Team Secret has defeated Alliance, 3-0, in the grand final of the ESL One Birmingham Online EU/CIS league.
The win extends Secret’s championship streak to four-straight tournament wins, which started with three resounding victories last month at the WePlay! Pushka League Season 1, the Gamers Without Borders charity tournament, and OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online: Europe/CIS.
Secret notably came into the finals from the Lower Bracket, having been upset by Alliance in their opening match at the Upper Bracket. Even so, Secret came out swinging to start the series and easily took game one, which ended with a very lopsided 31-4 kill score just before 30 minutes.
Lasse “Matumbaman” Upralainen on Wraith King and Michal “Nisha” Jankowski on a mid Nature’s Prophet led the way for their team, with both notching nine kills against just one death.
Secret outdrafted Alliance in game two by sneaking a last-pick Meepo for Nisha to partner with Matumbaman’s Luna. In the quickest game of the series at just 27 minutes, Nisha and Matumbaman combined for 20 kills against just one death apiece to give Secret a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Game three was the closest affair of the series by far. Even as Alliance faced a gold deficit from the get-go as Matumbaman on Ursa Warrior rampaged throughout the early to mid game, they were still able to take a couple of huge teamfights over Secret.
However, Secret’s trademark patient playstyle and flawless teamfight execution won out in the end. In a crucial fight for Roshan late into the game, Secret was able to catch out Alliance carry Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Phantom Lancer without buyback. That gave them the opening they needed to break open Alliance’s base and secure the sweep after 41 minutes of action.
Matumbaman notched a series-high 19 kills against just two deaths to lead his team to their fourth-straight championship.