In November, the world-class team made a surprising announcement: mid player Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng left the team, but star player Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen and his former coach Soung-Gon 'Heen' Lee joined. Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski takes over the mid-lane, whereas Matu plays as carry.
Fans were eager to see the new constellation in action, but so far we had to be patient. Secret skipped all tournaments so far and only participated at the DreamLeague S13: EU Qualifier. Finally, the first opportunity to see them on stage arose again – but instead of witnessing the updated line-up, it has been changed once again. MidOne is back as a stand-in, since Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat is not able to play.
The first day of the ONE Esports Singapore group stage is over and Secret have shown that they are still as strong as they used to be.
Secret vs. VP: 2-0
Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko tried to ransack Secret with a Meepo mid in game one, but fell short to Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski's Magnus. The new position 4 player MidOne continued YapzOr's legacy in both games of the series and went for Rubick. Matu brought an end to magic on his 14/0/7 Anti-Mage, killing Meepo four times.
In game two, Nisha went for Outworld Devourer and achieved top networth, whereas Matu had another strong carry performance on an 13/1/1 Ursa. A successful fight at the Rosh Pit with Matu's triple kill secured Secret's second victory of the day.
Secret vs. J.Storm: 2-0
Their second encounter was with J.Storm, who they also defeated 2-0. Yet it was a very demanding match-up. Game one lasted 54 minutes, which in the current patch almost. counts to the longer end, and concluded with 42-36 kills on the scoreboard in Secret's favour. Especially Matumbaman had a hard time on Ursa, not finding enough feed and dying several times. MidOne assumed YapzOr's role again and played a Tiny-Io combo with Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov.
Game two was a close match as well and ended with a 11-12 score after 29 minutes. J.Storm had the net worth lead for 21 minutes and Secret barely turned it around in a teamfight.
Secret vs. Alliance: 1-1
Game one against Alliance was a picture book game for Secret. After quick 22 minutes and a 25-9 score, Alliance had to surrender. Matumbaman got his hands on one of his signature heroes, Lone Druid, and finished the match 9/0/10.
Despite the second game ending in Alliance's favour, it still displayed the incredible skill of Secret. Alliance had the net worth lead for the entire game, even being ahead 23k at some point – but Secret's defense was so strong, it took them 56 minutes to finally conquer the Ancient. Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski displayed his special skill on OD again by cancelling several TP's with his Hurricane Pike, but eventually Secret's had to concede their loss.
In conclusion, Secret are an incredibly dominant force on their first LAN appearance in the new DPC season. Despite multiple recent roster changes, the team plays well together and Puppey and Heen unveiled the secrets of the new patch. Nisha and Matu got the top networth in most of their matches, zai still counts as one of the best off-laners in the world and MidOne has proved to be a extremely skilled position 4. The stand-in has a surprisingly large hero pool as he proved in the group stage and played the new role convincingly. Their next opponents are going to be TNC Predator and Team Aster.
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