Alliance prevailed over Team Liquid and Nigma to claim the one slot for Europe at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor.
Third round of Dota Pro Circuit European qualifiers was bound to bring an insane fight for a spot into either the Major or Minor, more so after the ESL One Los Angeles tickets were claimed by OG, Team Secret and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Alliance, currently top 7 in the DPC rankings, powered through Liquid yesterday to make it to the grand finals, leaving the Ti9 runner up line-up of Nigma to duel against their former organization in the lower bracket finals. Kuro and company had no serious issues to cut through Liquid 2-0, but the grand finals put them to a different kind of test. Alliance opened the grand finals series with a win, but Nigma came back strong and took game 2 and 3 on the back of strong performances from Aliwi “w33” Omar on Void Spirit and Outworld Devourer.
However, in game 4 they reverted to Templar Assassin-Chen and found themselves demolished by Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Sven and Neta “33” Shapira’s Timbersaw.
Heading into the decisive game five, Alliance had the last pick of the draft and went with an all-in strategy, saving the last pick for Nikobaby who got to play his absolute favorite hero, Medusa. He took it safe lane and made a double Divine Rapier build to push his team to victory, in what was a breathtaking game to end the best-of-five series.
With their victory, Alliance are now joining BOOM Esports, winners of the SEA qualifiers and the two victorious CIS teams, Gambit and forZe eSports. North America, South America and China will decide their representatives in the coming days.
StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor will unfold March 5-8 at the Cybersport Arena from Kyiv, Ukraine. A total of eight teams will fight for a share of the $300,000 prize pool, the tournament title and the chance at making it to the LA Major.