Team Secret claim victory after hard-fought ESL One Birmingham finals

They've now won five of the six tournaments they've attended in 2019.

Dota 2's Icon Michael Hassall · 2 Jun 2019

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Team Secret has defeated Evil Geniuses in a gripping five-match series and were crowned champions of ESL One Birmingham.



It seemed as if EG and Secret decided most their games in the first ten minutes of play, with the winner of the laning phase transitioning into an unstoppable late-game force. At least, that was the case until Secret’s extreme flexibility and flawless disengage finally broke their opponents in game five.



Both the new hero Mars and returning hero Io made their presence known in the finals, with the latter receiving first pick priority. Several clutch Relocates consistently turned the tide of team fights, while Mars’ Arena Of Blood and his unkillable status for EG’s Andreas “Cr1t-” Franck in game four sent Secret reeling.



Despite winning the whole tournament, Secret performed poorly in the group stages, with losses to EG, PSG.LGD, and even Keen Gaming. A trip to the losers bracket proved to be just what the team needed to stand back up, as they battled through OG, TNC Predator, Gambit, and PSG on their way to finals.


EG, on the other hand, sailed out of groups in top form, with one of the best records in the tournament. Their performance in the upper bracket seemed flawless, dropping just one game during their short trip to the finals. But against Secret, the team played more stiff than flexible, relying solely on their ability to win lane and transition to late game.


However, against Secret, winning lane is no guarantee of victory, as they proved once again with their win today. The team has been unstoppable this year, taking first place at five of the six tournaments they’ve attended in 2019.


Secret’s triumph means the team has won five of the six tournaments they’ve attended in 2019. Next month, Secret heads to the EPICENTER Major, the final event of this year’s Dota Pro Circuit.


Having already secured their spot at the International 2019, the team is competing to maintain it’s number one seed and for bragging rights as the best Dota 2 team in the world.

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Michael Hassall Brit-based esports generalist. Timezone traveller. Spends his free time polishing his collection of fighting game tournament participation trophies. @hoffasaurusx

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