Who is going to replace iLTW in Nigma Galaxy: top seven candidates

Alisa Barladyan
14 Apr 2022
19:52

Nigma Galaxy failed in the spring season of Dota Pro Circuit 2021/22 in Europe. The team had five consecutive losses before deciding to make lineup changes. Nigma Galaxy kicked Igor iLTW Filatov and replaced him with Adrian Fata Trinks (who’s actually a support). However, even that didn’t help the team get at least one win, and Nigma Galaxy lost their sixth regular-season match in a row. For the record, the team only won one map in all that time. Because of this, Nigma Galaxy finished last in the DPC-League, and now the team will leave the first division of Europe.

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Nigma Galaxy

However, it does not mean that the team has completely failed the DPC-cycle. Nigma Galaxy can still qualify for The International 2022 if they win the regional qualification, which will take place before the main tournament of the year. But to do so, the team must fix its game and optimize its lineup to finally get it to work. Since Nigma Galaxy has already kicked iLTW, upgrading the team will have to start with the carry. It’s unlikely that Fata will stay in that role for long. Right now there aren’t too many free carries in Dota 2, but it should be possible to find a suitable replacement for Igor if desired. See the Cybersport.Metaratings.ru article about who can replace iLTW in Nigma Galaxy.

Adrian Fata Trinks

Adrian Fata Trinks

The chance of Fata staying in Nigma Galaxy is very slim, but it’s still a possibility. The thing is, the team is desperate because it needs to pick up a new player right in the middle of the DPC cycle when all the lineups are already formed. So you either have to look for a free agent or rely on someone willing (and able) to leave their team for Nigma Galaxy. And it’s not the strongest team at the moment.

However, something is better than nothing, so Fata could be a suitable candidate if the team has no other options. There are two significant benefits of this choice. First, Fata is on good terms with KuroKy, as they are both from Germany. The two legends have already played together when their Dota 2 careers were just setting off. So there is a certain synergy between them. The second advantage is that Fata is a very good player, leader, and strategist. After all, he created the Tundra Esports Team, which is now considered one of the strongest in Europe. However, Fata was later kicked out and left without a team. Adrian is not the perfect candidate for Nigma Galaxy, but he could work as a last-minute save.

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Syed SumaiL Sumail Hassan

Syed SumaiL Sumail Hassan

SumaiL, on the other hand, is the perfect candidate for a carry or a mid-lane position in Nigma Galaxy. He and Miracle- can obviously share those two roles. Just imagine what happens if SumaiL and Miracle- are in the same team. It would be one of the best combinations in the history of Dota 2 because they are both top-notch players who can carry a team solo. Of course, teaming up the “miracle boy” and the “king” may not work, but the idea sounds sensational. Any Dota 2 fan would love to see their combined play.

That being said, don’t forget that SumaiL currently plays in Team Secret. But the results of this team in the first division of Europe are almost as bad as those of Nigma Galaxy. At the moment, Team Secret is also dangerously close to falling into the second division. But even if it doesn’t happen, the team is still unlikely to qualify for the ESL One Stockholm Dota Major 2022. That means Team Secret will face two failed seasons in a row. After that, SumaiL may want to leave the team, and he possibly signed a contract allowing him to do so. This is SumaiL, after all. So technically, the King could indeed join the Nigma Galaxy. That would make for a very interesting plot twist.

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Nikolai Nikobaby Nikolov

Nikolai Nikobaby Nikolov

Nikobaby was once considered one of the best carries in the world. In recent years, however, his game (as well as his results) has become more lackluster. This is why in the latest DPC season he, together with the Alliance, has dropped to the second division of Europe, where he is now doing quite well. The team is in the second line of the tournament table with a 5-1 score. If Alliance wins their last game of the season against Chicken Fighters (4-2), they will qualify for the first division again. Of course, in that case, the probability of Nikobaby moving to Nigma Galaxy would drop to zero.

