Team Secret would have had a perfect run so far at WePlay! Pushka League if it wouldn’t be for Team Liquid to steal a series from them in the group stages. Revenge was taken today in the upper bracket semifinals as Liquid were executed 2-0 despite having a strong start in both games.
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov came prepared with two Bounty Hunter drafts to mess up Team Liquid’s gameplay by making sure that their habit of jungle stacking and accelerated farm won’t happen. He put BH in the trusty hands of Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg and Team Secret patiently waited to hit the right timing for the lethal attack. Bounty Hunter was complimented in game one by Ember Spirit, who was able to chase and keep the tracked target in place until it would eventually go down. However, the game started with three early deaths on Bounty and many pickoffs on Puppey’s Bane, which made Liquid feel confident that the Bane would be an easy target at any given point, but they got taken by surprise at the 17-minute mark by a Ghost Scepter reveal from Puppey and the failed initiation marked Liquid’s downfall. As the full Liquid line-up was relying on right click damage, both Secret’s supports went for the Ghost Scepter and turned the game in their favour.
Liquid seemed to have learned their lesson from game one and adjusted their draft for the next battle with a mid lane Queen of Pain, but the result was almost identical. Zai started with 3 deaths by the 10-minute mark, and even though Liquid managed to find pickoffs on all Secret’s cores, Secrets’ Death Prophet and Dragon Knight in the early stage, the tide turned once Michał “Nisha” Jankowski stooped the madness with a Heaven’s Halberd purchased 20 minutes into the game.
Secret’s itemization emphasized on plus armor and HP regeneration allowed them to fight into Liquid’s Bristtleback and corner their adversaries into their base to take a clean 2-0 victory that secures them a top three finish at WePlay! Pushka League.
Team Liquid will have a shot at bouncing back via lower bracket rounds. They will resume the games tomorrow, May 11 against Alliance, while Team Secret will play versus VP.Prodigy for a spot into the grand finals.