After missing out on The International 2017 earlier this year, things are starting to look a lot worse for the former TI champions; The Alliance roster currently only has one official active member, the Dota 2 veteran Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg.
In a competitive season with 27 Minors and Majors, as well as a number of smaller tournaments sprinkled in between, not having a roster this late into the season is akin to a death sentence for an organisation.
If there’s any consolation, though, it’s that we might just see the long-awaited new The Alliance roster pretty soon.
Loda on New The Alliance Roster
And dont worry guys, Im searching mm as we speak. I got my priorities straight pic.twitter.com/UhSGOiklmo
— Jonathan Berg (@LodaBerg) October 6, 2017
Earlier this week, Loda, who is one of the co-owners of The Alliance, and essentially the face of the organisation, tweeted that he was going to assemble two Swedish teams in the coming days.
So far, we’ve already seen one of the two teams make its debut.
— Joakim Akterhall (@FollowAkke) October 16, 2017
Loda was recently seen playing in a stack with another The Alliance co-owner, his longtime teammate, Joakim ‘Akke’ Akterhall. The other members of the stack include Janne ‘Gorgc’ Stefanovski, Aydin ‘Insania’ Sarkohi and Micke ‘miCKe’ Nguyen.
Again, this is not the official The Alliance roster. At least, not yet anyway. However, it won’t come off as a surprise if the organisation does end up signing them; Loda’s latest stack has all the Swedish requirement covered and has shown some promise in their limited time together so far.
Thank you all for the congratulations and kind words everyone 😊❤
— Joakim Akterhall (@FollowAkke) September 26, 2017
Of course, we have yet to see the “other” team Loda promised earlier make an appearance yet. Besides, for all we know, the official The Alliance roster could end up being a mix of the two squads; Akke recently became a father, so his status and availability are presumably 50-50 for now.
World Electronic Sports Games 2017
While the tournament is not part of the Pro Circuit, organisations simply just cannot ignore the World Electronic Sports Games. Last year, the first iteration offered a total prize pool of $5.5 million across multiple titles and $1.5 million for Dota 2 alone, with the finals taking place late in December 2016.
The All-Filipino TNC Pro Team paced the rest of the field then, taking home as much as $800,000. Meanwhile, the All-Danish squad, Cloud9, finished in 2nd place followed by the All-Swedish squad, Alliance, in 3rd.
The second iteration returns with a prize pool just as large, but likely with much better competition. In fact, many players have already gone on to team up to form talent-laden rosters, including Team Ukraine and Antihype, among many others.
WESG follows an Olympics-style format where all participating teams all need to be of the same nationality to be eligible. Interested teams will have to earn their slots to the Grand Finals by winning their respective region’s online qualifiers and placing high in one of the four regional LAN finals for Americas, Europe, China, and APAC.
Once the qualifiers have all concluded, as many as 32 teams will compete in the WESG 2017 Grand Finals in Shanghai, China in March of 2018.
You can head on over to the official WESG website for more information.
Who do you think will end up making the official The Alliance roster for the season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.