Team Secret are Major champions once again after beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the Grand Finals of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov and his team never really dropped out of the Upper Brackets throughout the entire tournament, dropping only three games in total and going 13-3 for the entire tournament.
On the other hand, their opponents, Team Liquid, had to survive a tough slate of opponents after dropping to the Lower Brackets early on, courtesy of Evil Geniuses. Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi had to make it through a bevvy of powerhouses, including the likes of Vici Gaming, OG, PSG.LGD, and finally, Evil Geniuses, to set up a Grand Final showdown with Team Secret, at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
With the win, Team Secret become the only Dota 2 team so far this season to win two Major titles.
Team Secret will take home $350,000 of the prize pool, as well as 4,950 DPC points. This puts their total season tally at 14,250, dropping the minimum point threshold to 2,041 DPC points for the remaining four invites for The International 2019. On the other hand, Team Liquid will pocket $170,000 for placing second and will up their total season tally by 3,000 DPC points, bringing it to a total of 3,525 DPC points.
MDL Disneyland Paris Major Grand Finals Recap
Team Liquid set the tone early on, taking an early lead on the backs of Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov and Maroun “GH” Merhej. However, it was Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, on his last pick Morphling, who sealed the fate of Team Secret as he snowballed out of control after a successful laning stage where he was left mostly alone in his lane. A very rare quad rampage kill by Miracle– pretty much summed up Game 1 as Team Secret could do nothing against Team Liquid’s relentless aggression.
In Game 2, Team Secret managed to turn the tables. Although they weren’t able to dominate Team Liquid as much, they were able to slowly suffocate their opponents, forcing them inside their base for much of the game.
Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg seemed determined to redeem himself after being pretty much a non-factor in Game 1 of the series.
With his Sand King making all the timely rotations to help give Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng and his Arc Warden all the space he needs to farm up, Team Secret were able to slowly snuff out any chance of Team Liquid coming back into the game until Team Liquid had no choice but to call GG.
MidOne’s laning prowess as pretty much the story of the final two games of the series. Playing Templar Assassin in both games, MidOne feasted on the opportunity and put on a masterful performance, especially in Game 3, where he went 14-2 and pretty much snowballed.
With the MDL Disneyland Paris Major already over, Dota 2 teams can now start looking forward to the EPICENTER Major in June.
As of the moment, only four invites to The International 2019 remain. A multitude of teams, namely, PSG.LGD, Fnatic, Team Liquid, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, secured their own spots for this year’s annual showdown in Shanghai by virtue of their placements at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
With that said, expect Dota 2 teams to try and up their performance even more. Now that only four invite slots remain, the stakes have never been higher.
What do you think of Team Secret’s win at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major? Do you think that teams will start figuring them out soon enough? Or will they continue dominating well until The International 2019? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.