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Salehi Takhasomi, Kuro


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Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi’s esports career started in the German regional scene in Defense of the Ancients playing with an all-German team named World Eaters in online leagues and tournaments. He joined mousesports in 2008, taking third place at DreamHack Winter 2008 and winning Farm 4 Fame 2. KuroKy and his teammates later decided to leave mouz in order to join

In 2010 he joined Online Kingdom, but split off not long after. He joined in 2011 and made his first pro appearance in Dota 2 at The International 2011, finishing in last place.

KuroKy became something of a journeyman from there, playing for just a few months at a time with a number of different teams. He notably reunited with mousesports in 2012 and served as a substitute for the team at The International 2012, but didn’t find a long-term home until he joined Clement “Puppey” Ivanov on Natus Vincere.

KuroKy and Puppey had crossed paths on a number of occasions in DotA, and the pairing held up in Dota 2 as they posted a number of strong performances including first-place at the Alienware Cup 2013 and The Defense Season 4. Natus Vincere then reached the grand finals of The International 2013, but fell short against Alliance.

Natus Vincere exploded out of the gate in the next season, winning four tournaments to start the year. The team picked up even more steam by winning StarLadder StarSeries Season 8 and Dota 2 Champions League Season 2, but hit a wall in the spring. The team ended up limping into The International 2014 and posted a disappointing top-eight finish at the event. This led to the shocking releases of both Puppey and KuroKy from the Na’Vi roster.

The duo remained together to form the inaugural Team Secret roster alongside former Fnatic players Tal "Fly" Aizik and Johan "BigDaddyN0tail" Sundstein as well as Alliance’s Gustav "s4" Magnusson. KuroKy returned to the carry position he primarily played before Na`Vi to mixed results, but transitioned back to a support role after the departures of Fly and BigDaddyN0tail. 

In a mirror of their season with Na`Vi, Secret went on an exceptional run that included four consecutive tournament victories, but the team slowed significantly in the summer ahead of The International. This resulted in only a top-eight finish, and KuroKy split off from Secret after.

KuroKy built his own team from there in 5Jungz, which brought together a slew of sponsorless top European talent. The team was quickly picked up by Team Liquid, and the move paid off for Liquid shortly thereafter. TL stumbled in its first official games, but found its footing and became a force in 2016 by reaching the finals of the Shanghai Major and Manila Major and winning Epicenter 2016. KuroKy’s team underwhelmed at The International once again by only finishing in the top eight.

Though Liquid underwent some changes in the following year, it eventually completed its roster by adding Maroun "GH" Merhej and Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi to play alongside previous Liquid members Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen and Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov. This group of players would enjoy a huge amount of success.

Liquid repeated its performance at Epicenter 2017 and followed that with a first-place finish at The International 2017. 

Liquid was also strong in the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit season, posting top-four finishes in six majors. The team kept that pace at The International 2018 by taking fourth place.

The 2018-2019 season saw things go awry for Liquid. The team sat out of the first major cycle for unexplained reasons, which also saw the side split from longtime coach Lee "Heen" Seung Gon. The team recovered and took second place at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. This was followed by the surprising release of MATUMBAMAN and addition of Aliwi “w33” Omar. The team followed that up with another strong showing at Epicenter and closed the season in strong fashion by taking second place at The International 2019.

Shortly after, KuroKy revealed that the team had split from the Team Liquid organization in order to form their own esports organization, Nigma. Nigma started its inaugural season in mixed fashion.