This is the first time Dendi had played against Na’Vi. They eliminated Secret from the Maincast Autumn Brawl.
The game with Na’Vi taking on Team Secret at the Maincast Autumn Brawl was perhaps the most hyped game since the TI8 finals. Not because of a big prize pool or due to the stature of the tournament, but because Dendi played against Na’Vi for the first time in the history of Dota. He joined Secret as a standin for MidOne and reunited with his old pal Puppey.
All the bets were placed against Na’Vi, but they defeated Secret.
The first game saw Ark from Na’Vi picking Ancient Apparition in mid, which is famously Dendi’s hero. Na’Vi drafted counters against Secret’s lineup of Morphling and Enigma. But they were outmatched. Yapzor made amazing rotations on his ES, which helped Secret get a 9k gold lead within 15 mins. Secret dominated throughout the whole game and won it.
The second game saw Secret looking strong with Dendi going mid with Tinker. Secret had enormous map control, taking the bottom tier 2 tower before 20 minutes. This was in addition to top and mid-tier one towers, and they hadn’t lost any of their towers. But soon after, the fate started to change. Zai’s Pugna got caught out of position at mid-tier two, and this ensued in a teamfight. Chuvash’s Treant’s ultimate got caught whole of the remaining secret in their grasp, and Secret fell one by one, ending in a used up Aegis and a dead team. Na’Vi seemed to gain momentum after that. Secret made a lot of mistakes and Na’Vi kept on getting pickoffs, which translated into space and farm for their Alchemist and Clinkz, which eventually lead to their victory in a long drawn game.
The third game saw Secret drafting a position 5 Visage and a position 3 Axe. This draft was not very well received by the panel. And it showed why in the game, as Secret struggled throughout the laning stage. Their Medusa could not get enough farm due to Sniper and Beastamer’s ability to demolish towers quickly. Na’Vi definitely had a massive edge in their drafts and it showed. They won the game within 21 minutes.
Na’Vi will go on into the Semi-Finals of Maincast Autumn Brawl and Secret has been eliminated.