Team Secret have been the talk of the town for quite some time now. Winners of the recent Shanghai Major, they immediately revamped their roster, bringing in their ex-teammate from EG Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and one of the most consistent players in Dota 2 - Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. To make way for the star players from EG, Aliwi “w33” Omar and Rasmus “miSeRy” Filipsen were let go just three days before the roster lock. However, w33 and miSeRy are not the only ones having to face the music as Team EG have also lost two key players and thus have to find immediate replacements themselves.
Round two for Arteezy
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev is making his way onto the Team Secret roster for the second time, having played with them for The International 2015. However, after a disappointing run at the event, Arteezy returned to Evil Geniuses to team up with his long-time friend and mentor Clinton “Fear” Loomis.
Things didn't go in the Dota 2 prodigy’s favor, though, and time has now taken him back to the ranks of Team Secret once more to assume the playmaking mid position.
The first test at ESL One Manila
With rosters finalized and set in stone until The International 2016, Team Secret definitely got the better side of the deal, and at least on paper are seen as untouchable in the Dota 2 scene for now.
Having a direct invite for ESL One Manila, Team Secret's first proving ground is less than two weeks away, and will see the team will test their might against the top Dota 2 teams in the world. Not many will be able to make a stand against the prowess of Team Secret, who already have a major under their belt along with the winning title of ESL One Frankfurt 2015.
Placed in group B with the likes of Fnatic, EHOME and Empire, it will certainly be exciting to see the big names fight to get to the next stage. Will Team Secret’s run be strenuous or a walk in the park?
The showdown begins
Watch Team Secret and seven more top teams battle it out for the prestigious first place spot as well as the lion's share of a US$250,000 prize pool. The ESL One Manila main event starts on April the 22nd, so if you haven't already booked your ticket make sure to get yours here!