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GGWP to @Team_JStorm! #SecretDota wins their Opening Match of the #KualaLumpurMajor 2-0.— Team Secret (@teamsecret) November 9, 2018
Our next series will be against the winner of the @NiPGaming vs @paiNGamingBR at 06:00 CET. #SecretFighting pic.twitter.com/EjA5nsdkmQ
Starting out with a match against the North Americans of J.Storm, Secret started strongly. They rarely looked in danger of losing the first game, as they steadily built their advantage. Young Polish carry Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski went big on Morphling, claiming more kills than J.Storm managed as a team.
With Tae Won 'March' Park and his side needing a bigger performance, the second game was a much closer affair. It was a battle of the carries as Nisha and Jonathan Bryle 'Bryle' Santos De Guia went head to head for half an hour — but it was the Secret man who came out on top as his team began to tighten the noose, securing the win just ten minutes later.
Ninjas ease past paiN
With Secret waiting in the Winners’ Match, it was left to see which of Ninjas in Pyjamas and paiN Gaming would step up. Both sides are more than capable of causing a few upsets in Kuala Lumpur, but it was the Swedish roster which prevailed.
The first game was all about how they would cope with the loss of Neta '33' Shapira, but stand-in Ivan 'MinD_ContRoL' Borislavov slotted in well — and the Team Liquid star responded with a perfect-KDA game as NiP dominated from start to finish.
Game 2 was even more brutal — if you’re a paiN fan. The Ninjas racked up 53 kills, with Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard, Martin 'Saksa' Sazdov and Adrian 'Fata' Trinks all claiming double figures as their side build an advantage of over 20k, claiming the win and a showdown with their fellow Europeans.
Too easy for Secret in the end
In reality, Secret were just too strong for Ninjas. Looking hungry for wins, they took a patient victory in Game 1. Nisha and Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat helped themselves to 24 kills between them — more than NiP managed as a whole — as a 47-minute game ended with Secret more than 27k up.
Game 2 was a quicker win for the ESL One Hamburg 2018 champions, with MinD_ContRoL unable to make an impact. Secret racked up nearly three times as many kills in the end, although the game was pretty even until a series of skirmishes around the twenty-minute mark. From there Secret controlled the game, securing their Upper Bracket slot.
Can Secret win the Major?
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