Western European Dota 2 stalwarts Nigma Galaxy announced on Wednesday (7 December) that they have signed former OG offlaner Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf to take over from Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi as the team's carry player.
Nigma Galaxy previously announced that Miracle will be missing the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season as he has left the active roster and will be going on a health break.
With his move to Nigma Galaxy, ATF will also be shifting from his previous offlane role in OG to the carry role.
The adjustment is expected to be a relatively smooth one, as ATF was known for playing a farm-oriented offlane role during his time with OG. ATF's former team notably moved him to its inactive roster in early November.
— Nigma Galaxy (@NigmaGalaxy) December 7, 2022
ATF went from a relatively unknown pubstar to one of the most promising players in the scene during the 2021-2022 DPC season. He was one of the three young pubstars signed by OG for its revamped roster last season, helping the team quickly exceed expectations and become one of the strongest teams in the world.
He will be a welcome addition for a Nigma Galaxy squad that has struggled mightily over the past couple of years. The team notably failed to qualify for both of the Majors last season and was even demoted to Division II for the Summer Tour, though they were quickly able to secure a return to Division I for the upcoming 2023 season.
Nigma Galaxy previously confirmed that Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, Ivan "MinD_ControL" Ivanov, Maroun "GH" Merhej, and Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi remain on the roster.
Aside from replacing Miracle with ATF, the only other change the team made was swapping out longtime coach Roman "rmN-" Paley for former Gaimin Gladiators coach Daniel "ImmortalFaith" Moza.
ATF's move to Nigma Galaxy is the latest of many developments in the global Dota 2 scene's ongoing post-TI11 roster shuffle.
With so much of the Dota 2 competitive scene cantered around TI and its multimillion-dollar prize pools, most teams are formed with the goal of getting to the game's world championship tournament in a bid to claim the Aegis of Champions and the lion's share of the massive prize.
The post-TI period is often filled with moves and shake-ups as teams try to finalise their rosters before the lock date, which is on 9 December this year.
For all the biggest moves in the ongoing Dota 2 post-TI roster shuffle, you should know about, check here.
Nigma Galaxy roster:
Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf
Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan
Ivan "MinD_ControL" Ivanov
Maroun "GH" Merhej
Kuro "Kuroky" Salehi Takhasomi
Daniel "ImmortalFaith" Moza (coach)
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