Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi is one of the prominent captains in the Dota 2 scene. He has been part of 10 professional teams, with 1 team during his Dota 1 stint. In a career spanning more than a decade, he has won multiple tournaments.
This also includes the prestigious TI championship in 2017 with Team Liquid. Since then, KuroKy established a team of his own called Nigma Galaxy. This is also alongside his teammates from Liquid and player Aliwi “w33” Omar. Since then, they have retained the core team. But, this time taking on SumaiL and ATF in the Mid and Carry position, respectively.
After a recent game against Team Secret, KuroKy gave his thoughts on the state of things in the post-game interview. While the interview lasted a good 13 minutes, KuroKy gave concise answers on many topics.
Starting from Scratch
Kuro noted that while they had a rough start in the DPC Winter Tour. However, they found a good rhythm, lamenting they got it a little too late. He was still glad to say that the results of Nigma Galaxy in the tour were great despite the delay.
A panelist, Robson “TeaGuvnor” Merritt, asked Kuro about the recruitment of new coach ImmortalFaith and carry player ATF. Daniel “ImmortalFaith” Moza was the previous coach of Gaimin Gladiators and has now taken over the coaching duty of Roman “rmN-” Paley.
We know Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf best during his time at OG, after leaving team CREEPWAVE. Whilst traditionally an offlane player, Nigma Galaxy took him as a carry player, replacing their teammate, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, who is taking a health break.
Kuro acknowledged that both IF and ATF are vocal personalities, but he admitted that things needed to change. While they are notably vocal, Kuro is glad to have them, as both their opinions led to new ideas and concepts to think about.
He revealed that ATF had offers from multiple teams but chose to play for Nigma Galaxy, despite playing from the carry position. Reports assume that ImmortalFaith coaches remotely but intends to be in-house soon.
Motivations, Then and Now
Alexandra “Sheepsticked” Roberts asked about his motivations, and how they had changed over the years. Kuro started by stating he’d been competing for over almost 20 years. Even more, with his first match in Dota 1 when he was still 11 years old.
His prime motivation then was to be the best individual player. When he realized that competition was a lucrative affair, his motivation complimented his drive to support his parents. This occurred when Valve took the reins and released Dota 2.
Kuro is not a believer in motivation but leans more towards hard work instead. After all the success in TI7, he admitted his exhaustion. He said that his stint with Team Secret, and the process of forming a team and being captain, are things he didn’t enjoy.
He has since looked to his organization, NGX, and people who want to see him win as the reason he remained committed to the game. His teammates are also his greatest strength, as he’s been playing with them for almost a decade—they are like brothers, Kuro says.
The Videogame and Fans
Nigma’s players understand that their lives are in a good place, due to their recent performances, good or bad. Kuro remarked that “This is just [a] stupid video game, at the end of the day,” and that there are bigger things in life. As for personal reasons, he believes in leaving a legacy, yet he also believes that this entire affair is lost on him, something which he left to the panelists and viewers to interpret.
He also acknowledges that the fanbase of Nigma Galaxy has been clamoring for a comeback for some time now, and he intends to deliver on that.
On Staying Together and KOTL
During the TI10 qualifiers, he revealed that it impacted them a lot, yet there wasn’t a moment where any player wanted out of the team. He believes that Nigma players could play for any team, yet they chose to stay and make it work. It all boils down to the idea of hope, despite the possibility of having bad results for months or years.
Keeper of the Light has been a historic pick for Nigma Galaxy. It sees a support role with Maroun “GH” Merhej, but now in the equally capable hands of midlaner Syed “SumaiL” Hassan, who has a notorious record with the hero in the tour. While the update nerfed KOTL, SumaiL started exploring the hero once again.
It also prompted the team to create strategies around it. His performance included 100% kill participation, with 21K healing and 35K hero damage.
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