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Handsken, Limmp and jonassomfan depart Alliance Dota 2 roster

Alliance dropped three Dota 2 players.
Alliance dropped three Dota 2 players.

Simon “Handsken” Haag, Linus “Limmp” Blomdin and Jonas “jonassomfan” Lindholm will all leave Alliance’s Dota 2 team, the organization announced Friday.

“It has been a rough year, and it’s time for me to move on to something new. Where or what it will be is uncertain, but I’m excited for it,” Limmp said in a statement. “I’d like to thank my teammates, Alliance, and our rock-solid manager, Marcus, for taking good care of us for the past year.”

Alliance has a strong history in Dota 2 but struggled mightily at times this year. The team failed to qualify for The International 7, unable to advance farther than the group stage of the European qualifier, with a record of 3-6.

“For me, this year has been a learning experience,” Handsken said in a statement. “With great efforts, our season has remained a disappointment. I want to take this opportunity to thank Alliance management for the time spent. Moving forward, I will be on the lookout for new opportunities within Dota 2.”

The team is a far cry from its former glory in 2013, when it won The International 3. The team had some roster troubles in 2014, with the departure of Jerry “EGM” Lundkvis and the usage of numerous stand-ins that year. After The International 5, Alliance reformed its 2013 championship roster and had a brief “return” period by winning StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1 and World Cyber Arena 2015, but parted ways with three of its members — Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, and Joakim “Akke” Akterhall — last August after a 9th-12th finish at The International 6. The team took another hit when Jonathan “Loda” Berg stepped down from professional Dota, and the team had an all-new roster for this year.

The two remaining players on the roster for now are Adrian “Era” Kryeziu and Axel “Pablo” Källman.


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