Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov is a rising star carry in Dota 2, known for his amazing comebacks and high mechanical skills. Before his rise to fame when he joined Mineski in 2019, Nikobaby was already well known in pro circles thanks to his ranking as the long-time top player for Morphling, and his frequent top 10 placings on EU leaderboards. After a successful summer in Southeast Asia with Mineski, Niko decided to return to Europe and join Alliance’s new roster.
As striking as Nikobaby looks with his eclectic mix of tattoos, there’s a lot more that lies beneath the surface. When he isn’t busy training or competing, Nikobaby enjoys antique collecting and researching about myths, legends and lore—a hobby he picked up after restoring a set of unique lamps, which he found tossed by the roadside near a burnt down restaurant. His collection has since grown to include antique weapons such as swords, knives and daggers, as well as animal skulls and paintings.
Founded in 2013, Alliance quickly catapulted to fame after winning The International 2013, making a name for themselves in the Dota 2 community. After a series of reshuffles, Alliance has now formed their newest roster with Gustav “s4” Magnusson as captain—a member of their original TI-winning lineup, and one of the most decorated players in the DOTA scene. For all the latest on Alliance, head over to //thealliance.gg/, or follow them on Twitter at @theAllianceGG, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theAllianceGG/
Beyond the packed stadiums, flashy buzzwords and million-dollar prizes, lies the real soul of esports. It’s the discipline to train non-stop and develop the strategy and skills to bend your opponent to your will. It’s the camaraderie and bonds made between teammates, fans and countrymen as you experience painful losses and the euphoria of victory. And most of all, it’s the never-ending drive and passion to keep competing—and win.
This is Esports.
This is #TeamRazer.
Esports is now a global phenomenon and breaking new records every day—but it didn’t happen overnight. What started from LAN parties has evolved to tiny competitions with more contestants than audience, to maxed-out stadiums and online viewership that dwarfs other traditional sports. And Razer was there since the beginning—backing events and sponsoring Team Razer Esports athletes.
Check out our milestones below.
Year 2000, the year that started it all. From sponsoring Cyber Athlete Professional League (CPL) with $100,000—an unprecedented amount at the time—to partnering with one of the world’s first pro gamers, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, we began to make our mark on the Esports scene.
Warcraft III players Xiao Feng "Sky" Li & Jaeho "Moon" Jang, carrying the Olympic torch at the Beijing 2008 Olympics
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, Cyber Athlete Professional League Champion
Razer sponsored teams: Fnatic, Dignitas & MeetYourMakers
Razer Sphex Esports edition mouse mats in 2009
As competitive gaming grew, so did our pool of elite Esports athletes. With teams like Team Liquid and LGD Gaming, and athletes like SlayerS_BoxeR and Method coming on board, we expanded to over 50 teams competing in dominant titles, and just kept on growing. In 2012, we formed a singular banner to spotlight the world’s elite Esports athletes—Team Razer.
Team Liquid, one of the biggest Esports organizations of all time
Counter Logic Gaming, WCG Champions
LGD Gaming, one of China’s largest Esports organizations
Evil Geniuses, one of the most dominant teams at the time
Team Razer started to dominate. In 2013, Team Alliance took home US$1.43 million at The International 3, the biggest Dota 2 competition at the time. Just two years later, SK Telecom T1 secured their 3rd consecutive win in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, clinching US$2 million in prize money. This cemented their status as the world’s most dominating League of Legends team.
Taipei Assassins, 2012 RIOT League of Legends World Champions
Alliance, TI3 Champions
Home to Lee "Flash" Young Ho, one of the most accomplished Esports athletes of all time
SK Telecom T1, 3-time League of Legends World Champions
In 2017, we hit new milestones and big wins. We grew to 175 top Esports elites from 30 different countries, including SK Gaming, who won both ESL Cologne 2017 and EPICENTER 2017, and MenaRD who emerged champion for Capcom Cup. But nothing got bigger than this—Team Liquid were crowned Champions for The International 7 with $11.8 million in prize money.
SK Gaming, ESL Cologne 2017 & EPICENTER 2017 Champions
Team Razer sponsors Rise Nation, Street Fighter V players MenaRD and Marn, and their championship Call of Duty team
Team Liquid, The International 7 Champions
In 2017, Team Razer athletes score a total of $16 million in prize money
The global phenomenon continues. In 2018, we’ve signed on Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Valiant for Overwatch, mobile-only Esports team Team Queso, and more. With a growing involvement in mobile Esports and active plans to get Esports into the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and 2024 Olympics, we continue to provide relentless support for our passionate athletes and teams—Esports will always be in our blood.
100 Thieves, home to renowned players Ryu & Aphromoo
Team Razer sponsors Seoul Dynasty, star players ryujehong, fleta and Miro, and their Worlds 2017 championship team, Gen.G
Team Razer sponsors Team Queso, the first mobile Esports team competing in Vainglory, Arena of Valor and more