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UNIVERSE removed from NiP as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

Vignesh Raghuram
8th Apr, 2020

American offlaner, Saahil "UNIVERSE" Arora has just been removed from NiP’s Dota 2 lineup, the team announced earlier today.



The team revealed that this kick was due to “the situation with COVID-19” and the consequent move to the regional league system, next season. The team stated that they wanted to ensure continued practise and competition, which was simply not possible with UNIVERSE in the team (since he is stuck in the United States for the time being).

Hence the team is forced to adapt their approach to their Dota 2 lineup.

"The prevailing situation in competitive DotA forces us all to reevaluate how to run a team and requires a more regionalized approach for the foreseeable future. Saahil has been a loyal and solid player for NiP, and any team would be lucky to host his commitment to the grind. Good luck, Saahil. It’s been a pleasure to have you with us."

You can read NiP's full statement HERE.




NiP is currently playing in the ESL One LA Online League with 2 stand-ins (MiLAN and Blizzy) in their lineup. The situation is still unclear on whether Blizzy will become a part of the team in the long run.

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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.