With their 2-0 win over OG in the Grand Finals of the Starladder EU Qualifiers, Team Secret are the only team this season to have secured a slot in 4 out of first 5 Dota 2 pro circuit tournaments this year.
Starladder EU Qualifiers Recap
Although caught in a slump, OG still remained the second-best team in Europe next to TI7 champions Team Liquid; swapping Anathan ‘ana’ Pham with Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok supposedly even made the 4-time Major winners a whole lot better.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case so far.
Fringe Tier 1 teams, Mousesports and SFTe-sports, have each taken series off of OG, while Team Secret have looked like the second best team in the region.
Team Secret were undoubtedly the top team in the Starladder EU Qualifiers; the rest were simply playing catch-up with Clement ‘Puppey’ Vanov and co.
This was most evident in the Grand Finals where Team Secret had little no problem routing OG even if when they had picked their signature heroes, Batrider, Alchemist, and Terrorblade.
If nothing else, the Starladder EU Qualifiers simply served as a confirmation about how much better Team Secret currently are compared to the other teams in the region this season.
Unsolved and Unmatched
Having had to qualify for a tournament for the first time in almost a year, OG were obviously the heavy favourites to win the Starladder EU Qualifiers. However, if their recent performances are to go by, OG are far from midseason form.
OG have looked shaky since winning their record fourth Major title in Kiev last April, as if struggling to find their identity as a team. This half a year long slump has opened up the path for other teams in Europe and Team Secret have been more than happy to take advantage.
Not a single team has been able to take a series from Team Secret so far; their only losses post TI7 have come from OG and mousesports respectively, but, for the most part, they’ve looked solid with their latest additions.
Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks continue to impress in his near-seamless transition to the offlanetransition to the offlane while Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard have given Puppey another versatile tool to use in the proverbial toolbox.
Team Secret has already received a direct invite to the Perfect World Masters Minor in October. Their win at the Starladder EU Qualifiers means that they’ll be playing in 4 out of the first 5 LAN tournaments to open up the season.
Team Secret will have a chance to make it 5 out of 5 in the Dota PIT EU Qualifiers later this week.
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