With an impressive history of results, including an International win in 2017 and a second place in 2019, the former Team Liquid Dota 2 squad is one of the most respected teams of all time.
However, after leaving the North American organization in September, the championship roster were looking for a new home. Instead of joining a different organization though, they built something for themselves.
In a November 25 announcement, KuroKy and the other four players finally announced where they were going to land — Nigma. It comes after months of speculation and teasers, with the biggest one dropping on November 24 as each player posted a graphic of themselves staring at a black hole.
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An entirely new org headed up by KuroKy himself was a vision the Dota 2 veteran has had for a while, and only now just gotten the chance to do.
“When KuroKy told me about their plans in the wake of TI9, I couldn’t help but think about my own journey from professional player to team owner,” said Team Liquid CEO Victor ‘Nazgul’ Goossens back in September.
“After four years under the Team Liquid organization, our Dota team has decided to pursue this new dream: to build a team of their own.”
— Nigma (@nigmagg) November 25, 2019
While the announcement of their new organization has excited many fans, some couldn’t help but poke fun at a rather obvious joke, with “nigma balls” plaguing the comment sections of their posts.
Names aside, the team will be looking to reinstate themselves at the top of Dota 2 after missing out on the Chengdu Major, which played out across November 16-24.
Team Liquid’s new lineup taking the stage for the first time at a major event instead, finishing in 5-6th, taking home $60,000 and 900 Circuit points.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) November 25, 2019
The Nigma roster will be as follows:
- Position 1: Amer ‘Miracle-’ Al-Barkawi
- Position 2: Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar
- Position 3: Ivan ‘MC’ Ivanov
- Position 4: Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej
- Position 5: Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi
Nigma will have a chance of qualifying for the next Premier events at DreamLeague Season 13 in January, and ESL One Los Angeles in March.