There will be a Dota 2 roster lock for the rest of the 2016 season in March 27, but Alliance has already confirmed its competitive roster with plenty of time to spare while other teams seem to be taking their time.
The professional eSports team will retain the players they reunited, once again forming the team that had won them The International 3 back in 2013.
Since reuniting, the team consisting of Jonathan “Loda” Berg, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg, Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist, and Joakim “Akke” Akterhall has made instant impact, winning at the World Cyber Arena in December before finishing in the top eight at the Shanghai Major.
The team had a promising start in the Shanghai Major, topping their group, but but was knocked out of the tournament after losing to CompLexity in the last eight.
As other teams fall over themselves ahead of the roster lock this year, Alliance will be the first squad in all Dota 2 circuits who keeps their roster intact.
Team Spirit, who lost to Alliance in Shanghai, have dropped Roman “RamseS666” Kushnarev and Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin with Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov joining from Team Empire to take Kushnarev’s place.
As time runs short, the roster deadline will confirm not only the players who will be participating in Valve’s Manila Major to be held in June, but also for The International 2016.