Team Secret start off their season on the right note after taking down Fnatic 3-2 to win the PVP Championships 2018 in Singapore.
With the win, Team Secret will now take home the trophy, and $80,000 in prize money. Meanwhile, the second runner-ups, Fnatic, will pocket $40,000 followed by PSG.LGD and Team Admiral with $20,000 each respectively.
PVP Championships 2018 Grand Finals Recap
In the Grand Finals, Team Secret ended up dropping the first game against Fnatic, who enjoyed a phenomenal performance from all over their players with Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong serving as the sacrificial lamb as he ended the game with 13 deaths to just 6 deaths for his entire team.
Michal ‘Nisha‘ Jankowski then led the way for Team Secret in Games 2 and 3, as he posted a combined total of 29 kills and just 3 games. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old Polish wunderkind was not able to sustain his performance. Team Secret thought it best to cheese a win, but their strategy ended up falling flat on their face as Nisha and his Huskar was essentially a non-factor in Game 4 as he was hunted down constantly all throughout the game and ended up giving up as many as 11 deaths as Fnatic forced out a Game 5.
In the fifth and deciding game, Fnatic decided to be the ones to try to cheese a win, picking Visage for Abed Azel ‘Abed‘ Yusop while also bringing back the Phoenix that was pivotal in their Game 1 win. However, Yeik ‘Midone‘ Nai Zheng would turn up when it counted the most as his Tiny roamed and rotated to absolute perfection, creating enough space for Nisha and his Medusa to outfarm everyone on the side of Fnatic as Team Secret closed out the series to take the win.
Surprisingly enough, while we expected Fnatic to cheese their way to a win, it was a more conventional draft that netted them wins throughout the entire series.
Despite their loss, it’ll be interesting to see how this lineup will mesh by season’s end.
Winning the PVP Championships 2018 do not help Team Secret secure a spot at TI9 in Shanghai next year. It’s not part of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, after all. But, it is a huge confidence booster. It’s not easy making changes to a Top-4 TI roster, especially with so little time to prepare for the new season, and yet, all signs point to Team Secret having made the right decision.
Now, Team Secret will head to ESL One Hamburg 2018 in Germany later this month to try and continue their streak to two LAN wins before going for the trifecta at the Kuala Lumpur Major in Malaysia.
While the road’s certainly only going to get tougher for Team Secret from here on out, fans are probably already liking what they’ve seen from them so far.
What do you think of Team Secret winning the PVP Championships 2018? Do you think they’ll be able to use the momentum to secure the title at ESL One Hamburg 2018 against much tougher competition? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.