"I learned everything at Secret," Says Nisha After Beating Secret on Liquid Debut
The opening day of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western Europe (WEU) 2023 Tour 1: Division I featured Michał "Nisha" Jankowski making his debut for Team Liquid against his former team, Team Secret. As the Bo3 series played out, Nisha proved to be an absolute beast in the midlane for Liquid, showing no mercy on his former teammates. In both games, his squad had brilliant drafts and played in the most logical fashion possible to simply overshadow Secret. During the post-match winner's interview, Nisha went on to admit with candour that he had learned everything about Dota 2 during his lengthy tenure at Secret.
Team Liquid vs Team Secret: Match recap and highlights
In game 1, Liquid dominated thanks to its better drafting and counter picking. Nisha took full advantage of his stronger hero matchup of Batrider versus Ember Spirit in the midlane, and the other lanes also did not go as planned for Secret. Some kills on zai's Nature's Prophet offered a few moments of resistance for Secret, but Liquid continued to play textbook and extended its lead to win in 28 minutes.
Game 2, despite Secret having a somewhat stronger draft this time, was no different. Nisha was once again dominating BOOM with Sniper versus Leshrac, and Crystallis' difficulties on Razor persisted as he struggled to get off to a good start. With an early edge, Liquid's cores got off to a far faster power spike, and an astute Nature's Prophet Aghanim Scepter purchase from zai resulted in Secret’s heroes becoming Rooted in practically every teamfight. There was a short lived scare when Liquid lost all of its heroes while pressing for the high ground, but the early lead was too much for Secret to overcome, and the team was defeated in 36 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
When asked about what he had learned during his four years at Team Secret under its leader, Clement "Puppey " Ivanov, Nisha answered with utter honesty. “Bro, I learned everything there. Literally everything. Example? I don’t know. Playing Dota. I learned how to play Dota,” Nisha said with a smile on his face as he credited his time at Secret for his professional success.
Secret will face OG on 11th Jan, and it will be a key series for both teams because they lost their first one and did not appear to be in the greatest of shape with their revised lineups.
On the other side, Liquid's next series versus Tundra on 13th Jan will be even more exciting to watch. It's too early to tell, but these two teams might end up being the strongest in the event on the basis of their performance in the first series and the reputation of their players.