Alliance has announced a shocking new roster for the 2022 Dota 2 season.
The storied organization is heavily overhauling its roster for the next Dota Pro Circuit season. Alliance has announced three new players in the mid, offlane, and soft support positions. The team has also announced the official return of TI3 off-laner Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg as an official substitute.
The godfather of split-pushing will step in if any players become unable to compete. The new lineup will debut in the Western Europe upper division league starting November 30.
The massive shift is primarily due to a disappointing finish at The International 2021. Despite high expectations, the team struggled through the group stage and lost an elimination best-of-one against beastcoast. The only remaining players from TI10 Alliance roster are carry player Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov and support Simon “Handsken” Rasmus Haag, who will move to hard support. This move is part of the traditional massive shuffle that happens after every The International.
According to official statements, Alliance will begin the 2022 Dota Pro Circuit season with the following players.
The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Rodrigo “Leslão” Santos as the team’s offlaner. The Brazilian played a major role in Quincy Crew’s 12th-place TI10 run and strong 2021 season. He planned to leave the team for the 2022 season, but many were expecting him to land with a team like Evil Geniuses or possibly return to South America.
Supream^ and coach okcya join from Chicken Fighters, another predominantly Swedish team. That squad failed to maintain its rank in the last lower division season, but the pair have still found a way into the DPC’s top tier. New playmaker support Aramis cut his teeth on Vikin.gg, where he earned 11 championships and several top placings in the online era.
The new Alliance isn’t expected to debut as a dominant force in Europe, but the team could evolve into a podium contender by the time The International 11 rolls around.