Motivate.Trust Gaming win first tier 2 event at BTS Pro Series season 3

Out of every Dota 2 team that was competing in the BTS Pro Series season three Southeast Asia bracket, Motivate.Trust Gaming was probably somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of who fans thought would perform well. 

But after a solid group stage performance and getting knocked into the lower bracket in the first round, Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong and his team put together a massive run to the title with a 3-0 sweep of BOOM Esports to win it all. 

During that run, they had to take down two teams picked above them to win the event, Neon Esports and Among Us. In the Among Us matchup, the team of SEA legends led by Abed Yusop and Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong were responsible for knocking MG.Trust into the lower bracket.

That lower bracket finals series was probably the closest of the entire event, with every game swinging back and forth as the lead changed. MG.Trust lost the first match, but pulled off some crazy comebacks to close out the series with two tight wins to put an end to the stacked team’s fun. 

In comparison, MG.Trust didn’t have as much trouble taking down BOOM 3-0, though the first match was pretty much anyone’s game until the final minutes. 

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Team Liquid adds Jabbz as Dota 2 analyst, coach

Another Dota-focused mind has been brought in.Cale MichaelScreengrab via Team Liquid

Team Liquid is making a move to bolster its Dota 2 support staff, bringing in Mathis “Jabbz” Friesel as an analyst and coach for the organization. 

Officially, Jabbz is joining the team as a coach and analyst, but he will most be used in the latter role. Liquid is still committed to head coach William “Blitz” Lee leading its roster from the proverbial sidelines, and this move is just giving the organization another set of hands to help out. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=XJustified&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1310627681432752130&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fdota-2%2Fnews%2Fteam-liquid-adds-jabbz-as-dota-2-analyst-coach&siteScreenName=DotEsports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550px

Based on some of his previous tweets, Jabbz has been around Blitz and the team for some time before this announcement. He and Blitz have been working out together recently and the pair have played games with each other in the past, including CS:GO with Artour “Arteezy” Babaev.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=XJustified&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1310639658607554560&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fdota-2%2Fnews%2Fteam-liquid-adds-jabbz-as-dota-2-analyst-coach&siteScreenName=DotEsports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550px

Jabbz, hasn’t played consistently for a stack since 2018 with the European Kingdra stack, but he is a staple of Team Germany’s Dota roster. This will be the perennial tier-two player’s first non-player role, and he will work alongside Liquid’s roster as they try to find some consistency with their performance.

Liquid has been doing very well in this online period of Dota tournaments, with only one placement lower than sixth place in the last seven events. Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi and his squad, like every other team in Europe, have failed to truly contend with Team Secret, though. 

Bringing in Jabbz could help them come up with some new strategies as they prepare to compete against Secret and the other top teams at ESL One Germany 2020 in October.about:blank✕0:00/0:00Skip in 5Sep 28, 2020 10:17 am

TNC releases captain March from Dota 2 roster

A change in the food chain.Dexter Tan Guan Haodota 2 mdl chengdu major tnc champions tnc viciScreengrab via Beyond the Summit

Park “March” Tae-won’s year-long reign as the captain of only the second Southeast Asian team to win a Dota 2 Major is now over following his release from the TNC Predator main roster, the organization announced today.

TNC remained complimentary about March’s services to the team but said “the team has decided to go towards a different path to achieve our goals.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=XJustified&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1310444421758906368&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fdota-2%2Fnews%2Fteam-liquid-adds-jabbz-as-dota-2-analyst-coach&siteScreenName=DotEsports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550px

“There is [an] end to everything,” March said. “The best year I had in my long Dota career.” The Korean went on to thank the organization, saying he’ll miss the “dynamic Pinoy fans,” one of the most fervent Dota 2 fan bases in the world.

TNC looked set to take the world by storm after an unexpectedly dominant championship run at the first Major of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit, taking down one of China’s finest teams in Vici Gaming. Playing without a coach then, March was an instrumental orchestrator of a roster that looked harmoniously in tune with the meta, playing an aggressive brand of Dota that ruthlessly capitalized on their peak timings.

The trophy also practically guaranteed an invite to The International 10, but the event was suspended indefinitely after Valve’s evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the roster has struggled to dominate, often losing out to SEA rivals Fnatic—who have also undergone drastic roster changes—only winning their first tournament since their victory at the Chengdu Major in the first week of September.Sep 27, 2020 8:17 pm

Team Secret’s road to winning 8 straight Dota 2 events

This reign of dominance looks like it could last forever.Cale MichaelPhoto by Adela Sznajder via DreamHack

Team Secret didn’t just dominate OGA Dota PIT Season Three. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his team dismantled the competition on their way to an eighth straight title. 

