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The second day of the playoffs at the DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major started with one of the most exciting series this DPC season: Team Secret and Fnatic played for nearly three hours. After several top plays, Secret eventually prevailed 2-1.

Game one: two Divine Rapiers and lucky rune spawns

The series started with a 60-minute game ending in Fnatic's favour. Secret had the lead throughout 50 minutes, until Fnatic were finally able to turn it around.

Fnatic went for Gyrocopter as carry on Nuengnara '23savage' Teeramahanon, supported by IO. Secret picked Morphling for Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski who had a strong performance with a 18/3/6 score, despite losing the game. He got three double damage runes in a row in the first ten minutes, enabling him to get several kills.

But while Nisha could deal an insane amount of damage, the Slark pick for Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen did not work out at all. Matu quickly died and could not manfight Gyro. Nisha's Morphling could not carry the game alone despite his kills and damage.

Fnatic fought back and 23savage managed to get on top of the networth rank, finishing with 49k farm and two Divine Rapiers – Nisha on the other hand only acquired 26k. The team also got strong neutral items such as Prince's Knife, Ninja Gear and Paladin Sword.

The key to Fnatic's success was the IO-Gyro combination, getting even further supported by Djardel 'DJ' Mampusti's Winter Wyvern. Together with IO, he was constantly healing his Gyro, making him unkillable. Additionally, he landed Winter's Curse perfectly several times, for example getting a solo kill with it against Morphling.

Anucha 'Jabz' Jirawong made sure his team survived with over 33k heal. He went for a Mekanism, Aghanim's, Holy Locket and Hearth of Tarrasque and additionally equipped the neutral item Ocean's Heart to ensure maximum healing. In a team fight at the top Outpost, he managed to tether and use Mek in the last second to save his dying Gyro, enabling him to get another kill and obliterate Nisha's Aegis.

Game two: YapzOr Echo Slams to victory

Game two was a hotchpotch of bizarre events. After several crazy plays and a constant back and forth, the game eventually ended after 60 minutes with a 50-40 scoreline.

Nuengnara '23savage' Teeramahanon took over Morphling and even increased the killcount with 20/6/15, whereas Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski went for Monkey King.

The game started incredibly kill-heavy with 35 kills before 20 minutes. Despite many casualties on their side as well, Secret kept having the networth lead, peaking at 20k after 40 minutes – and then rapidly declining to zero.

Secret got Fnatic down to the point where they were only one melee racks away to get Mega Creeps. But their push got repelled as Nisha kept getting tossed into the enemy fountain. 23savage made an exceptionally good play when Nisha tried to escape the fountain by jumping to the next trees, where 23 simply cut them down.

Despite their lead, Secret were not yet able to close out the game and lost several encounters. After much back and forths, a huge team fight that left almost no survivors sealed the fate for Fnatic.

Nearly all players on both sides died repeatedly. Eventually only Earthshaker was left with a buyback and prevented a push towards Secret base.

The MVP of this match was Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat on Earthshaker. At 59 minutes, after the epic battle, Fnatic tried to retreat and take Roshan. YapzOr went into the Pit solo and with a perfect Echo Slam, he managed to kill Morphling who had no buyback for two minutes. With reinforcements from Secret coming in quickly, they managed to win the final fight and Fnatic had to surrender.

Game three: Matu steals Fnatic's lives and hopes

Game three was comparably a rather short affair with 43 minutes of match time and Secret emerging victorious. Fnatic went back to their Gyro-IO strategy, whereas Secret picked Magnus for Nisha and Lifestealer for Matu.

Nisha's Magnus turned out to be the right fit: his Reverse Polarities were often the reason to win important fights even after not initiating himself. He also claimed the top of the networth ranking. At 22 minutes he reached level 20 while enemy carry 23savage was still at 16.

In the second half of the game, Fnatic were not able to kill a single hero. Lifestealer on the other hand put on a deadly 14/2/9 performance and the game eventually finished with a 36k lead and mega creeps for Secret. Fnatic have to continue their journey through the Lower Bracket against TNC Predator tomorrow. Secret's opponent in the Upper Bracket are not yet set.

Fluff: Puppey proving he would make a great carry by lifting Kyle easily.

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