With Secret.Midone taking a break from Dota, Team Secret teased that Puppey will be “dialing up a friend” to standin at the Autumn Brawl. The reveal turned out to be Puppey’s former Na’Vi teammate, Dendi, with whom he won TI in 2011 and placed 2nd in the next two years, before he left and formed Team Secret. The two did have a brief reunion during TI5’s all star game, but this match would be their first time playing together at a pro event.
We welcome @DendiBoss as our stand-in for #SecretDota this week.— Team Secret (@teamsecret) October 9, 2018
You will be able to catch him and the rest of #SecretDota playing later in the @dota2mc Autumn Brawl Playoffs. #SecretFighting
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Team Secret ended up losing 1-2, but Dendi had a near perfect Drow performance in the team’s single win. Dendi is still a free agent today, and he has said that he’s not done yet with Dota.
Unfortunately we will not be attending the DreamLeague Minor at the end of this month for health-related reasons.— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) October 11, 2018
GLHF to the teams still attending!
Citing health issues, Team Liquid announced they will not be attending the Dreamleague Minor, a tournament which they fought to qualify for. OnTwitch, former Team Liquid Coach, Heen, said that he’s been “told the health issue isn’t that serious” and that the team isn’t necessarily sick, but were told by doctors to take a break. Not only has Team Liquid been one of the most top, consistent teams in the past two years--a championship run in 2017 and finishing 4th at TI8--they've also maintained the same roster. Team Lithium will replace Team Liquid at the Dreamleague Minor.
In Las Vegas, eight teams are competing for a $100,000 prize pool at the World Showdown of Esports. Half the teams were eliminated yesterday during the group stages, with Happy Guys and The Final Tribe leading the pack. The event ends today with the final four teams, Happy Guys, The Final Tribe, J.Storm, and Serenity in a bo3, single elimination bracket.