After what must have been an excruciatingly long wait for the team’s supporters, Alliance has confirmed that Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg will be rejoining his old squad.
Jonathan “Loda” Berg has released a statement. Loda talks about past year’s ups and downs and explains the thought process behind the recent roster changes, adding that welcoming AdmiralBulldog back in Alliance will fix some of the problems the team has been facing recently:
Re-adding Bulldog is a step back to balance. It will fix some of the problems we have right now – not all, because we are still a work in progress – but with some time, we will be a force to be reckoned with, mark my words. We will make all of our loyal fans proud, and just as importantly, we will make ourselves proud. This is the final lineup. This is Alliance.
The news comes as no surprise. Niclas “Niqua” Westergård has announced being released on Twitter, yesterday. Speculation has been rife, since AdmiralBulldog was a stand-in for Alliance in the DotaPit Season 3 match versus Ninjas in Pyjamas, and the new patch has buffed the player’s signature heroes, Lone Druid and Nature’s Prophet. The player was previously regarded as an “inactive” member of Alliance.
With AdmiralBulldog back in Alliance, the team will try to turn this past year’s hardships into a stepping-stone for future accomplishments.
The reformed team has a tight schedule with three LAN tournaments lined up for the upcoming weeks: ASUS PlayItCool, in Cologne, Germany, on May 3; i-League, in Shanghai, China, on May 24; and the ESL One Frankfurt, in Germany, on June 20.
With The International 5 invites being released soon, it is still unknown what the effect will be on Alliance’s participation in the event or in the qualifiers. According to the Dota 2 Majors information released, teams will be subjected to roster locks and trade windows.
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AdmiralBulldog back in Alliance
AdmiralBulldog had been a part of Alliance since its formation (under the name No Tidehunter), in September 2012, until his departure, in November 2014. Since then, he had played with Team Tinker as a stand-in, between January and February of 2015, but had been mostly streaming and playing MMR usually in party.
AdmiralBulldog has won 11 premier tournaments as part of Alliance, including The International 3, StarLadder StarSeries Seasons 6 and 7, DreamHack Summer 2013, Dota 2 Champions League Season 1, and DreamHack Dota 2 Invitational.
Team Alliance current roster
Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson
Jonathan “Loda” Berg
Joakim “Akke” Akterhall
Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs
Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg
Niclas “Niqua” Westergård is currently teamless
Niqua had been with the team since January 26, 2015. Many attribute Alliance’s recent stronger state to the new roster and synergy, crediting Niqua for much of the change.
@NiquaDota this is shitty man condolences. stuck with them when they were down and carried them back. won't forget & they won't win w/o u dw
— Peter Dager (@ppdDota) April 29, 2015
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) April 29, 2015
Jonathan “Loda” Berg is aware that Alliance’s recent wins could not have been received without Niqua:
I count him as one of my true friends, and I doubt we will stop playing together outside of professional Dota, but at the same time I couldn’t stay blind to the lack of synergy we had as a team as soon as we were put on the spot. Adapting, swapping lanes, and other elements which are fundamental to a Tier 1 team didn’t work out so well for us. There were some clashes of play-style between Niqua and other members on the team, and it made the team experience much less smooth than you might think.
“Feeling really down, hopefully the future looks bright,” says Niqua, on Twitter.
Feeling really down but atleast you guys cheered me up some with your support! hopefully the future looks bright!
— Niclas Westergård (@NiquaDota) April 29, 2015