New generation for Alliance as Loda retires

Posted by Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani at 04 June 2018 07:45

Photo courtesy of ESL

Alliance is ready to usher in a new generation of players and achievements as Jonathan 'Loda' Berg retires and welcomes Max 'qojqva' Bröcker to the organization. 

Last night, Alliance made the heavy-hearted announcement regarding the changing of the guard. While many fans may not be taken by surprise by the news as Loda had not been participating in the most recent officials, the reveal is still one that is emotional and monumental.

After careful consideration, Jonathan made the decision that it was time to hand over the torch to the new aspiring generation of champions. With his departure from the squad, we also say goodbye to the remaining member of our The International 2013 dynasty, the team that did the impossible and has since then shaped Alliance and all its operations. This is the legacy of Alliance and has always been our compass for the future. For five years, Jonathan has worked on Alliance’s legacy as a player - five years of wins and losses; ups and downs; laughs as well as heartbreaks. Now is the time for Jonathan to continue his hard work in a new manner.

Loda is one of the handful of players that have built both a personal and organizational legacy throughout his prolific career. He has been a cornerstone of the International and professional scene since 2011, with stints on rosters that spanned across two continents and several countries including China and Singapore- as one of the first Western players to join a SEA team.

Highly decorated, Loda had gained achievements too long to list with the pinnacle of prizes being when he seized the Championship title at TI3 after a spectacular five-game series against Na’Vi.

Back in November when the most recent roster was formed, it was known that Loda was looking for players that would carry the Alliance legacy forward —even after he retired for good in the not so distant future. Since then, however, the team struggled to find their footing and attain any praiseworthy achievements.

About a month ago I knew we were not progressing in the speed we were aiming for and that the team needed a change. I questioned everyone’s commitment and our dedication to make every effort to improve as a player and as a team. I asked myself the same question and I felt I was not quick enough to say yes. 
It is ironic how last year I still wanted to play, but had to take a break to be reminded why I even did esports to begin with. This year I know why. Now I know where I want to be. Where I belong. Truth be told I realised sometime last year that if I do not stay, the organisation might disappear. In many ways I am Alliance. I did not dare to admit that, but now I do. 

This is not the first time that Loda has taken a step away from competitive playing. One year ago, almost to the date, the Swedish living legend had announced he was putting his career to rest. 

Loda will assume the coach position, using his extensive experience and insight to guide the new generation to great heights. The revamped lineup will begin training immediately at bootcamp in preparation for the TI8 open qualifiers starting June 14th. 

Alliance roster from position 1 to 5

Sweden Michael  'miCKe' Nguyen
Germany Max 'qojqva' Bröcker
Sweden Samuel 'Boxi' Svahn
Norway Tommy 'Taiga' Le
Sweden Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi


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