Alliance assembles new Dota 2 roster around Loda

by Josh Bury Nov 29
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Alliance will field a new Dota 2 roster that brings back Jonathan "Loda" Berg as captain, but adds new blood that aims to bring the team back to the heights of yesteryear, according to a press release from the organization.

The new roster includes Michael "Micke" Vu, Aydin "iNSaNiA" Sarkohi, Tommy "Taiga" Le and Samuel "Boxi" Svahn. Both mid player Micke and position five support iNSaNiA played alongside Loda on Team Sweden at the World Electronic Sports Games 2017 Europe qualifier.

"I have had my attention on Micke for quite some time, since 2016. So it wasn't that big a leap for me to contact both him and Insania, being an acknowledged players since the HoN days, about forming a team together with me," Loda told theScore esports.

Taiga, who was formerly known as ST_ST, will assume the support role. He was previously part of the SFTe-sports roster that included Ilya "Illidan" Pivcaev.

Boxi, who will play offlane, teamed up with Taiga earlier in May 2017 when they both played with a stack called Disco Inferno. Loda said he views him as an exciting prospect.

"Boxi is a pickup I believe in strongly," Loda said. "I am not the only one saying he is a 'star in the making,' making his way down from the snowy mountains of [Sweden]."

Loda's goal with the new roster, according to the team's release, is "to create a core group that is able to represent Alliance long-term and to recreate the bond between five players that Alliance rose to fame with."

"We have been training together for more or less a month now. I have felt a growing confidence in this lineup over this first month. Finding players who are looking to develop themselves as players and be ready to build something new, was my goal," Loda said. "I have this familiar feeling in my gut of being part of a team of underdogs ready to show other established teams just what we can do."

The release further explained that the team will pace their initial development and practice due to the onset of the holiday season and an impending surgery for Micke's injured hand.

"We are looking to focus on Micke recovering from his surgery but once he rejoins us in January, we will be having a bootcamp to put all our focus on time on getting ready for the coming challenges," Loda told theScore esports. "The season is far from over and even if we weren't here for the start of it, we will do everything we can to be a part at the end of it."

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.