Evil Geniuses were able to easily brush aside Team Secret in the Upper Bracket round 1, booking themselves a spot in the Upper Bracket finals versus Gambit Esports, just one win away from a place in the Grand Finals of the ONE Esports World Pro Invitational.
The match-up between EG and Team Secret was a highly anticipated one between two hot favorites, however, what originally was an intriguing match rather ended in a whimper. Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 team showed no steel against Team Secret, closing out what was expected to be a tight series, 2 – 0 and securing themselves a top three place at the ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Singapore.
From the very first moment EG gained an overwhelming advantage. Their two new superstars, Abed Yusop and Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev were on point throughout the series, using their incredible mechanical skill to smother their opposing lane matchups in two quick games.
Game one started with Secret having a kill lead, owing to their aggressive Pugna and Weaver pickups. Yet, their squishiness was duly exploited by EG in the mid game. Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen fed in the early game but redeemed himself with spectacular initiations that locked down Secret’s core heroes, quickly turning the tides in EG’s favor. A five-men ravage by RAMZES666 sealed Secret’s fate.
Game two was an even quicker affair between the two teams. Secret’s laning phase was terrible, resulting in their hero levels becoming far lower than their opponents’. EG steamrolled the enemy with their high-tempo draft, sending Secret to the lower bracket.
This was Secret’s debut at a big offline tournament this season, though, they were without their full squad. Former Secret mid player Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng is currently standing in for Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat. Team Secret fans need not worry just yet; while it is disappointing to see them lose in such a fashion, the roster surely does still have a few more tricks left up their sleeves.
On the other side of the upper bracket first round, Gambit Esports took down Alliance in a similarly one-sided fashion, also winning the series 2 – 0. The surging Gambit were the only team able to beat EG in the group stages so this matchup should prove to be an entertaining one, and will determine who enters the Grand Finals and earn a rest day before the final series of the World Pro Invitational.
Along with Gambit Esports, EG are now guaranteed a top three at the event and will pocket at least $60,000 USD in prize money. That’s it for the latest esports news from esportsnow today. Get involved on Facebookor Twitter, give your opinions, talk to fellow esports fans, but most importantly, never miss out on the latest happenings in the wonderful world of esports. Thanks for reading.