Alliance parts ways with three players from TI10 lineup
After a disappointing run at The International 10, Alliance has parted ways with three players. The first two exits were Artsiom ‘fng’ Barshak and Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin and were followed by Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson. These leaves the lineup with two active players.
Both Limmp and fng were solid players over the past two years but they struggled at TI. Limmp himself had a stint with Alliance in the past and he was much improved from his first time with the Swedish team. Fng was a solid support as he brought so much experience as a captain for many teams in the past.
S4 was probably the biggest signing because he was already an Alliance legend from the past. He was the drafter back in TI3 which was Alliance’s biggest win ever. This team was well-balanced because Limmp complemented Nikolay ‘Nikobaby’ Nikolov’s hard carry playstyle. S4 was also a good pickup because he was a space-creating offlaner which again, fit Nikobaby’s playstyle.
This leaves Nikobaby and Simon ‘Handsken’ Haag as the two remaining players in the Alliance squad. While both of these players are skilled and good teammates, they have to rebuild their image. Nikobaby is the right choice because he’s a world-class core player. Handsken is always the strong support and he can serve that role well with Alliance for the foreseeable future.
This will be a tough task for team owners and former TI-winning players, Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg and Joakim ‘Akke’ Akterhall. They need to scout talented players that can also bounce off Handsken and Nikobaby’s skillsets. If they can play at a high level without any issues, they will surely scoop them up from the market.
This will be a rough process for Alliance since they have to build a team rather quickly since the next season of the Dota Pro Circuit starts in late November 2021. Loda and Akke need to help Niko and Handsken to build the team so they can practice immediately.
Dota players are still waiting for the patch which gives Alliance some leeway with the new signings. This will be tough for everyone involved but Alliance is a top-tier org and they’ve proven that they can rebuild before.
Words: Cholo Martin