Throughout the entire event, Secret dropped just one game to VP.Prodigy of their 10 players, which included a 3-0 sweep of VP.P in the grand finals. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=XJustified&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-3&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1309912669655314432&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fdota-2%2Fnews%2Fteam-liquid-adds-jabbz-as-dota-2-analyst-coach&siteScreenName=DotEsports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550px

Secret have been by far the best team in the world during this post-COVID era of online Dota 2, and it really hasn’t been close. Since events went totally online, Secret have won every Major tournament that they have played in, outside of WeSave! Charity Play and ESL One Los Angeles 2020.https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=ZealousCourageousAlfalfaKappaClaus&autoplay=false&parent=dotesports.com

Starting in season one of WePlay! Pushka League, Puppey and his team have worked like a machine going a total of 115-17 while winning their last eight events. They have only been knocked into the lower bracket twice during this stretch, once at Beyond Epic at the hands of Team Liquid 2-0 and the other in a 2-1 loss to Alliance at ESL One Birmingham 2020. 

Screengrab via Liquipedia

During this time, they broke Alliance’s 2013 record for best 100-game record.

Secret also put together a perfect tournament during OGA Dota PIT Season One, going 8-0 in the group stage and then 7-0 in the playoffs. 

Arguably the most impressive thing to take note of about this run isn’t the eight-tournament win streak or the brilliant individual performances we are seeing constantly from Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, Michał “Nisha” Jankowski, and most of all Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg. Instead, the focus should be on the perfect record in each of their last eight grand finals appearances. https://3e6c144d901bed4ee0136c835217f4ae.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Regardless of if they lose a game in the group stage or get a little lost in the playoffs, Secret have not dropped a single game to any team in the grand finals during this run. And most of the time, those matchups aren’t even close. 

For example, VP.P were the only team to take a game off of Secret during Dota PIT Season Three. But during the grand finals, they could barely touch them. Through three games, VP.P only held a lead three times, and all of those instances came within the first 11 minutes of game one. 

After game one, VP.P didn’t lead once and Secret just played their usual style of Dota to clinch an eighth title.  https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=XJustified&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-4&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1309915588958052352&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fdota-2%2Fnews%2Fteam-liquid-adds-jabbz-as-dota-2-analyst-coach&siteScreenName=DotEsports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550px

ESL One Germany 2020 will be the team’s next test. All of the biggest names from Europe and CIS outside of Virtus Pro are ready to try and break Secret’s streak. But with how the team is playing across the board, it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon. Sep 27, 2020 12:00 pm

Motivate.Trust Gaming win first tier 2 event at BTS Pro Series season 3

An underdog win for a team new to the scene.Cale Michael

Out of every Dota 2 team that was competing in the BTS Pro Series season three Southeast Asia bracket, Motivate.Trust Gaming was probably somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of who fans thought would perform well. 

But after a solid group stage performance and getting knocked into the lower bracket in the first round, Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong and his team put together a massive run to the title with a 3-0 sweep of BOOM Esports to win it all. 

During that run, they had to take down two teams picked above them to win the event, Neon Esports and Among Us. In the Among Us matchup, the team of SEA legends led by Abed Yusop and Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong were responsible for knocking MG.Trust into the lower bracket.

That lower bracket finals series was probably the closest of the entire event, with every game swinging back and forth as the lead changed. MG.Trust lost the first match, but pulled off some crazy comebacks to close out the series with two tight wins to put an end to the stacked team’s fun. 

In comparison, MG.Trust didn’t have as much trouble taking down BOOM 3-0, though the first match was pretty much anyone’s game until the final minutes. 

This was MG.Trust’s first time competing in a tier-two event and they walked away with a big win and $21,000.

The organization, formed in 2010, only picked up a Dota 2 roster at the end of 2019 before making a few changes in February to try and make a run in SEA. In the past, they have performed decently in tier-three events, but now they should be looked at as a squad that has some solid potential for growth. 

Looking back on the entirety of this BTS Pro Series season, Fnatic’s new roster and TNC Predator both heavily underperformed, while BOOM continue to show they can compete at the highest level, at least within their region. 

Among Us will be breaking up now that the tournament is over, with Abed and Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon returning to their normal rosters. The remaining three players, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Jabz, and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon are currently teamless, but that likely won’t last much longer.

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