Puppey at The International 11


Team Secret in Danger of Relegation as They Struggle in DPC WEU Tour 3 Division I

Dhruv Saikia
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Team Secret has been promoted to Division I of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western Europe (WEU) Tour 3 after a Top 1 finish in Division II of the previous tour.
The team has had a rocky start to the DPC, losing 4 out of 5 of its series so far.
Currently, Team Secret is in last place in the DPC standings, are in danger of being relegated to Division II.

Team Secret, one of the most renowned European (EU) Dota 2 teams, finds itself in a precarious position in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western Europe (WEU) Tour 3: Division I. After a recent promotion from Division II, expectations were high for the team to secure a strong standing in Tour 3. However, their performance has been lackluster, leaving them in last place in the division standings. The consequences of this slump are severe, as Team Secret faces the risk of being relegated back to Division II and missing out on the opportunity to participate in the Bali Major 2023.

Struggles in Tour 3: Last Place in Division I

Team Secret's journey in the DPC WEU Tour 3: Division I has been arduous, with a series of disappointing results. The team suffered a 2-0 loss to reigning DPC kings Team Liquid in their debut match, followed by a 2-1 loss to Gaimin Gladiators. These early setbacks were further compounded by a 2-1 loss to OG and a 2-0 loss to Entity. While they managed to secure a 2-0 victory against D1 Hustlers, their overall record stands at 4 wins and 8 losses (4-8), placing them in last position in the division standings.

DPC WEU Tour 3: Division I Standigns

Relegation Looms: Bali Major 2023 at Stake

Team Secret's underwhelming performance in Tour 3 puts their participation in the highly anticipated Bali Major 2023 in jeopardy. As they currently sit at the bottom of the division, they face the daunting task of climbing up the rankings and securing a qualifying spot. Relegation back to Division II would not only hinder their chances of participating in the Bali Major but also deal a blow to their morale going into The International 12 Final Chance qualifiers.

Puppey's Determination to Break the Curse

Captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, a veteran Dota 2 player, is no stranger to the curse that has haunted Team Secret in previous iterations of The International. The team consistently finished one spot higher at each successive TI, with a 4th-place finish at TI9, a 3rd-place finish at TI10, and a 2nd-place finish at TI11. In a previous post-match interview, Puppey expressed his desire to break the curse by aiming for a 1st-place finish at TI12.

Puppey's ambitions of making it to TI12 and securing the championship title are fueled by his unwavering confidence. He firmly believes that if Team Secret manages to qualify for TI12, their competitors will be in trouble. Puppey aims to defy the odds and overcome the challenges they currently face in the DPC by leading his team to success.

Team Secret finds themselves in a precarious position in the DPC WEU Tour 3: Division I, currently sitting at the bottom of the standings. The risk of relegation back to Division II looms large, jeopardizing their participation in the Bali Major 2023. However, under the leadership of Captain Puppey, the team remains determined to turn their fortunes around. Puppey's ambitions to break the curse of finishing one spot higher at each successive TI drives their pursuit of a 1st-place finish at TI12. As the tournament progresses, Team Secret faces an uphill battle to secure victories and secure their place among the elite teams in the Dota 2 scene.

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Since 2012, Dhruv has developed a deep passion for Dota 2, which has only grown stronger over time. With three years of experience as a competitive player and a background in writing, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to create content around the game and its esports scene.

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