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Nigma Galaxy's New Roster Makes a Terrible Debut

By Naman Alok | Dec 29, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Nigma Galaxy’s debut with its new roster did not go as planned, with the team losing two consecutive series in the tournament against Hellraisers and Entity. As a result, the team was knocked out of the BetBoom Xmas Show, finishing last. During the off-season, Nigma Galaxy was forced to make a roster change after decorated carry player Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi announced that he would be taking a break from the competitive scene to deal with health issues. Former OG offlaner Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf has been announced as his temporary replacement for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season 2022/2023. Nigma Galaxy’s New Roster Makes a Terrible Debut

Nigma Galaxy underperforms in its debut appearance

Nigma Galaxy debuted its new roster at the BetBoom Xmas Show after being invited by tournament organisers FISSURE to compete in the playoffs stage. However, its first appearance would be a flop due to the short notice.

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Upper Bracket: Nigma Galaxy vs Hellraisers

Game One pitted against Hellraisers, but things didn’t go as planned as the team was dominated by the combination of Gleb “depressed kid” Zyryanov’s Outworld Destroyer and Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin’s Nature Prophet. While Nigma attempted to claw their way back into the game, they were forced to concede after only 34 minutes.

Nigma Galaxy performed slightly better in Game Two, as they had a good early game lead. However, the game ended up being a replay of Game One, as Hellraisers managed to gain a late-game advantage by constantly picking off Nigma’s heroes. Hellraisers won the series 2-0 after 40 minutes, sending Nigma Galaxy to the Lower Bracket.

Lower Bracket: Nigma Galaxy vs Entity

In Game One, Syed “SumaiL” Hassan of NG dominated the game with his signature Leshrac against Entity. While Entity attempted to prolong the game in order to gain a late-game advantage, Nigma won the first game after only 28 minutes. 

Game Two was a close match between the two teams, as Nigma’s draught remained mostly the same while Entity chose a different draught. While the game was evenly matched for the first 25 minutes, Entity managed to gain an advantage in the late game thanks to favourable team fights. After 41 minutes, Entity won Game Two.

Game Three of the series was largely one-sided, as Entity did not let its early game advantage slip away, with Alimzhan “watson” Islambekov’s Templar Assassin leading the charge. While Nigma Galaxy was successful in stalling the game long enough for both ATF and SumaiL to reach their mid-game potential, Entity eventually defeated them after 35 minutes.

Nigma Galaxy was officially eliminated from the tournament after its underwhelming debut. However, with the DPC Western European (WEU) 2023 Tour 1: Division I kicking off in two weeks, will Nigma Galaxy be able to redeem itself in what could be the most stacked region yet?

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