Who are mudgolems?

By Chelsea JackSeptember 10, 2020
If you've been following European and CIS Dota 2 lately, you know that the occasional stack makes it into the top tier of events. For OMEGA League: Europe, Immortal Division, it was 5men. Now, as we look to BTS Pro Series 3: Europe and CIS, which starts on September 12, we're asking this question: who the heck are mudgolems?
This stack of five European pros features Oliver "skiter" Lepko, Duško "BoraNija" Boranijaševic, Neta "33" Shapira, Milan "MiLAN" Kozomara, and Adrian "Fata" Trinks. This is not a squad of up-and-coming newbies. These are tried-and-true professionals. Let's take a closer look at the group:

skiter

Skiter is a carry player from Slovakia who most recently competed with North American squad, CR4ZY. He favors Lifestealer and has strong success with illusion-based carries like Spectre, Chaos Knight, and Terrorblade. His biggest successes were likely a second-place finish at ESL One Birmingham 2020 - Online: North & South America, and in late 2019, third-place with Ninjas in Pyjamas in DreamLeague Season 12. He also flirted with South American Dota 2, competing for a handful of months with Infamous in early-2019.
Skiter's a player who hasn't found a roster to gel with. Given the opportunity to stick with a roster for more than six months, there's no doubt he could blossom as a carry player.

BoraNija

Serbian mid player, BoraNija, is maybe the least familiar player among the bunch competing under the mudgolems tag. He left his former team, Aggressive Mode, in February 2020, and had previously played with Elements Pro Gaming. He favors Templar Assassin, though he's had more success on heroes like Mirana and Dragon Knight.
BTS Pro Series 3 will allow BoraNija to get more eyes on him as a player, and I'm looking forward to it. He stands out as the least recognizable name on a team of strong players, which makes me think he's going to impress.

33

33 is a talented Israeli offlaner who has played for squads such as Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and OpTic Gaming (remember them?). He's a dynamic player who hasn't been competitively active since the end of March when he left Alliance. He's a playmaker on heroes like Dark Seer, Batrider, and Beastmaster.
At one time, I might have called 33 one of the best offlaners in the game. He's stood-in for teams like OG and Cyberium Legacy while looking for the right team to land on. I'm not sure the right team is mudgolems, but maybe we'll see magic with this squad?

MiLAN

MiLAN left his previous team, Chicken Fighters, at the end of March 2020, and then stood-in for Ninjas in Pyjamas in April. Since then, though, this Bosnian position four player has been MIA. With a career that stretches back to 2014, MiLAN's always been just shy of true success. He's attended two The Internationals, though he's never made it to the main stage there (which is a whole issue on its own; every team to qualify for the event should have the chance to play on the stage at TI!).
In the last six months, MiLAN's favored Earthshaker, Rubick, and Phoenix. He played together with 33 back in 2017 on HellRaisers and Planet Dog. I'll be watching to see how well they coordinate again on this new roster.

Fata

In the hard support role, Fata is the anchor of mudgolems. He's been competing professionally since 2012 on big-name teams like mouseports, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and most recently, Alliance. He left Alliance at the same time as 33, and has not been professionally active since March.
With twice as many games on Puck (over 200) as any other hero, Fata's mid player roots are obvious. As a support player, he prefers Ogre Magi and Jakiro and holds 70%+ win rates on both heroes in the last twelve months.

Bottom line

Mudgolems could easily be the biggest surprise of BTS Pro Series 3. In a field of middling tier 2 rosters, mudgolems is poised to surprise us. In a statement to OMW Productions, the team's manager, Curtis Coffin, revealed they've been practicing for the past three weeks.. This is not a bunch of guys who realized they were all without teams at the same time and leaped into a qualifier together; this is a team who have been practicing for their debut. We'll see soon whether this stack shines or fades away.
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