dota-2October 9 2019

Image: ESL – Helena Kristiansson

Alliance makes first major of the year

Last week Alliance announced their all new Dota 2 squad. Now, with less than a week of practice, the Swedish organization shows true colors and makes the very first major of the year in their very first tournament.

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for the Alliance organization. After the departure of old team Alliance had to reset and look for a new squad. They ended up signing an experienced stack of players in the form of Adrian “Fata” Trinks, Neta “33” Shapira, Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov, Linus “LIMMP” Blomdin and Simon “Handsken” Haag.

The team’s first test wouldn’t come far after their signing. The Dota Pro Circuit started the same week, with qualifiers for the first major of the season: The MDL Chengdu Major.
After a couple of days of playing, the team looked great with, for example, Nikobaby only having two deaths in total during the entire group stage.
Eventually, the new Alliance squad only had one final hurdle before they could claim their spot at the major: The former Alliance team.

After a solid 2-1-win, Alliance could claim their spot at the upcoming tournament Chengdu Major which starts November 16. Before this qualifier, the team had only practiced together for less than a week. This means, with more time for practice and time together, it will be a very interesting season for the new squad.

“It’s been amazing watching the guys take on their first challenge like this,” Alliance co-founder and CEO Jonathan “Loda” Berg says. “They went into the qualifier hungry and excited, ready to show what they can accomplish together even with so little practice. It’s also been great fuel for the players to see how positive and supportive our fans and community has been towards the team ever since we announced them. After this successful start I’m positive we can go far together.”


Check out our post-qualifier interview with new team captain, Fata

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