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Team Information
Finland Marcus Lundberg
Team Captain:
Sweden Jonathan "Loda" Berg
Total Earnings:
The International 2013 G-1 Champions League Season 5 DreamHack_2013/Summer StarLadder/StarSeries/Season_6 The_Premier_League/Season_4 The_Premier_League/Season_5 Dota_2_Champions_League/Season_1 ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 World_Cyber_Arena/2015 StarLadder_i-League_StarSeries/Season_1 
Upcoming Matches
No upcoming games

Alliance is an gaming organisation founded by Team Razer and Alex Garfield in April 2013. Since its formation the team has been a staple amongst the best European Dota 2 teams.


Formation and early domination[edit]

The foundation of what would later become the Alliance Dota 2 team was laid when Swedish DotA veteran Loda, who had just left Singaporean Team Zenith after their dissolution following The International 2012, was approached by a sponsor (which would later become the Alliance organization) asking him if he was interested in putting together a team.[1] Looking back at the glory days of his early career, his decision was to try to go with an all-swedish lineup in the same spirit as his oldest and most successful team, SK Gaming of the 2008 era. His and the fellow Swedish support veteran Akke's, eyes fell upon rising Swedish solo-mid star s4, whom Loda had noticed during their HoN days. s4 and AdmiralBulldog were playing for the new upstart team No Tidehunter created by s4 and Canadian support player EternaLEnVy. In late October 2012, it was announced that Loda and Akke had joined team No Tidehunter,[2] only one month before Dreamhack Winter 2012 which the team had qualified for with a mixed roster including German carry Black^.

Winning the DreamHack Winter tournament in such short time after the Swedish veteran duo's inclusion surprised many and established the team as one of the best teams in the west. During the finals, in which they were trailing 0-1, they managed to bait the entire EG squad into checking the Roshan-pit with an ingenious suicide by AdmiralBulldogs Natures Prophet, and subsequently getting the first blood and eventually turning the finals in front of the home crowd.[3] Alliance did not exist as an organization as of yet, but the team confirmed during the event that they were under contract by an unknown organization and that all the players had their trip to Jonköping paid for, including current captain EternaLEnVy who was flown in all the way from Canada.

No Tidehunter continued to dominate the scene with their own style of heavy farming and neutral camp stacking for the rest of 2012 until they began to show their first sign of slowing down in early 2013, starting to lose games in online tournaments in late January to early February 2013. This resulted in some conflicts within the team, which resulted in the team deciding that they needed a change in leadership. This resulted in the co-founder EternaLEnVy stepping down as captain in favour of s4 after the Canadian player was approached by Loda voicing the teams concerns. This only lasted for a week however, and soon after this change it was announced that EternaLEnVy had been dropped from the team and that the team was actively looking for a Swedish replacement.[4]

As EGM started to stand-in for No Tidehunter starting with the third EMS One Spring Cup in late February 2013, the classic Alliance roster was born and Loda's second try, the first being CLG which ended when he decided to move to Singapore to play for Zenith, to recreate the glory days of his past with a full Swedish lineup seemed complete, as the up-and-coming Swedish support was integrated seamlessly in the following weeks. With the addition of EGM, nth continued to dominate the western scene despite some people thinking the departure of their former Canadian captain would be the end of their success, and Loda taking a lot of flak from the community for removing the promising young Canadian from the team he created. The team now consisted of two of the most successful Swedish DotA players of all time in in team captain/spiritual leader Loda and support player Akke together with the up-and-coming stars EGM, AdmiralBulldog as well as in-game leader/team strategist and the brightest shining star of the team, solo-mid player s4. The last victory under the nth team name would be the fifth season of the StarLadder StarSeries, as only days after their win in Kiev their mysterious sponsor was announced.

Alliance announcement and conquering of China[edit]

We are extremely happy to be a part of the birth of Alliance. We are proud to be a part of something new. We strive for perfection, and with the support from our sponsor, Razer, this will be a great organization.
Jonathan "Loda" Berg ()

On the 12th of April 2013, after months of teasing and promises of announcements from the players, Alliance was announced as a new organization with the goal of promoting and supporting Scandinavian and European esports across the world,[citation needed] signing both Swedish StarCraft 2 superstar NaNiwa as well as well as the all-swedish team No Tidehunter. With Razer as their only sponsor and Evil Geniuses owner and CEO Alex Garfield as their CEO,[5] rumours of them being a European EG Dota 2 division were shut down, despite strong ties to the Evil Geniuses organization were established.[citation needed] Their first tournament under the new name was the DreamHack Invitation which they won after a close finals against Team Dignitas. The next big test for the team were the prestigious G-1 Western Qualifers which, after being one of the western top four invites, they went through quickly and qualified for the event finals in China. The first LAN tournament under their new name did not go as planned however, and they were eliminated by mousesports in the first round despite having dominated the qualifying cups for the event.

