Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard is a Danish 24-year-old pro player currently competing for Team Secret. He trains professionally in Dota 2 handling the carry position, performing his best game plays with his signature heroes like Meepo, Razor, and Lone Druid. According to the esports caster, ODPixel, Ace is one of the best gamers acquired by Secret, in some instances outperforming other strong dota players with his versatility with a wide hero pool and an understanding of different gaming positions.
Aside from gaming, Marcus watches replays of other pro gamers like Notail for his flexibility in-game and Fly for his leading capabilities as captain. Being a professional cyber athlete travelling around the world has become a part of Hoelgaard’s life, apart from competing in matches, he takes the time to see the important cultural sights, relax by the pool or play a game of chess to kill time at the airport.
Where it all began:
Gaming has always been a part of Marcus’ life since his older brother is also a pro gamer Sylvester ‘Link’ Hoelgaard. He was always a competitive player in his younger days, where he used to spend most of his free time playing football.
It all started with Counter-Strike way back when he was 11-years-old, eventually moved on to try Warcraft III and Defense of the Ancients. Practising to be a better gamer, he made the smooth transition into Dota 2 where his professional esports career started in June 2012 with Gamer University. Over the years he made a name for himself joining top teams like Mousesports, Meet Your Makers, Flipsid3 Tactics, Danish Bears and Cloud 9.
Team Secret is a European esports company that was established in August 2014. Gathering the best players that have the drive to win prestigious esports tournaments, Team Secret supports four teams that compete in Dota 2, Rocket League, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rules of Survival: Battle Royale Game.
Team Secret created their Dota 2 team in time for the StarLadder Starseries Season 10 with that consisted of pro players like Notail, Fly, and s4. Over the years, roster changes took place to find the best combination of characters. Fast forward to 2018, Team Secret dota lineup consists of Ace, MidOne, Fata, YapzOr, and Puppey.
While competing with Team Secret since September 2017, Ace has also taken part in Galaxy Battles II, Perfect World Masters, ESL One Hamburg and PGL Open Bucharest. Over the past few months, Hoelgaard has had the pleasure of competing against top dota squads like Newbee, LFY, Virtus.Pro and Immortals so as to learn from them and improve his strategical gameplay.
The highest earnings in Ace’s professional esports career was when he competed for Team Secret in the DreamLeague Season 8. The dota squad won the premier title reaching the Grand Finals to defeat Team Liquid with an unbeatable score of 3-0, proudly claiming their prize of a staggering $500K.
Hoelgaard’s second great win was with Cloud 9 at the World Electronic Sports Games 2016. The unit managed to finish in the finals playing their best strategies against TNC Pro Team. However, C9’s opponents proved to be the stronger and finished in a close second place, taking home a reward of $400K.