Group Trick breezes through WePlay! ‘Dota 2’ league and protects crown
Dota 2 fan-favorites Group Secret annihilated the competition and declared the top area, liquidating the very first season of the WePlay! Puskha League.
Despite going up versus some stiff competitors, Team Secret– lead by Dota 2 veteran Clement “Puppey” Ivanov– appeared to have no difficulty getting by their challengers and taking house the WePlay! Pushka League first-place trophy.
A few of the most significant names in the CIS and European Dota 2 scene signed up with the competition too, including Group Liquid, Virtus Pro, Na’Vi, and OG.
Group Secret remained unfazed, however, as they blew by the group phases and went on to bag the US$ 70,000 [AU$ 109,125] prize.
The European-based team shared a group stage bracket with Alliance, Group Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Group Nigma, OG, and OG Seed. Anyone familiar with competitive Dota 2 knows that those are some quite hard groups to take on.
Group Secret still managed, however, to complete strong as they entered into the playoffs with the top area and a record of 5W-1L. Their only loss was at the hands of fellow veteran Team Liquid.
Puppey began his playoff run versus Na’Vi, his former team. Na’Vi simply could not appear to make the shift to the mid-game as they were beat at every turn. While both matches ran in excess of thirty minutes, the games still felt one-sided all throughout.
Their 2nd video game would protest the only team in the competition that managed to beat them in a series– Group Liquid.
The result would be various this time around, nevertheless, as Group Secret convincingly took both games off the back of Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s magnificent efficiencies on Death Prophet and Giant Warlord.
The next match-up would be versus VP.Prodigy in the Upper Bracket Final. The very first match could have gone either way with MATUMBAMAN and mid-laner Michał “Nisha” Jankowski struggling during the early game.
Fortunately enough, both cores handled to bounce back perfectly as Team Secret handled to retreat from VP.Prodigy after they committed to a dreadful team fight at the 31-minute mark.
The second video game wasn’t nearly as close, with MATUMBAMAN and Nisha more than offseting their previous early video game troubles. Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat also brought his A-game, handling an extraordinary stat line of 7/0/13 on his support Witch Physician.
After losing in the Upper Bracket Finals, VP.Prodigy was successful in conquering Group Liquid for an opportunity to get back at Group Trick in the WePlay! Pushka League grand finals.
Regrettably for VP.Prodigy, this would not be the Cinderella story they were searching for, as Group Secret revealed no grace in obliterating them across all three video games.
Not only did their cores have no problem protecting farms throughout all the matches, but their assistances likewise managed to make VP.Prodigy’s lives an outright problem– a well-deserved albeit anticlimactic champion success for Team Secret.
Protecting top place in the WePlay! Pushka League marks the second time this year that Group Secret has actually made a major championship title.
Group Secret is presently completing in the “AMD SAPPHIRE OGA DOTA PIT EU/CIS Area” and “Gamers Without Borders” tournaments and have yet to sustain a loss.