However, if Alliance loses and gets stuck in the second division for another season, the team might disband and try to put it back together again. Then Nikobaby will become a free agent again, and Nigma Galaxy could be interested in him. Not the most obvious solution, but it could be very promising. Right now, this team is missing a bright star who can lead the players.

Miracle- used to be that kind of star, but lately, he has taken a turn for the worse. So Nikobaby may be a great fit for Nigma Galaxy, the players will just have to find a common ground. With Nikobaby in the lineup, the team will at least be able to compete in the Regional Qualifiers for The International 2022.

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Inji Shad Lub

Inji Shad Lub

Nowadays, a lot of people may not even remember who Shad is. He is a Dutch player who used to play in a carry position in Vikin.gg. Up until recently, this team was showing incredible results, beating European powerhouses, but then they suffered a major setback and the organization announced they would disband the lineup. All the Vikin.gg players went to other teams. BOOM and Seleri ended up with Gladiators, Tobi went to Entity and Aramis joined Alliance. All of Vikin.gg players have had decent careers except Shad. He disappeared and didn’t return until the beginning of the winter DPC season in the roster of Into The Breach, but it failed and fell apart (the players there weren’t exactly top grade).

But at least we found out that Shad is still playing Dota 2 and intends to win. In Vikin.gg he was playing really well and he was the main hero of the team along with BOOM. That’s why it’s safe to assume he’ll be a perfect fit for Nigma Galaxy. Shad is an operator who will play according to Kuro’s plan and won’t ask questions. And that’s exactly the kind of player Nigma Galaxy wanted to see in iLTW. Shad has a lot of experience on the professional stage (over 250 games) and he doesn’t have a team right now, so there’s no need to buy him out. It turns out that Shad really is the perfect candidate to replace iLTW in Nigma Galaxy, unless the team wants to completely rebuild the roster.

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Roman RAMZES666 Kushnarev

Roman RAMZES666 Kushnarev

iLTW has been playing in Nigma Galaxy for almost a year, but it had no positive effect on the results of the team. Therefore, it is uncertain whether the eSports organization will want to sign a player from the CIS again. If they do, Nigma Galaxy may want to take a look at RAMZES666. He has long been considered one of the best carries in Dota 2 and has repeatedly beaten Nigma Galaxy players in various tournaments. At that, he has very good and even friendly ties with them. So Kuro may well invite Roman, for old times’ sake.

However, in recent years RAMZES666 didn’t show the greatest of results, to put it mildly. Moreover, now Roman plays in CIS Rejects team, which has only just begun to blossom. In short, the parties are not really interested in cooperation at the moment. But if Nigma Galaxy does invite RAMZES666 to join their ranks, he would at least consider the offer.

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Nikita Daxak Kuzmin

Nikita Daxak Kuzmin

As an alternative to iLTW and RAMZES666 Nigma Galaxy might consider Daxak. He has some experience of playing in a foreign organization before. At that time, Nikita represented Ninjas in Pyjamas, but could not achieve any significant results with that team. Yes, the chance that Nigma Galaxy would invite Daxak is extremely small, but they did invite iLTW for some reason, although there was absolutely nothing to suggest that decision. It came as a massive surprise. So perhaps KuroKy and Co will surprise everyone again. On top of that, recently the cybersports organization in which Daxak plays, Winstrike Team, announced a freeze on the Dota 2 lineup. So now Nikita is a free agent and can join another team with no problems at all.

Kamil agressive child Biktimirov

There is also a chance that the Nigma Galaxy will not sign a famous player, but will try to find a new star in matchmaking instead. Or the team may consider signing a lesser-known young player with great promise. Kamil agressive child Biktimirov is one of such players. He previously played with Coolguys, Winstrike Team, and Team Unique and showed decent results everywhere. At least his style was the least debatable. Now agressive child plays in Chicken Fighters in the second division of Europe, and Nigma Galaxy could easily poach him if they want. Whether they do indeed want to is a question. But agressive child is worth considering as a new carry. After all, he could potentially be a very tough player.

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