The Swedish organization has rebuilt most of their Dota 2 roster, with Alliance looking to keep their impressive performance in the DPC well and alive this coming season.
Just a few days ago, the deadline for roster lock-ins for Dota 2’s next DPC season has ended, bringing with it a surprising number of roster moves and changes that is sure to shake up the game at the highest competitive level. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Alliance, the top performer of the last DPC season who did not manage to perform well in the ensuing TI10. With this new roster, can Alliance finally translate their DPC performance into something concrete for the next The International?
Alliance Dota 2 roster
- Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov (position 1)
- Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha (mid-laner)
- Rodrigo “Leslao” Santos (off-laner)
- Adam “Aramis” Moroz (soft support)
- Simon “Handsken” Haag (hard support)
- Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg (substitute)
At a glance
The current Alliance roster is geared towards building their team around the two remaining players, Nikobaby and Handsken. Handsken’s role as new captain, in particular, is critical to the roster’s success. Despite being one of the best players of his time, former captain and off-laner Gustav “s4” Magnusson did not really live up to the role; if Alliance is to succeed in this new DPC season, they will need a strong leader for calling out plays, especially with a good carry in their ranks.
Leslao in EU
Alliance’s key pick-ups for their new roster include Leslao, a well-known off-laner who previously played for Quincy Crew in North America. Leslao is one of two key players that the region lost to EU, in addition to Daryl “iceiceice” Koh Pei Xiang of Evil Geniuses who is now playing for Team Secret. This shows how dire the NA region is now, with most of its talent moving to other regions, despite the fact that North America has the most avid fan base for professional Dota 2.