TI10 Gameplay analysis: How Fnatic Toppled Team Secret
In this article, we will talk about how Fnatic managed to pull a convincing 2-0 victory against one of the strongest teams in the world, team Secret in The International 10
How did Fnatic, a team that’s not considered top tier, manage to pull off such an upset against one of the best teams in Dota 2?
In this article we will explain Fnatic’s thought process and gain as much as possible from them. So let’s break down the games, shall we?
In the picture below, you see the draft between the two teams.
The casters talked about the drafts and pointed out the fact that Fnatic did not have a way to deal with the Pango except killing him with a fast Electric Vortex from Storm Spirit.
But the game was far more challenging for Secret than many believed. The most essential thing in the game is the draft, especially the carry matchup. The draft is 70% of the game.
If you have a carry hero that is a direct counter to the enemy carry, the game feels much easier.
So in game one, Secret chose to go for 9th pick Sven. Brilliantly, Fnatic answered with one of the best answers to Sven, Terrorblade.
The main reason why Sven has returned to the meta is that Terrorblade received multiple nerfs, making the hero leaving the S tier and falling off. But that does not mean the hero is unplayable.
In cases like this one, Terrorblade is a beast hero. He is also a great pick versus Sven, Wisp, and Dragon Knight, mainly because he is a natural eye of Skadi carrier.
Why does Terrorblade counter Sven?
Sven always relies on the fact that he will kill any hero in the game within seconds. Unfortunately, Terrorblade’s natural high armor does not allow Sven or any other right-click hero (Juggernaut, Lifestealer, Gyrcopter) to burst him down quickly.
As a result, he has enough time to react, use meta and sunder and quickly turn the fight out.
Fnatic played perfectly, delaying the game until Terrorblade had his core items and forced things when ravage was off CD.
Usually, when you play with an illusion carry hero, you want them to have three items and then force fights.
Heroes like Phantom Lancer, Naga, Terrorblade require three things, and then it is the go-to time to fight or force objectives!
Below we see game 2
In-game two, we see Fnatic stomp Secret with the last pick Riki. Riki is a pretty unconventional hero that we rarely get to see. As we’ve said in previous posts, his latest buffs make Riki a great pick versus Illusion heroes like Phantom Lancer.
Fnatic planned was simple. They picked a high tempo lineup with Ember Spirit, Weaver(pos 4), and Riki, all heroes who shine at 15min mark.
Once they had their first couple of small items, they moved around the map, killing the backline.
If we see Secret’s lineup, there are not many heroes that can counter-fight back once the fight has started.
Mars has an arena, but it has an overall big CD. He is a great hero to turn fights but he struggles early on to do anything on his own. He requires a blink dagger and some levels. Even then, he needs his team to follow up!
Invoker is the only hero that can turn around fights early on with a tornado, EMP into cold snap.
Fnatic smartly, though, prioritized invoker in every single fight, ensuring that the playmaker of Secret will die asap, leading to easy fights and, as we saw, easy game.
Lastly, we need to point out that cleverly Fnatic picked three heroes that can play high tempo, but they included Tidehunter. This hero can be front line and has a remarkable ability to start the fight, allowing these sneaky high tempo heroes to go from behind and slay the squishy Secret lineup!
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Raza is a 7k MMR player that’s been a professional coach for the last few years. Having more than 500 people coached in his record, he is the person behind Dota Rollercoaster.
When he is not coaching or grinding to 8k MMR, he usually plays chess or reads books