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MinD_ContRoL

Borislavov, Ivan

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About

Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov began playing Dota 2 in 2012, and it didn’t take long for him to find success at the professional level. He made his first professional appearance in 2013 in RaidCall EMS competitions with all-Bulgarian teams and gained notoriety through his successes in FACEIT Pro League competitions.

He began competing more frequently in 2014 with Vast Cast, another predominantly Bulgarian team, which was later signed by Aftershock Gaming. That team later became Basically Unknown. Despite almost constant roster changes, the team performed well in smaller leagues. 

In 2015 he left Basically Unknown and the Bulgarian scene behind and began competing as a substitute and stand-in with various teams.

Following The International 2015, he joined former Team Secret and Natus Vincere player Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi on 5Jungz. The team qualified for the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships and was sponsored by Team Liquid shortly thereafter. MinD_ContRoL, KuroKy, and Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen would become the core of Team Liquid’s Dota 2 roster for years to come.

The team posted solid placements in a number of notable events, most notably winning The Defense Season 5. Liquid became unanimously regarded as one of the best Dota 2 teams in the world with a second-place performance at the Shanghai Major. This was followed by another second-place finish at the Manila Major and a victory at Epicenter 2016. Though Liquid was regarded as a serious contender to win The International 2016, the team posted an underwhelming seventh-place finish.

Following TI6, Liquid added Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi. After failing to qualify for the Boston Major, Liquid also added Maroun "GH" Merhej. This roster posted mixed results early, but surged as the season progressed, winning StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 2, Epicenter 2017, and DreamLeague Season 7. Team Liquid entered The International 2017 white hot, and won the event in emphatic fashion thanks in large part to a strong performance by MinD_ContRoL.

Liquid’s roster stayed intact after and performed well in numerous Dota 2 majors, most notably winning the China Dota 2 Supermajor. The team was in a good position to defend its title at TI that year, but finished in fourth at The International 2018.

The 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season began in awkward fashion for Liquid as the team withdrew from the first major cycle. This was followed by the departure of longtime coach Lee "Heen" Seung Gon. MinD_ContRoL would then compete outside of Liquid for the first time in years, at the Kuala Lumpur Major as a substitute for Ninjas in Pyjamas. 

Liquid returned to action in the months that followed, but posted disappointing performances in the second and third majors of the season. The team posted a surprise second-place finish at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. This put the team into a strong position in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, allowing them to release MATUMBAMAN and replace him with former Digital Chaos mid laner Aliwi “w33” Omar.

Though the move was controversial, it paid off for the team in the form of a second-place finish at Epicenter 2019 and another grand finals appearance at The International 2019.

After TI9, MinD_ContRoL and the rest of the team split off from Team Liquid and formed their own esports organization in the form of Team Nigma. Nigma continued to post up-and-down performances, winning the WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 and WePlay! Tug of War Mad Moon while underwhelming in the DreamLeague Season 13 major and ESL One Los Angeles league.

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