- Team Nigma wins against Royal Never Give Up with 3-1 to secure We!Play Bukovel Minor and progress to The Leipzig Major
- Sportsbooks list Nigma as one of the top six teams to win the event at odds of (+1100) as of January 13, 2020
- Team Secret is a historic nemesis to the former Team Liquid roster now playing under the Nigma battle tag
After a rocky start of the WePlay! Bukovel Minor, Team Nigma secured the BO5 final, progressing to The Leipzig Major later in January.
Defeating RNG Secures Spot in Leipzig Major
Team Nigma stormed the WePlay! Bukovel Minor that finished on Sunday, January 12, with live audience of over 50,000 tuning on the English stream alone. The former Team Liquid roster, led by Kuro Salehi Takhasomi better known as KuroKy finished the BO5 final securing 3 out of 4 games and bringing Royal Never Give Up to their knees, despite a moniker that suggests otherwise.
|The Dota 2 Leipzig Major||+1100|
With total earnings amounting only to $72,000, Nigma’s odds to claim the DreamLeague Dota 2 Major in Leipzig have improved to (+1100), placing the team on par with TNC Predator. Behind only Vici Gaming, Team Secret and Evil Geniuses, this will be the team’s first big challenge in the 19/20 Dota Pro Circuit.
The purse of $1 million in cash and 15,000 Pro Circuit Points (PCP) is definitely a reason enough to want and play on the big competitive Dota stage.
Swimming with the Big Fish
Make no mistake, because Team Nigma are no minnows and even though their name is small fry as of yet, they have all the makings of a team set-up for success. Many outstanding outfits have done so in recent past with PSG.LGD and OG stomping the world of esports quite convincingly in 2018 and 2019, especially in the case of OG.
Team Secret is definitely one of the biggest challenges Nigma will be facing. Having skipped an event, Secret are back after having had time to rest properly and they are given (+275) to win Leipzig outright.
Vici Gaming (+250) are listed as very narrow favorites, but the first days of the event will quickly set the odds askew. Evil Geniuses seem to come third with (+375) and just as good of chance in bagging a hefty chunk of the purse.
If we saw anything on Sunday, it was that experience matters. Despite a shaky opening game in which the Alchemist and Huskar duo got creamed by RNG, Nigma rallied magnificently, stealing a risky game two and routing Royal Never Give Up in 23 minutes in the third game.
The fourth game was a proper way to seal the event with the teams fighting it out for 80 minutes, which resulted in Nigma’s victory and $72,000 total wins along with 140 DPC. A full breakdown of the game can be found here, courtesy of Dot Esports’ Cale Michael.
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