Storied Dota 2 organization Team Secret has picked up their first male competitive Counter-Strike team.
Team Secret announced their new venture into CS:GO on Twitter, revealing a European roster that previously played under the name M1x.
Today's the day! We're excited to announce our #SecretCSGO team!
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) November 25, 2019
The M1x squad began playing together in August of this year, competing in the ECS Pinnacle Cup Open Qualifiers. Their fourth-place finish in the European Pinnacle Cup granted them a higher seed going into ECS Season 8. Next, M1x played in ECS Europe, joining the team lists for weeks two, three, and four. The squad reached a second-place finish in week three after taking unlikely victories over mousesports and Tricked. They fell 1-2 to Ninjas in Pyjamas in the Final.
Now playing under the Team Secret banner, the lineup is headlined by European FACEIT Pro League talent Rigon “rigoN” Gashi. Albanian-Kosovar players Dionis “sinnopsyy” Budeci and Flatron “juanflatroo” Halimi add more FPL recognition to the squad. Young talents Filip “tudsoN” Tudev and Guy “anarkez” Trachtman round out the roster.
In the organization’s announcement, CEO John Yao explains that Team Secret had been exploring the CS:GO scene for six months before picking up the M1x roster. He stated that the team has only spent a “very short time together,” but “has shown the potential to become one of the greats [in] the scene.”
This is Team Secret’s first venture into the male CS:GO scene, only having previously picked up the WeRunThisPlace female squad in 2016 after their win at Intel Challenge Katowice. The organization parted ways with the roster in 2017 and have been absent from Counter-Strike since.
The new Team Secret lineup is currently playing in the Qi Banja Luka 2019 Open Qualifiers, having secured a top-eight finish so far. They are also competing online in LOOT.BET Season 5, currently standing 0-2 after losses to Winstrike and PACT.