The Post TI8 Roster Shuffle is in full swing and Team Secret are the next team to announce a few changes in their squad for the coming season of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. The roster which had quite the great opening season in the DPC failed to really impress at TI8 and on the back of this will see an overhaul.
In the first season of the DPC Team Secret were looking fairly strong, with Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard’s addition to the squad giving them an edge that they did not seem to have previously. The team managed to claim victory at the DreamLeague Season 8 Major along with a few Minors through the season and this saw them finishing a firm 4th in the rankings and acquiring a prized Direct Invite to The International 2018 – but that’s where things took a turn.
The team’s Group Stage was far-from-perfect as they suffered draws with nearly every team, dropping games to the likes of Team Serenity and paiN Gaming. While the team did make it into the Upper Bracket, it was short lived and even though they got further than they did in the previous years, they were no match for Team Liquid and were sent packing in an admirable 5th/6th place. This clearly was not enough for the roster and changes would soon be coming.
The team will see Ace and Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks depart while Ludwig ‘zai’ Wahlberg makes his triumphant return to the team after leaving 3 years ago. The other addition to the team will be Michal ‘Nisha’ Jankowski, the young Polish protégé from ex-Team Kinguin, Let’s Do It.
The time has come!
We are extremely glad to announce our new Dota 2 roster for the upcoming 2018-2019 DPC season! We'll be playing Qualifiers for the upcoming KL Major shortly, and you can catch our LAN debut at the @PVPEsports tournament in Singapore next month! pic.twitter.com/H01CgddJBC
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) September 11, 2018
Team Secret roster:
– Michal ‘Nisha’ Jankowski
– Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng
– Ludwig ‘zai’ Wahlberg
– Yazied ‘YapzOr’ Jaradat
– Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov
Nisha has not had a very long Dota 2 career, nor has he been a focal point much since he began his professional career back in 2014. However, ever since Kinguin picked up the Let’s Do It Roster late last year, the Polish 17-year-old has created waves. With Team Kinguin Nisha placed 3rd/4th at The Dota 2 Summit 8, which included victories over Evil Geniuses and compLexity Gaming too. While the team has not excelled, Nisha is definitely a star on the rise and Puppey has picked up on this, pulling Nisha into the big leagues at Team Secret.