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Former Team Liquid Dota 2 team announce new organization

Published: 25/Nov/2019 23:42

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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Dota 2 player Flow passes away after cancer battle

Published: 30/Sep/2020 16:45

by Jacob Hale

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Russian Dota 2 player Alexander ‘Flow’ Sazonov has sadly passed away after losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Flow, who was considered to be a standout performer by fans of the Dota 2 amateur ranks, was an offlane player that, throughout his career, represented organizations such as Vega Squadron and Double Dimension.

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In 2018, while representing Double Dimension, he took a hiatus from competitive play following his cancer diagnosis at the age of 23. Despite a period of health improvements, Flow passed away on Wednesday, September 30, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis.

Flow’s passing was confirmed by organization B8 esports, who posted to Twitter to offer their condolences to his family and friends.

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According to Flow’s VK fan page, he had been feeling healthy until early August when, after undergoing some tests, he learned that the cancer had come back aggressively, and he proceeded to undergo chemotherapy, then developed stomatitis throughout his course.

Based on the experiences he shared on VK, it appears as though his health deteriorated throughout the chemotherapy course and, despite feeling better at times, he unfortunately passed on September 30.

In the announcement on VK, his passing was confirmed, and his resilience shared with his fans. “Sasha left us this morning. He did not give up and until the very end believed that he could defeat the disease.”

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Flow passed away on September 30.

The Dota 2 community has paid tribute to Flow, and compassion for his family’s loss, most notably from the CIS community who have lost one of their own.

Flow’s passing is a sad reminder of how short life can be, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Flow’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.