Two-time The International (TI) champions OG resoundingly swept reigning Major champions Team Secret, 2-0, in their marquee matchup at the Upper Bracket of the ESL One Los Angeles EU-CIS online regional league playoffs.
After OG utterly dominated Secret in an 18-minute series opener, superstar carry player Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan had a godlike performance in game two. Using three Divine Rapiers on his Gyrocopter, he led his team to a massive comeback in the most epic game of the season thus far.
Looking to avenge their game one loss, Secret assembled a heavy teamfight composition with strong late game potential. Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen was on Phantom Lancer, Michal “Nisha” Jankowski on Kunkka, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg was on Timbersaw, Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat was on Earthshaker, and Clement “Puppey” Ivanov was on Witch Doctor.
Meanwhile, OG opted for a four-protect-one strategy with SumaiL on Gyrocopter. Stand-in midlaner Neta “33” Shapira had a core Chen and Martin “Saksa” Saazdov was on a support Pugna to provide healing for their hard carry. Stand-in offlaner Sébastien “Ceb” Debs was put on Sand King and Johan “N0tail” Sundstein had Nyx Assassin as their team’s initiators and crowd control heroes.
Secret handily won the laning phase, but that didn’t stop OG from getting aggressive and winning the first five-on-five engagement of the game by the Dire Secret Shop.
Secret also won the ensuing clashes to accumulate an 8,000 gold lead after the 16-minute mark, but OG struck back to win a fight by their tier one tower at the middle lane and sneakily secure the first Aegis of the Immortal of the game 18 mintues in.
Even while SumaiL had the Aegis in hand, Secret’s growing gold advantage allowed them to take him down twice, along with three other OG heroes, in a clash at the 21-minute mark to solidify their lead.
OG scored pickoffs that secured them the second Aegis of the game. However, Secret continued to dominate in teamfights, allowing them to take down OG’s barracks at the middle lane and grow their gold advantage to over 20,000 after 32 minutes.
With his team in dire straits, SumaiL picked up his first Divine Rapier at the 35-minute mark to stall the game for OG. But that didn’t stop Secret from trying to take another set of barracks at the bottom lane as their gold lead had already grown to 30,000.
In the ensuing clash, Secret got the jump on their opponents to quickly burst down Ceb and N0tail. They were also on the verge of also taking down SumaiL, if not for Saksa who was able to heal SumaiL just in time to save him from death.
Secret dove into OG’s base in pursuit of the retreating SumaiL, but he was able to use his Satanic at the last possible second to turn the fight around. In the end, SumaiL notched a Triple Kill as OG teamwiped Secret and protected their bottom barracks.
Secret eventually took down OG’s bottom barracks after 47 minutes, but by then SumaiL had already built up his Gyrocopter to be nigh-unkillable with Divine Rapier, Satanic, Heart of Tarrasque, and Paladin Sword on top of the healing he was already getting from 33’s Chen and Saksa’s Pugna.
Secret’s gold advantage still ballooned up to over 40,000 as the game breached the 50-minute mark. However, OG was already firmly in control of the game as SumaiL built his second Rapier to get another Triple Kill and destroy Secret’s middle barracks within the next five minutes.
Smelling blood in the water, SumaiL built a third Rapier at the 56-minute mark to turn his Gyrocopter into an unstoppable siege engine that dealt over 1,200 damage with each hit while having over 4,000 health.
Secret’s admirable defensive effort was simply not enough to stop SumaiL from getting an Ultra Kill and destroying their Ancient to end a thriller of a 57-minute game.
OG’s superstar carry notched a 16/4/16 to lead his team to an epic comeback, though his counterpart Matumbaman still put up a formidable 21/6/12 line in a losing effort.
With their win, OG have advanced to the Upper Bracket Finals of the ESL One Los Angeles EU-CIS online regional league playoffs where they will face a surging Virtus.pro.
Meanwhile, Secret dropped to the Lower Bracket and will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive against Vikin.gg.