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Former Team Liquid Dota 2 team announce new organization

Published: 25/Nov/2019 23:42

by Andrew Amos


The legendary Team Liquid Dota 2 squad headed up by Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi has found a new home in their own organization called Nigma.

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.

ValveThe former Team Liquid line-up took home The International in 2017.

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.

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.”

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.

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. 


Football club PSG extends successful Dota 2 partnership with LGD

Published: 1/Dec/2020 9:29 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 11:42

by Adam Fitch


French football club Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their partnership with Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming.

The renewal will see LGD’s team in popular MOBA title Dota 2 continue to compete under the banner of PSG.LGD.

Despite announcing the extended alliance, the length of the new deal has not been disclosed at the time of writing. The partnership was originally established in April 2018.

The two parties will continue working together to “promote the internationalization and commercial operation” of the team.

It didn’t take long for PSG.LGD to prove successful, winning the EPICENTER XL Major in May 2018.

PSG.LGD have also unveiled a new look that they will move forward with, changing their logo to reflect LGD’s new logo that was revealed in December 2019 and PSG changing “eSports” to “esports” in their own branding.

PSG.LGD proved to be a force in Dota 2 almost instantly, winning a Major tournament just one month after forming in 2018. They witnessed continued success as the year progressed, emerging victorious at the MDL Changsha Major in the same month and eventually placing second at that year’s The International — netting themselves over $4m in the latter.

In 2019 they continued to play well but couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, placing fourth at The Chongqing Major and MDL Disneyland Paris Major, third at ESL One Birmingham, and third at The International 9.

In 2020 they underwent drastic changes following a difficult year, especially considering the global health situation moving competition online. On September 16th, they unveiled an all-new roster which included loaning two players from domestic rivals EHOME.

PSG have a similar partnership in League of Legends, competing in the Pacific Championship Series — the home for competition in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia — as PSG.Talon. The football club partnered with Hong Kong-based organization Talon Esports in June 2020.