In a November 25 announcement, Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and his fellow teammates announced their new home after months of speculation.
“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,” the team said. The team comprises of Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasom, Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi, Maroun "GH" Merhej, Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov, and Aliwi "w33" Omar.
Team Liquid’s Dota 2 roster left the team in September following The International 2019 which came as a shock to many fans as there was never any known controversy surrounding the squad. Player-founded organizations are quite common in Dota 2, however, which could explain why the members wanted to try something new, similar to the move Team Secret recently announced.
Headed by KuroKy, Nigma Esports will look to continue their impressive run, one which includes a victory at International 2017, as well as a second place finish in 2019. The team was also victorious at StarSeries Season 3, EPICENTER 2017, and DreamLeague Season 7, but couldn’t duplicate much of their success in the following years and capped off their 2018 season with a fourth place finish at The International 2018 after being eliminated by Evil Geniuses.
Nigma, previously Team Liquid, has easily been regarded as one of the most respected rosters within the esports community, but after their shocking exit from the North American organization earlier this year, it became clear that the team was looking for a new place to call home.
Time will tell if the new look team can duplicate its past success, but maybe all they needed was a bit of a facelift to get the fresh start they needed.