Unexpected news for the Alliance fans comes from the organization announcing the release of Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Neta “33” Shapira from the roster.
Fata- and 33 were are the founding members of the roster put together in the TI9 aftermath and signed by Alliance immediately after their previous line-up left the organization to join Team Liquid. With Fata- making a role swap for this season and taking the captain role in the new Alliance, the organization had a strong start claiming the title at the very first tournament of the season, DreamLeague Rotterdam, back in October 2029. From there on, Alliance secured a third place finish at ESL One Hamburg 2019, and more importantly, they reached top 8 at the MDL Chengdu Major and placed fourth at the DreamLeague Leipzig Major. Taking into consideration how the competitive season shifts now into online events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 1920 Dota Pro Circuit points already gathered by Alliance, places them top 6 in the DPC rankings and might be just enough for a direct invite to The International 2020.
Jonathan “Loda” Berg, Alliance CEO:
“I’m very thankful for everything Fata and 33 has achieved with our team. When they joined us in September last year, we knew they wanted to prove themselves and we could not have asked for more with the performance and results they have achieved so far with Alliance.
Competition in DotA 2 is ruthless, even though our results have been good, we are now making these changes to further close the gap to the absolute top.
It was not an easy choice to make but our goal is to become the best Dota 2 team in the world, nothing less. With time I think it will be clear that this is the right decision for everyone. I wish them nothing but the best as they are incredible players.”
At the same time, for the two removed players, the news seemed to come pretty much unexpectedly, as Fata- commented on a TwitLonger post.
“This came as quite a surprise to me and I feel pretty disappointed since we created the team together. I’m trying to remain positive, since bitterness helps nobody. I will use the time to take a break from the game, working on myself and resetting from Dota a bit. Afterwards, Neta and I will look to rebuild a team with fresh energy and ambitions,” he wrote.
Current Alliance line-up:
- Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov
- Linus “Limmp” Blomdin
- Simon “Handsken” Haag
Alliance are slated to begin their matches in the ESL One Los Angeles Online tournament at the end of this week. The CIS and European division is scheduled to begin on the 4th of April, however, Alliance’s first series is on the 5th of April against Ninjas in Pyjamas. According to the official announcement, the new members will be revealed in the upcoming days.