Team Secret defeated Evil Geniuses on home soil with a 3-1 finish, making them the Dota 2 champions of the MLG World Finals 2015, taking home ~$100,000.
This was the first LAN victory for the new Team Secret lineup, as well as the first career wins at a premier event for Aliwi "w33" Omar and Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen. This was also Johan "pieliedie" Åström and Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao's first premier win since MLG Columbus in 2013, which was ironically a win achieved with the help of EG's Artour "Arteezy" Babaev.
Here's a brief on how the series went:
The series kicked off with Evil Geniuses and Team Secret trading two rapid fire games. Secret were the victors of Game 1, on the back of w33’s Meepo, while EG fired back in Game 2 when they last picked ppd’s signature Abaddon. It was the first time the hero was picked in all of competitive 6.85, and it worked out beautifully for EG. The series was evened up and what was once a best-of-five series was now essentially reduced to a best-of-three.
Game 3 was incredibly back and forth and filled with constant fighting. Secret had a stronger hold of the map and they secured every Roshan kill because of it. EG were constantly fighting an uphill battle and they often overcommitted for a kill on an Aegis life, getting punished from Secret’s reinitiation. Neither team were making particularly clean plays but Secret got the better of the trades and ended the game at 41 minutes.
It was do or die for EG in Game 4. They pulled out an odd draft with SumaiL on Beastmaster while Arteezy played Ember Spirit. It was SumaiL's first competitive game on the hero, while Arteezy has a bad reputation on Ember Spirit. Secret responded with a pocket strategy of their own and last picked EternaLEnVy’s Phantom Assassin.
EG committed a lot of pressure on EternaLEnVy, but he escaped death with a sliver of health, twice. A lot of EG’s time was wasted and Secret pulled ahead in the mid game. EG were constantly playing from a deficit, but UNiVeRsE’s signature Dark Seer turned around a countless number of fights. Even still, many mistakes were made in the late game and Secret closed the series after a grueling 58 minutes game.
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