Nigma Galaxy's Defeat Against Gaimin Gladiators Puts TI Hopes in Jeopardy
Nigma Galaxy has always been a team comprised of highly skilled players and even higher expectations when it comes to the international stage. However, the team has been struggling to compete at the highest levels of Dota 2 ever since their star player Amer “Miracle” Al-Barkawi has been on a break due to health issues. More recently, the team acquired the talented Ammar “ATF” Al-Hassaf from OG after the conclusion of The International 2022. Even with the addition of ATF, Nigma Galaxy seems to be struggling in their matches against other teams in the WEU region. Its performance in the 2023 DPC season has been very disappointing, having accumulated 0 DPC points and barely keeping its slot in Division I.
0 DPC Points, Division I at Stake, and Potentially Missing out on Another TI
In the first series that took place on 31st March 2023, Nigma Galaxy lost 2-1 to Major Champions Gaimin Gladiators (GG), resulting in a total of seven wins and ten losses (2-5 standing) for Nigma Galaxy. With this loss, the team is currently at risk of finishing last in the rankings of the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2: Division I. There are more games to play for other teams, however, Nigma Galaxy’s best-case scenario currently would be for the other teams (Entity, Monaspa, and OG) to lose their games 2-0 or 2-1 for tiebreakers to stay on in Division I.
This is extremely concerning for the team as it currently has 0 DPC points and is ranked 33rd in the DPC 2023 rankings. A demotion to Division II will make it impossible to acquire additional DPC points through the next Tour and would lead to Nigma Galaxy playing through qualifiers for TI 2023.
To maintain their Division I slot for the next DPC Tour, Nigma Galaxy will need Monaspa to lose 2-0 or 2-1 to Tundra Esports, resulting in a record of 2-6 or 2-5. Additionally, either Entity or OG will have to win the match with a score of 2-0 or 2-1, which can lead to a three-way tie for sixth place in the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2: Division I standings. If this scenario plays out, Nigma Galaxy will need to defeat one of these teams to maintain its Division I slot.
Nigma Galaxy must significantly improve its performance if they wish to secure higher placements and acquire DPC points, even if they retain its slot in Division I. Failure to do so would force them to play through qualifiers to reach TI 2023, where they would face fierce competition from international teams. Given their failure to qualify for TI 2021 and 2022, missing TI 2023 could result in significant roster changes and even player retirements.