Radu M. | 7. July 2022

Alliance Lose Division I spot in WEU

Despite having two exceptional players for the carry and mid positions, Alliance are nowhere near the level of the other competitors in Western Europe’s Division I.

The ongoing Dota Pro Circuit has been a complete disaster for the former TI champions, who currently have 0 points and almost no chance of qualifying for The International 2022.

Alliance’s poor results and roster changes

Right after The International 2021, Alliance lost three world-class players: Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Artsiom “Fng” Barshak, and Linus “Limmp” Blomdin. Even one of them would have been hard to replace, let alone all three!

Alliance didn’t want to invest a fortune in top players so they brought in slightly weaker ones. However, it quickly became obvious that the new roster was not capable of competing against Europe’s best Dota 2 teams, so a lot of roster changes were made once again.

Among the new players that joined Alliance, one of them was none other than Aliwi “w33” Omar, a two-time TI finalist. He joined the team at the end of February and since then, Alliance has been losing games almost continuously.

Of course, it’s not his fault. The problem is most likely the lack of synergy between the five players and perhaps the individual weaknesses of some of them.

On July 4, Alliance decided to part ways with Moiez “symetricaL” Lin, just four months after he joined the team. He’s one of the few British players who play at the highest competitive level but it seems that his abilities were not good enough. Or maybe the team’s coach, Jonathan “Loda” Berg, did not know how to fully utilize his potential.

With one match left to be played in Tour 3 of DPC 2021 – 2022, Alliance has already been relegated to Division II of WEU. But not only did they relegate, they lost every single match and every single game, which is quite rare at this competitive level.

What’s next

It’s hard to say what comes next for Alliance but it’s doubtful that w33 and Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov, the team’s two strongest players, will agree to compete in Division II next year and practically have 0 chance of qualifying for a Major until near the end of the season. And with them gone, Alliance would be back to square one.

The team’s only chance seems to be s4. If they can bring back the man who was responsible for most of their triumphs and then build a strong roster around him, Alliance might return to the first division. Otherwise, they will likely descend into obscurity for a very long time.

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