Following three games which left much to be desired across all Dota 2 professional standards, Alliance bowed out of the TI11 Western Europe Qualifiers after being defeated 1-2 by popular streamer stack Team Bald Reborn. The match was prolific thanks to the popularity of both Alliance, whose performance in the past year has been the butt of jokes within the community, and Team Bald Reborn, a casual stack of Dota 2 streamers headed by Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski.
Alliance dropped to the lower bracket of the tournament following a 0-2 loss against Entity. However, what was expected to be a free victory for the TI3-winning Swedish organization became memorable for all the wrong reasons as Team Bald Reborn bit back to decisively beat Alliance in the first and third games. The series has become one of the most popular in the Regional Qualifiers thus far, as it showcased Gorgc, Dota 2’s biggest streamer, and his casual stack of semi-professional players winning against an organization with major professional experience, clout, and sponsor backing.
With this loss, Alliance ends the TI11 season with one of their most miserable showings yet. After being relegated to Division II in Tour 2 of the WEU DPC, Alliance rebuilt from the ground up around carry player Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov with four new players: Aliwi “w33” Omar, Moiez “symetricaL” Lin, Adam “Aramis” Moroz, and Nikolay “CTOMAHEH1” Kalchev. This squad managed to climb back to Division I, placing second in the rankings, but their self-styled “Ascent” was, at best, temporary.
Their return to Division I in Tour 3 was even worse than their performance in Tour 1 as Alliance finished the league with a rare 0-14 record, not even managing to take a single game in their seven matches. symetricaL did not play in the last two games and was eventually kicked from the squad. From there, Alliance reshuffled once again for the TI11 WEU Qualifiers, debuting their current squad during ESL One Malaysia last month. This roster consists of Nikobaby, w33, Yaroslav “Limitless” Parshin, Aramis, and Andrey “Dukalis” Kuropatkin.
Time will tell if and how Alliance bounces back from this new low, as the organization will once again have to claw their way back from Division II in the next TI12 season.