KuroKy

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KuroKy
Kuro Salehi Takhasomi
StatusActive
Born (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 26)
NationalityGerman/Iranian
Current team
RoleCaptain/Support
GamesDefense of the Ancients
Dota 2
Professional career
2013–2014Natus Vincere
2014–2015Team Secret
20155Jungz
2015–2019Team Liquid

Kurosh Salehi Takhasomi (Persian: کوروش صالحی تخاسمی), better known by his alias KuroKy, is a German-Iranian professional Dota 2 player. He was a member of Team Liquid that won The International 2017.

Career[edit]

2008–2011: Dota[edit]

KuroKy began his professional career at age 16 in Defense of the Ancients, initially as a carry player for team mousesports, Kingsurf, Nirvana.int, MYM and Ks.int. It was in team mousesports where he met initial stand-in player Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, and started what was to become a long-standing relationship

2011–2014: Initial Years and Natus Vincere[edit]

With the introduction of Dota 2 and its groundbreaking tournament The International, KuroKy's team struggled to find success and the signing of Puppey by then powerhouse Natus Vincere almost prompted KuroKy to quit professionally. Moving between teams Virtus.pro, Uebelst gamynG and mousesports, KuroKy's major breakthrough came in 2013 when he joined Natus Vincere as support player, coming 2nd in The International 2013.[1]

2014-2015: Team Secret[edit]

KuroKy left Natus Vincere after a lackluster 2014 campaign, and formed Team Secret with his Natus Vincere teammate Puppey, Fnatic players Fly and N0tail and from The Alliance, s4.[2] A roster shuffle later saw them win 4 consecutive LAN finals, but disappointed in The International 2015 having gone in as the heavy favorites.[3]

2015–2019: Team Liquid[edit]

Following The International 2015, KuroKy left Team Secret to form a new team, 5Jungz composed of himself, FATA-, MATUMBAMAN, JerAx and MinD_ContRoL. 5Jungz was signed by the esports organisation Team Liquid[4] and found immediate success, coming 2nd in The Shanghai Major 2016, The Manila Major 2016 and 1st at EPICENTER 2016. With further roster adjustments including the additions of then unknown pubstars Miracle- and GH, Team Liquid became the strongest team in the competition, winning several LANs in succession culminating in winning The International 2017.[5][6]

Team Liquid's success in 2018 was comparatively lackluster. Liquid only managed to win one Valve Major competition all year, and only achieved 4th place at The International 2018. However, after the controversial replacement of MATUMBAMAN for Aliwi "w33" Omar even after taking a 2nd place finish at the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major, the team had found immediate success with another 2nd place finish at the EPICENTER Major after losing to Vici Gaming in a close series. Their success had continued to the The International 9, as they had made a miraculous run to the finals through the lower bracket of the Main Event after failing to obtain a upper bracket seed in the Group Stage. This involved beating Fnatic, TNC Predator, RNG, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret and PSG.LGD but ultimately falling to defending champions OG in the best-of-five series 3-1, therefore taking a grand total of $4,462,909.[7]

After 4 years, the roster parted ways with Team Liquid after KuroKy had decided to create his own organisation.[8][9]

Achievements[edit]

Place Event Year Team
2nd The International 2013 2013 Natus Vincere
3rd Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015 2015 Team Secret
1st The Summit 3
1st MarsTV Dota 2 League
1st ESL One Frankfurt 2015
2nd Shanghai Major 2016 2016 Team Liquid
2nd ESL One Manila 2016
1st EPICENTER 2016
2nd Manila Major 2016
1st EPICENTER 2017 2017
1st The International 2017
1st China Dota2 Supermajor 2018
2nd MDL Macau 2019 2019
2nd MDL Disneyland® Paris Major
1st MDL Macau 2019
2nd EPICENTER Major
2nd The International 2019
  • First player to reach 1,000 professional wins[10]
  • One of two players (the other being Puppey) to have competed at every The International
  • The first professional player to play on every Dota 2 hero in professional matches up until the 7.22 patch on 24 May, in which new heroes were added into the competitive pool.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alliance wins The International 2013 Dota 2 tournament, earns over $1.4 million". Engadget. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ freaks4u.com, Freaks 4U Gaming GmbH,. "Secret Team finally reveals their members « News". joinDOTA.com. Retrieved 16 June 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "Team Secret eliminated from The International". SBNation.com. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Liquid Reincarnation". Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ Payne, Marissa (12 August 2017). "These five gamers just won $11 million playing 'Dota 2'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Team Liquid Wins $24 Million International Dota 2 Tournament". Kotaku Australia. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ Michael, Cale (25 August 2019). "OG make history by beating Team Liquid and winning The International 2019". Dot Esports. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  8. ^ Goossens, Victor (13 September 2019). "End of an Era". Team Liquid. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  9. ^ Hayward, Andrew (13 September 2019). "Team Liquid's Dota 2 Team Departs to Form New Organization". Esports Observer. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. ^ Ampoloquio, Ray Ian (12 February 2018). "The First to a Thousand Wins: The Legend of KuroKy". eSportsRanks. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Unique Heroes". datdota. Retrieved 13 June 2019.