captain's Draft 4. Ace finished with a 8/6/16 KDA.
ANALYSIS
In an overall disappointing performance by Team Secret, Ace is the only player who can really take some positives out of the match. He looked very comfortable on Gyrocopter and seemed to be the only member who wasn't constantly being picked off. This is still not the Secret we expect.
Racks up the assists in win
January 4, 2018
Ace played well off of his teammates as Team Secret defeated Team Empire in the Group Stages of Captain's Draft 4. Ace finished with a 2/6/16 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Very consistent throughout, Ace did his job well in this game. Playing Troll Warrior, Ace was also able to lend a large helping hand in objectives, destroying three towers, two barracks, and a Roshan, leading his team in all of the categories. Every little bit of production was needed as Secret barely escaped with a win.
Total domination after a shaky Game 1
December 2, 2017
Ace really came online in the last two games of Team Secret's 2-1 win against Team Liquid at the DreamLeague Season 8 Major. He finished with a 28/4/22 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Ace played Lone Druid. Although he played well this game, it wasn't well enough to complete with the rapid and aggressive pace of the game set by Liquid. He also didn't have the burst required to bring down Liquid heroes through their triple-healing lineup. He finished with a 1/2/3 KDA. In Game 2 Ace played Lifestealer. With no good answer to Rage besides a Tiny toss, Ace was left practically untouched in most fights. He was able to deal massive damage against any of Liquid's heroes, and quickly snowballed completely out of control. He finished the game with an 18/2/8 KDA. In Game 3 Ace played Razor. Although he didn't manage to get 18 kills again, Ace played another excellent game to seal out the series for Secret. He dominated the lane phase of the game, and continued to roll over Liquid as the game went on. He finished with a 9/0/11 KDA, capping off a very impressive series with a deathless game.
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