Nigma Galaxy announced on Tuesday (12 April) that they have tapped former Tundra Esports captain Adrian "Fata" Trinks as a stand-in for carry player Igor "iLTW" Filatov in their match against Team Liquid in the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Spring Tour regional league for Western Europe.
While Nigma Galaxy did not state a reason for iLTW being absent for their match against Liquid, the announcement graphic posted on the team's official Twitter page indicated that the carry player will be going "on a break."
— Nigma Galaxy (@NigmaGalaxy) April 12, 2022
It is unclear whether iLTW will only be away from Nigma Galaxy's active roster for one match or if his "break" will be a precursor for his eventual removal from the team.
This roster move follows what has been a disastrous run in the Spring Tour for Nigma Galaxy thus far.
The team currently sits in the bottom of the standings in Division I of the Western European regional league with a 0-5 record, having only won one game against 10 losses across all their matches.
Nigma Galaxy's lone win was game two of their match against Gaimin Gladiators on 3 April, a series they ended up losing 2-1.
They were swept 2-0 in all their other matches against OG, Tundra Esports, Brame Esports, and Entity.
With their last two matches of the league coming against Team Liquid and Team Secret, things are looking bleak for Nigma Galaxy.
The team are expected to get demoted to Division II at the end of the tour, though there is still a chance for them to force tiebreakers should they win their remaining series while Secret, Brame, or Entity lose all of theirs.
Should Fata indeed take over as Nigma Galaxy's midlaner, it will be the first time he will be playing in a core role since he last played as Ninjas in Pyjamas' midlaner back in September 2019.
Fata has shifted to playing as the position 5 support since his time with Alliance in early 2020 as well as his stint as the captain of the mudgolems squad that was later signed by Tundra Esports.
The Spring Tour regional league in Western Europe is set to conclude on 20 April, with the Top 4 teams in the region earning a spot in the upcoming Spring Major in Stockholm, Sweden.