It was a treacherous path for Team Secret but they managed to navigate their way through eight rounds of single elimination and one bo3 to reach the Grand Finals of the European Open Qualifiers. Their opponents were Danish bears, and the final bo3 would determine who would win one of the two slots in the European Regionals.
Team Secret were put in the Open Qualifiers as a result of them bringing in a new player when Universe left to return to Evil Geniuses, instead of simply promoting one of their two substitutes. Bulba’s transfer to Team Secret made them ineligible for a direct invite to TI6 or the Regionals.
In game 1 Danish Bears took us back to 6.82-6.84 with a Sniper and Troll combo, a pair of heroes that became the bane of most pub games during last year’s patches.
DB did well to shut down Bulba’s Nyx in the early game – who ended the game with 0-7-11 – and it gave the impression the Danes had pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a retro draft. However, they left EternalEnvy’s Dragonlance TerrorBlade free farming and with Arteezy also cruising on Timbersaw, whatever lead DB had put together in the first minutes of the game quickly dissipated.
Arteezy’s carefree wandering Timbersaw chilling around DB’s fountain when they still had all their tier 3’s up was a testimony of just how well Secret had game 1. Game 2 was even more one-sided than the first. DB once again allowed Secret the chance to pick TerrorBlade and EternalEnvy once again punished them for it, ending the game with 15-1 on TB. Overall aside from a brief sign of hope for DB at the start of game 1, Team Secret were just a cut above their Grand Final opponents.
Team Secret now progress to the Regional Qualifiers, where they will join 8 invited teams as well as the winner of the second European Open Qualifiers.
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