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Alliance have decided to rebuild their Dota 2 team

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The Alliance Dota 2 team hit their prime last year, claiming The International 3 and cementing their line-up as the best of 2013. There was something about the meta that they understood, and not many teams could stand up to them. This year, however, is a completely different tale, as they have been unable to find that former glory. They’ve won a lot less, and performed a lot poorer overall. Last night saw them pulling out of DotaCinema’s XMG Captains Draft tournament. Why though?

A friend forwarded the following tweet to me, posted by one of Alliance’s core players, Akke.

Why did they forfeit?For starters, Alliance do not have the same team they had when they won TI3. Following the poor performance TI4 this year (11th-12th place), changes happened. EGM now plays for Team Tinker (the team they forfeited against last night) and S4, the mid player who sealed the win in the TI3 final last year, has since moved on to Team Secret. The other three, Akke, AdmiralBulldog, and Loda have remained.

The two vacant spots were filled on and off by players like H4nn1, Chessie, and Misery. The problem is, Dota 2 is all about teamwork, coordination, and simply gelling with each other. Alliance have been unable to do this due to the inconsistent roster. All that talent means nothing without a solid understanding of everybody’s role and play style.

Even with these hiccups, I couldn’t understand why they would just drop out of a tournament halfway though. Some digging yielded this reddit post. Apparently DotaCinema did Alliance a favour by allowing them an extra stand in by the name of “Mynuts”. The poster is complaining that H4nn1 is not a core player, and thus counts as another stand in, and the rules state that there can only be one. It is debatable, as H4nn1 may not have been with the team for long, but he has played for them before the XMG tournament.

There is still no solid reasoning as to why Alliance pulled out (at least, not that I can find). Perhaps they have just had enough, pulled out, and decided to use the rest of the year to put together an official team.

It’s a good move in my opinion. Rather than worry about disappointing the fans, they can now dedicate this extra time to finding the right players to fill the vacant roles, or at least working with those that are deemed unofficial Alliance players. What do you think? Are you an Alliance fan? Does this news make you happy/sad?

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Last Updated: November 11, 2014


  1. With all the players changing teams and forming new ones I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened for Fnatic and some others as well.

    I think it’s a solid move, and hopefully they come back strong. More good teams always makes for good dota. 🙂


    • Matthew Holliday

      November 11, 2014 at 12:15

      it already has happened to fnatic, with fly and n0tail leaving for team secret


      • ToshZA

        November 11, 2014 at 12:27

        I know they left – only H4nni is left lol. But I meant taking the break from pro dota for a while to cement their team.


  2. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2014 at 12:14

    Tiny cabbage in the eye of the sword?


    • hairyknees

      November 11, 2014 at 12:33



  3. Matthew Holliday

    November 11, 2014 at 12:19

    wouldnt you pull out if you were that frustrated?theyr past TI champions, and since then, theyv been horse poop. over a year later and they still havent got their focus back.
    things simply arent working for them and they need to go back to the drawing board.


    • hairyknees

      November 11, 2014 at 12:34

      Yeah I think it is the right move. I’m not an Alliance fan, but it is sad to see them doing so horribly. Ok I lie, I only feel sorry for Akke 😛 not a fan of Bulldog and Loda 😛


      • Admiral Chief Wang

        November 11, 2014 at 12:45

        At least you like another Admiral…


  4. frikkenator

    November 11, 2014 at 13:06

    Between Akke and Loda they’ve got years and years of experience in competitive gaming and putting a team together, I reckon they’re going to come out of this really strong.


  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    November 11, 2014 at 13:31

    I must say that S4 made the best move of his life to get away from them. Team Secret has been just performing AMAZINGLY!


    • frikkenator

      November 11, 2014 at 14:10

      They have indeed! I think it was a role problem, as Alliance’s big downfall at TI4 was the absolutely horrendous drafting by s4. He seems to fit in well with secret.


  6. mossysloth

    November 11, 2014 at 13:56

    I’m all for teams taking time out to regroup and settle into a good team rhythm, but signing up for a tournament, having organisers bend over backwards to accommodate you, to say nothing of the fans who pay good money to see top teams compete, only to pull out halfway through because you’re struggling, is fucking horseshit. Suck it up, stick to your commitments and take your holiday after.

    If these teams want to be recognised as professionals then they should start acting like pros, not entitled little shits. When last did a premier league team pull out of a tournament because they were struggling. A fine should be imposed on teams who simply ‘give up’


  7. Puro

    November 14, 2014 at 07:41

    Better to spend some time rebuilding the team than to go win-less.


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