The WePlay AniMajor 2021 kicks off with the Wild Cards and Team Nigma leads the charge for EU with Team Secret right behind them. Six teams qualified through the DPC of their respective regions to the Wild Cards of the AniMajor from which only two teams will get through to the Group Stage and the rest will be eliminated. Team Nigma is in the lead currently and has won three games of four that they have played and are looking to be in good form as they try to get a placement in the WePlay AniMajor that could bring them the necessary DPC points to qualify for TI10
Team Nigma finished the last season barely getting into the Wild Cards for the Singapore Major where they had to play with a stand-in and couldn’t even make it past the Wild Cards. Since then, they have made a change in their roster, replacing mid-laner Aliwi “w33” Omar with Igor “iLTW” Filatov, moving carry player Amer “Miracle” Al-Barkawi to the mid-lane. They debuted their new roster in the second DPC season of 2021 where they managed to get a top-four finish for a Wild Card spot at the WePlay AniMajor.
Currently, they have played two teams in their Wild Card matchups. Their first matchup was against Chinese team Vici Gaming who also looked strong in the Chinese DPC season and only barely lost a spot at the Group Stage to PSG.LGD. Team Nigma’s series against Vici Gaming ended in a 1-1 draw. The first game was relatively even throughout the game. However, Vici Gaming had superior late-game scaling heroes in the Doom and the Faceless Void and took a win from Nigma. The second game however was an absolute one-sided victory for Team Nigma. Vici Gaming had no answers for Team Nigma’s pure aggression-centric draft which enabled Nigma to close the game out in thirty minutes.
Team Nigma played their second series, which they won 2-0, against AS Monaco Gambit who are the Wild Card qualifiers from the CIS DPC. The first game went smoothly for Nigma as they perfectly countered Gambit’s Naga Siren pick, not allowing the hero to farm and closing the game out in just over thirty minutes. The second game was in ASM Gambit’s favor for the whole game until the last five minutes where Team Nigma skillfully caught the enemy Carry Faceless Void who was without buyback, and with follow-up kills, immediately ended the 55-minute long game.
With this start, Team Nigma has gotten a decent start at the Wild Cards of the AniMajor. They have two Wild Card matchups remaining after the first day and the team looks to be in form and ready to win.
The other Wild Card slot of EU in the Wild Card is Team Secret who has only completed one series against ASM Gambit which ended in a 1-1 draw between the teams. It will be interesting to see how much effort Team Secret puts into the Wild Cards as they have already qualified for TI10 and are not on a desperate grab for DPC points like some of the other teams in the WePlay ANiMajor.