Although the world is not exactly functioning normally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pro Dota 2 scene has found a way to make your lives just a little easier. As you know, ESL One LA was going to be a DPC Major that had to take place around a month ago. However, after the situation with the virus, ESL decided to make this event online. As a result, we’ve been watching some of the best teams in the world in the last couple of days.
Although the tournament ends tomorrow, today, we got to see the biggest surprise yet. One of the heavy favourites to win the entire tournament, Team Secret, had to wave goodbye to the event after losing to Vikin.gg. This comes just a day after the European powerhouse lost to the two-time TI winners, OG, in the upper bracket.
As a result, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his team-mates are now out of this event.
What happened in the Team Secret vs OG match?
Game one between these two teams saw some crazy drafts. Although we expected the Romanian squad to take Rik and Grimstroke, it was Team Secret that grabbed the overpowered combo. Nevertheless, it felt like Vikin.gg were prepared with a very aggressive counterpick. As a result, they crushed the laning stage and snowballed out-of-control, resulting in an extremely fast win.
With their backs against the wall, Team Secret had to make something happen if they wanted to survive in the event. Unfortunately, it seems that the EU powerhouse didn’t learn their lesson from round one, as they let their enemies pick QoP again. Combined with a Lycan as a carry, Vikin.gg were just too strong to deal with, although Secret had a much better laning stage than they did in game one.
In the end, the Romanians needed just a few core items and completely turned the game in their favour.