posted by guardiangel07,
Team Secret's newest offlaner might be the missing piece to the puzzle that they have been searching for as his impressive performance secured their spot in the Asus ROG Masters Grand Finals.

Mineski proves that they are not to be underestimated

Game 1 was neck-to-neck in the early game. Kills were exchanged and pressure was exerted on the cores of both teams. But it was my Mineski’s Timbersaw and Morphling’s consistent farm, coupled with the pressure both their supports were placing on Secret that allowed them to creep ahead from the status quo.

This culminated in the 24th minute fight, which was initiated by eu Team Secret attempting a smoke gank. Unfortunately, the tables were overtuned as ph Michael 'ninjaboogie' Ross’s strategically positioned Crystal Maiden with her ultimate being used to the full duration allowed the Filipino team to systematically dismantled Team Secret, resulting in Secret losing 4 heores as well as a Tier 2 tower.

From that point on, Mineski was able to further extend their lead and executed their plan brilliantly. Even though Tidehunter was drafted by Secret, RR’s Nyx Assassin nonetheless was able to have the same impact as his impale managed to stun 4 of Secret’s heroes.

But Secret did not give them an easy victory. When Mineski was already taking down the Ancient, Secret was continually pressuring the Filipino team, forcing even the objective-oriented Morphling who was uninterested in fighting any longer to participate in the fight. Sadly, Team Secret's valiant efforts to defend their Ancient was only but a delay of their eventual defeat.

KheZu’s Clockwerk dismantles Mineski

This time, the Bounty Hunter, who was played by ee Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov in Game 1, was now in the hands of ph Julius 'Julz' De Leon. In fact, Mineski decided to add the Nyx Assassin to further pressure the European team. But whatever team captain Puppey said to his team during the short break in between the games seemed to work.

Game 2 saw Secret showing a great understanding of the game, avoiding their courier being sniped twice. In fact, their quick reactions playing around with their relocates and Clockwerk hookshots managed to increase their kill counter quite quickly.

However, while all these were happening, ph Ryan Jay 'raging-potato' Qui was continually farming, ensuring his lead in terms of net worth. While it seemed as if there will be a Game 3, Sven became their bane when he time and again not only pressured Team Secret, but also killed multiple heroes in team fights.

Secret did not lose hope. In fact, their perfectly timed execution of their skills allowed them to take down the Sven. With the Filipino Position 1 player out of the fight, they managed to add a few kills to their number.

But all-in-all, it was de Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann’s Clockwerk and se Johan 'pieliedie' Åström’s Io who were the stars of the game. Their quick relocations kept raking in kills and at other times, saved their teammates. They created so much space for my Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng and kr Pyo 'MP' Noa to farm that it came to a point in could easily win team fights despite how farmed their Sven was. With their cores easily melted down, Mineski had no choice but to concede defeat.

Khezzu and pieliedie hammer the final nail to secure their place in the Grand Finals

Mineski decided to draft the Slark and Outworld Devourer, who gave them such a headache in the previous round, for themselves. Team Secret, on the other hand, pulled out a surprise draft, picking a mid Sniper and an offlane Earthshaker. Winter, who was casting the match with Tobiwan, was apprehensive about the Earthshaker pick.

Doubts were quickly put to rest. Although the Team Secret’s newest offlaner struggled in the beginning, he quickly was able to give Team Secret the lead. With a blink dagger and a force staff being picked up, Khezzu’s aggressive initiations, coupled with a follow-up by pieliedie’s Chaotic Offering, allowed their teammates to gain the upper hand in clashes after clashes.

Mineski struggled to get into their stride. Although their lineup could very easily find single target ganks, Team Secret was grouped up most of the time, and even times when they weren’t, they proved that they could quickly provide the backup to not only rescue their lone teammate but also turn the tables around.

The constant aggression by Team Secret proved to be too much for Mineski to handle, and conceded defeat 2-1. Team Secret will be playing against Boston Major invited team ph Execration in the Grand Finals tomorrow.

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