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Can Team Secret carry their impeccable form into ESL One Frankfurt 2015?

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Made up of hugely successful and incredibly dynamic players, Team Secret are setting their sights on ESL One Frankfurt 2015! The international all-star ensemble may just be the hottest commodity in Dota 2 at the moment, well justifying their direct invite to the tournament. However, will they be the first ever Western team to secure an ESL One trophy?

The roster

With every player on the team having attended both previous ESL One events in 2014, Team Secret is one of the teams most experienced with the signature ESL One single elimination format. Their roster has been stable for almost half a year, and recent performances are showcasing their full potential.

Support Clement Puppey Ivanov
Support Kuro KuroKySalehi Takhasomi
Offlane Ludwig zai Wåhlberg
Mid / Carry Gustavs4Magnusson (c)
Mid / Carry Artour Arteezy Babaev

Recent performances

Team Secret have officially hit their stride! It took a while after the team’s initial formation for them to enjoy success, but now that they’re working with a stable roster, their recent performances have been lethal. They won both The Summit 3 and MarsTV Dota 2 League, but it was the way they did it that made it so impressive. How many Western teams can say that they went 11-1 in a tournament in China?

Placement Tournament
1st (3-1 vs. Team Empire) MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Spring
1st (3-1 vs. Evil Geniuses) The Summit 3
7th-8th (0-2 vs. Alliance) Star Ladder Star Series Season 12

Patch 6.84

Current record on patch: 27-5

Most Picked Most banned
10x Clockwerk Shadow Fiend 19x Gyrocopter
9x Bristleback Queen of Pain 7x Queen of Pain
7x Rubick Dark Seer Keeper of the Light 6x Storm Spirit
6x Dazzle Razor 5x Dazzle Bristleback

Ever since the introduction of patch 6.84, Team Secret have simply been steamrolling the competition. Many of their games don’t even reach the 30 minute mark, with their most notable victory over Evil Geniuses being a 14 minute stomp in the final game of the Summit 3.

Once Team Secret starts snowballing in match, it’s hard to put the brakes on. In this sense, the single elimination format might be a big boon for them as opponents have only very few games’ time to grow accustomed to their style. And, looking at the team’s current form, they are being touted as the biggest favorite to lift the trophy in Frankfurt, and it would be a big surprise if we don’t see them go all the way to the grand finals.

If you want to see Team Secret live and in action, grab your ESL One Frankfurt 2015 tickets right here, and be sure to keep an eye on @ESLDota2 for further team previews.