After a disappointing ESL New York CDEC came into the game wanting to prove that the second place at The International 5 wasn’t a one time performance.
Secret has gone through huge roster changes since TI5. The squad debuted in promising form at ESL New York beating CDEC among others and eventually falling to Vega Squadron in the finals. MLG is another chance to prove that the new Secret team is still of high quality.
Secret and CDEC faced off in the Winner’s Series of Group B. It was a CDEC squad that was thirsty for revenge that showed up today. CDEC went for a classic CDEC-draft with huge snowball potential. Team Secret answered with a late-game oriented draft with strong split-push and high ground defense.
CDEC continuously bullied Secret throughout the first game of the Series and despite strong split push from Misery’s Nature’s Prophet it just wasn’t enough. A record breaking Juggernaut performance by Aggressif secured the game for CDEC after beating and bullying Team Secret for over 50 minutes.
It was do or die time for Team Secret, a loss would send them to the loser series where MVP.Phoenix is waiting. Puppey drafted a signature Enchantress for himself as well as a 6.85 top pick in the Alchemist for w33ha. CDEC answered with a signature of their own, the Bounty Hunter as well as bringing back the good old Tidehunter. The game started horrible for Puppey and co. A number of failed ganks and turn arounds meant they came out of the laning phase with a huge deficit against the midgame draft by CDEC. Despite a heroic defense by Team Secret and a number of good fights securing a decent timed Radiance for EternalEnvy on his Spectre, CDEC was able to secure the game after a huge Ravage by Xz around the Roshan pit.
CDEC looked like the team we saw during The International 5, with fast paced mid-game oriented drafts they were able to punish the greed of Team Secret and get their revenge from ESL New York.