Nigma found their stride in the lower bracket rounds of WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon and allowed themselves to have some fun and experiment, while also playing with elimination on the line.
The day opened with a best-of-three battle for survival between the TI9 grand finalists and Aggressive Mode, a team that actually defeated them earlier this month in the European qualifiers for the LA Major. But despite AM’s good record, Nigma were not intimidated and took the victory in game one with the classic Lifestealer-Slardar combo. With one game secured, Nigma came for game two with a weird plan on their mind and put Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi on a support Shadow Shaman. Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi went mid lane on Slardar and Aliwi “w33” Omar got to play Skywrath, one of his old times favorite hero, but he was sent in the offlane to farm side by side with Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov on Omniknight. The lanes were so messed up that Aggressive Mode needed a short pause right at the beginning of the game to process everything that was happening under their eyes. After they understood the match-ups, they went on crushing Nigma’s a tad too experimental game plan and tied the series with a 42 to 5 kill score in their favor.
Nigma reverted to the serious note in game three and had no issues outpacing Aggressive Mode’s carry Alchemist to eliminate the newly formed stack from the tournament in the 5th-6th spots.
However, the Nigma role swaps continued in their next series, which pitted them against Gambit Esports. Much like in the series versus AM, Kuro started with a normal draft and secured the first game, only to revert to the support Miracle in game two. This time around, he played Snapfire, Mind_ControL took the safe lane position on Naga Siren, w33 kept his mid lane role while Kuro went offlane on Leshrac. Nigma brought both supports in the offlane and choked Gambit’s carry Slark right from the beginning. Forced to babysit their carry, Gambit lost control over MC’s Naga’s farm and the game snowballed in Nigma’s favor pretty fast.
Gambit Esports ended their WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon journey top four, while Nigma have now secured a spot in the lower bracket finals, where they will play tomorrow, 23rd of February at 16:00 CET against the loser between Team Secret and Virtus.pro in the upper bracket finals.
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