MP, MidOne and Forev join Team Secret

by theScore Staff Aug 27 2016
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Pyo "MP" No-a, Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng and Lee "Forev" Sang-don have joined Team Secret, the organization announced Saturday,

MP and Forev previously played for MVP Phoenix, spending most of their Dota 2 careers with the organization. Forev was confirmed to have left MVP earlier this week, though there was no word on MP’s departure from the team.

MidOne originally joined Fnatic in December 2015, which was also his first professional Dota 2 team. While on Fnatic, the team steadily improved their standings in LANs, culminating in their fourth-place finish at TI6. MidOne, alongside Adam “343” Shah and Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti, left Fnatic earlier this week as the team worked to rebuild ahead of the upcoming Fall Major.

Leaving the team are Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Kanushka “BuLba” Sosale, who joined the team in March and June respectively. Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao was confirmed to have left the team earlier in August.

Related: EternalEnvy leaves Team Secret

Secret have had a tumultuous year since the team finished in 7th-8th place at TI5. Keeping only Puppey on their roster following TI5, Secret quickly propelled themselves to the top of professional Dota, winning MLG World Finals and Nanyang Dota 2 Championships in short order. Their momentum was briefly stopped after they lost to OG 3-1 in The Frankfurt Major' Grand Finals, as the team struggled to place outside of the Top 6 at LAN's heading into 2016.

At The Shanghai Major, Secret reached what would be their greatest achievement of the 2015-2016 season. Losing only two games in the Upper Bracket, Secret returned to their second Major Grand Final to defeat Team Liquid 3-1 and end their championship drought. Less than three weeks later, Secret would drop Aliwi "w33" Omar and Rasmus "Misery" Filipsen to bring Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Saahil "Universe" Arora from Evil Geniuses to the team.

Instead of improving their roster, the addition of Arteezy and Universe signaled the start of their downhill climb from the top of Dota. In a repeat of their winter performance, Secret once again failed to place above the Top 6 at LAN's in the spring. While they would redeem themselves at Shanghai, the new Secret failed, bowing out of The Manila Major tied for last place after a disastrous series of games.

Before the tournament even ended, Universe rejoined EG and was subsequently replaced by Kanishka "BuLba" Sosale, forcing the team to play through the TI6 Open Qualifiers. While Secret would handily qualify for TI6, they could not improve upon their performance at Manila, losing to LGD Gaming in the first round of the Lower Bracket.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.