Alliance Pushed Closer to Division 2 Relegation After Losing to goonsquad

Rakshak Kathuria
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Alliance lost its fourth series in the WEU DPC 2021-22 Tour 3: Division 1 after falling 2-0 to goonsquad.
Alliance showed early potential in the opening game but was unable to hold its own to win. In the second game, goonsquad proved to be the far superior team in every aspect, winning the series 2-0.
Goonsquad will next play against the Major champions OG while Alliance goes up against Gaimin Gladiators on 2nd July.

The WEU Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 Tour 3: Division 1 continues to present a tough time for Alliance, as the team lost its fourth series in a row after getting beaten by goonsquad 2-0. The series started off well for Alliance, which looked reinvigorated after the first three series losses, but it let itself down during teamfights allowing goonsquad to make a comeback and win the first game. Similar to the previous series played in the league, Alliance looked lackluster and fell apart in the second game. After losing to goonsquad which consists of former players Simon "Handsken" Rasmus Haag, Linus "Limmp" Blomdin, and Gustav "s4" Magnusson, Alliance continues to be the only winless team in the league and is nearing Division 2 relegation.

Alliance vs goonsquad: Match recap and highlights


In game 1, Alliance put up a stunning early showing, possibly its finest in the league so far. W33 was finding kills on his mid Tusk while Nikobaby was farmed like a madman. However, a skirmish around the Roshan pit resulted in Alliance losing all five heroes, despite w33's ability to take up the Aegis. Teamfight execution proved difficult for Alliance in the following engagements, as goonsquad, which appeared to be losing heavily, rallied back to win the game in 40 minutes.

Game 2 began fairly evenly, but as the game went, goonsquad's movements and judgments began to show superior. Alliance, on the other side, appeared frantic for kills and objectives and ended up paying for them. Goonsquad meticulously gained control of the map, farmed on its cores, and utilized its better teamfight abilities to win the second game in 37 minutes.


Here are some highlights of the series.

With two losses on the trot to Gaimin Gladiators and Entity, goonsquad will be relieved to get a win here. According to Handsken's post-match winner's interview, both his team and Alliance aren't looking in the best shape in Division 1, so this was an important series victory for them. In the race for one of the four Major slots, Goonsquad still finds itself in the hunt.

Despite its best efforts, Alliance has lost all four games it has played in Division 1. Although the team showed some early promise in the first game, the struggles persisted as the series progressed. In light of the series against in-form OG and Entity that remain, Alliance looks likely to be the first team to get relegated to Division 2.

Goonsquad will next play against the Major champions OG while Alliance goes up against Gaimin Gladiators on 2nd July.

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.

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