Team Secret advanced to the grand final of the $1 million MDL Disneyland Paris Major on Saturday, beating Evil Geniuses 2-1 in a tight upper-bracket final and forcing Evil Geniuses to have to win one more match for a shot at redemption.
Team Secret and Evil Geniuses, both of whom swept their way through group play and together eliminated the second-place finisher from every group, split their first two games Saturday with relative ease. Team Secret won the first game 34-14, Evil Geniuses dominated Game 2 by a score of 29-11. In the deciding game, Team Secret escaped Evil Geniuses 34-30.
Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat of Team Secret and Evil Geniuses' Artour "Arteezy" Babaev earned MVP honors in the match.
Evil Geniuses will next face Team Liquid in the lower-bracket final on Sunday, and the winner will face Team Secret in the grand final later in the day. Team Liquid advanced to the lower-bracket final by beating PSG.LGD 2-1 in an elimination match.
Team Liquid won Game 1 by a convincing 27-16 score before PSG.LGD narrowly won the second game 28-26. Team Liquid dominated Game 3, winning 31-15.
Earlier in the day, PSG.LGD beat Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1, and Team Liquid topped OG 2-1 in the lower-bracket semifinals.
All matches are best-of-three until Sunday's best-of-five grand final. The winner will earn $350,000, and the runner-up will receive $170,000, with a total of 15,000 Pro Circuit Points also in the prize pool.
The Dota Pro Circuit's fourth major of the season is being played at the 6,300-seat Disney Events Arena and marks the first time that Mars Media has hosted its flagship event outside of China.
It is the next-to-last major before The International 19 in August, with the EPICENTER Major to follow next month in Moscow. Virtus.pro, Secret, Vici, Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, Fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas have secured spots in the $10 million International, which will be held in Shanghai.
The MDL Disneyland Paris Major prize pool looks like this:
1st place ($350,000, 4,950 DPC points): TBD
2nd place ($170,000, 3,000): TBD
3rd place ($100,000, 2,100): TBD
4th place ($80,000, 1,350): PSG.LGD
5th-6th place: ($60,000, 900): OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas
7th-8th place: ($40,000, 450): Virtus.pro, Vici Gaming
9th-12th place: ($15,000, 150): compLexity Gaming, Mineski, paiN Gaming, Keen Gaming
13th-16th place: ($10,000, 75): beastcoast, Team Empire, Chaos Esports Club, Fnatic
--Field Level Media