Team Secret sweeps OG to win BLAST Bounty Hunt, their fifth consecutive title.
Team Secret have extended their dominant run by sweeping OG in Saturday’s grand final of the $145,000 BLAST Bounty Hunt Dota 2 online tournament. It was Secret’s fifth consecutive 3-0 win in a grand final this year, following victories at We Play! Pushka League Season 1: Division 1, Gamers Without Borders 2020, OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online: Europe/CIS, and ESL One Birmingham 2020 - Online: Europe and CIS. Secret defeated OG in 30, 22 and 33 minutes and earned just over $50,000. The winning lineup for Secret featured Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, Michal “Nisha” Jankowski, Ludwig “Zai” Wahlberg, Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov.
OG had booked their spot in the grand final earlier on Saturday with a swift 2-0 sweep against Team Nigma in 26 and 27 minutes in the lower bracket final. The playoffs-only event featured six teams, all of whom were invited, with Secret and OG both getting byes to the upper-bracket semifinals. All matches were best-of-three until Saturday’s best-of-five grand final. Rather than prize money based on finishing position, each team began with a $100,000 active cash pool: $20,000 each for Secret and OG and $15,000 for the other four teams. Each match winner took 40% of the opponent’s active cash pool. There was also $45,000 available via bounty hunt, with prizes awarded for various accomplishments.
It’s been a really fun tournament. It certainly feels like something taken from a poker room, and we could not ask for a better end. Let’s see how the best two teams in the world match up in this Dota 2 Blast Bounty Hunt Final.
The first game ended in less than thirty minutes. Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen and Michal “Nisha” Jankowski were too good on Luna and Necrophos, with 18 kills, 37 assists and a mere three deaths between them. Hell, even Clement “Puppey” Ivanov had a field day on Nature Prophet, with 8 kills, 20 assists and one death. That’s impressive for a hard support who often plays the sacrificial lamb role.
The second game was even quicker. It ended in less than twenty-three minutes and was a complete bloodbath. MATUMBAMAN had another exceptional performance on Luna, with 8 kills, 11 assists and only two deaths. Nisha and Ludwig “Zai” Wahlberg also linked up well, notching another 10 kills, 24 assists and 22,800 damage between them.
After two losses, the stage was set for OG to make a comeback and make a reverse-sweep against Team Secret. But unfortunately for them, it wasn’t meant to be. Team Secret turned up again in game three and beat them in thirty-three minutes. Nisha went beyond-godlike on Storm Spirit, with 12 kills, 20 assists and four deaths. He also dealt a whopping 35,100 damage. Zai and Yazied “Yapzor” Jaradat weren’t too far behind, with 20 kills, 40 assists and 39,100 damage between them.
Team Secret is the best in the world. There is nothing else to say about this. With performances like this, no one is even close. They’re just better than all the other teams in almost every aspect. We believed in a crazy OG draft to take them by surprise at least in one game. That did not happen. We feel for Big Daddy, but he will rally his squad, we know it.
Team Secret has once again solidified their place as the best team in the scene right now. Winning five titles in a row is an impressive feat, and while it’s not comparable to winning The International back-to-back, it’s still something worth bragging about.
BLAST Bounty Hunt Dota 2 final standings and earnings: