Team Secret
Europe
Leads team to well-earned victory
January 5, 2018
Puppey advanced to the next round at Captain's Draft 4 with a 2-1 win over Evil Geniuses. He finished with a 6/17/40.
ANALYSIS
Puppey played Shadow Shaman, one of his staple heroes, in Game 1. His positioning was good all game, allowing him to use his spells effectively in fights. He finished with a 2/4/17 KDA. In Game 2 Puppey played Leshrac, but didn't have nearly as much success as his Game 1. There was no good setup for his stun, so he was much less effective in fights this time. Additionally, he was very fragile and easy to bring down, which meant he dealt next to no damage with his spells. He finished with a 1/5/5 KDA. In Game 3 Puppey played a very typical Vengeful Spirit game. He died a lot, but it was often in order to set up a critical kill or save a teammate. He finished with a 3/8/19 KDA.
Outstanding performance against Evil Geniuses
January 5, 2018
YapzOr played a great series against Evil Geniuses, finishing with an overall KDA of 18/8/45 in Team Secret's 2-1 win at Captain's Draft 4.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 YapzOr played Earthshaker to great effect. He was instrumental in Secret's success in this game, starting almost every fight for his teammates. YapzOr's initiations were constantly good, even when Secret fell behind in the mid game. He finished with an impressive 6/2/15 KDA. YapzOr played Earth Spirit in Game 2. Although he played well himself, he couldn't do much to stop the EG onslaught and help out his teammates. Yazpor did a nice job using his spells and not dying, but sometimes in this game it might have been better if he had sacrificed himself to save a teammate. He finished with a 2/1/9 KDA. In Game 3 YapzOr played Skywrath Mage. In typical YapzOr fashion, he managed to end the game with the fewest deaths of anyone in the server, while still putting out commendable damage. Additionally, his targeted and long-duration silence was very strong against EG's initiation in this game. He finished with a 10/5/21 KDA.
Stellar series from the Secret offlane
January 5, 2018
Fata dominated the first game of Team Secret's 2-1 win against Evil Geniuses. He finished with an overall KDA of 13/13/28.
ANALYSIS
Fata played an amazing game on Razor to start the series. He got a nice start in the safe lane while he team laned aggressively, and transitioned into a mid-game powerhouse. Fata was crucial to Secret's success, buying the time that MidOne needed to get his Invoker back into the game. Fata finished with a 5/2/11 KDA. In Game 2 Fata had a rough time on Puck. His attempts to initiate were usually thwarted by EG's powerful counter-initiation, and once Fata fell behind it was all downhill from there. He finished with a 1/4/1 KDA. In Game 3 Fata played Legion Commander. This was a pretty average game all things considered, but Fata came up big for his team when they needed it. Despite giving up quite a few deaths over the course of the game, his presence in fights was often crucial to Secret's game plan. He finished with a 7/7/16 KDA.
Comes roaring to life in deciding game
January 5, 2018
MidOne started slow but heated up over the course of Team Secret's 2-1 win against Evil Geniuses at Captain's Draft 4. He finished with an overall KDA of 12/6/14.
ANALYSIS
MidOne had a brutal start to his game on Invoker. He got destroyed in lane, but managed to come back in typical Invoker fashion by killing jungle creeps and buying Hand of Midas. This paid off tremendously because Secret were able to drag the game out to the point where MidOne could be effective again. He finished with a 4/5/10 KDA. In Game 2 MidOne played Clinkz. This time he actually won his lane, but failed to transition that advantage into the mid and later stages of the game. He was extremely squishy in fights, dying easy to the mass control and damage from EG's huge teamfight lineup. He finished with a 2/6/7 KDA. In Game 3 MidOne played an explosive Pugna game. He dealt massive damage all game, ending with just over 40,000 done to enemy heroes and 16,500 to enemy structures. This high-octane playstyle did end up getting him killed pretty often, but it worked out in the end because he was also creating a lot of space for Ace's Luna to catch up. MidOne finished with a 12/6/14 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.
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Qualified through to The International
June 27, 2017
After finishing the round-robin group stage with an 8-1 record, Team Secret has secured their spot at The International 2017 this August.
ANALYSIS
Team Secret was one of the teams potentially on the cusp of receiving a direct invitation, but fell short. Going into the qualifier, they were clearly among the top teams and their impressive record reflects that. Secret's only loss was to Mousesports.