KuroKy is the alias of a German professional Dota 2 player who is one of only three players that have competed in every The International. (The other two are Puppey and ddc.) KuroKy was also the very first Dota 2 player that reached 1,000 professional wins.

By 2018, KuroKy’s accumulated winnings from eSport exceeded 4 million USD, coming from over 90 different tournaments played in 2008-2018. He is one of the highest earning eSport players ever. Before changing over to Dota 2, he was a Defense of the Ancients: Allstars player.

A large chunk of his prize money so far was earned in 2017, when he realized his dream of winning “The International”, the first and foremost Dota 2 tournament in the world.

KuroKy is as part of TeamLiquid, where he has the roles of captain and support.


Short facts

Name Kuro Salehi Takhasomi
Alias KuroKy
Nationality German
Born 28 October 1992
Profession Profession Dota 2 players
Current team affiliation Team Liquid (since 2015)
Previous team affiliations Natus Vincere (2013-2014)

Team Secret (2014-2015)

5Jungz (2015)

Takhasomi is of Iranian descent. In Persian, his name is written کوروش صالحی تخاسمی<.


Defense of the Ancients

KuroKy started his eSport career with Defense of the Ancient tournaments in 2008, when he was just 16 years old. Initially, he was a carry player for Team Mousesports, Kingsurf, Nirvana.int, MYM, and Ks.int.

Dota 2: Early era and break through

KuroKy started playing the beta version of Dota 2 when it was released, and he participated in the inaugural The International in 2011.

In 2013, KuroKy joined the Natus Vincere team as support player and finished second in The International.

After a not so illustrious 2014 for Natus Vincere, KuroKy and his team mate Puppey left the team to form Team Secret with Fly and N0tail from Fnatic and s4 from The Alliance. After a bit of a roster shuffle, Team Secret soared to new heights and won four consecutive LAN finals, regrettably followed by not doing as well as predicted in The International 2015.

Dota 2: Team Liquid

After the disappointing The International 2015, KuroKy left Team Secret to form 5Jungz together with JerAx, MinD_ContRoL, FATA-, and MATUMBAMAN. Pretty soon, the large eSport organization Team Liquid signed the whole 5Jungz team.

Playing for Team Liquid, KuroKy went from one great performance to the next in 2016, reaching silver in The Shanghai Major and The Manila Major, and winning at EPICENTER 2016.

After some roster adjustments, the Dota 2 part of Team Liquid won the prestigious The International 2017, after emerging victorious from several LAN’s in succession. At that point, both Miracle- and GH had been added to the team.

KuroKy: Examples of notable placings 2013-2018


Year Event Team
2017 EPICENTER 2017 Team Liquid
2017 The International 2017 Team Liquid
2018 China Dota2 Supermajor Team Liquid

Second places

Year Event Team
2013 The International 2013 Natus Vincere
2016 Shanghai Major 2016 Team Liquid
2016 ESL One Manila 2016 Team Liquid
2016 EPICENTER 2016 Team Liquid
2016 Manila Major 2016 Team Liquid

Third places

Year Event Team
2015 Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015 Team Secret
2015 The Summit 3 Team Secret
2015 MarsTV Dota 2 League Team Secret
2015 ESL One Frankfurt 2015 Team Secret

E-sport earnings

Year Total Results Online Results Offline/LAN Results
2018 $617,150.40   $1,000.00   $616,150.40  
2017 $2,436,772.40 $5,400.00 $2,431,372.40
2016 $362,813.20 $3,041.60 $359,771.60
2015 $333,892.82 $9,023.00 $324,869.82
2014 $189,893.70 $45,256.80 $144,636.90
2013 $156,581.09 $12,064.08 $144,517.01
2012 $1,100.00 $600.00 $500.00
2010 $600.00 $600.00 $0.00
2008 $123.34 $0.00 $123.34

(Source: Esportsearnings.com)