The legendary player and The International 2013 champion Jonathan ‘Loda‘ Berg has formally announced his retirement as a pro player in a Twitter post by Alliance:
A New Generation.
— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) June 3, 2018
Loda, 30, is the longest-serving member of the Alliance Dota 2 squad. He has played for the team since its formation back in April 2013. He is also one of the co-owners of the organization, along with former teammates Joakim ‘Akke‘ Akterhall and Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog‘ Ahnberg.
The Legend of the L-God
While Loda has played for various teams throughout his career, his best years came with the Alliance Dota 2 squad. He was an instrumental part of the No Tidehunter squad that came out of nowhere to win DreamHack Winter 2012 and upset the likes of Evil Geniuses, Team Empire, and Fnatic.EU.
No Tidehunter gained notoriety for their success in multiple LAN tournaments afterwards. A few months in, the roster would come to a decision to drop Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao in favor of Jerry ‘EGM‘ Lundkvist. Sometime later, Alliance would pick up the All-Swedish roster. This gave birth to the Dota 2 roster that went on to captivate the entire world in the months leading up to The International 2013 and at the main event itself.
Unfortunately, the Alliance Dota 2 roster would experience a drastic drop in performance after winning The International 2013. Partly because of the nerfs to many of their signature Dota 2 heroes and their playstyle, Alliance failed to defend their title the following year, even failing to make to the main event.
Alliance then disbanded after. They would reform two years later to make another run at a TI. This attempt would culminate in a Top 12 finish at The International 2016.
A Legacy Set in Stone
After going their separate ways for the final time, Loda chose to remain with Alliance. At various points, he would reunite with former teammates such as EGM and Akke in the years after. However, he was never able to recapture the same success.
Despite this, Loda will retire as one of the few players to have won a TI and achieved “god” status among the community. This includes household names such as Ben ‘Merlini‘ Wu, Xu ‘BurNIng‘ Xhilei, Ivan ‘Vigoss‘ Shinkarev, and Bu ‘YaphetS‘ Tanjun.
Loda had already stepped away from Dota 2 as Alliance tried to qualify for The International 2017. However, when the roster failed, he stepped back in again this season to retake the role of captain. But, with the International 2018 closing in and the Alliance Dota 2 roster having not achieved much in his return, it appears that Loda has decided to call it quits and coach the team instead.
Maximilian ‘Qojqva‘ Broecker comes in to take the place of Loda on the Alliance Dota 2 roster. They are now preparing to go through the Open Qualifiers in Europe to try and qualify for The International 2018.
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