Once Team Liquid signed the new Dota 2 team from Alliance, some asked if it would pay off the risky choice. Fans seem to get their answer at the moment: not yet.
Team Liquid, together with the lesser-known groups Quincy Crew, Combat PandaS, and Vikin.gg, were kicked out of the group stage at ESL One Hamburg 2019. Without much effort, Teams Liquid would have easily defeated these opponents once, but things have changed.
Then, on the last team day, Liquid lost to Quincy. Although the North American team could not fully roll the new squad of Liquid, Team Liquid seemed unable to make a dent in the defense of the crew. In the second game, thanks to Jonas “SabeRLight-” Volek’s Beastmaster, Liquid couldn’t keep up. A 2-0 sweep removed the tournament’s liquid.
This has become the standard for the new squad of Liquid after they qualified at the beginning of the month for the MDL Chengdu Major. They’ve been disqualified from DreamLeague Season 12 recently early, and that seems to be the pattern now that they’ve struggled in Hamburg as well.
Team Liquid’s new Dota 2 roster woes Team Liquid’s Dota 2 team announced in mid-September that they were leaving to form their own company. While the organization said they were “genuinely happy” that their Dota 2 squad was “taking the leap” to become team owners, it left Liquid without a Dota 2 roster just as the start of the new Dota Pro Circuit season started.
At about the same time, the Dota 2 team of the Alliance revealed they were leaving the company to “try a new climate.” Not many people speculatedthat when they said that, Alliance was thinking about Team Liquid.
The Dota 2 lineup from Liquid was a level one team that had recently finished second at The International 2019 and second at the MDL Disneyland Paris Tournament. In the meantime, the Dota 2 group from the Alliance had finished 13th at TI9.
Despite the lesser performance of Alliance, many in the Dota 2 community felt they were selling out by leaving Alliance for Team Liquid.
One Redditor also discussed this, arguing that “going for a bigger paycheck” is something “anybody would do.” “Why do they have to be loyal to alliance? I’m sure Alliance started out decently, and they have a pretty decent squad now. Ex alliance won’t be the first people ever that quit for a bigger pay day… It happens everyday in every walk of life,” they continued.
An Alliance fan clarified that the company has put a lot of “effort and enthusiasm into making those players into a tier 1.4 team.” They thought that they were “suddenly left” when they even saw results directly.
“I’m sure they have their arguments, but if you are an Alliance fan I can appreciate being a bit salty,” they added.