Kuroky
Kuro Salehi Takhasomi 
Germany
Team Liquid
Knocked to the lower bracket
December 2, 2017
Kuroky was bested by his old teammate Puppey in a 1-2 loss to Team Secret at the DreamLeague Season 8 Major. Kuroky finished with an overall KDA of 6/20/28.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Witch Doctor. The Liquid plan of picking three healing heroes and running at Secret worked out extremely well this game. Kuroky's good positioning this game ensured that he was able to use his spells well, while keeping himself out of danger. He finished with a 2/1/9 KDA. Kuroky played Tusk in Game 2. This was a rougher game for Kuroky. He spent a lot of time trying to save his teammates with Snowball, but usually ended up paying with his life. He finished with a 2/9/10 KDA. The third game of the series wasn't much of an improvement for Kuroky. This time he was on Ogre Magi, committed to Bloodlusting his teammates and hoping that would be enough of a boost to pull Liquid back into the game. He finished with a 2/10/9 KDA.
Leads his team to the winners bracket finals
November 2, 2017
Kuroky finished with an overall KDA of 9/19/46 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Newbee at the DotaPit Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Bane. Kuroky put this recently changed hero to good use against Newbee. He was extremely effective at harassing in lane thanks to Nightmare allowing Bane to freely attack, which allowed him and Liquid to scale quite well as the game went on. Kuroky finished with a 4/7/19 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky played Vengeful Spirit. Perhaps the most classic 'sacrificial support,' Kuroky embodied the spirit of this playstyle well. He was constantly putting himself in danger with Nether Swap to save his teammates. Despite often costing his own life, these saves were a huge part of what enabled Liquid to hold on for so long and eventually come back. Kuroky finished with a 5/12/27 KDA.
Cracks down on Keen after a close Game 1
October 28, 2017
Kuroky finished with an overall KDA of 7/13/42 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Keen Gaming at the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Lich. After a rough lane phase, Liquid and Kuroky were forced into defensive recovery mode. This meant Kuroky was relegated to the not-so-glamorous role of casting Frost Armor and warding. This was what Liquid needed though, and they were able to slowly grind their way back and take the game. Kuroky finished with a 6/7/31 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky played Keeper of the Light. He played a much more solid game this time around. His positioning was good, and he did a nice job providing vision and mobility for his team. He finished with a 1/6/11 KDA.
First loss since dropping to the lower bracket at TI7
October 27, 2017
Kuroky finished with an overall KDA of 6/23/37 in Team Liquid's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Ancient Apparition. This was a rough game for Kuroky. He did his best to remain positioned in the backlines, but Virtus.pro were usually able to start a fight by blinking on top of him and removing a potential Ice Blast from the table. Kuroky finished with a 3/7/4 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky played Winter Wyvern. This was another rough game for Kuroky, but as a captain he must be used to it at this point. He once again did his best to position himself in order to get his spells off. He finished with a 2/10/20 KDA. Kuroky played Winter Wyvern again in Game 3. He had another tough game. It was difficult to position himself against all of VP's heroes, and he ended up going down a lot in fights. He finished with a 1/6/13 KDA.
Maintains Liquid's undefeated streak at Starladder
October 15, 2017
KuroKy finished with an overall KDA of 8/12/25 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Team Secret in the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 KuroKy played Ancient Apparition. This wasn't a particularly flashy game for KuroKy. He hit his spells on the targets that he needed to, and did a nice job staying alive. He finished with a 4/5/18 KDA. In Game 2 KuroKy played support Pugna. For the first half of the game things looked pretty horrible for KuroKy. He was dying a lot and not having much impact at all in fights. After a huge turnaround while defending their high ground, though, Liquid were able to flip the game on its head and steamroll their way to a win. KuroKy finished with a 4/7/7 KDA.
On a mission to play Chen until someone can beat him
October 12, 2017
KuroKy finished with a 4/5/26 overall KDA in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over SG esports at the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
KuroKy played Chen in Game 1. His early rotations to the middle lane were absolutely brutal. Not only did he set Miracle up for an easy Invoker game, but KuroKy absolutely ruined 4dr's match. KuroKy built for a quick win, opting for a Dagon as his first item. This worked out for Liquid, who were already far ahead at the time. He finished with a 2/1/11 KDA. KuroKy played Chen again in Game 2. His healing and saves were on-point in this game, constantly saving his teammates from the brink of death by sending them back to the fountain. KuroKy has played Chen in all four of Liquid's Starladder games so far, and has won all of them. He finished this game with a 2/4/15 KDA.
Returns to competition with his sights set on TI8
October 12, 2017
KuroKy finished with an overall KDA of 5/6/19 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Mineski at the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 KuroKy played Chen. Compared to the other prolific Chen player in Europe, Puppey, KuroKy plays a much more sacrificial role. He was focused on saving his allies as opposed to his own net worth. He finished with a 2/4/8 KDA. KuroKy played Chen again in Game 2. He focused a bit more on his own items this game, securing an early Mekansm that would allow Liquid to brute force their way into the Mineski base in a very quick 21-minute win. KuroKy finished with a 3/2/11 KDA.
Racks up the assists
August 4, 2017
KuroKy was always in the right place as Team Liquid completed to 2-0 sweep over Infamous in group stages of The International 7. KuroKy finished the series with a 2/9/40 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Liquid came out a little slow in Game 1, keeping the game very close throughout. Still getting the win, Liquid did not come out slow for Game 2 as they won in commanding fashion. We are more accustomed to seeing the Liquid in Game 2 as KuroKy played perfectly. He racked up 19 assists on Lich in Game 2 and finished the series with a team-high 40 assists.
