Puppey power: Breaking down Trick’s ongoing high-level play after ESL One Birmingham|Dot Esports
Group Secret is by far the finest Dota 2 team in the world today, having won 4 of the last six tier 2 or greater tournaments in 2020, consisting of a win at the DreamLeague Season 13 Major.
And at the leading edge of Secret’s success sits the mastermind of the operation: Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, who has actually extended his lead as the winningest gamer in Dota 2 history after he and his team swept Alliance to win ESL One Birmingham Online.
In total, Puppey has won 1,312 professional Dota games, one of the most of any player ever. Only veteran gamers like KuroKy, Fly, s4, and n0tail even come close to that number, with Kuro sitting in 2nd at 1,295 wins.
The list is made up of the initial Team Secret lineup that Puppey formed after leaving Natus Vincere in 2014. At that time, Fly went by Simbaa and n0tail played under his old BigDaddy tag.
Throughout the group’s run at ESL One Birmingham, Puppey outplayed Kuro two times, sweeping Nigma in the group phase and removing them from the competition in lower-bracket round 3.
And looking at a couple of other metrics, Trick’s gamers, both former and existing, control almost every classification.
Puppey sits at third in all-time winrate at 66.77 percent, just behind previous teammate MidOne (67.24 percent,) and current colleague zai, who holds the record at 68.41 percent. It will be essentially difficult for Puppey to capture zai due to his age and the fact they play together, but he is still ahead of some other ex-Secret gamers, s4 (65.04 percent) and Arteezy (64.96 percent.).
Puppey made the title of Europe/CIS Mercedes Benz MVP of the occasion, both for his preparing throughout the occasion and his incredibly technical play in the finals. He went a combined 6/8/47 as Secret rolled over Alliance for their 5th ESL One title.
Puppey is ahead in all however four head-to-head match-ups for players he has faced 50 or more times, according to datDota designer and analyst Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen. This includes all of his ex-teammates and the majority of his most significant rivals in Europe/CIS.
Trick’s Dota roster has been one of the leading teams since its formation in 2014, and the one constant consider that success continues to be Puppey. His understanding of the game integrated with his capability to lead with an open character and direct approach to competitors has Secret sitting at a tier above anybody else presently playing.