Team Secret recently went under some pretty big roster changes, adding Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and the veteran offlaner Saahil “Universe” Arora to replace Aliwi “w33” Omar and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen. With the new roster changes, most of the Dota 2 community was shocked and hyped up for the upcoming tournament ESL One Manila.
Team Secret’s performance at the tournament did not go as planned. They placed an unfortunate 5th place and the entire community was astonished. Their first game was against the new roster of Team Empire led by Vasily “Afterlife” Shishkin. The team of all stars led by Clement “Puppey” Ivanov lost 2 : 0. Then moving to the losers bracket, Team Secret had to face one of the oldest Chinese teams, EHOME. Team Secret then beat EHOME, the Chinese veteran team 2:0. Everyone was amazed that team Secret version 3.0 beat one of the favored Chinese teams.
Fresh off their win, their next match was against Team Empire. To everyones upset, Team Empire came out victorious with amazing Rubick plays from KingR stealing Universe’s Tidehunter’s Ravage and Puppey’s Enigma’s Black hole. Was it overconfidence from beating EHOME or was it just being out-skilled by Empire? Nobody knows for sure.
After the ESL One Manilla tournament, Valve released a new patch, 6.87 which included many changes to heroes, items and terrain. In the hopes of the new patch rejuvenating the struggling team for the upcoming Epicenter tournament, their 8th place finish was at least disappointing. They had not adapted to the new patch well enough to win any of their best of 3’s matches against: Newbee, Virtus.pro and Alliance.
On paper, Team Secret should be dominating the entire Dota 2 scene with one of the most all-star western lineups of all time, but in reality they are still finding their footing among teams filled with prodigies and relative newcomers to elite Dota. Other teams such as Newbee and Team Liquid have found their way in the new patch and are dominating the scene, all the community can hope for is that Team Secret can do the same and find their way in the patch.
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