Ones to watch at the Major: The final boss Team Secret

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In less than one day, The Kuala Lumpur Major kicks off with its opening matches. The best teams in the world will compete for the title, a prize pool of overall $1,000,000 and very important DPC points. Team Secret is the biggest favourite to win the tournament. Can Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov and co. win their second big title within a few weeks?

Two signings reinvigorate Team Secret

Team Secret switched out two players after a solid, but not incredible first DPC season: Adrian 'Fata' Trinks and Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard left after exactly one year with the organization in early September.

The Polish youngster Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski joined the team while Swedish veteran Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg marked his return after spending almost three years in different teams.

The first appearances of this new squad already showed promise: Team Secret breezed through the European Qualifier for The Kuala Lumpur Major by only dropping a single game in the Upper Bracket Finals against Alliance. They also won the PVP Esports Championship by beating PSG.LGD and Fnatic.

At the end of October, the players crowned themselves champions at ESL One Hamburg 2018. After a 1-2 loss in the Upper Bracket against the defending champions from, Secret managed to bounce back and take revenge on the Russians with a 2-0 victory that led them into the Grand Final. There, Puppey and his teammates bested Vici Gaming in a thrilling five-game series to win the title and $125,000.

Unfortunately for Team Secret, the event isn't part of the DPC circuit this year, so they'll have to gain their first DPC points at the upcoming Major. In Kuala Lumpur, they'll face their former players Ace and Fata who participate with the Ninjas in Pyjamas, paiN Gaming* and J.Storm in group A.

What madness will Team Secret bring to the Major?

At ESL One Hamburg, the Estonian veteran Puppey was able to run riot during the team's drafts. Position 5 Brewmaster, Arc Warden: Team Secret didn't shy away from drafting unusual picks or "experiments", like Puppey calls them, even in big matches like the Grand Final.

With the first really big title being at stake in Kuala Lumpur, what kind of madness will Puppey and his drafts bring to the tournament? As the overwhelming favourites in group A, the players most likely won't be pressured to reveal their hand this early in the tournament.

After their splendid performances with the new roster, Team Secret is the team to beat in Kuala Lumpur for everyone who wants to claim the title, $350,000 for the winner and very important 4.950 DPC points.

- pl Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski
- my Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng
- se Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg
- jo Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
- ee Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov

Do you think Team Secret will be victorious in Kuala Lumpur?

Image source: ESL - Adela Sznajder

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