Team Secret kicks off the post TI roster shuffle by dropping two of their core players, Maurice ‘KheZu’ Gutmann and Pyo ‘MP’ No-a, from their Dota 2 roster, as confirmed by the organisation on their official Facebook page.
Falling Short Once Again
MP had initially joined Team Secret along with his former MVP.Phoenix teammate, Lee ‘Forev’ Sang-don and Fnatic’s talented midlaner, Yeik Nai ‘MidOne’ Zheng.
KheZu, who had previously played for the TI6 wild card team, Escape Gaming, would come aboard three months later to replace Forev.
After willing the ROG Masters 2016 to end the year, Team Secret slowly played their way back to relevancy and eventually became heavy favourites entering The Kiev Major.
Unfortunately, Team Secret’s run at The Kiev Major was cut short by the Brazilian underdogs, SG e-sports. As a result of the devastating loss, Team Secret went through another roster change, this time dropping their longtime support player, Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström, and replacing him with Khezu’s former teammate with Escape Gaming, Yazied ‘YapzOr’ Jaradat.
While Team Secret failed to take home any LAN title following the addition of YapzOr, they were quite successful. In fact, save for their 7th-8th place finish at The Manila Masters, Team Secret had achieved no lower than 3rd-4th place in the tournaments they had played in prior to TI7.
Team Secret was a strong candidate to make a deep run heading into The International 2017. However, their shaky performance during the group stages of the said tournament landed them in the lower brackets of the main event.
After taking out Execration in Round 1, Team Liquid went on to lose against the eventual TI7 champions, Team Liquid, in the following round.
Their performance was good for a 9th-12th place finish, which is slightly better than their 13th-16th place showing at TI6.
Team Secret has yet to post any additional updates regarding their new Dota 2 roster. However, there are numerous rumors going around of possible players who could join up with the organisation.
Of the many speculations, one stands out as of the moment.
As seen on their conversation on Twitter, there is the possibility of TI5 winner, Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan, and TI6 runner up, Rasmus ‘MiSeRy’ Filipsen, joining Team Secret.
Of course, do take this information with a grain of salt. We can never know for sure if the two players are being serious or just simply trolling.
We’ll be sure to post updates on any possible roster changes as soon as the team releases an official statement.
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