Alliance bows out of the Western Europe TI12 Qualifier after a close battle against OG.
The International 2023 (TI12) Qualifiers for Western Europe (WEU) second day concludes and another notable org takes the fall. Alliance had a long, rough journey in 2023 and it ultimately ended in an elimination from the Western Europe Qualifiers. Much like what happened in the previous year.
But Alliance didn't go down without a fight. They exceeded expectations and knocked down the prominent Nigma Galaxy from the qualifier. They also gave OG a big scare in the elimination round. Nonetheless, Alliance departs the tournament and will miss out on The International for the second year in a row.
Alliance sees a glimmer of hope
Alliance has continuously struggled to find their flow this year and their latest DPC performance punished them with a relegation from Division II. With that result, one would expect Alliance to completely crumble in the TI12 Qualifier. However, they had impressive moments and were close to advancing to the next stage.
This impressive showing might also be due to their new position 4. Just two months before the qualifier began, Alliance had a roster shift, grabbing 25-year-old Swedish, Axel "Pablo" Källman in the soft support position. In our recent interview with Gustav "s4" Magnusson, the captain explained that the roster change was a hail-mary decision and that "even one player can make a huge difference in a team."
During the Qualifier, Pablo seems to mix well with Alliance and we might see this roster once again in the next season.
OG survives another day
With the close victory, OG advances to the next round and will meet Quest Esports. For a long while, Quest has been a rising force in Western Europe and is currently the easy favorite of the region. But things aren't looking too bright for Quest as they too were knocked down to the Lower Bracket following a lackluster performance against Luna Galaxy.