The European powerhouse revealed its roster additions a little over a week before its first Pro Circuit action in the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifier.
From the moment Team Secret was officially knocked out of TI8, there was speculation and rumors regarding just what the European squad would look like next season. Names were being dropped and hinted at lest and right among anxious fans in the Dota 2 community, and around a week ago the team dropped the first bombshell in terms of its roster when it announced that both Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard and Adrian “Fata” Trinks would be leaving the organization. Today, Team Secret has announced their replacements for that duo, revealing that carry Michał “Nisha” Jankowski will be transferring to the team from the roster of Let’s Do It, while free agent and former OpTic Gaming member Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg will be joining the squad as its new Offlaner.
For zai, this will not be his first time around with Team Secret, as the Swedish player previously played for an earlier incarnation of Team Secret back in 2015. He was able to help that 2015 squad to a 3rd place finish at DAC 2015, a string of 4 straight LAN victories across a 2 month span, and a 7th-8th place finish at TI5. Team Secret are hoping that zai’s return to the lineup will yield similar success to his previous stint with the team, and another success Pro Circuit season. A notable change for zai though is his move back to the Offlane position, as he had been playing as a Support throughout his year long tenure with the roster of OpTic Gaming. Zai has been able to successfully transition back and forth between the Support and Offlane roles in the past, and it shouldn’t take him long to feel comfortable in the position with Team Secret.
Nisha comes to Team Secret with a somewhat lower level of international experience as zai, but the Polish carry has been around the professional scene for some time already. His career began in 2014, and has essentially been limited to playing for just a single team, though it has gone by quite a few names over the years. His original Let’s Do It squad ended up playing under the names Alternate aTTaX, Team Singularity, and Team Kinguin, over the past 4 years, with little to no changes to its lineup throughout that time. The team’s name and organization wasn’t the only thing changing though, as Nisha transitioned through a number of different positions over this period as well. He began his career as a Support player, and throughout the various moves to and from the Let’s Do It name he has seen action as an Offlaner and Midlaner. With his move to Team Secret, he will now try his hand at the Carry role. If his level of adaptability to this point is any indication of his future play, then Nisha should have absolutely no issues making this transition and will hopefully be a consistent contributor for Team Secret this season. Despite Nisha’s skill at whatever position he has been thrown into, his previous squads all still remained at the periphery of the European scene, being somewhat known in the regional scene but never quite making it into that top level with teams like Team Liquid, OG, and Team Secret. This will be his first opportunity to play for an elite organization in his career, and we will excitedly wait to see just what he can bring to the table for the team on the Pro Circuit.
The roster of Team Secret following the addition of Nisha and zai:
Michał “Nisha” Jankowski (Carry)
Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng (Mid)
Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg (Offlane)
Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat (Support)
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov (Support, Captain)
Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae (Coach)
Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey (Manager)