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Team Secret rallies, Team Liquid falls in Dota 2 player rankings

Steven R. November 19, 2020

Big upsets happened on both ends of the Atlantic as Team Secret was eliminated from ESL One Germany in fourth place and Quincy Crew had its tournament winning streak ended by Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao’s 4FUN stack.

The next round of tournaments are already underway with Epic League attracting all of Europe’s best teams while teams in the Americas are all competing in Realms Collide. Here’s the new top 10 after two more weeks of action:

Catch up on the rankings:

Team Secret completely takes over top five

Team Secret has long dominated the top 10, but now it has complete control of the top five. The order of the players remains the same, with Michał "Nisha" Jankowski on top and Clement “Puppey” Ivanov at the bottom, but this represents a major shift as Puppey and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat actually landed outside the top 10 in the last installment on the rankings.

This might come as a surprise, as Secret is actually 1-1 since the last installment of the rankings. The jump for Puppey and YapzOr is essentially a correction based upon the team’s previous success against fast-rising teams such as Vikin.gg and mudgolems. It won’t take much for other players to break up this party, but Team Secret is still clearly on top despite their surprise loss at ESL One Germany.

Team Liquid loses ground with Epic League stumbles

Team Liquid was the biggest winner of the last installment of the rankings after a surprise first-place finish in ESL One Germany. Alas, many of the gains made by the team evaporated with the team’s poor start in Epic League.

Liquid went 0-3 in the first week of competition, dropping matches to Natus Vincere, Vikin.gg, and the newly-formed Just Error. Those losses were a tough blow to Liquid, sending the team from third place down to ninth. While Michael "miCKe" Vu and Max "qojqva" Bröcker were inside the top 10 last time, neither made the cut this time around.

SVG becomes first North American player to reach top 10

For the most part, European and Chinese players have dominated the player ranking since its initial inception. Some CIS players have hopped in and out, and Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong repped Southeast Asia in the first installment. The Americas haven’t had any representation, until now.

Avery "SVG" Silverman is the first North American player to make the cut. This follows an extended stretch of dominance for Quincy Crew, which has seen the entire roster place inside the top 40. SVG’s teammate Rodrigo "Lelis" Santos, currently ranked at 13, could end up in the top 10 next month and become the first South American to make the cut.