Team Secret vs. Team Liquid Betting Preview - ESL One Germany 2020

Last updated: 15 Oct 07:57

ESL One Germany 2020 is one of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments on the menu in quite some time. At this point the teams have played two or three games each in the group stage and we have a total of six match days remaining before we move on to the playoffs. This match between Secret and Liquid on paper shouldn’t necessarily be a deciding factor for either team as they both enter the server with 2 wins in the backpack.

It does not take a genius to realise that Secret is a massive favourite in this matchup, just as they would be against any team in the world right now. The question is just how immortal this Puppey built monster truly is? Can they even be shaken anymore? That’s what we are going to find out below by analyzing both teams before we reveal our Dota 2 betting tip of the day.

Team Secret - The Unstoppable Force

Secret has been on a remarkable journey during 2020 and since May the team has won 8 tournaments in a row - all finals have been conquered through dominant 3-0 victories nonetheless. The dominance of Secret the past 5 months are unmatched by any team in the history of Dota 2. Led by the legendary captain Puppey, Secret has seemingly assembled the perfect monster. Each and every player is regarded as a true genius in their respective position. Nisha, the youngster of the team has grown into his shoes as one of the most explosive mid players ever. Zai, the professor that gives his team a chance to win from any position, while being able to adapt to any kind of game imaginable. Yapzor, the magician who fits between Puppey and Zai like a burger between the buns. Last, but not least Matumbaman, who rounded out the lineup at the end of last year and who has since shown himself to be the perfect mix to the formula for world domination.

Those might be big words to describe the Secret of 2020, but they are more than worthy of them. As a matter of fact you have to go back three months in time to find a loss for the team. Since then they are 39-3 for maps played, with 18 straight wins. So, it is no wonder the team is a massive favourite to win ESL One Germany and as such, this series against Liquid. While the straight moneylines pushes the odds down immensely, we are eyeing the -1.5 handicap market, as Secret has a tendency to leave nothing to chance and simply more often than not crush their opponent. It seems an immovable object needs to appear if Secret are to be challenged. Could Liquid get the job done? Doubtful.

Team Liquid - The Movable Object

Okay, maybe we are having a bit too much fun with the wordplay here, but Secret being solid as a rock and Liquid being more or less a rollercoaster does explain the situation. Ever since the old Alliance squad became the new Liquid they have been on an up and down journey. The occasional good results have been mixed with deep dives where players have seemingly been far from reaching their potential. To be fair the team usually makes it through groups and maybe a round or two of playoffs, but when the Nigmas, Secrets or even Alliances of the world come knocking it all usually falls apart.

The last few months cements that story as Liquid has a few impressive series wins against teams such as VP, OG, NiP and so on. However, more often than not they had to bend the knee for the big teams. While they are not out of it by a mile even against a team such as Secret, it is highly unlikely they could even challenge to win one map. Honestly the biggest hope for Liquid is that Secret starts playing around a bit too much or that they lost the hunger to win - that has most definitely not happened during the past months and it looks like this iteration of Secret is not worth comparing to older versions.

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Betting tip for Secret - Liquid: Secret to win 2-0 at odds around 1.55+

To summarize the reasoning behind this tip let us recap:

  • Secret are on a 18 game winning streak
  • Secret are 39-3 in maps since the end of June
  • Liquid is currently in shaky form
  • Liquid has 6 wins in their last 15 games

Janne Kouva

Esports Specialist


Janne has over 10 years of experience with sports betting, especially esports. A life long passion for CS:GO and Dota 2 makes his ultimate goal to share knowledge with other betting enthusiasts through written content.
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