The Secret is out – Team Secret are the first ROG Masters 2016 champions!

Puppey holds the ROG Masters trophy up high as they take the grand finals with a vengeance!
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Puppey holds the ROG Masters trophy up high as they take the grand finals with a vengeance!

The ROG Masters 2016 is in the books and, over the past weekend, Dota 2 fans around the world got a taste of the action that we can expect from the upcoming Boston Majors. While Team Mineski and Execration from the Philippines fought to the bitter end, it was Team Secret, led by Puppey, who won the finals in a 3-0 sweep against Execration to claim the title of being the first ever ROG Masters Champion and taking home a whopping 150,000$ for their efforts! You read that right folks, that’s roughly 7 million php!

Team Secret, with their revamped lineup consisting of Puppey, pieliedie, MP, KheZu, and MidOne, rolled into the Masters as the crowd favorite and their strong play did not disappoint the huge number of fans that came over to watch them play. Dealing a decisive 3-0 victory over Execration, Secret has proven that you can never ever count them out, not with Puppey at the helm of the team. Although they did not qualify for the Boston Major, their performance here proves that they are ready to storm the Dota 2 scene once again, all the other teams beware!

 

Execration is all in for the Boston Major! (image courtesy of the Execration Facebook page)
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Execration is all in for the Boston Major! (image courtesy of the Execration Facebook page)

While Execration may have lost to Team Secret in the finals, they have indeed gained valuable experience going into the Boston Major. Composed of Filipino prodigies such as KimO, Gabbi, DJ, Abed, and Rapy, with 343 as an official substitute, Execration has shown very impressive performances as of late, with a championship from the Malaysian Leg of the MPGL back in September to cap off a good run. We can only hope that this loss at the Masters will only fuel the fire for Execration as they now set their sights on the upcoming Major, they will look to prove doubters wrong and are ready to show the world that their direct invite is well deserved!

 

The ROG Masters was a great event and it really showed us how much effort Asus and ROG are putting into empowering the gamers and discovering the rising stars of the e-sports scene. The Republic of Gamers is only getting bigger and we are certainly looking forward to more events and tournaments in the future. If you want to catch all the latest news and announcements from ROG, do check their Facebook page for more details!

 

Author: Chris Garcia

Chris has been part of the Philippine eGaming scene ever since his Level Up! days working on Ragnarok. This Dota 2-talking, Yeezy-wearing and technical-gaming proficient geek, enjoys eSports on an international and local level. He's doing his bit for the industry as well as he continues to work with wonderfully talented local game devs at Altitude Games.

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