I'm used to players leaving/getting kicked from teams, but it's a whole other thing to have 4/5 guys go. If zai or Kuro were still on the team it would have been a bit more bearable, but this new Secret roster... oh Lord. Are you testing how much faith I have on Clement Ivanov?
I like the teams I cheer for to be made up of nice, chill and cerebral players. I don't mind them being painfully straightforward like Puppey or being crazy enough to buy a team mate 18 tangos like Dread. But I don't want them to be face-palm inducing flamers, and I especially don't want them to be pricks who slosh Monster Energy on people's heads when they don't like the prank played on them.
I guess I'll have to change my flair to VP or Alliance now. Heck if Limmp can get his Lina mojo back I'll go with NiP. Even the rumored Dendi + 4 new guys iteration of NaVi is more stannable than Secret's current line-up.
RIP 2015 Team Secret, and RIP my Secret reddit flair. I would follow Puppey to the depths of hell (to see Pit Lord and haul him back to earth?) but this current team is just too much to bear.
Pleeease let s4 stay with Puppan and zai. Don’t care who the
+2 are you can put like Justin Bieber and Kim Jong Un there and I would take it
with flailing open arms – just please please please gif Nic Secret.s4. :(
If you do I promise to offer you my first born son and name
him Clement Gustav Ludwig Ivanov Magnusson Wahlberg.
makes you want to scream "Tangina naman, NiP. Naka benteng kill na si Era tinapon pa ninyo."
I mean, they hung in there for 44 minutes and the kill count was 36-47 with them in the lead and they had GPM and XPM advantage and I'm here like why why why can't Limmp win with Lina anymore, this is like his 5th straight Lina loss and that's just heartbreaking because he used to wreck with her in .83 and now everything is .84 and everything hurts. :(
(If it's any consolation it's VP who took the game from them and I'm good with VP because G is still good with Lina... most of the time.)
Okay can I just say that Page 1 of the VODS section of GGnet
is so freakin awesome right now. :)
First off, 15 of the last 30 VODS available have a Lina in
the game, courtesy of 7 different teams – that’s a lot of Lina picks. :) None
of them are Secret or NaVi or Alliance games, which means that unfortunately I
don’t get to see Kuro or Akke’s dank support Lina (she’s almost carryish when
Kuro plays her, actually) or the gloriousness that is Dendi’s Lina in midlane,
but hey, considering that eight months ago I made this (x) post, I’m not
complaining. I’m just gonna sit here and hope to the Meta Gods that Puppey and
Artstyle are just saving their Lina strats for T15 haha!
What we do have – which is super awesome too – are:
1. FNG FIRST PICKING LINA FOR ASUS.POLAR TWICE IN THEIR Bo3
SERIES VS MOSCOW FIVE. And the only time he didn’t first pick her, he picked
I mean, I know the order of picks can mean different things
in different situations – like, some heroes are picked first because the
drafter thinks they’re that important, while others are picked later because the
drafter doesn’t want to reveal their strat early – but Lina is a hero who is
rarely picked first or second so I got really excited just by the fact that FNG
picked her so early. But looking at the order of the drafts, I’m inclined to
think that it’s more of the first case. Seems like Captain Fabulous Hair really
wanted the Axe/Lina combo (DKphobos offlane Axe and G/Illidan midlane/safelane
Lina is a strat they seem to like) so he picked them together when he could.
Oh, FNG. At this rate you’re going – drafting Lina a lot and
actually being great at her – you’re going to dislodge S4 as my third favourite
DotA captain of all time after 820 and Puppey pretty soon. And considering how fond I am of S4, that's saying something.
2. LINA BEING PICKED BY LGD IN ALL FIVE GAMES IN THEIR Bo5
SERIES VS EHOME. Jesus.
To be honest I didn’t know who drafted for LGD – heck, I
didn’t even know who the players of LGD were anymore (too many Chinese
reshuffles and too few good Chinese Lina games to watch) – but it turns out
that the guy to thank is actually xiao8.
I know him from his WC3 days because he was with CCM/IG.Z and they had a great rivalry going on with EHOME, who counted Lina among their go-to supports and therefore had my undying love. But I haven’t really paid a lot of
attention to him in Dota 2 because the Chinese teams didn’t pick Lina as
much they did in WC3 DotA until recently. But nonetheless, the most important thing I know
about xiao8 is that last month LGD paid Newbee $330K to
release him from his contract so he can play for LGD again. And this guy, who
LGD thinks is worth $330K, thinks that Lina is worth picking five times in a
I will always love Secret (Because duh, Puppey. And S4. And
Kuro.) but honestly the two teams that are getting the most love from me right
now are VP.Polar and NiP.
Because GAHD – thank you FNG (and your fabulous hair) and
Handsken for being Lina-loving drafters, and thank you Illidan and G and Limmp
for being awesome position 1 and 2 Linas, and thank you FNG again for being a
dank support Lina, and thank you all of you fucking players for many fucking
awesome Lina games! :)