Team Secret earn third consecutive championship, crush Alliance at ESL One Birmingham Online
CMD368 – Team Secret dispatched Alliance in a clean sweep to earn top honors at ESL One Birmingham Online 2020. Following victories at the WePlay! Pushka League and OGA Dota PIT 2020, this marks the European juggernauts’ third online Dota 2 league victory in a row. Secret’s tournament run this time round wasn’t perfect, like their OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online campaign, but a dominant grand finals showing proved that the European titans are not quite ready to hand the reins over to a challenger just yet.
Game 3 was much closer but Secret proved to be too strong 👏 pic.twitter.com/DKnHroPHx1
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) June 7, 2020
Alliance were thoroughly outclassed throughout the series. Coincidentally, Secret managed to garner exactly 31 kills in each of the three games, while Alliance accumulated just 32 kills over the entire series. The first two games were an all-Secret performance from start to finish. Game one saw Alliance’s fast-pushing lineup with Chen and Death Prophet repeatedly crash into the Secret brick wall, who were always bringing an extra man to the fights with the global mobility of Nature’s Prophet and a Boots of Travel Batrider.
Alliance’s late-game eggs were placed entirely in the Nikobaby Phantom Lancer basket, however, as Secret’s cores continued to farm unperturbed. Alliance managed to repel Secret, but they were unable to mount a piercing offense.
All it took was an errant misstep from Nikobaby, who was caught out near the Roshan pit as Alliance attempted another objective defence. Secret seized the opportunity and went straight for the jugular, ending the closest match of the series and proving that right now, they remain leaps and bounds ahead in Europe and CIS.
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