Secret's Path at Shanghai
Secret is victorious
Team Secret holds the Mystic Staff trophy after beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the finals of the Shanghai Major at the Mercedez Benz Arena in Shanghai. Here is a look at their path to the title over the final two days of the event.
On Saturday, Evil Geniuses took on Complexity in the lower bracket of the Shanghai Major, winning the series 2-0.
MVP Phoenix took on Fnatic in a matchup of Southeast Asian powerhouses on Saturday in the Shanghai Major lower bracket. MVP Phoenix won the matchup 2-0.
Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
With the Mystic Staff trophy looming large, Team Secret captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov hoped to become the first two-time winner of a Valve event as his team took on Team Liquid in the upper-bracket finals.
The first game of the Shanghai Major winner's bracket had w33 on Windranger, MISERY on Dark Seer, Puppey on Doom, pieliedie on the Lion and EternalEnvy on the Spectre.
Team Liquid, Team Secret
Entering the draft of Game 2 in the winner's bracket final, Team Secret led 1-0 over Team Liquid in the best-of-three series.
Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao and Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen of Team Secret walk off the stage celebrating a win over Team Liquid in the Shanghai Major upper bracket finals. Team Secret won the best-of-three series 2-0.
Relieved after securing a spot in the Shanghai Majors grand finals, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov from Team Secret signs autographs for fans at the Mercedez Benz Arena.
Fans of Team Secret wait hoping to get an autograph by the team's exit from the floor of the Mercedez Benz Arena.
The final day
As the final day of the Shanghai Major started with the lower bracket between Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid, the crowd and broadcasters for six different languages spread across the arena ready for action.
Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses
The final day of the Shanghai Major started with the lower bracket final which placed Team Liquid against Evil Geniuses. Liquid won the best-of-three 2-0 to face Secret in the grand finals.
JJ Lin, a musical superstar in China, performed for the audience as part of the Shanghai Major finals opening ceremony.
Foreground, left to right: Aliwi "w33" Omar, Johan "pieliedie" strm, Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen; background, left to right, Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov,
Calm before the chaos
Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao from Team Secret talks backstage just before the the first game of the grand final against Team Liquid. According to Mao, "Everytime I come to China, something terrible happens."
Clement "Puppey" Ivanov from Team Secret enters the arena before playing the first game against Team Liquid for the finals.
Aliwi "w33" Omar of Team Secret is all smiles entering the draft for the first game of the finals against Team Liquid.
Team Secret takes the lead
The first game of the finals between Team Secret and Team Liquid in the Shanghai Major finals put team Secret out to an early lead in the best-of-five series.
The crowd at the Mercedez Benz Arena reacts as Team Secret rolls to an early lead during the third game in the series.
Puppey's second trophy
Team Secret captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov holds up the Mystic Staff trophy after claiming the Shanghai Major at the Mercedez Benz Arena in Shanghai.
Aliwi "w33" Omar and Clement "Puppey" Ivanov celebrate their win and birthday on the same day with trophies and cake.
Time to celebrate
Johan "MiSeRy" Astrom celebreates with Team Secret coach Aliwi "1437" Omar after their victory in the Shanghai Major at the Mercedez Benz Arena.