The International 2019 favorites, by MoreMMR: Team Secret

July 29, 2019

Every year we are back to prediction the winner of the upcoming The International. And while our neural network MoreMMR AI is warming up, we have asked our experts what they think about the participants and the tournament as a whole. Among the teams that more than others will win the championship, our analysts identified:

  • Team Secret
  • Virtus Pro
  • Team Liquid
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Vici Gaming

The first in the list of favorites is Team Secret. This team brought together some of the best players in the world on their positions. Also do not forget about the legendary captain - Clement “Puppey” Ivanov. In addition to the captaincy of Dota 2, Clement is also a co-founder of the organization.

The “Secret” team was created after Puppey left Natus Vincere. At the beginning of its history, the roster of Secret often changed. To date, the team was formed by of Puppey, Zheng “MidOne” Yek Nai and Yazid “YapzOr” Zharadat. This trio has been performing together for more than two years.

The remaining players of the organization often changed within the last years. The current roster was finally complimented by Michal “Nisha” Jankowski and Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg. In such a roster Team Secret have achieved incredible heights. At the moment, this is the most successful composition of the “Secret” for the entire existence of the organization.

Current Team Secret roster:
Michal “Nisha” Jankowski
Zheng “MidOne” Yek Nye
Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
Yazid “YapzOr” Zharadat
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
Team Secret tournament history

For all its existence, the organization has earned about $ 8.4 million in prize money. According to this indicator, the team is in ninth place among all the teams in Dota 2 history. In the season 2018/2019, “Secret” earned $ 1.44 million in prize money - this is almost 18% compared to the total all time wiinings of Secret. And this is not surprising, because Secret dominated throughout the season. The victories at ESL One Hamburg 2018 and The Chongqing Major provided not only a good finances for the team, but also a 100% invite for The International 2019.

SInce 2014 Team Secret have not missed a single The International. Even in 2016, due to the change of the roster, the team had to go through open qualifying qualifications, but this did not become an obstacle for Puppey and the team. However, in the entire existence of the organization, its best result is 5-6 place in 2018.

Last 3 games with each of the favorites.


Why is Team Secret the main favorite of The International 2019?

In the 2018/2019 season, Team Secret won 77.8% of matches and 78% of series. This is the best indicator among all participants of The International 2019. Of course, you shouldn’t forget that at the most important tournament of the year it’s not particularly important how you played the whole season, for example the last year’s winners OG, but still these figures show the stability of the team.

Over the past year, 115 heroes out of 117 appeared at the hero pool of Secret - Puppey never used only Techies and Razor. It also shows the skill of the players, because with such a pool you can come up with a lot of strategies and tactics. Such a team will be very difficult to stop and, most likely, for many other teams it will simply be impossible. Considering all these factors, Secret is obliged to show high results.

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