Shanghai Major: Alliance secures upper bracket placement

Dota 2 Ben “PineappleCake” Tan

Unexpectedly, Fnatic gave Alliance an extremely hard time with game one and forcing the Swedes to a 50 minute game two. But Alliance managed to pull through and take the series.

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket

Round 1 - Best of 3

Round 2 - Best of 3


Best of 1


Game One:

Game One was a tense match, with the map control advantage flip flopping between Fnatic and Alliance. The early game had Alliance gaining a slight map control advantage with their kill lead and Beastmaster, but Fnatic's cores quickly farmed their BKBs and regained map control. Using their new BKBs to negate Zeus's damage output and TA's potential to delete Alliance's heroes, Fnatic went on the offensive; it worked out well, allowing the team to take the mid melee rax. However, when Fnatic tried to close the game by taking another set of raxes, they lost a team fight and gave Spectre enough time to hit critical mass, allowing Alliance to win team fights with ease. Between Oracle's Ult and Spectre's buy back haunt, Fnatic could not win team fights and eventually lost.

Game two:

Alliance hit early - and hard - this game, busting into a 15k lead 15 minutes into the game. The ten kills on Fnatic's heroes at the 15 minute mark were evenly spread among Alliance's heroes, securing them equal farm, and at the 16th minute, Henrik 'Bulldog' Ahnberg's Weaver secured a triple kill. With their heavily farmed Weaver and a high level of farm, Alliance managed to secured Fnatic's mid raxes and a range rax at bottom. Just as Alliance seemed to be gearing up for the final push, Fnatic found key ganks and revived hopes for a comeback, however, Fnatic could not win team fights consecutively and eventually made a mistake at the 50 minute mark, allowing Alliance to take their last rax to secure the mega creeps.


To better understand Alliance and their condition at the Shanghai Major, check out this interview with them at the LAN event.

Headline image from ifeng.com


Will Fnatic bounce back with the last series of Day Two against Team Spirit?

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Ben “PineappleCake” Tan
Inactive editor for Gosugamers Dota2 and an osu! Standard lover. Contact me via a message on Gosugamers or email to [email protected]


  • Zarif "Montoya" Khairuddin ,
    s4 "REIGN in DONG so as not to DIVE Tier 4's with weaver" 4Head PS: 1nd Kappa
  • Andreé "akguerram" Guerra ,
    Alliance is back! LODA is a really best carry in this moment! What a play with that Spectre
  • Binh "Kiritokun2906" Nguyen ,
    Waiting to see Alliance and Navi in grand finals
  • no "Calcite-AW" no ,
    "where´s my support" BabyRage UncleNox 4Head. also to EvilArthas "win a TI b4 u talk u trash" hahaah loda is a fucking god.
  • Nathan Brenn Jr. "nathanjr12" Plazos ,
    UncleNox FEELS UncleNox SO UncleNox GOOD UncleNox TO UncleNox BE UncleNox B[A]CK UncleNox
  • Dota2 "Dota2Major" Major ,
    Alliance vs Fnatic Shanghai Major Highlights Dota 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZzPt170WsM
  • E "drinkwater" mil ,
    if midone learning well from s4, in game 1 he would not tp to bottom lane to clash again afger he died and then dieback, instead he should tp mid and end the game since he has enough damage and the creeps already attacking tier 4.


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