The final day of the Chongqing Dota 2 Major saw three teams clash for $500,000 and 4,950 DPC points. However, at the end of the day, only one team would remain, and that team would be Team Secret.
Just as many had expected Team Secret to resort to a more “standard” style of play, Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov would prove everyone wrong. Even when the stakes were the highest, the former TI1 champion saw it as an opportunity to try a few things out, just in time for the new Dota 2 patch, 7.21.
With the win, Team Secret will have successfully avenged their earlier 3-2 loss to Virtus.Pro at the Grand Finals of the Kuala Lumpur Major. They’ll now join Virtus.Pro as the only teams to have won a Major during the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. More importantly, they’re also the only teams to have already secured their spot at The International 2019, with both teams having already earned 7,950 DPC points.
The Chongqing Dota 2 Major Lower Bracket Finals Recap
After dispatching of the remaining Chinese teams back-to-back in the penultimate day of the tournament, the North American team, Evil Geniuses, would face off against Team Secret with a berth in Grand Finals on the line.
Unfortunately, after utterly dominating both PSG.LGD and EHOME the day before, Evil Geniuses simply ran out of steam. They never really looked like they had a chance in both games against Team Secret. They lost their lanes, could not recover mid-game, and couldn’t really push the game late to give Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev a chance to farm and carry the team on his Terrorblade.
With the loss, Evil Geniuses will have to settle for yet another third-place finish. This gives Arteezy a comfortable lead in the dubious distinction as the pro player with the most third-place finishes in Dota 2.
The Chongqing Dota 2 Major Grand Finals RecapTeam Secret put on a masterful display of their skill and draft prowess in both Games 1 and 2 of the Grand Finals against Virtus.Pro.
In the first game, Team Secret effectively neutralized Virtus.Pro’s sidelines and kept Vladimir ‘No[o]ne‘ Minenko on his Shadow Fiend at bay in the middle lane. Having won all the lanes, Team Secret pushed their advantage, and though Virtus.Pro tried to hold on, it was already too late as Michal ‘Nisha‘ Jankowski got too big too early, forcing them to call GG just 21 minutes into the game.
Game 2, however, saw an even more dominating performance from Team Secret.
With Puppey pulling out yet another pocket strat with a position 4 Luna for Yazied ‘YapzOr‘ Jaradat, Team Secret, once again, won all of their lanes. Although Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov tried to mitigate the damage of Team Secret’s bottom trilane with timely rotations on his farmed up Doombringer, it was all for naught. A surprise Roshan at the 11-minute mark signified Team Secret hitting their power spike. From then on, they never let up.
6 minutes after taking Roshan right under Virtus.Pro’s noses, Team Secret were already knocking on Virtus.Pro’s doors and into their base. The five-time Major champions had no choice but to call game in 17 minutes.
Staring at a 2-0 deficit and the momentum completely in Team Secret’s favour,the CIS juggernauts found themselves in an unfamiliar position.
Virtus.Pro Roar Back, But Fall Short
Team Secret looked to close things out with yet another teamfight-oriented lineup in Game 3, and for a while, it looked like they were going to complete the sweep.
Case in point, Team Secret were already pushing in on Virtus.Pro’s high ground just right around the same time in previous games. But, the only difference this time around was that Virtus.Pro were able to successfully fend them off. Eventually, after winning successive small skirmishes, Virtus.Pro were able to climb themselves back into the game, making Game 3 last longer than both Games 1 and 2 combined. This gave ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev plenty of time to farm up on his Phantom Lancer and become near-impossible to kill.
With utter disaster successfully averted and the series now 2-1, Virtus.Pro had a bit more confidence heading into Game 4.
Unfortunately, a draft blunder would cost Virtus.Pro the game and the series. Letting wisp through was a huge mistake on their part. The global presence afforded by the spherical hero and its synergy with the rest of Team Secret’s lineup caused Virtus.Pro a lot of headaches.
With Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg coming up big on his Puck in multiple team fights, Team Secret just simply caused too much chaos whenever both teams clashed, preventing Virtus.Pro from zeroing in on MidOne and his Obsidian Destroyer.
A full team wipe in favour of Team Secret at the 25-minute mark would ultimately signal the end for Virtus.Pro. This gave Team Secret full control of the game and allowed them to comfortably close out the series 3-1.
There’s no doubt that Team Secret and Virtus.Pro are the best Dota 2 teams right now. Many believed PSG.LGD and Team Liquid were still just as good, but from what we’ve seen so far this tournament, it’s clear that the two Grand Finalists of the Chongqing Dota 2 Major are simply a level above the rest. The fact that they’ve already mathematically guaranteed their spots at The International 2019 only serves as additional proof.
Of course, the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit is a marathon. The meta will inevitably change. We’ll see other teams rise and fall. But, if both Virtus.Pro and Team Secret continue their current course, they’ll likely remain the heavy favourites well onto The International 2019 in August.
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