The loss at the ESL Spring Finals was the first big setback the team had experienced after their reformation to an all-swedish squad, but was also a lesson to the team that could take no win for granted. Next up before their trip to the Chinese G-1 finals were the playoffs of two big tournaments, The Premier League Season 4 and the WePlay Dota2 League. As Alliance won them both in convincing fashion, their loss at the EMS Finals were clearly behind them and the team once again looked like one the, if not the, best teams of the west. They were ranked first on's Dota 2 Power Rank of the western teams in April[6] and May,[7] and would soon alongside Team Liquid represent the west in the G-1 Champions League, showing the world how they would stand against the teams that had dominated the last International.

May 24th was the date of their first match at the G-1 Season 5 Finals. It would be the first time since the last international that a western team faced a Chinese team on LAN and a lot would be revealed as to where the two scenes stood in terms of strength versus each other. Alliance came prepared, and in their first match versus DK, they shocked the world as they did six month earlier at DreamHack, by all teleporting to their mid tower and rushing into the Roshan-pit with an aura-stacked pick together with Ursa and managed to claim the Aegis before the opponents were able to cross the river[8]. Using this advantage to win the first game in an impressive display of strategy and execution, Alliance went through the group stage in crushing fashion, not losing a single game. In the finals they defeated LGD Gaming 2-0, achieving a flawless 7-0 score in the tournament.[9] The win in China, which was not only the teams first win but also the first time a western team managed to win a major LAN in China in the history of DotA, earned them over $40,000 in prize money as well as the reputation as not only the best team in Europe but as one of the best teams in the entire world.


Alliance at the ESL One Frankfurt 2015 Finals

Alliance continued to dominate in the start of the summer of 2013, after topping the Power Rank for the third month in a row in the beginning of June,[10] winning the two big LAN tournaments of June DreamHack Summer and StarLadder Season 6, the former with a "perfect" 22-0 game in the finals against Quantic Gaming. After a successful June, the team began its bootcamp for The International 3 on July 9th[11] going on until the 28th of July[12] during which they managed to win TPL Season 5 but were forced to withdraw from the EMS Summer LAN Finals in Poland due to prioritizing bootcamp time and also lost to their nemesis mousesports, failing to qualify for the D2L Season 3 Playoffs held at DreamHack Valencia in Spain. This caused them to fall to second place after Na'Vi who had returned to their old form, winning three big events in July, on the Pre-TI3 Edition of Power Rank.[13] At The International 2013, Alliance came out swinging and delivered one of the most dominant tournament runs seen in Dota to date. They went undefeated in their group and dropped only one game all tournament before the grand finals. In the grand finals, Alliance faced off against perennial rivals Na'Vi in a riveting best of 5 series that went the distance, culminating in a thrilling game 5 victory for Alliance. With their victory Alliance won the largest esports prize pool to date- $1,437,910- and capped off one of the most outstanding tournament performances ever seen in Dota 2[14].

Post TI4, and the Start of a New Era[edit]

Shortly after TI4, EGM was spotted playing regularly for Team Tinker, and a couple weeks later s4 was revealed to be playing for Team Secret. On September 3, 2014, the team officially announced the departure of their former captain, Gustav "s4" Magnusson, and former support, Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist.[15] To replace them, Alliance began playing with Danish player MiSeRy and Swedish ex-HoN pro Chessie. Alliance found moderate success with this roster, including a 3rd place finish at WCA 2014. However, Chessie suffered an injury to his back which prevented him from playing [16]. This led to an extended period of roster instability for Alliance, as AdmiralBulldog took a break from competitive play[17] and MiSeRy was seen standing in for Team Secret. The team used a number of stand-ins at the end of 2014, including H4nn1, 7ckngmad, and Apemother. At the beginning of 2015, Alliance brought back former player EGM to play the offlane position and added Pajkatt and Mynuts to their roster for the European qualifiers of the DAC 2015.[18] However, soon afterwards, Mynuts left the team, EGM switched back to support, and Niqua began playing in the offlane.[19] In the following weeks, EGM left the team once again, and French player 7ckngmad was spotted playing with Alliance. AdmiralBulldog was seen briefly playing for Team Tinker; however, on May 2nd, 2015, with the TI5 European qualifiers looming, Loda announced Alliance's final roster: Loda, Pajkatt, AdmiralBulldog, 7ckngmad, and Akke.[20] However, on May 30, 2015, Alliance was eliminated from the TI5 European Qualifiers, becoming the first previous TI winner to not attend a subsequent International.

