Team Secret start their year off on a good note, taking home the Captains Draft 4 Minor trophy after a grueling five-game series against ViCi Gaming.
The win gives Team Secret their second title in a row and Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov his second Captains Draft trophy. The current Dota 2 Pro Circuit leaders will go home $108,000 richer and with 450 more Qualifying Points to their name.
As for ViCi Gaming, they fall short of a title once again in their third Grand Finals appearance in a Pro Circuit for the season. Though they can’t be too sad, as they’ll bag $69,000 in prize money and now have 810 Qualifying Points for the season, which is good for 5th place in the season’s standings, propelling them ahead of Evil Geniuses and Mineski.
Captains Draft 4 Minor Grand Finals Recap
We are your Captains Draft 4.0 Champions!
We close out the Grand Final 3-2 against Vici Gaming, GGWP!
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) January 7, 2018
Heading into the tournament, we ranked Team Secret and ViCi Gaming in 1st and 3rd place respectively in our power rankings. So, it didn’t come off as much of a surprise when these two teams eventually met in the Grand Finals of the tournament. But what did come off as a shock was how much of a hard time Team Secret had against ViCi Gaming.
In the Grand Finals of the Captains Draft 4 Minor, Team Secret played from behind in all but one of the five games. But then again, there’s a reason why they’re considered the best Dota 2 team in the world right now; they can play and win regardless of whether they’re ahead or not.
In both Games 1 and 4, Team Secret played miserably during the laning stages. Though that’s not exactly a surprise, as ViCi Gaming house two of some of the best laners in the world in Zeng ‘Ori‘ Jiaoyang and Zhang ‘Paparazi‘ Chengjun. However, even so, Team Secret were able to stage a comeback late in the game, mostly on the backs of their impeccable execution.
Then finally in Game 5, Team Secret struck gold with Meepo available on the hero pool and that was pretty much game. With Marcus ‘Ace‘ Hoelgaard on his signature hero, Team Secret dominated early on and snowballed to a relatively quick win.
Captains Draft 4 Minor Final Standings
1st Place — Team Secret ($108,000 / 150 Qualifying Points)
2nd Place — ViCi Gaming ($69,000 / 90 Qualifying Points)
3rd-4th Place — OG / Mineski ($37,500 / 30 Qualifying Points)
5th-8th Place — Evil Geniuses / paiN Gaming / CompLexity Gaming / Team Empire ($12,000)