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After an exceptional performance in the group stage with an unbeaten run, Team Secret paved their way to the final of Season 9. In the final, they were up against Fnatic, who had some fantastic results in the Pro Circuit. However, the side was no match for Secret in the grand finale.
The initial confrontation ended with 25-4 on the scoreboard in favor of Team Secret. Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng was given an unusual hero from his captain. He took Visage to the middle and although he lost the laning phase, he recovered spectacularly. Secret also gambled on a Lone Druid pick for Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard. He decided to go with the fight build instead of the more traditional one with Radiance in the Spirit Bear.
Team Secret lost some towers and went slightly behind during the opening stages of the game. However, in the 15th minute, a fight in Roshan changed the course of the game. Ace managed to steal the Aegis and use the advantage to take two lanes of barracks. The side then won every fight, until Fnatic tapped out.
In the second game, Fnatic responded by denying Team Secret some of their signature heroes. They either picked them (Chen, Rubick, and Lone Druid) or banned them (Bounty Hunter and Night Stalker). And the last pick of Fnatic was the Timbersaw of Azel “Abed” Yusop in response to the Bristleback of Secret.
Fnatic’s composition seemed to work, as they won the laning phase with some good rotations. However, they lost the game again in a fight around the 15th minute. This caused Team Secret to get the Aegis with a Phantom Lancer and an unstoppable Bristleback.
With morale in tatters, Fnatic was not able to force a fourth game. It seemed that since the draft they did not want to make an effort, letting Team Secret get their best heroes. Rubick of Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and the Bounty Hunter of Clement “Puppey” Ivanov are prime examples. With this draft, the European team secured an advantage from the start thanks to the impeccable rotations.
MidOne surprised the fans again with another unusual pick for him in the middle, this time a Kunkka pick. At 30 minutes, Fnatic was already practically locked in the base, unable to defend the barracks.
Team Secret won 3-0 quite easily over Fnatic in the grand finale. Team Secret finished the tournament undefeated, taking 150 points and $125,000.
DreamLeague Season 9 was held from the 21st to the 25th of March in Stockholm at the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios. The prize fund of the tournament was $300,000 and 300 points for the DotA Pro Circuit.
Team Secret is the champion of the DreamLeague season 9 and with the 150 points, that brings their total to 4,710 points. They are now cutting the distance between Team Liquid at 4,734 . Although 15 tournaments of the competitive circuit have already been played, there are still seven tournaments left and they are the most decisive because four of them are Majors.
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