The Alliance Awakens[edit]

After TI5, former captain S4 rejoined Alliance from Team Secret, and in December, Alliance re-signed EGM to complete a reassembly of their TI3-champion roster. The team then won their first LAN back together, World Cyber Arena 2015, and was subsequently invited to the Shanghai Major. They then followed it up with first place at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 after playoff victories against Team Secret in the quarterfinals and against Team Liquid in the semifinals. In the finals, they faced Evil Geniuses in a matchup of the exact Alliance roster that had won The International 2013 against four of the five EG players that had won The International 2015 (the exception being Arteezy, who had rejoined the team to replace Aui_2000). After Alliance prevailed convincingly 2-0, LD proclaimed on commentary, "Alliance is back!".

Thanks for all the good memories[edit]

Despite the promise shown in the first half of 2016 by winning two major LANs and attending all four Majors of the season, Alliance parted ways again in late August [21]. Whilst the exact sequence of events is unknown to the fans it appears as though s4 has again left the team to play with other players and grow his career. In the wake of this AdmiralBulldog stated that he would be taking a break from professional play until after the next major [22] stating that because "s4 is leaving Alliance I felt there is need for change for myself as well". It is unclear if the team will continue under the leadership of Loda and if EGM or Akke will remain with the squad. Many bittersweet exhanges were had between the players and their fans, Akke tweeting "Thanks for all the good memories"[23], confirming that he too would step away from the active squad. Both AdmiralBulldog and Akke would however remain a part of the organization, as co-owners and, in Bulldog's case, as a streamer. On September 16th, the new Alliance roster was revealed[24]: former Ninjas in Pyjamas players Handsken, Limmp, and jonassomfan were to join Loda and EGM. Those three players famously were eliminated one year before by Alliance for the final spot at the Frankfurt Major.

The new team failed to deliver notable results and their only LAN attendances for the last half of 2016 were a 5-6th place at the BEAT Invitational (to which they were invited) in Montréal, Ontario, Canada and DreamLeague (that they qualified for because withdrew), where they finished third out of four teams, and the LAN event of the EU qualifier for WESG 2016, in October.

Loda, EGM, jonassomfan, and Handsken had previously qualified for the EU qualifier of WESG 2016 as Team_Team through the Swedish regional qualifiers, behind Akke's team Horde. After Limmp joined the roster of Alliance, they took Team_Team's spot at the LAN event in Kiev. The team easily dominated their group, ahead of the Danish squad The Imperial, dropping only one map to the Polish squad ALTERNATE aTTaX. In the semi-finals of the playoffs they were bested once again by rivals Horde and were forced into the 3rd-4th place decider match, where they beat Dendi and co. on Team Ukraine, finishing 3rd. Horde went on to win the entire event. As the top 8 qualify for the Main Event in early 2017, both Alliance and Horde would both be travelling to China.

At the LAN event of WESG 2016, Alliance once again finished top of their group, this time ahead of DUOBAO Young. Unfortunately, their rivals Horde and Team Ukraine would not make it past the group stage. In the playoffs, Alliance again faltered in the semi-finals, again to the ultimate winners, this time the Philippines from TNC. Alliance finished 3rd, beating Infamous in the 3rd-4th place decider match, and won $200,000 USD.

Their third place at WESG would remain one of the only good result of the current season, the only other being a 2nd place finish in the European bracket of Elimination Mode 3.0, behind Major winners OG. In the run up to the qualifiers for the Kiev Major, expectations were low as Alliance failed to qualify for two more LANs: StarSeries Season 3 and DAC 2017. At the qualifiers for the Kiev Major, the team barely managed to make it past the group stage (with some help from Cloud 9). Surprisingly however, Alliance managed to get to the Grand Finals of the qualifier, where they unfortunately were beaten 2-0 by Team Secret, narrowly failing to qualify for the Kiev Major.

After further disappointing results, EGM is removed from the team[25] to be replaced by Pablo and shortly after Loda decides to take a break from playing competitive Dota[26]. This marks the first time that none of the original Alliance members would be part of the team. In Loda's stead, the team recruited Era, who had also previously played with Handsken, Limmp, and jonassomfan on Ninjas in Pyjamas. Swapping their roster this late meant that Alliance was ineligible to be directly invited to the regional qualifiers for The International 2017 and were forced to qualify through the Champions qualifier. However, at the main qualifier, Alliance failed to get past the group stage, finishing 8th with a score of 3-6.

