With the post-The International roster shuffle in full swing, Alliance has announced that three of their five Dota 2 players have officially taken their leave from the starting roster. A year after the reformation of Alliance’s TI3 lineup, Joakim “Akke” Akerthall, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” and Gustav “s4” Magnusson will continue to pursue new opportunities that the Dota 2 scene has to offer.

According to the players’ statements, it was s4 who first made the decision to leave the organization, who expressed an interest in pushing himself to seek new horizons. AdmiralBulldog shortly went by his example, though has no current plans for his career in Dota 2.

“Seeing as s4 is leaving Alliance I felt there is need for change for myself as well,” said AdmiralBulldog in the press release made to Alliance’s website, “It was fun having our reunion and winning 2 lans together but I will not be in the new Alliance roster. I’m not sure what my future holds but I wish my ex-teammates the best of luck.”

While Akke will no longer be playing as an active part of the team, he is still temporarily remaining with the organization. Alliance will release a follow up in the near future, as it is unclear as to what his relationship with them will be.

Player manager Erik Barge commented on the split by saying that his pride for the team never ceased, despite them being unable to achieve the results they hoped for, and shared his fondest memory with the players.

“My clearest memory of the past year was standing outside of our booth in Minsk-Arena watching the team approach the roaring crowd; feeling both proud of and happy for them,” Barge recalled, “On our journey to Minsk everything had gone awry but in the end not even a blizzard could stop them.”

Despite the lineup being known for taking down Natus Vincere at The International 2013 to become Dota 2’s world champions, the reunited players struggled to make their way to TI6. Several premier events saw the team take disappointing finishes, such as The Manila and Frankfurt Majors where they took 9th-12, and EPICENTER where they placed 5th-6th. While they placed first at World Cyber Arena 2015 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1, it was clear that the players no longer had the synergy that the used to carry. Alliance had to qualify for this year’s The International at the European Qualifiers in June, only to place 9th-12th during the main event after being pushed into the lower bracket, where they were eliminated by Fnatic.

The roster will be rebuilt with remaining members Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist, and Alliance promises updates regarding future changes to the team as they arise.

 

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