Team Secret will take part in the Playoffs of StarLadder i-league Invitational S3. Puppey‘s team defeated Natus Vincere in the Group B scoring 2-0.
Team Secret earned the right to participate at SL i-League Invitational Season 3 winning the European qualifiers.
A total of eight teams, split into two groups, clashed in the Group Stage - only the best two from each group advanced to the next phase.
Secret played in the Group B, and lost the first best-of-three against NaVi. Afterwards, they faced Newbee, and secured another opportunity for the Playoffs' spot by defeating them 2 to 0.
The final match of the GSL group saw them again against NaVi, and this time Secret claimed two solid victories.
Playoffs matches - SL i-league Invitational S3
October 15th - Bo3
- compLexity vs. Mineski - 12:00 CEST
- Team Secret vs. Team Liquid - 15.00 CEST
Team Secret vs Natus Vincere Bo3 recap
The teams played aggressively since the very start of match one, particularly Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev on Spirit Breaker. Unfortunately, he died multiple times during the ganks, ending the match with a 0-12-15 score.
Overall, no team gained a real advantage over the other in the first 20 minutes, and the kill count was equal.
NaVi’s most farmed player was Dendi on Queen of Pain: he got an Eul’s Scepter of Divinity at 13 minutes, followed by an Orchid Malevolence at 23, and had an important role as ganker during the match.
Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng showed a fabulous game with Mirana: he was approximately 5-slotted before the end of the game, and with a 9-1-19 score. Yeik and Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard were the top dps, and inflicted 25.4k damage each.
After a brutal team wipe at 35 minutes, NaVi lost the first barrack. Only 5 minutes later Team Secret obliterated them once again, and forced the opponents to call GG.
The second game lasted 46 minutes and was always under the control of Team Secret. They won scoring 44-22 in 46 minutes, and with a 24k net worth lead.
Also in this match the fights started very early, and Secret got the first blood against Victor "GeneRaL" Nigrini on Clockwerk at 1:43 minutes.
Natus Vincere tried their best to fight back, but Secret were triumphant in most of the conflicts, securing also a decisive teamfight at about 14 minutes.
Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat had a remarkable game, and showed his prowess with Rubick. He obtained 5 kills and 27 assists, and died only a single time. Yazied opted for a high mobility build with Eul, Blink Dagger, and Boots of Travel. The Ghost Scepter was a fundamental addition to survive against the auto-attacks of Broodmother’s spiderlings and Chaos Knight.
It is hard to nominate a MVP, but once again MidOne shocked everyone with his ability: he kept farming and simultaneously was available for any fight required by the team. He achieved an astonishing 17-4-17 score, inflicted 35.6k damage to heroes and 8.8k to towers as he was also the main pusher.
From 20 to 30 minutes things calmed down, and Secret solidified the gold lead. A teamfight at 34 saw huge losses on both sides, and forced them to retreat.
The final battle took place at 45 minutes near the Roshan’s Pit, and signed Team Secret's victory in the Bo3.
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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on @SkulzDota.