In spite of a poor regular season, several squad changes, and having to compete in a Last Chance Qualifier, Team Secret defeated Virtus.pro and received one of the last invitations to The International 2022.
Not only will fans be able to see Nisha, Crystallis, and the dynamic combo of Resolut1on and Zayac continue to compete, but Puppey will be attending his 11th consecutive TI, continuing Dota’s greatest TI-related run.
Once again it will be proven why Dota 2’ International is currently one of the greatest esports events on the planet.
The Story So Far
For various reasons, such as players retiring or their Dota 2 rosters not holding up to the heightened competition, the number of players who managed to attend every single TI has gradually decreased over time.
Puppey and his former partner KuroKy were the only two members of the so-called “All-Timers” group to remain when Puppey joined them in TI10.
Puppey and his group will now have a chance to contend for TI11 despite the fact that this season for Secret was not normal. This implies that Puppey and Nisha still have a chance to help this team win the championship and surpass their third-place performance from TI10.
One of the favorites going into the TI11 LCQ, Secret did not dissapoint, posting a respectable record in the group stage before exploding in the playoffs. In the first round, Xtreme Gaming presented their only significant obstacle, but after eliminating the seasoned Chinese team, they easily defeated T1 and VP to complete their run.
For example, in game two of their series versus VP, where they forced a dull surrender in just 28 minutes, Secret played to their timings, recognized their victory conditions, and executed their strategy to perfection. It was a real reminder of what we were used to expect from Team Secret back in the day when their name was synonym for greatness.
The fact that Secret effectively warmed up by defeating a number of formidable opponents and is now coming in hot makes this a worrisome picture for teams who are currently in the TI11 group stage.
This might be the beginning of a deep run for a lineup that appears ready to accept the challenge of competing on Dota’s greatest stage if they can continue this momentum while adding preparation time for subsequent opponents.