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Sweden-based organisation Alliance announced on Friday (19 November) their Dota 2 team for the upcoming 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, with Brazilian offlaner Rodrigo "Leslão" Santos, Czech midlaner Ondřej "Supream^" Štarha, and Israeli support player Adam "Aramis" Moroz completing the roster.
Leslão last played with North American stalwarts Quincy Crew while Supream^ and Aramis have been standouts for Chicken Fighters and Vikin.gg respectively in Division II of the 2021 DPC's Western European regional league.
Former Chicken Fighters coach Niklas "okcya" Koskinen also joined Supream^ in his move to the team. Meanwhile, Alliance co-founder Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg was listed as the team's official substitute.
Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov retains his position as Alliance's carry player while Simon "Handsken" Haag ceded the position 4 support role to Aramis and has been made the team's position 5 player and captain.
With their new roster, Alliance will be looking to improve on their mixed results from the 2021 DPC. Despite a dominant run in the Western European regional leagues — where they finished in second and first place in the two Tours — Alliance failed to replicate their success during the Majors and bombed out of The International 10 (TI10) in 9th-12th place.
"I'm excited to be part of this young and fresh Alliance roster. We are working hard to keep improving [Alliance's] Dota. I hope everyone is as excited as I am moving into this new season with me and [Nikobaby] at the helm. Welcome Leslão, Supream, Aramis, and okcya!" Handsken said in a statement.
"For the coming season we decided that we want to rebuild things from the bottom up. We've kept a core to build upon but overall we've wanted to create something fresh and new. Handsken, who has a history of being position 5 and drafter, has now returned to the position. Not because he is forced to do so, but because it's a natural step. Throughout the year him and [Nikobaby] have played an incredible amount of games together and they have become not only a natural duo within the game, but they are also a driving force within the team," added Alliance co-founder and CEO Jonathan "Loda" Berg.
"I'm excited to see them lead our Dota 2 team together and I'm confident that, coupled with the two younger players in Aramis and Supream^ who both had a good showing in the last season as well as Leslão who brings consistency and experience from other regions, they will be a force to be reckoned with."
The 2021-2022 DPC season will be starting at the end of November and has been split into three Tours for the Fall, Winter, and Spring, with the regional leagues taking place from 29 November 2021 to 17 July 2022.
With the new season looming over the horizon, teams all across the DPC have been unveiling new rosters left and right.
Some recent major changes include Team Secret adding Daryl Koh "iceiceice" Pei Xiang and Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, Team Liquid adding Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen and Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg, Talon Esports entering Dota 2 with a roster headlined by Tal "Fly" Aizik and Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, and OG offlaner Sébastien “Ceb” Debs announcing his retirement.
Alliance Dota 2 roster:
Nikolay "Nikobaby" Nikolov
Ondřej "Supream^" Štarha
Rodrigo "Leslão" Santos
Adam "Aramis" Moroz
Simon "Handsken" Haag
Niklas "okcya" Koskinen (coach)
Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg (substitute)
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