Alliance Finalize New Dota 2 Roster

Alliance finalized its new Dota 2 roster on Sunday, February 27, with the addition of three new members.

Alliance finalized its new Dota 2 roster on Sunday, February 27, with the addition of three new members. The announcement came just a few hours before the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) roster lock, forming a new-look lineup that will represent the European esports organization.

Alliance Rebuild Dota 2 Roster

Alliance announced the signing of three new Dota 2 players on Sunday. As announced, the team welcomed Aliwi “w33” Omar, Moiez “symetricaL” Lin Mahmood, and Nikolay “CTOMAHEH1” Kalchev.

The trio will team up with Adam “Aramis” Moroz, and Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov. As revealed, CTOMAHEH1 will take over as the no.5 and team captain, while w33 and SymetricaL joined the team as no.2 and no.3, respectively.

The signing of the three new players comes just a month after Alliance parted ways with three members and coach Niklas “okcya” Koskinen.

The roster rebuild process began on January 21, when Alliance cut ties with okcya and Simon “Handsken” Rasmus Haag. A week later, Alliance parted ways with Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha and Rodrigo “LESLÃO” Santos, leaving the team with only two members on its active roster.

Much-Needed Roster Changes

Alliance already rebuilt its Dota 2 division in November, after the team couldn’t deliver at the International 10. There, Alliance placed ninth-12th after losing against T1.

But even with a new lineup, success was hard to come by for the 2013 TI champions. Two months after The International 10, Alliance attended OGA Dota PIT Season 5: Europe/CIS but failed to achieve much.

The team lost its opening two matches against Nigma Galaxy and Team Liquid and finished the tournament in last place. Still, Alliance decided to enter the 2022 season with the same lineup, hoping the new season will bring better results. Yet those never came.

Struggling to find any traction, Alliance failed to show up in DPC WEU 2021/22 Tour 1 Division I, where they won only one match (1-6), thus ended in seventh place. As a result, Alliance got knocked out of the upper-division, which was the last straw that ushered in another set of roster changes.

Whether the recent additions will help Alliance claw their way back into the upper-division remains to be seen. But based on what we have seen from Alliance over the last few months, things can’t get much worse.

Three New Players Join

In a bid to find more success in the remainder of the 2022 season, Alliance brought in three new players. And while changing three players is a massive move, it’s not shocking to learn who Alliance’s new players are.

The addition of CTOMAHEH1 and symmetrical was hardly surprising, knowing that they are some of the last free agents in their positions. Meanwhile, adding w33 to the team left many Dota 2 fans surprised.

That is because it was revealed in January that w33 is not interested in joining Alliance. The 26-year-old said at the time that he would not join a team that has a sponsorship with a betting site due to religious reasons.

Still, it seems like w33 had a change of heart after spending the last ten months on Nigma Galaxy’s bench. But it was said that w33’s jersey would not include the sponsor’s logo.

As one of the most accomplished Dota 2 players in the scene, w33, joins Alliance as a veteran figure with over eight years of experience competing in Dota 2. Still, he will not take over as the team captain, a role that was appointed to CTOMAHEH1.

Alliance will debut its new Dota 2 roster on Thursday, March 3, in Dota 2 Champions League Season 8.