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Alliance parts ways with entire Dota 2 roster

Alliance has dropped its entire Dota 2 roster as it looks to revamp its lineup for the 2024 season and beyond.

Alliance has parted ways with its entire Dota 2 team, and will not field a roster for the time being as the organization once again looks for a rebuild. News of the roster split came on Dec. 21 with a statement posted on social media signed by Alliance co-owners and executives Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Kelly “kellymilkies” Ong Xiao Wei. 

In the statement Alliance outlined the reasoning behind the split “At the start of December we went into trials to figure out the next steps together while the trials themselves were a success, we unfortunately hit a stint in the final contract negotiations. While the majority of the roster was confirmed we could not reach an agreement with two of the players and this led to the hard decision to scrap the project.”

Ultimately, it seems a breakdown in contract negotiations caused the current roster to be dropped entirely in favor of a new approach. To this end Alliance state they would be continuing to look to build a new team for its Dota 2 division. “Please continue supporting us as we look to find a team to call Alliance their home for long term.”

Alliance’s tumultuous years

(Image via Alliance)
(Image via Alliance)

Alliance, like Team Secret or NAVI, are an iconic Dota 2 organization that claimed the Aegis of Champions in 2013 after a spate of incredible performances. However, the organization has struggled in the intervening decade to recapture its former glory. After moving away from its original lineup for good in 2016, the team struggled to find a stack that could replicate the previous success. 

In 2017, a promising lineup of Swedish natives struggled to find success before splitting after TI7. Later that year, the team signed a lineup of former HoN players including Michael “miCKe” Vu, Maximilian “qojqva” Bröcker, Samuel “Boxi” Svahn, Tommy “Taiga” Le, and Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi, who found limited success under the Alliance banner. This lineup would depart in 2019 over similar contract negotiation issues, only to become the core part of a highly successful Team Liquid roster.

A new Alliance roster formed in 2019 would combine the talents of Bulgarian star Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov with members of former Alliance squads. But this roster would struggle in the new format DPC, eventually becoming perennial Division II competitors. Revamped squads in 2021, 2022, and 2023 similarly struggled to find success. Still, Alliance’s brand remained strong, and the organization has found wins in other esports, most notably Apex Legends, where the squad is one of the strongest in the ALGS’s EMEA region.

Whatever the future holds for Alliance, the organization still has a solid base to build on. However, it’s Dota 2 division will need yet another injection of new blood to change its fortune.

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