Two more days until the champion of the first BLAST Bounty Hunt will be crowned. We have the top 4 teams and those are: Secret, Nigma, Liquid and OG. Friday is bringing us 2 amazing matches: upper bracket finals and lower bracket round 2 clash. However the upper bracket finals are the match of the day
OG +1.5 @ 1.84
We’ve got a heavyweight matchup on our hands in the upper bracket finals of the Dota 2 BLAST Bounty Hunt tournament. OG vs Secret is arguably the biggest match that we can get right now due to the fact that matches have been relegated to online only. The former are two-time TI champions, and although they’re playing with a relatively new roster, the fact remains that they are the team to beat unless otherwise stated. On the other hand, the latter are their closest competition right now. With the addition of TI7 champion Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen over the offseason, the already-dominant Team Secret have only gotten better, and they’ve got the results to show for it. They’ve won 3 straight online tournaments so far, with an 86.67% win percentage over their last 75 games. To put simply, OG have their work cut out for them.
We better hope that we see more of OG vs Team Secret this season because one could argue that this is sort of a TI10 finals preview. I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel like this year is Clement “Puppey” Ivanov’s best chance to make it back to the Grand Finals of a TI once again. Meanwhile, who’s to say that OG won’t make a deep run again? We already know better than to count them out, and a new roster has never really deterred them from winning a TI just months after forming.
With arguably the most skilled lineup of players at their disposal — OG have 3 players that have hit 10K MMR at some point during their careers, with Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen capable of doing so if he ever wanted — Johan “N0tail” Sundstein could very well cement himself as the best Dota 2 captain ever with a third straight TI win (on top of 4 Valve Majors). To do that though, they’ll have to prove that they can beat Team Secret. Luckily, it’s not like they haven’t done so before. Of the handful of losses that Team Secret have suffered over the past two months, one of those came at the hands of OG, and it included an 18-7 drubbing in a game that lasted no longer than 18 minutes and some change.
The odds are still stacked against OG here, both literally and figuratively. OG might be two-time TI champions, but they’re playing with a new roster and are still working out some kinks on integrating Topson into their lineup after the eccentric mid laner was stuck on the other side of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their opponents, Team Secret, are ruthless, methodical, and cold-hearted. Team Secret have mastered multiple playstyles, know how to control the tempo, can close out games, as well as squeeze out wins with their backs against the proverbial wall. They’ve also got one of the few players in the world who could literally win games on his own in Michał “Nisha” Jankowski. To say that this series could easily go to a Team Secret win is tempting, but I feel that OG would want to prove themselves here. Although this isn’t to say that I believe that they’re going to win, I do see this series, which could very well end up being a Grand Finals preview, going the full mile and with OG taking one map for sure. Their 2-0 win vs Alliance is proof that they can do it.