The grand finals of ESL One Birmingham 2019 were on us and they booked their spot against Evil Geniuses and a magnificent series of Dota 2 action after Team Secret succeeded in defeating PSG.LGD in the lower bracket final.
Recently, the two teams met a lot of times, with Secret always coming off the better–especially in its present form. After breaking their “third place curse,” however, it was clear that EG was a completely different team, looking stronger than before. Going into the best of five series first game, we saw both teams throwing all they had at each other. While Secret was looking for a quick victory, EG would mount a spectacular defense as they managed to turn the tides – but as Secret closed things out, it wasn’t enough.
EG wasn’t about to give up and showed their dominance in the next game as they controlled the map from beginning to end, never allowing Secret to enter the game. It would be Secret with a tied series to strike again and take the lead in the series–with a Yazied’ YapzOr ‘ Jaradat epic Enigma.
Now on the series and championship point, Secret was ready to close the style of ESL One Birmingham but EG wasn’t about to give them the luxury of that. The IO picking team would have fallen to defeat for a third game in a row as EG played a near-perfect game, allowing their opponents to rack up only six total kills.
The series ‘ final and decisive game was an all-out bloodbath, with no team going back down. For the entire 40-minute, the lead swung back and forth, but in the end it was the Major Champions, the team known to destroy everything in their path at ESL One events, Team Secret, who came out on top. Absolutely amazing plays from the whole team, but Yapzor in particular, took them to their win.