The only remaining member of the Alliance squad that took home TI3 has stepped down after spending the past four years with the team. Alliance Loda steps down with immediate effect.
Alliance broke the news of their long-time captain’s departure via their website.
— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) June 9, 2017
Having been the co-owner of Alliance since Dec 12, 2016, the long-time captain and carry player of the squad has tried his best to balance his time and efforts. However, he admits in a press release that he has not been able to give his full focus towards competing.
As such, Loda and the team have mutually decided that he will step down from the roster until after The International, which is set to be held in August.
Alliance Loda – A Living Legend
Jonathan “Loda” Berg is one of the most battle-hardened veterans in the Dota 2 scene, having enjoyed a professional career spanning well over a decade.
While he has been with plenty of teams throughout his long career, he is best known for his time with Alliance.
Fans will forever remember the Grand Finals Game 5 match between Alliance and Natus Vincere back in 2013.
That was when Alliance Loda, along with then-teammates s4, AdmiralBulldog, EGM, and Akke, forever immortalized themselves after taking home the aegis of champions that year.
What’s Next For Alliance Loda
Loda will now step down from the roster and take some time to “rest and focus” on his self. He also added that he might do some MMR climbing.
He asks fans to support and cheer for Alliance as the team will now try to qualify to TI7 via the open qualifiers. Finally, he adds that he will most likely return to the squad after TI7.
As for Alliance, Loda’s department means that they will now have to participate in the open qualifiers to have any chance at competing at TI7. This is because of Valve’s roster lock, which took effect on May 26.
The roster lock stipulates that any competitive team that changes their roster forfeits their eligibility to receive invitations both to the main event and the regional qualifiers.
Dawn of a New Era
Before I forget, please welcome @EraDota to the team. If anyone is a natural fit it should be him 😉
— Jonathan Berg (@LodaBerg) June 9, 2017
As Loda steps down, Adrian “Era” Kryeziu, the former carry of Ninjas in Pyjamas, will take over his role for the time being.
Alliance will now look to try to get a chance to make some noise at Seattle this year with their new roster, which features:
- Adrian ‘Era’ Kryeziu
- Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin
- Jonas ‘jonassomfan’ Lindholm
- Axel ‘Pablo’ Källman
- Simon ‘Handsken’ Haag (Captain)
As of yet, there’s no word as to when the open qualifiers will start.
Here’s to wishing Alliance and Loda some good luck in the upcoming months.