Heavy pushing draft only works once
August 3, 2017
KuroKy finished Team Liquid's 1-1 draw with Evil Geniuses during the group stage of The International 7 with a final KDA of 7/19/18.
ANALYSIS
KuroKy played Visage in Game 1 and Shadow Shaman in Game 2 of the Bo2 series against Evil Geniuses. Playing into his hyper push strategy in Game 1, KuroKy's Visage provided helpful secondary stuns and was able to apply constant pressure to lanes without core hero assistance. In Game 2, KuroKy was little more than cannon fodder as Evil Geniuses ran down Team Liquid to even the series.
Leads his team to another victory
August 2, 2017
KuroKy finished with an overall KDA of 1/10/31 in Liquid's 2-0 win vs Fnatic in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 KuroKy played Witch Doctor. It wasn't the flashiest series for KuroKy, but he more than got the job done. His positioning in fights was good, allowing him to get off his spells well, and he did a great job captaining Liquid to victory. He finished with a 0/2/12 KDA. In Game 2 KuroKy played Tusk. Despite throwing his life away in the middle lane a few times, KuroKy was still very useful in this game. His use of Snowball was on point all game, and his Ice Shards were also extremely frustrating for Fnatic to deal with. He finished with a 1/8/19 KDA.
Liquid captain leads his team to victory
August 2, 2017
KuroKy died a lot but still played well in Liquid's 2-0 win over iG.Vitality in The International 7 group stages. He finished with an overall KDA of 6/23/23.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 KuroKy played Winter Wyvern. This hero is a blast from the past, but KuroKy did a very nice job using it in this game. It was a very clever pick vs iG.V's heavy physical damage lineup, and KuroKy was responsible for swinging a lot of fights with Cold Embrace. He finished with a 2/8/10 KDA. In Game 2 KuroKy played Shadow Shaman. Most of the game was very rough for KuroKy and Liquid, but they managed to pull off a spectacular comeback in the late game. KuroKy did a nice job while Liquid was behind, split-pushing with his wards and making sure iG.V couldn't end the game. He finished with a 4/15/13 KDA.
Greedy support picks pay off in the end
July 24, 2017
KuroKy finished Team Liquid's 3-2 victory over Planet Odd in the Grand Finals of DreamLeague Season 7 with a final KDA of 12/25/61.
ANALYSIS
As a former carry player, KuroKy has never been one to favor a traditional support role. In Game 1 KuroKy gave evidence of this with his second-pick Bounty Hunter. Despite good farm and racking up the assists, Liquid couldn't come up with a win. In Game 2, KuroKy played Shadow Shaman in a deeply awkward lineup nearly devoid of damage that ended up being another wash for Liquid. In Game 3, KuroKy played Oracle in the middle lane with MATUMBAMAN's Lycan. Helping his carry to keep alive long enough for Miracle to take over, KuroKy's job was small but paid dividends for his teammates in a blistering 17-minute win. In Game 4, KuroKy played a long favorite hero, Rubick. Despite completing an Aghanim's Scepter, KuroKy made his value in warding and not dying more so than turning team fights with stolen spells. In Game 5, KuroKy put on a masterful Sandking performance with Liquid firing on all cylinders. The captain only died once while raking in 13 assists to guide his team to the series win.
Solid performance in a tense win
July 22, 2017
Kuroky played well in a close 2-0 win for Liquid against Vega Squadron in the DreamHack DreamLeague playoffs. He finished with an overall KDA of 9/18/51.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Jakiro. Although he spent most of the game playing from behind, Kuroky was never really out of the game because of the potential for combo plays with MinD_ContRoL's Dark Seer. When Liquid finally managed to hit the Vacuum into Ice Path combo in teamfights, they started to finally take control of the game. Kuroky finished with a 5/9/18 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky played Sand King. This was another very long and tense game for Liquid, but Kuroky did a good job remaining relevant for the whole hour and six minutes of play. He finished with a 4/9/33 KDA.
Rough Game 2 but a good series performance overall
July 22, 2017
Kuroky played a solid series in Liquid's 2-0 win over Planet Odd in the DreamHack DreamLeague Season 7 playoffs. He finished with an overall KDA of 7/19/35.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kuroky played Tusk. He was instrumental in Liquid's path to success. His saves with Snowball were what enabled Liquid to take such gutsy fights in Planet Odd's territory, and he offered a huge amount of control with his other spells throughout the entire game. He finished with a 3/5/19 KDA. In Game 2 Kuroky played Shadow Shaman. He had a much rougher time this game, and ended up giving away a lot of deaths to Planet Odd. Fortunately for his teammates, many of these deaths came at the cost of securing a more important Liquid core's life, and they were able to grind their way to victory again. Kuroky finished Game 2 with a 4/14/16 KDA.
Repitition not the key in 2-1 loss
April 24, 2017
KuroKy finished Team Liquid's 2-1 loss to Thunderbirds during the Kiev Major group stages with a final KDA of 19/30/39.
ANALYSIS
KuroKy played Monkey King in all three games, playing an identical strategy in all three games as well. Though KuroKy's play was excellent, ensuring key kills and a few teamfights, his strategy was figured out after Liquid's first and only victory. In Games 2 and 3, KuroKy's greedy build was heavily punished by tanky late game lineups from Thunderbirds.