Team Trick earn 3rd consecutive champion, crush Alliance at ESL One Birmingham Online|Dot Esports
Group Secret dispatched Alliance in a clean sweep to make leading honors at ESL One Birmingham Online 2020 today. Following success at the WePlay! Pushka League and OGA Dota PIT 2020, this marks the European juggernauts’ 3rd online Dota 2 league triumph in a row.
Trick’s competition run this time round wasn’t perfect, like their OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online project, but a dominant grand finals showing proved that the European titans are not rather all set to hand the reins over to an opposition just yet.
Alliance were thoroughly outplayed throughout the series. Coincidentally, Secret handled to amass exactly 31 kills in each of the three games, while Alliance collected just 32 eliminates over the whole series.
The very first two games were an all-Secret efficiency from start to end up. Video game one saw Alliance’s fast-pushing lineup with Chen and Death Prophet repeatedly crash into the Secret brick wall, who were constantly bringing an extra guy to the fights with the worldwide mobility of Nature’s Prophet and a Boots of Travel Batrider.
In the second game, Alliance were captured out by a Meepo last choice, handled by Nisha. While Alliance ultimately showed incapable of handling the Meepo, it was zai’s Kunkka that was in the thick of things, setting up every fight to be on Trick’s terms prior to Secret’s Meepo and Luna came in to clean out Alliance’s base.
Game three seemed going much of the exact same way for Secret. This time, it was MATUMBAMAN’s Battlefury Ursa that took spotlight, an aggressive pick that dearly penalized Alliance’s offlane.
This time round, Alliance managed to muster up a durable defence, aided with a draft that focused more on teamfights. A lovely Axe initiation from s4 was backed up with Grimstroke’s Ink Swell, which proved to be a turning point for Alliance.
Alliance’s late-game eggs were positioned totally in the Nikobaby Phantom Lancer basket, however, as Secret’s cores continued to farm undisturbed. Alliance handled to drive away Secret, however they were not able to mount a piercing offense.
All it took was an errant bad move from Nikobaby, who was caught out near the Roshan pit as Alliance attempted another objective defence. Secret seized the chance and went directly for the jugular, ending the closest match of the series and showing that today, they remain leaps and bounds ahead in Europe and CIS.