Alliance Release Fata, 33 From Dota 2 Roster

Alliance has removed captain and support Adrian “Fata” Trinks and offlaner Neta “33” Shapira from their active Dota 2 lineup, the organization announced today. The two had joined Alliance in October of last year as part of the organization’s complete team rebuild. Alliance is now down to a three-man roster, and has not yet revealed who will join their ranks.

Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Neta “33” Shapira both previously represented Ninjas in Pyjamas, having joined after reaching the top eight of The International 2018 with Team Secret and OpTic Gaming, respectively. Throughout the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit season, Ninjas in Pyjamas placed fourth at the Kuala Lumpur Major and later finished 5-6th at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. The two were released from NiP after the team was eliminated from The International 2019 in last place.

Fata and 33 joined Alliance’s roster revamp in October of 2019, the team quickly qualifying for the MDL Chengdu Major before winning DreamLeague Season 12. The European squad placed third at ESL One Hamburg before their Dota Pro Circuit debut, where they placed 7-8th at MDL Chengdu. Alliance’s good form continued as they finished fourth at both the ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Singapore and the DreamLeague Season 13 Major.

Alliance were unable to qualify for the ESL One Los Angeles Major as they fell to Team Aster in the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor Grand Final. As the event was expanded and moved online, Alliance received an invite to the Europe and CIS division, which is set to begin on April 4th. Alliance is scheduled to take on Ninjas in Pyjamas in their opening match, taking place on April 5th.

Fata and 33’s removal leaves Alliance with just Linus “Limmp” Blomdin, Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov, and Simon “Handsken” Haag on the active Dota 2 roster. Future plans for Fata and 33 are currently unknown, though 33 will stand in for OG Esports mid laner Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen in ESL One Los Angeles online.

In addressing the pair’s departure, Alliance mid laner Limmp states, “These decisions are never fun to make but we feel like we need to switch things up to be able to grow further. Thank you to Fata and Neta and best of luck.”

“I’m very thankful for everything Fata and 33 has achieved with our team,” Alliance founder and CEO Jonathan Berg says. “When they joined us in September last year, we knew they wanted to prove themselves and we could not have asked for more with the performance and results they have achieved so far with Alliance.”

33 will play with OG Esports in ESL One Los Angeles online on Saturday, April 4th. Alliance will begin competition in the same tournament on Sunday, April 5th.

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