Alliance — WePlay AniMajor Team Profile

Jun 10 2021 5 min read
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The Alliance is an esports organization founded in 2013. The Alliance Dota 2 team is taking a leadership position in the world of competitive gaming for years,

Alliance is an organization founded by the owner and CEO of the Evil Geniuses esports organization, Alex Garfield, in collaboration with the Razer team in 2013. Alliance was created to promote and support European esports, involving talented players from all over the Scandinavian region. A team called "No Tidehunter", which won StarLadder StarSeries Season 5, was signed as the Alliance roster. They received the Best Team award at GOSU Awards the same year.

Alliance team social networks:

VK

Weibo

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Official website

Team roster

Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov 

Nikolay plays the Carry role at Alliance. He joined the team in October 2019, before that he played for Mineski. Nikobaby started his professional Dota 2 career at the age of 17 (now he's 24 y.o.) in 2014 as part of the full-Bulgarian squad named Gplay. Niko is famous for his aggressive playstyle: he gained 29 kills in one game against OG at Epic League Season 2 in 2014. 

His signature heroes are Slark, Faceless Void, and Juggernaut.

Linus "Limmp" Blomdin

Linus is 25 y.o. Solo Middle role player from Sweden. He started playing for stayGreen in 2014. Limmp is well-known as the compLexity Gaming squad member: he played for them in 2014, 2015, 2017-2019 with breaks for Ninjas in Pyjamas and Alliance. 

He started playing for Alliance in September 2016 and left for CG a year later. Then he returned to Alliance in October 2019. 

Linus has an older brother Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin, he is also a famous Dota 2 player, who currently plays for Chicken Fighters.  

Limmp's signature heroes are Puck, Tiny, and Nature's Prophet.

Gustav "s4" Magnusson (team captain)

Gustav is 29 y.o. player from Sweden, he is a team captain and plays the Offlaner role. s4 started his professional career as the Heroes of Newerth player and switched to Dota 2 in 2012. He played for Team Empire, OG, Team Secret, and Evil Geniuses.

Gustav associated Kyiv with great memories because in 2017 he won The Kyiv Major as the OG offlaner. In total, s4 is considered a successful and lucky player. He won major dota 2 tournaments in different line-ups — TI3, World Cyber Arena 2015, and StarLadder i-League StarSeries S1 in 2016 as the Alliance player; ESL One Frankfurt 2015 and The Summit 3, reached the 7-8th place at TI5 as the Team Secret player; The Boston Major 2016 and The Kyiv Major 2017 as the OG player; reached 3rd place at TI8 and 5-6th place at TI9 as the EG player. He also won a trophy at The International 2014 for a solo tournament.

His signature heroes are Puck, Magnus, and Mars.

Simon "Handsken" Haag

Simon is 27 y.o. player from Sweden. He plays a Support role at Alliance. His career began in 2014 at the LAJONS line-up. Later he played for Ninjas in Pyjamas, compLexity Gaming, No Diggity, The final Tribe, and GODSENT. Handsken joined Alliance in August 2017 and departed alongside Limmp a year later, but in October 2019 he was re-signed again. His achievements are mostly Tier-2 tournaments, but as the compLexity Gaming player, he reached the 5-6th place at The Shanghai Major 2016.

His signature picks are Io, Earth Spirit, and Lion.

Artiom "fng" Barshak

Artiom is 25 y.o. player from Belarus plays on position 5, full-support role in Alliance. Fng has huge experience: starting from 2012, he played for such teams as Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro Polar (then ASUS Polar squad, which later became the main Virtus.pro roster), Vega Squadron, Team Spirit, and Gambit Esports. 

In August 2014 fng was invited as a captain in Natus Vincere instead of Puppey. Artiom is recognized as one of the most experienced captains in the CIS region. While playing at Virtus.pro Polar, he tried playing position 3 - Offlaner.

His signature picks are Vengeful Spirit, Jakiro, and Grimstroke.

The best matches

The International 2013 (vs Natus Vincere)

The Grand Final became one of the most legendary matches in Dota 2 history. Alliance fought against NaVi through all five games. This match became the first and only 5-games final before The International 2018.

G-1 Champions League Season 5

This tournament in China was incredible for Alliance - they won all matches they participated in there: five games in the group stage and the best-of-three Grand Finals.

World Cyber Arena 2015

After some break in January 2014, the "old" stack gathered again to win this tournament.

Dreamleague Season 12 Finals (vs Demon Slayers)

The team entered this tournament with a new line-up and succeeded to the fullest: they won all standings in Group B and smashed their opponent Ninjas in Pyjamas (favorite in their Group A) in the Upper Bracket Final. Then Alliance stayed against Demon Slayers in all five games.

Defeats and dramatic moments

EPIC League Season 2 (vs OG)

The match against OG in the Upper Division of Epic League Season 2 was full of highlights. Despite a good draft and play from Alliance, OG appeared to be stronger and defeated the opponent on the third map of the match.

OGA DOTA PIT 2 (Europe/CIS)

Alliance started their Playoffs at OGA DOTA PIT 2 in July 2020 from the Upper Bracket and won two matches with a score of 2:0. But then they met Team Nigma in the Upper Bracket final, which in turn, didn't lose one match in the Playoffs. Alliance lost to them and had to fight with OG in the Lower Bracket to meet Nigma again in the Grand Finals. It was a fascinating match with all 5 games, but rmN's (the coach became a stand-in for Kuro) stack was stronger and Alliance was defeated, taking second place.

Social accounts of team members

Nikolay Nikobaby Nikolov 

Steam

Twitter

Instagram

Dotabuff

Datdota

Linus Limmp Blomdin

Steam

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Dotabuff

Datdota

Gustav s4 Magnusson (team captain)

Steam

Twitter

Instagram

Dotabuff

Datdota

Simon Handsken Haag

Steam

Twitter

Instagram

Dotabuff

Datdota

Artiom fng Barshak

Steam

VK (fan page)

VK (private account)

Twitter

Instagram

Dotabuff

Datdota

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