Alliance revealed their roster for the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Spring Tour on Sunday (27 February), with former Team Nigma midlaner Aliwi "w33" Omar headlining the three new additions to the organisation's revamped roster.
W33 last played for Team Nigma, with whom he finished The International 9 (TI9) in second place. The Romanian midlaner was benched by Team Nigma in April last year and was on the organisation's inactive roster for almost a year before he joined Alliance.
Aside from w33, the two other new players joining Alliance include British offlaner Moiez "symetricaL" Lin Mahmood and Bulgarian position 5 support Nikolay "CTOMAHEH1" Kalchev.
The two players have been fixtures in Division II of the Western European regional league, with symetricaL last playing for Into The Breach and CTOMAHEH1 last playing for Brame.
Bulgarian carry Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov and Israeli position 4 support Adam "Aramis" Moroz also retain their spots in following Alliance's recent roster upheavals. In addition, Alliance CEO Jonathan "Loda" Berg has also been listed as the team's coach.
Welcome our roster for the upcoming #DPC season!
🇧🇬 @CTOMAHEH1 (c)
🇸🇪 @LodaBerg - Coach
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."#LongLiveAlliance #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/DzvgMZTyna
— Alliance ⛰️ (@theAllianceGG) February 27, 2022
Alliance's rebuild comes after an abysmal showing during the 2021-2022 DPC season's Winter Tour, where they were relegated to Division II of the Western European regional league after an abysmal 1-6 showing.
The team's struggles saw the departures of position 5 support Simon "Handsken" Haag and coach Niklas "okcya" Koskinen as well as offlaner Rodrigo "Leslão" Santos and midlaner Ondřej "Supream^" Štarha in January.
Now with a revamped roster that includes a two-time TI finalist in w33, Alliance will be looking to head back to Division I for the Summer Tour.
"Alliance have put together a team that is hungry, motivated and ready to show why Alliance is a household name. Last season ended on a bad note when Alliance was relegated to Division 2. The entire organization is eagerly looking forward to the new season to prove that the team belongs in the elite division," Alliance said in a statement.
“The heart of the project is still what we wanted to do at the start of the year, to build a young team the right way from the start. I know the first part of the season was a disappointment, but we have turned it into a good experience by better learning what kind of players and personalities we need," added Loda
"This time I will be with them every step of the way and as it will most likely be the last direct involvement in Dota 2 of my career, I’ll make sure it ends well. That being said, I’m still asking you to be patient. The squad still needs some time to get into shape.”
Alliance's new roster made its debut in Dota 2 Champions League Season 8, an online event featuring tier two teams from Western and Eastern Europe organised by Epic Esports.
The team will make their DPC debut on 14 March, when the 2021-2022 season's Spring Tour is set to begin.
Alliance Dota 2 roster:
Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov
Aliwi "w33" Omar
Moiez "symetricaL" Lin Mahmood
Adam "Aramis" Moroz
Nikolay "CTOMAHEH1" Kalchev