When talking about the glory days of Dota 2's past, it's impossible to not mention the absolute titan that was Alliance. In its heyday Alliance operated with near robotic coordination and efficiency, culling team after team without breaking a sweat. It was like Gabe Newell himself descended from the heavens to form the ultimate Dota 2 squad.
But teams can't live on nostalgia. One Major victory now means more than an Aegis earned in 2013. Like we saw with Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, past wins stop mattering as soon as they're in the past. To thrive in Dota 2, teams have to live in the here and now -- start doing poorly and the scene will leave them in the dust without a second thought.
No one knows this better than Alliance, an organization which has been struggling for years to achieve the fame and glory of days past.
QUALIFIED TO OUR FIRST MAJOR, ALSO MY FIRST MAJOR, GG WP TO NIP AND rly proud of my team <333333333333!!!!!!— Alliance.Taiga (@Taigadota) September 20, 2018
Scrimming and playing some pubs to round of our time here in Vegas.— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) October 16, 2018
Thanks to @WSOE for the event and thanks to our fans, your support means everything!
Next up: @ESLDota2 Hamburg! #LongLiveAlliance #ALLfam pic.twitter.com/2c2ttSQY0z
Alliance has more riding on the next tournaments than any other team -- it needs a win, a big win, now more than ever.
Photo courtesy of Alliance