The beginning of Alliance’s story in Dota 2 is somewhat murky. In 2012, a mixed-region team known as No Tidehunter formed that included formidable players from both North America and Sweden. The team initially had success in league play, but vaulted to the top of the professional Dota 2 scene by winning DreamHack Winter 2012 with a victory over Evil Geniuses.
The team enjoyed regular success, but as time went on it dropped each one of its international players in favor of more Swedes. When No Tidehunter slowed down a bit in early 2013, the transition was completed when Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao was dropped from the team. The move paid off as No Tidehunter regained its form in the spring and won StarLadder StarSeries Season 5.
Just a few days later, No Tidehunter was adopted by Alliance, and it was revealed that the organization had been sponsoring them during their run to the top.
The transition from No Tidehunter to Alliance was a smooth one for the team. They maintained their unique style that mixed together crafty playmaking with thorough farming of the jungle, an approach that carried them to success in both live events and online leagues. It eventually brought them all the way to the grand finals of The International 2013, where the team edged out Natus Vincere in a hardfought best-of-five series to take the Aegis of Champions.
The following season saw Alliance post mixed but generally positive results. Despite that, the team was eliminated from the group stage of The International 2014, which was followed by the departures of Gustav "s4" Magnusson and Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist, as well as the deactivation of Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg. This resulted in a year of roster instability for Alliance, which concluded with the team being eliminated in the early goings of qualifiers of The International 2015.
Following TI5, the Dota 2 tournament scene changed with the introduction of Valve-sponsored Majors.
Alliance’s roster troubles settled down when its TI3 roster was reunited. This was followed by what initially looked like a return to peak form as it won World Cyber Arena 2015 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 within the span of a single month. But that success faded quickly as the team stumbled in both the Shanghai Major and Manila Major, and ultimately closed out the season with a disappointing performance at The International 2016.
Though members of the team had bounced in and out of the roster before, this time the departures proved to be permanent. Three members of the team left and Alliance’s new Swedish roster posted unremarkable results. When the team failed to qualify for The International 2017, it was followed by a major shift from Alliance as it stopped exclusively working with Swedish talent.
Results didn’t come quickly, but Alliance stuck by the Aydin "iNSaNiA" Sarkohi-led roster as it stayed active in online leagues and smaller events. Though Alliance failed to qualify for The International 2018, it stayed the course and improved even further the following season. This culminated in a berth at The International 2019.
The team finished in last place, but the roster stuck together once again. Unfortunately for Alliance, this improving roster of players then joined Team Liquid. Alliance quickly found a new European roster that it hopes can lead the organization back to the top.