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EPIC League has Secret falling, VP climbing in player rankings

Steven R. December 3, 2020

All of the top Dota 2 teams in the world are active right now, and that’s made for a massive shift in the player rankings. This installment of the player rankings marks a major shakeup that undid the established order.

Catch up on the player rankings:

Team Secret slips with underwhelming EPIC League start

Team Secret has maintained steady control of the top three spots in the player rankings throughout the WIN.gg rankings’ existence. On multiple occasions, the team has made up the entire top five. Chinese teams' increased level of activity over recent months coupled with Team Secret’s underwhelming start in EPIC League has seen that control slip a bit.

Michał "Nisha" Jankowski and Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen still hold the top two spots, but Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg has come down from his long-held third-place spot. Meanwhile, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat have fallen outside the top 10. 

The most direct beneficiary of this was Topias Miikka "Topson" Taavitsainen, as OG scored a 2-0 victory over Secret that saw him climb two spots. Virtus.pro’s Egor "epileptick1d" Grigorenko also makes his top-10 debut after the team’s very strong start in EPIC League, but they are set to face Secret at the event in the near future in a match that could shake up the rankings again.

PSG.LGD’s Ame slips, but stays in the top 10

Wang "Ame" Chunyu has steadily been China’s top-ranked Dota 2 player on WIN.gg, but that changed here as two players stepped past him. Ren "eLeVeN" Yangwei has been a staple of the top 10 and he jumped from eighth to third. Also climbing over Ame is Team Aster’s Du "Monet" Peng.

Aster is off to a solid start in the reshuffled Chinese region and has placed in the top four in its last three events while competing against consistently strong competition. The team most recently took second place in the China Dota 2 Pro Cup Season 2. Though competition is fierce, Elephant’s Zhang "Eurus" Chengjun could also break into the top 10 in the near future.