Team Secret Sweep Liquid to Win ASUS ROG DreamLeague Major

Team Secret have just done what many thought was impossible in the Grand Finals of the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Major. They have become the first team to take down the reigning TI champions in a best-of-five series, doing so in dominant fashion with a 3-0 sweep.

For Team Liquid’s Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barqawi, this is the first time he and his team will not take home honors at a DreamLeague tournament since he and OG won DreamLeague Season 4 back in 2015. Meanwhile, this is the first taste of a LAN title win for Team Secret’s Marcus ‘Ace‘ Hoelgaard and Yazied ‘YapzOr‘ Jaradat.

Secret Deny Liquid for the Second Major in a Row

Dating back to May earlier this year, Team Liquid have won 7 out of the 8 LANS they’ve played in prior to the start of the tournament, a run that includes a win at The International 7. So, even though they had already lost to Team Secret earlier to find themselves in the lower brackets, they were still, in the eyes of many, the heavy favourites to successfully defend their title. And their 2-0 win against Evil Geniuses earlier in the day only helped reinforce that belief.

Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov, however, had other ideas in mind as he and Team Secret gave the defending back-to-back DreamLeague Champions a taste of their own medicine by putting them in the wrong end of a 3-0 sweep.

In Game 1, Lasse Aukusti ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen and his Lone Druid helped keep Team Liquid in the game despite his team facing a huge kill count deficit. But, to no avail, as a timely Divine Rapier pickup by Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng on his Kunkka at the 70-minute mark would help seal Team Liquid’s fate and give Team Secret the win. Ace would then steal the show in Game 2 with his performance on his signature Lone Druid as the game went over the 1-hour-mark yet again.

Finally, it was Adrian ‘Fata‘ Trinks with an all-time performance on Underlord in the offlane that would deliver the final nail in the proverbial coffin against his former team. Although Team Liquid tried to stall in hopes of making a comeback, Team Secret had already sensed blood in the water and went for an all-in GG push to close out the series at the 32-minute mark.

With the win, Puppey now joins a short list of players who have two Major titles under their belt.

ASUS ROG DreamLeague Major Champions

After playing in 5 out of 6 Pro Circuit LANs so start the season, Team Secret can now take a much needed break. Their win at the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Major puts them firmly in 1st place in the Pro Circuit standings with 3,690 Qualifying Points. Right behind them in second place are Team Liquid with 2,700 Qualifying Points.

Evil Geniuseswho finished in 3rd place, are now currently 5th with 765 Qualifying Points secured. Meanwhile, the 4th-place finishers, Natus Vincereround out the Top 8 with 225 Qualifying Points.

What do you think of Team Secret’s win? Do you think it’s enough to put them firmly ahead of Team Liquid as the best Dota 2 team in the world? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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