Alliance had to make some big decisions quickly after parting ways with its Dota 2 roster from the last two seasons prior to the start of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit. And instead of grabbing less-experienced players and trying to build them up like last time, the organization has decided to pivot and sign a group of Dota 2 veterans.
After a short period of negotiations, the stack formed by Adrian “Fata” Trinks officially signed with Alliance, the organization announced today. The former Ninjas in Pyjamas player will captain a familiar teammate, two returning Alliance players, and the ever-aggressive Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov on the new roster.
- Linus “LIMMP” Blomdin
- Neta “33” Shapira
- Simon “Handsken” Haag
Fata and Alliance co-founder Jonathan “Loda” Berg talked with Dot Esports about the roster, the situation leading up to the signing of this lineup, and Valve’s recent changes to the DPC.
You have had a long and successful career in the scene, playing with other big organizations like Cloud9, Team Liquid, Team Secret, and most recently NiP. How does it feel now coming to Alliance and taking on the role of captain for such a storied organization?
Fata: For me, it is obviously a big step and is a little bit in the unknown like I still have to find my groove in how it goes. But I am just looking forward to experiencing it honestly. Just experiencing something new and playing in that new role of being a captain, honestly, I am just looking forward to that fresh experience.
This roster is obviously full of accomplished players, but the one name that sticks out is Nikobaby. We loved watching him play at TI9 and he really showed out for that Mineski squad. What do you think he brings to this team as the player with the least experience playing at that top level, even though he’s been around for a long time?
Fata: First of all, I just want to say that he is very passionate about the game and he brings a lot of fire to the team. He is a very aggressive player, which in my opinion, [makes him] very nice to play with. Of course, there are always those moments where there is a possibility he will go too far. Sometimes he might dive the enemy base and die, but I think generally, I would rather have that than a passive playstyle[…]
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