Team Secret snatched their first championship title of the new season in FACEIT Dota 2 Invivational. The European/SEA mix cruised through the brackets undefeated, wiping out Vega Squadron 2:0 in the Grand Finals. The antagonists of Dota 2 walk away with the $10,000 prize and strong start to the fall season.
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) October 19, 2016
Heading into the new Boston Major season, Team Secret claimed their first championship title during the FACEIT Dota 2 Invivitational.
The revamped squad featuring a mix of two European and three SEA stars didn’t drop a single match in their journey through the brackets. With relative ease, they knocked Escape Gaming and then Team Empire out of the event in the brutal single elimination best-of-one matches.
Bringing their A game and trying to prove their worth for an invite to the Boston Major, the team then swept through Vega Squardon 2:0 to secure their trophy.
Vega Squadron had their own strong start to the season, taking out Ad Finem and upsetting Team Liquid to advance to the Grand Finals.
FACEIT Dota 2 Invivitational
For the first time, FACEIT had announced they will be hosting a Dota 2 Invitational – an online only event with a live broadcast from their studios in London.
FACEIT Dota 2 Invivitational Teams
- Team Liquid
- Team Secret
- Vega Squadron
- Team Empire
- Escape Gaming
- Ad Finem
FACEIT Dota 2 Invivitational Format
- Single Elimination
- Best-of-one matches
- Grand Finals best-of-three
FACEIT Dota 2 Invivitational Prize
The total prize pool was $25,000 for the exclusive online event.
- 1st place – $10,000 Team Secret
- 2nd place – $7,000 Vega Squadron
- 3rd-4th place – $4,000 Team Liquid/Team Empire
Secret were among the first to announce their roster for the upcoming 2016 Fall Major.
During the drop period, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao and Sam “Bulba” Sosale parted ways with the team – eventually joining Evil Geniuses, Team NP and Team Liquid respectively.
The new lineup includes three SEA players – former MVP.Phoenix members MP and Forev, and ex-Fnatic player MidOne – as well as two European players and members of the team’s previous roster, Puppey and pieliedie.
Most recently the new roster took fourth place at MDL 2016, falling to OG 2:0 in the lower brackets round 3.
Team Secret roster:
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
Johan “pieliedie” Åström
Pyo “MP” No-a
Lee “Forev” Sang-don
Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng