Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi: a long way to success in Dota 2

Alisa Barladyan
08 Apr 2022
11:43

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi is one of the best players and captains in Dota 2 in the history of the game. He began to get involved in video games at an early age, as he had a serious foot disease that prevented him from playing outdoors for a long period. Computer games were a way of escaping depression, and he decided to devote his life to e-sport. In 2008, KuroKy met Puppey, after which they became best friends and eternal rivals. In 2013, they took second place at The International as part of Natus Vincere and then played together in Team Secret for a long time showing very good results. Interestingly, KuroKy has managed to achieve true success only when he finally left Puppey and created his team - Team Liquid. It was with her that Kuro fulfilled his dream and became the champion of The International 2017. After that, KuroKy left Team Liquid together with the team and created his organization - Nigma Galaxy. Unfortunately, 2021 has been a failure for KuroKy. Nigma Galaxy had a terrible season and didn't even qualify for The International. This was the first year that Kuro missed TI. This year the situation has not changed, and now Nigma Galaxy is one of the worst teams in Europe. However, KuroKy does not give up and still is doing his best to improve the team's game. How far KuroKy KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi has traveled over all these years in Dota 2 is in Cybersport.Metaratings.ru.

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Main achievements of KuroKy

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

KuroKy is one of the richest players in Dota 2 and therefore in all of esports. During his career, he has earned more than $5.2 million in prize money. That's all because, since 2013, KuroKy has always been in the top and took high places both in The International and in third-party tournaments. Kuro was runner-up twice at TI, and in 2017 he became the champion of the tournament. If you add up all the achievements of KuroKy, it becomes clear when he managed to earn so much money. At the same time, the list of all the achievements of KuroKy is huge, because he has been performing on the professional stage for a long time. The coolest achievements in Kuro's career are as follows:

  • The International 2013 — 2nd place;
  • The International 2017 — 1st place;
  • The International 2019 — 2nd place;
  • China Dota 2 Super Major — 1st place;
  • ESL One Frankfurt 2015 — 1st place.
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Kuro’s childhood

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Kuro was born in Germany on October 28, 1992. At the same time, he is of Iranian origin and still honors the traditions of his country. As a child, Kuro was a very active child. He liked to play football and other sports with other guys, but he couldn't do it. He had a serious disease of the legs, which didn't allow him to withstand activity for more than half an hour. Then the boy began to suffer from severe pains, and he had to go home to rest. That's why, since childhood, Kuro has played a lot of video games; Nintendo was his favorite one.

When Kuro was 10 years old, his parents bought him a computer. After that, the future e-athlete began to play various disciplines. Most of all he liked Warcraft, and he began to play only it. At the same time, Kuro did not have the Internet at home, so he could not compete with other players. Only at the age of 12, Kuro came to a computer club, where he was able to measure his strength with peers and older guys.

I got there when I was probably 12 years old. I just felt like a king. I played much better than others. Even the best of some 18-year-old guys who sat there. They just didn't stand a chance against me.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Soon Kuro, like most players, moved from Warcraft to DotA. He was so fascinated by the game that at the age of 13 he began to train for five hours every day, "to progress as quickly as possible." At that time, Kuro began to assemble a team of local players for the first time to break into the professional scene and become a true e-athlete. 

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Acquaintance with Puppey and the beginning of an esports career

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Already in 2008, Kuro had a good team; they won almost all local tournaments. At that time, Kuro decided to conquer the international stage and moved to the well-known mousesports team, with which he made it to DreamHack Winter 2008. One of the team's players could not come to the tournament, and Clement Puppey Ivanov became his replacement. It was then that Kuro found his best friend and eternal rival. They decided to stick together and create the strongest team in the world.

Our ideals were so similar that I was stunned. We talked about how the DotA scene could be developed. And we realized that we want to create the best team in history. That was the start of the KS.int mix story where Puppey took the lead so we could bring our ideas to life and show what we were capable of.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

KuroKy and Puppey played together for a while, then the guys went to different teams and reunited again. The thing is that after the defeats, Kuro had a decline in motivation, because of which he could not practice in his usual way and pay due attention to the game. In order not to let a friend down, he left the team. However, after a while, the motivation returned, and KuroKy assembled a new team. And after a while, Kuro again went to the team to Clement.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

This continued until Puppey was invited to play in Natus Vincere. He was not very pleased with the results of his team, so he gladly accepted the offer of the "born to win". Kuro didn't stop his best friend from having a brighter future.

I asked myself what I should do. Should I tell him to stay in the team with me even though he is unhappy with the results? I couldn't be so selfish. I know he would have stayed if I had asked. But I couldn't do it. This would be wrong. He has received an offer that could lead him to the success we have always aspired to but have never achieved. I couldn't kill his dream.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Shortly after that, Clement became the champion of The International 2011 as part of Natus Vincere, and the Kuroky team took the last place at the same tournament. After that, Kuro left his esports career for more than half a year, being very disappointed by own results. However, by The International 2012, Kuro recovered and was even able to go to this tournament as a mousesports player. Unfortunately, due to the lack of teamwork, Kuroky again took the last place in the tournament, but this time he took this blow with dignity and continued to move further towards his goal.

