The new team to watch - Secret unstoppable in Grand Finals
Team Secret had already taken down Team Liquid in the WB Finals, but their performance in the Grand Finals of the DreamLeague Major when they met them again was simply incredible. Game 1 and 2 both took around 70 minutes but they were great to watch and Secret, especially in game 1, were in the driving seat. In Game 3 Team Secret were in their element and were a joy to watch. The Grand Finals ended 3-0 for Team Secret, Team Liquid's worst Grand Finals defeat since their 3-0 loss to Wings Gaming at ESL One Manila in 2016.
what a team honestly, @teamsecret looking absolutely unstoppable in all aspects, huge congrats to the boys , what a pleasure ty for watchin!— Ioannis Loucas (@Foggeddota) 3 December 2017
I don't think I've ever been this hype for the future of a Dota season this far away from TI.— Andrew Campbell (@ZyoriTV) 3 December 2017
It feels like the top ~6 teams are really tight right now
Secret's Major win puts them top of the TI8 Qualifying Point leaderboards having not only won the DreamLeague Major but also placing 2nd at the ESL One Hamburg Major. It is the first LAN victory for Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat in his professional career and the first for Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard since joining the team in September as their new carry.
Final Standings1. Team Secret - $500,000 and 750 DPC Points
2. Team Liquid - $200,000 and 450 DPC Points
3. Evil Geniuses - $100,000 and 225 DPC Points
4. Natus Vincere - $70,000 and 75 DPC Points
5-6th: Virtus.pro - $45,000
5-6th: Newbee - $45,000
7th-8th: Infamous - $20,000
7th-8th: Fnatic - $20,000
Monstrous MidOne takes no prisoners on Kunkka, 24 kills
After 1 hour in the first game the networth difference was just 1K with Team Secret slaughtering Team Liquid but unable to close the game due to a farmed Matumbaman Lone Druid going for sneaky pushes.
It was another great game for Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat on Elder Titan, who played the hero in the encounter between the two teams in the WB Final yesterday. However, the deadliest player was Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng who amassed 24 kills in the game courtesy of a double Daedelus Kunkka who in the last few minutes of the game added a Divine Rapier to his inventory.
Well... that's a Kunkka rapier pic.twitter.com/ucXWxZTLtp— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) 3 December 2017
Team Secret ended the first game with 69 kills in total on Team Liquid with Kuroky's poor Shadow Demon suffering 20 deaths in the 72 minute game.
Miracle Tinker suffers the wrath of Sand King and Arc Warden combo
In game 2 it was a close affair once again with Liquid bringing out the Miracle Tinker which had helped them come back from 0-1 down against Virtus.pro in the semi-finals. Secret's coordination was on point to deal with him and Adrian 'Fata' Trinks's Tidehunter made engagements tricky for Liquid, and with Epicenter and Ice Blast also in their arsenal, Secret had the potential to cause immense damage.
However, Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng's Arc Warden was a regular casualty of war and suffered 7 deaths in the first 20 minutes while his opposite number Miracle was able to farm up in relative peace. Despite the difficult start MidOne soldiered on and with the great support from his team-mates took over as the game went late.
The final game of the series was a fast-paced one and Liquid were swiftly holding on by a thread. Liquid had resorted to a Drow strat for game 3 with Vengeful Spirit and Nature's Prophet, but FATA's Underlord with Crimson Guard neutered their threat and his Pit of Malice pinned down Liquid perfectly.
As a result Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard's Troll Warlord and Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng's Razor had no issue reducing the distance to take down Liquid's primarily ranged draft. There was some modest resistance by Liquid near the end of game 3 but Secret's momentum was unstoppable, showing incredible confidence and formidable teamwork.
2nd place for us this time #DHW17 . Humbling experience to get shat on by team secret. It is inspiring though to see them improve from lan to lan so much. Until next time.— Lasse Urpalainen (@LiquidMATUMBA) 3 December 2017
ROFL okay thank you I know it’s ur way of saying grats— MidOne (@midonedota2) 3 December 2017