Nigma Galaxy informed fans on Monday that Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan was no longer a part of their Dota 2 squad.
SumaiL has been a big part of Nigma Galaxy since he joined in May 2022 and is a known player in the Dota 2 scene. Prior to his stint with Nigma Galaxy, the player competed in top-tier squads like Evil Geniuses, OG, and Team Secret and is on his way to Team Aster.
Nigma Galaxy announced the roster change via Twitter shortly after the close of the ESL One Berlin Major 2023, where SumaiL competed under Team Aster’s banner.
Despite the language barrier, SumaiL helped the Chinese team reach a top-eight finish in the tournament and acquire the required DPC points. His impressive performance during the Major caught the attention of fans and Team Aster, who decided to retain him for longer as part of their lineup.
Team Aster were previously on the hunt for a mid-laner and expressed interest in SumaiL, so the move is suitable for them. The Berlin Major showed Team Aster that the player would be a suitable fit for the team, leading to SumaiL’s signing.
Team Aster announced their new player via the organization’s official Weibo account, where they revealed that SumaiL would remain on their lineup until The International 2023 (TI12) later this year.
Team Aster also stated that SumaiL and Nigma Galaxy were yet to decide if the player would continue with them following the conclusion of The International 2023 or sign with another team.
While Chinese Dota 2 teams have signed players from Southeast Asia on a number of occasions, the region has barely any record of signing European players. Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier is one of the few known European players in Dota 2 history to have joined all-Chinese squads.
With SumaiL as part of their lineup Team Aster currently consists of SumaiL, Du “Monet” Peng, Lin “Xxs” Jing, Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao, and Yu “皮球” Yajun.