Team Secret's new DOTA 2 super-roster is off to an iffy start at ESL One Manila. Some lack of coordination has put them on the verge of elimination early following losses in their group. They were fighting for their lives against Empire. Secret were up a game and were looking for the knockout victory when this happened. Secret were pushing down mid when their own Black Hole spell was used against them by Empire's Rubick, who immediately turned the game on its head.
And then, almost 50 minutes later, Empire won what had turned into the longest game of the tournament by doing the exact same thing.
Meanwhile, Team Liquid and Fnatic looked the sharpest of any teams in the group stage, with Liquid continuing to build on their performance at the Shanghai Major. It's worth noting that Liquid and Fnatic were also two of the more stable teams at this tournament, with lineups that have played together consistently for several months.
However, China's Wings Gaming team edged past CompLexity to advance to the playoff bracket, and then brought down Fnatic in the semifinal. While Liquid defeated Empire for a spot in the final, they were defeated by Wings Gaming in a 3-0 victory, Wings Gaming securing their place as the ESL One Manila champions.
Top image: Secret's PieDieLie at ESL One New York, by Robert Paul for ESL. Source