A game that only started as a custom map and is now played by millions, “Dota 2” is a free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). The game is played in matches between two teams of 5 players. Each team needs to defend their base using heroes and destroy the other in order to win.

Since its release back in 2013, the game has earned a solid fanbase that spurred plenty of international and crowdfunding tournaments. With all of these opportunities, gaming organizations started to shift their interest to “DOTA 2” and build their own teams to compete locally and internationally.

Team members

According to gosugamers.net, Alliance is a “DOTA 2” team based in Sweden and consists only of Swedish players, namely Jonas Lindholm, Linus Blomdin, Simon Haag, Axel Pablo-Kallman and Adrian Kryeziu. Over the past few weeks, they aimed to participate in The International 2017 competition. However, they were cut short as they failed to qualify for the European region. Despite their setback, the team bounced back by trying their luck at “The Final Match 2017,” the very first “DOTA 2” tournament held in Lima, Peru.

Packed with popular teams from Europe to South America

Fans in Peru were hyped about the event as this was the first time that a “DOTA 2” tournament was organized in Lima, Peru on such a grand scale.

Three overseas teams were invited to the event, namely Alliance (from Europe), Team Spirit (from CIS region) and MVP Revolution (South Korean Dota). Moreover, other popular teams like Team Infamous and SG e-sports also participated in the tournament.

Journey to the Finals

With the support from their fans, Alliance breezed through the group stage and playoff grand finals.

According to Gosugamersnet, Alliance enjoyed "a very warm welcome from the crowd." During the Grand Finals, they faced SG e-sports in a best of 5 series. They easily won the first game, as Linus Blomdin, who used a Templar Assassin, had a stellar performance. On the other hand, SG e-sports came back strong in the second round by drafting a Templar Assassin first for themselves and gave them a taste of their own medicine.

Alliance, however, dominated the next few games and took home the trophy with $21,250 in prize money.

What the future holds

They may have lost the chance to participate in the major 2017 tournaments, but their recent experience with “The Final Match” should have definitely boosted their morale and prepare them for upcoming fights in the future.