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TI11 Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) Day 1: Team Secret crush Tempest

Team Secret started TI11 Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) with a sublime win over Tempest in a straight 2-0 series.

TI11 LCQ Day 1 saw Team Secret pick new Dota 2 heroes in their first game, pivoting away from their usual draft, with a Primal Beast, Sniper and Monkey King core.

Supporting on the backline was Puppey’s Chen and Zayac’s Nyx Assasin. The European giants, and one of the tournament favourites, bested the South American team’s hopes for a victory in a lopsided series.

The first game for Team Secret at the TI11 Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) was an easy affair with Tempest’s unorthodox picks with Ogre Magi and Weaver couldn’t materialize much for the latter.

Game two started with a typical Team Secret draft: Razor, Storm Spirit, Lycan, Nyx and Enchantress. Tempest countered it with an equally exciting draft: Weaver, Earthshaker, Sniper, Undying and Void Spirit.

The game was over in 33 minutes with Team Secret winning again. The first 20 minutes of the game were exceptionally even with both sides maintaining equal gold and experience points.

However, there in the last 10 minutes, Team Secret began exploiting their line-up and started mounting pressure on Tempest bit by bit.

Tempest’s relative inexperience cost them to fall against the experienced Dota 2 veterans in their second game of the TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ).

Tempest lost track of the objective and ultimately of the goal, giving Team Secret a grandiose opening.

Eastern Europe start their TI11 LCQ campaign with a victory

TI11 LCQ Team Secret
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Virtus Pro and Natus Vincere started their TI11 LCQ campaign with comfortable victories against Infamous and Nouns, respectively.

Both teams encountered no trouble to close out their respective series and without much difficulty were able to humble their opponents.

On the other hand, Team Liquid tied their series against the Chinese rising stars Xtreme Gaming. Tying off a game against the new hot favourites from China, Team Liquid will get the much-needed morale boost to carry on with their form for the rest of the TI11 LCQ.

However, the day isn’t over yet. They have better and more experienced teams to play against if they want to grab one of the two qualifying slots for The International 2022 (TI11).

Karan Rathod is a writer for covering anything and everything to do with Dota 2. Few people love Dota as much as Karan, whether it's grinding away in pub games or watching the latest competitive tournament and breaking down the results. In addition to their great love of Dota 2, Karan also enjoys hitting the gym for some exercise and sitting down with a nice book.