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“I am extremely proud, I don’t know what to say, I am amazed,” said Jonathan “Loda” Berg, Alliance co-owner and Dota 2 team coach in a short post victory video made by Alliance after they’ve become the first European team to secure a ticket to the Kuala Lumpur Major.

Alliance haven’t been to a Valve event since The International 2016. Back then, the Dota 2 roster was still the same with the one that claimed the Aegis of Champions at TI3. A lot have changed at Alliance since 2016. Loda retired, he became his own team coach and worked perhaps even harder from behind the scenes to create a roster that will carry on the Alliance legacy. The current roster was finished in late November 2017 and despite failing in the first DPC season and not qualifying for TI8, Loda continued to believe in his players. Almost a year later the team delivered the biggest KL Major qualifiers upset so far by defeating 2-0 Peter “ppd” Dager’s team, Ninja in Pyjamas.

Today’s victory over NiP was taken in a convincing manner, Alliance holding the gold and experience advantage in both games of the best-of-three series. They finished game one with 38 to 12 kills in their advantage and a bit over 25K net worth lead, while game two was even more demoralizing for NiP, who were lead 30 to 6 in kill score and had over 30K net worth disadvantage when the GG was called.

 

 

The European region has three qualifying slots allocated for the KL Major, and while they were defeated today, NiP still have another shot at a ticket via the lower bracket series. To keep their hope alive NiP will have to defeat Mango Bay, Pittner “bOne7” Armand and Ylli “garter” Ramadani stack, and then win against either Team Liquid or Team Lithium. The European qualifiers playoffs are underway with three lower bracket rounds going live today on Twitch at twitch.tv/pgl_dota2en1 and twitch.tv/pgl_dota2en4.

 

 

Apart from Alliance, Team Secret is the second team from Europe to have qualified for the Kuala Lumpur Major.

 

KL Major participating teams:

  •         PSG.LGD Gaming (CN qualifiers)
  •         Vici Gaming (CN qualifiers)
  •         Team Aster (CN qualifiers)
  •         Virtus.pro (CIS qualifiers)
  •         Ferzee (CIS qualifiers)
  •         paiN Gaming (SA qualifiers)
  •         paiN X (SA qualifiers)
  •         Alliance (Europe qualifiers)
  •         Team Secret (Europe qualifiers)
  •         TBD (Europe qualifiers)
  •         TBD (NA qualifiers)
  •         TBD (NA qualifiers)
  •         TBD (NA qualifiers)
  •         TBD (SEA qualifiers)
  •         TBD (SEA qualifiers)
  •         TBD – DreamLeague Season 10 Minor Winners

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Ninjas in Pyjamas Return to Dota 2 with PPD’s New Team

First Minor of the Season Announced: DreamLeague Season 10

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