This iteration of the Alliance would end its season on a high note, easily winning The Final Match LAN in Lima, Peru, dropping only a single map in the Grand Finals to runner-up SG e-sports. After The International 2017, after Limmp, jonassomfan, and Handsken had already departed, Alliance released their entire squad[27]. Loda would make his return to the active squad, vowing to rebuild the Alliance.

A New Legacy[edit]

After months of inactivity, Alliance announce their new rebuilt roster: Loda, MiCKe, INsania, Boxi, and Norwegian support player Taiga. MiCKe had played with Loda on Team_Team in the previous year to qualify for the WESG 2016 EU qualifiers and had at the time already been in consideration for a spot on Alliance. However, at the time Handsken had vouched for Limmp to be the team's new midlaner. The others had all made their marks on the European Dota scene in various qualifiers, especially Taiga (as ST_ST), who had played together with Illidan on SFTe-sports and No Rats. INsania and MiCKe had played together previously on Tuho.


  • May 21th - Alliance parts way with EGM.[25]
  • May 23th - Pablo joins the team.[28]
  • June 9th - Loda takes a break from competitive Dota while Alliance welcomes Era.[26]
  • August 18th - Alliance announces the departure of Limmp, jonassomfan and Handsken.[29]
  • August 31st - The remainder of the Alliance roster is released. Loda returns to rebuild and captain the team.[27]
  • November 29th - The new Alliance roster is revealed: MiCKe, Boxi, INsania, and Taiga join Loda, who makes his return to the active squad[30]. Due to MiCKe's arm injury the team would remain inactive until the beginning of February 2018[31].

Player Roster[edit]


Active Squad
ID Name Position Join Date
Sweden Loda Jonathan Berg 1 2013-04-12 [40]
Sweden miCKe Michael Vu 2 2017-11-29 [30]
Sweden Boxi Samuel Svahn 3 2017-11-29 [30]
Sweden iNSaNiA Aydin Sarkohi 4/5 2017-11-29 [30]
Norway Taiga Tommy Le 4/5 2017-11-29 [30]


The International 2017 Qualifiers Squad
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden Era Adrian Kryeziu 1 2017-06-09 [26] 2017-08-31 [27] No Diggity
Sweden Limmp Linus Blomdin 2 2016-09-16 [24] 2017-08-18 [29] compLexity Gaming
Sweden jonassomfan Jonas Lindholm 3 2016-09-16 [24] 2017-08-18 [29] No Diggity
Sweden Pablo Axel Källman 4 2017-05-23 [28] 2017-08-31 [27] SFTe-sports
Sweden Handsken Simon Haag 5 2016-09-16 [24] 2017-08-18 [29] No Diggity
Former Players
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden EGM Jerry Lundkvist 5 2015-12-07 [39] 2017-05-21 [25] Crescendo
The International 2016 Squad
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden Loda Jonathan Berg 1 2013-04-12 [40] -
Sweden s4 Gustav Magnusson 2 2015-08-27 [36] 2016-08-28 [21] OG
Sweden AdmiralBulldog Henrik Ahnberg 3 2013-04-12 [40] 2016-08-28 [24][21]
Sweden Akke Joakim Akterhall 4 2013-04-12 [40] 2016-08-28 [24][21] Horde
Sweden EGM Jerry Lundkvist 5 2015-12-07 [39] -
Former Players
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden Mynuts Johan Andersson 4 2015-08-27 [40] 2015-12-03 [38] NO-VASELINE
The International 2015 Qualifiers Squad
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden Loda Jonathan Berg 1 2013-04-12 [40] -
Sweden Pajkatt Per Anders Olsson Lille 2 2015-01-07 [18] 2015-08-18 [35] 4 Clover & Lepricon
Sweden AdmiralBulldog Henrik Ahnberg 3 2013-04-12 [40] -
France 7ckngMad Sébastien Debs 4 2015-03-06 [33] 2015-08-27 [36] Monkey Freedom Fighters
Sweden Akke Joakim Akterhall 5 2013-04-12 [40] -
Former Players
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden EGM Jerry Lundkvist 5 2015-01-07 [18] 2015-05-02 [20] Turtle Masters
Sweden Niqua Niclas Westergård 3 2015-01-26 [19] 2015-04-28 [34] Turtle Masters
Sweden Mynuts Johan Andersson 4/5 2015-01-07 [18] 2015-01-26 [19] Burden United
The International 2013 & 2014 Squad
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Sweden Loda Jonathan Berg 1 2013-04-12 [40] -
Sweden s4 Gustav Magnusson 2 2013-04-12 [40] 2014-09-03 [15] Team Secret
Sweden AdmiralBulldog Henrik Ahnberg 3 2013-04-12 [40] -
Sweden EGM Jerry Lundkvist 4 2013-04-12 [40] 2014-09-03 [15] Team Tinker
Sweden Akke Joakim Akterhall 5 2013-04-12 [40] -