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Period in Natus Vincere and Team Secret

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In 2013, there were changes in the Natus Vincere roster, and a place was vacated in the team. On the recommendation of Puppey, Kuroky was invited there, and they began to play together again. Natus Vincere won three tournaments and several show matches before The International 2013, so the team was one of the main favorites at TI. The roster was really strong, and Kuro acted as the second captain in it and helped Clement with drafts.

As a result, Natus Vincere was able to beat almost everyone and take second place in the main tournament of the year, losing in the legendary grand final to Alliance with a score of 2:3. Kuroky was very sorry that he could not win, but he made a lot of money. He gave every penny to his parents.

My father worked all this time to get my brother and me back on our feet. Parents have not been on vacation for 10 years. They did not come to their homeland and did not see their relatives for almost 25 years. I gave all the money to them so they could fly home to Iran and rest. This is the only way I could repay them for everything.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

The International 2014 was an unsatisfactory tournament for Kuroky and Natus Vincere. The team took 5th-6th place, which was then regarded as a failure. Because of this, the composition of the "born to win" has changed a lot again, and Kuro and Clement left the team and created a new one - Team Secret. In just one season, it has become one of the strongest teams in the world and has won several victories in major tournaments with huge prize pools.

Unfortunately, the team failed at The International 2015 and managed to take only 7-8th place. Because of this, there were serious conflicts in the team, as a result of which Kuro and Clement had a big fight, and Kuroky left the team. After some time, the friends reconciled, but it was that conflict that prompted Kuro to no longer follow anyone, but to pave his own path. From that moment his ascent to the top of Dota 2 began.

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Building his own team

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After The International 2015, Kuroky was finally able to put together his own team of first-class players. He named her 5Junkz. The team showed excellent results, and just two months later, the roster managed by Kuroky was signed by Team Liquid.

Throughout 2016, Team Liquid's results were getting better. The team took 1st place at EPICENTER 2016 and 2nd place at Shanghai Major 2016, ESL One Manila 2016 and Manila Major 2016. The team's achievements as well as their game were very impressive, but at The International 2016 Team Liquid failed to become a champion. The team took only 7-8th place. Kuro was extremely upset and promised to show his maximum next year.

My job is not to let the fans down. They supported me for so many years. I have had victories and defeats. They continued to support me when I did not perform on the professional stage, when the whole community got angry at me. I do it not only for myself or for the team. I do it for them.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

KuroKy kept his word. In 2017 the team won absolutely all tournaments and before The International 2017 was considered one of the main contenders for victory. It was in that year that Kuro was able to fulfill his long-standing meta and become the TI champion. Then he climbed to the very top.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

KuroKy didn't stop there. In 2018 and 2019, Team Liquid was still considered one of the strongest teams in the world. They constantly showed cool results and were considered the favorite at almost every tournament. Kuro managed to create such a strong team. However, Team Liquid was never able to win more within The International.

"Liquids" were closest to the victory at TI9, but then in the grand final, they lost miserably to OG (1:3). Then Kuro became the vice-champion of The International for the second time. Few people can boast of this. However, after the tournament, Kuro and his team decided to leave Team Liquid and create their own esports organization. Like Puppey once did.

Nigma Galaxy and gradual fall

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

In November 2019, Salehi Takhasomi's team Kuro KuroKy announced an esports organization for Dota 2. The club was named Nigma Galaxy. Soon the team had serious sponsors, thanks to which it could exist in peace and not depend on the prize money. However, this did not have a positive effect on the results of the team.

The year 2020 in Dota 2 has been dubbed the "coronavirus era". Then the DPC season and all international tournaments were canceled. Doters competed only online, that's why the motivation of Nigma Galaxy players went down sharply. In this regard, the team was not able to show anything until the end of the year, remaining somewhere in the backyard of Dota 2.

Everything was supposed to change in 2021 when the DPC season resumed. However, Nigma Galaxy failed again. The team was unable to collect the required number of DPC points to get a direct invite to The International 2021. As part of the regional qualifiers, Nigma Galaxy also suffered a defeat and failed to qualify for the main tournament of the year. This was the first TI in KuroKy's life that he missed.

Kuro KuroKy Salehi Takhasomi

Unfortunately, in 2022, the Nigma Galaxy game has not changed. The team again failed in the first season of the regional league, finishing sixth out of eight and missing out on the regional final. The second season of the league for Nigma Galaxy started even worse. Now the team has a 0:4 statistic, risking falling into the second division.

If this happens, then Kuro will miss The International this year as well. Hypothetically speaking, after that, he can end his career, since he has been playing for almost 15 years. Nevertheless, now KuroKy keeps fighting spirit and continues to fight for a place under the sun. And, as we know, he knows how to fight.

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