Team Secret

Team Secret has done it again. They smashed Alliance in a clean sweep to win ESL One Birmingham 2020 EU/CIS. It’s their fourth title in a row, and their momentum is still growing.

The final series was very one-sided, even for a clean-sweep. The first game ended in less than thirty minutes. Team Secret had 31 kills to Alliance’s 4. Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen and Michal ‘Nisha’ Jankowski were neck and neck for the MVP.

MATUMBAMAN had 9 kills, 16 assists and 1 death on Wraith King, while Nisha had 9 kills, 13 assists and 1 death on Nature’s Prophet. But Nisha had slightly more net worth and dealt more damage, making him the one true king.

It wasn’t all about the carry players though. Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov, Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wahlberg and Yazied ‘Yapz0r’ Jaradat also performed exceptionally well. They had 13 kills, 55 assists and only 2 deaths between them.

The second game ended in less than thirty minutes as well. It had a similar score to the first. Team Secret had 31 kills again, while Alliance managed to muster 7. It was a slight improvement in an otherwise complete blowout.

MATUMBAMAN was the clear-cut MVP this time around. He had an impressive 11 kills, 12 assists and 1 death on Luna. Nisha wasn’t too far behind, with 9 kills, 7 assists and 1 death on his infamous Meepo. 

Heck, even Zai had a huge game. He had 4 kills, 24 assists and no deaths on Kunkka. But what’s even more impressive is he dealt the same amount of damage as MATUMBAMAN. That’s when you know your offlaner performed well.

The third game lasted longer than the previous two, and it was a little bit closer. But it was still pretty one-sided. MATUMBAMAN transcended into god mode on Ursa. He snagged 19 kills, 5 assists and only 2 deaths, and dealt a ridiculous amount of damage.

It’s the third title for Team Secret on the trot after winning OGA Dota PIT 2020Gamers Without Borders and WePlay! Pushka League. Their run has been nothing short of impressive. 

However, an unlikely candidate managed to break Team Secret’s undefeated streak in the group stage. Team Unique, a relatively unknown Russian organization, made surprisingly quick work of Team Secret, beating them 2 – 0.

Alliance managed to beat Team Secret as well. They beat them 2 – 1 in the first round of the Upper Bracket. But it didn’t stop Team Secret from bouncing back. They blitzed through the Lower Bracket and eventually got their revenge in the final series.

Despite their losses, Team Secret still had an impressive run. In terms of individual games, they went 12 – 2 in the group stage and 10 – 3 in the playoffs. And of course, they won the tournament, which is more important than any record and earned them a decent $60,000.

Team Secret is, without a doubt, the strongest team on the scene right now. Their undefeated streak might be over, but they’ll have a chance to make it five titles in a row when they compete in BEYOND EPIC: Europe/CIS, which starts on June 15.

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