Kuro confirms: ex-Liquid stay together

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The ESL One Hamburg 2019 brought lots of surprises. But Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi's tweet was propably the biggest one: after congratulating TNC Predator, he announced that the ex-Liquid team stays together and is almost ready to kick off. After The International 2019, the roster decided to leave the European multigame-organisation Liquid to work on a new project. While it was so far unknown, whether all five players will stay together, fans have now finally gotten confirmation on that matter.

Team Liquid's roster counts as one of the strongest teams in the history of Dota 2. They played together for several years and won 6 Major and 5 Premier tournaments (Liquipedia Tiers). Their most remarkable success was undoubtedly their The International 2017 championship. Two months before TI9 however, midlaner Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen left the powerhouse and got replaced by Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi. But even with only this short period of practice, they had an amazing run and finished second place.

w33ha's performance not only convinced their opponents and fans at the last International. Also Ex-Liquid will still have him in their line-up under the new organisation – despite Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan being available.

This means, the team still consists of the five TI9 members:

Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi
Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi
Ivan 'MinD_ContRoL' Borislavov
Maroun 'Gh' Merhej
Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi

Will they be as succesful as members of Team Liquid?

After dominating the scene for the last years and always placing in the higher ranks, they will surely come back even stronger and continue their status as one of the stongest teams. Their results speak for themselves. Kuroky counts as one of the greatest and most experienced captains, playing professionally for nearly ten years. Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi has been regarded as best player in the entire world by many fans and experts. Every single player has an incredibly success story and value.

The reasons for departing Liquid's organisation have not been communicated with the general public. One reason could the financial benefits that come with having their own organisation. Also having more freedom as an independent organisation could have influenced the decision. But it could also be that Kuroky wants to build a legacy for himself, like his former team-mate Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov did with Team Secret.

He already had an astonishing career as a player: winning The International 2017, counting as one of the fans' all-time favorites and setting several records. In 2018, he became the first player to play all Dota 2 heroes competitively in a tournament. Also, he held the record for the highest earnings in the entire esports world, until OG broke it.

His earnings were obviously a result of his successful playstyle – which gets reflected in one of his other records. He is the first player to reach 1,000 wins in his professional career. Currently being 26 years old, there is still a lot of time for playing at tournaments and setting new records. But he also seems to have initiated the next step by founding a new organisation. He can now lead his team in even more ways, and continue his way in the Dota scene if he ever wants to retire.

With the next Major/Minor qualifiers as a deadline, the next announcement is still somewhat far away. The WePlay! Bukovel M: Europe Qualifier will take place from December 5th-6th.

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