ID Name Position Join Date
Sweden Loda Jonathan Berg Co-Owner
Sweden Akke Joakim Akterhall Co-Owner
Sweden AdmiralBulldog Henrik Ahnberg Co-Owner
Sweden erikbarge Erik Barge COO
Finland Caramon Marcus Lundberg Manager


Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date
Singapore kellymilkies Kelly Ong Xiao Wei Manager
USA ottersareneat Alex Garfield Executive Director


Date Placement Tier Tournament Results Prize
2017-01-15 A33rd A1Premier World Electronic Sports Games 2016 2 : 1 $200,000
2016-08-10 A99 - 12th A1Premier The International 2016 0 : 2 $311,557
2016-01-17 A11st A1Premier StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 2 : 0 $120,891
2015-12-20 A11st A1Premier World Cyber Arena 2015 3 : 2 $370,200
2015-06-07 A22nd A1Premier joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 2 1 : 2 $41,812
2014-06-16 A11st A1Premier DreamLeague Season 1 3 : 2 $74,000
2014-01-15 A11st A1Premier Dota 2 Champions League Season 1 3 : 0 $25,000
2013-08-11 A11st A1Premier The International 2013 3 : 2 $1,437,190
2013-06-17 A11st A1Premier DreamHack Summer 2013 2 : 1 $21,663.6
2013-05-26 A11st A1Premier G-1 Champions League Season 5 2 : 0 $40,722.5
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Highlight Videos[edit]





  1. Cabulous (2013-04-26). "Alliance.Loda G-1 Interview: We are Stronger than Ever!". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  2. Loda reunites with Akke
  3. No Tidehunter EPIC roshan bait!
  4. Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao (2013-02-22). "EternaLEnVy's Thoughts on nth's Decision". Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  5. Alliance Akke Interview @ The International 3, two days after finals
  6. Heyoka (2013-04-09). "TeamLiquid Dota 2 Power Rank April 2013". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  7. Heyoka (2013-05-03). "TeamLiquid Dota 2 Power Rank - May 2013". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  8. Dota 2 - DK vs. [A] - Roshan Strat - G1-League
  9. Linus "Tjernobylbarnet" Staaf (2013-05-26). "Alliance undefeated in the G-1 League". Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  10. Heyoka (2013-06-06). "TeamLiquid Dota 2 Power Rank - June 2013". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  11. @AdmiralBulldog Twitter
  12. @AdmiralBulldog Twitter
  13. Heyoka (2013-08-03). "TeamLiquid Dota 2 Power Rank, Pre-TI3 Edition". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  14. Dota Team (2013-08-11). "ALLIANCE WINS ALLIANCE WINS".
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Alliance (2014-09-03). "Farewell to EGM, S4". Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  16. An update on my situation - Chessie
  17. We haven't kicked anyone
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Roster for DAC
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Update on the team
  20. 20.0 20.1 Bulldog Returns
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 "Changes to the Dota 2 Roster". Alliance. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 "A NEW BRAND. A NEW ROSTER.". Alliance. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 "Alliance parts ways with EGM". Alliance. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "Loda takes a break from competitive Dota". Alliance. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 "Dota 2 - Looking Forward". 2017-08-31.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Alliance welcomes PABLO to the Dota 2 team". Alliance. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 "Changes to the Dota 2 Roster". Alliance. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Alliance (2017-11-29). "A New Legacy".
  31. Alliance (2018-01-26). "The Way Forward: Update on Micke".
  32. Fans asking about @AdmiralBulldog
  33. 33.0 33.1 7ckngmad leaves Summoners' Rift for Alliance
  34. 34.0 34.1 [3]
  35. 35.0 35.1 "Pajkatt departs". Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 [4]
  37. [5]
  38. 38.0 38.1 [6]
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 "EGM joins Alliance". Alliance. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  40. 40.00 40.01 40.02 40.03 40.04 40.05 40.06 40.07 40.08 40.09 40.10 40.11 40.12 40.13 Eric "reinnnn" Khor (2013-04-12). "Alliance picks up NTH and Naniwa". Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  41. "Monster Energy Sponsors Alliance!". 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  42. "XMG Sponsors Alliance!". 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-06-16.