Secret outlast Alliance in grueling series at OGA Dota PIT Online
CMD368 – Secret continued their undefeated run at the OGA Dota PIT Online today with a 2-0 win over Alliance in the first round of the upper bracket. This victory also marks Secret’s 14th series win in a row. Alliance have been the only team to take a match off of Secret in the past 30 games, stealing a game in the Gamers Without Borders charity tournament. While Secret ended up winning with a clean sweep today, both squads were evenly matched in two back-and-forth matches.
The first game saw Alliance get off to a hot start courtesy of their mid laner’s iconic hero, Templar Assassin. Limmp managed to solo kill Nisha’s Storm Spirit in the lane. Secret stabilized the situation swiftly, however, never allowing Limmp to get out of control. Secret maintained the farm rates on their cores, with zai putting his Timbersaw in multiple dangerous situations and escaping by the skin of his teeth most of the time.
Secret won fights by outlasting their opponents with spells like Wraith King’s Reincarnation, whittling down Alliance’s Black King Bars’ and resources before committing their ultimates. Alliance were unable to keep up in the resource race and conceded after a grueling game. Game two saw Nisha uncharacteristically feeding first blood again thanks to a well-timed snipe from Alliance’s Clockwerk and his Rocket Flare. Secret’s two other cores followed with deaths, but as usual, Secret remained unfazed and continued their gameplan. With Enigma and Earthshaker on their side, the European titans were the kings of the teamfight.
While Alliance continued to flash glimpses of their potential, Secret’s preternatural ability to choke out their opponents came into play yet again. Secret continued to accrue a net worth lead and Alliance were eventually suffocated by their opponents’ advantage in items from every hero. Secret will move on to the next round of the tournament and face two-time The International champions OG, who beat Ninjas in Pyjamas in a highly-anticipated matchup earlier today.