The axe has finally been lifted from its stone as Team Secret defeated Team Liquid 3-1 in the Grand Finals of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major to win their second Major title of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Entering the final day, Team Liquid had been facing tall odds. Not only did they have to beat Evil Geniuses first, who had already defeated them earlier in the tournament, but they also would need to beat Team Secret to win the title, a team who has historically had their number. But, after quickly dispatching of Evil Geniuses and giving them their nth third-place finish at a Valve event, Team Liquid seemed primed to finally win their first Valve tournament this season.
True enough, Team Liquid gave Team Secret a good drubbing in Game 1. Unfortunately, as the series went on, Team Secret started to figure out how to beat Team Liquid. After taking 46 minutes to take Game 2, Team Secret only needed 37 minutes and 29 minutes to take Games 3 and 4, respectively, with both victories coming rather easily.
It was an impressive showing for Team Secret overall at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. In total, they played 16 games and won 13 of them. They never dropped a single series. More importantly, they looked like a team that had a good grasp of the current meta and doesn’t really care much about
always looked like a threat to take a game, despite playing from behind.
Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov was awarded the tournament MVP and was so impressive that even Mickey Mouse himself had to make an appearance to congratulate the newly-crowned Major champions.
Team Secret and Evil Geniuses had already collected enough Dota 2 Pro Circuit points to receive a direct invite to The International 2019 prior to the tournament. Due to their placements, the minimum threshold for the four remaining direct invite slots is now lower. Meanwhile, Team Liquid will go on to secure their direct invite in their first Grand Final appearance in a Valve event this season.
Three other Dota 2 teams in PSG.LGD, Fnatic, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, also secured a direct invite to The International 2019 at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
Now that the fourth Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit is over, it’s time for teams to start preparing for the EPICENTER Major.
The closed qualifiers for the EPICENTER Major in June will kick off on May 15 and will run through May 19. Teams who failed to qualify will get another shot at the StarLadder Ukraine Minor. The top two teams from the final Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will advance to the EPICENTER Major.