Right after the announcement of Alliance's recent roster change, Swedish media EXPRESSEN had a quick interview with the CEO and co-founder of Alliance, Jonathan "Loda" Berg, to understand the origin of the rather surprising roster change.
The former line-up had been a bit divided for quite a time. There was not any major crack, but more like they just wanted to go on a different path. We had discovered this quite early on, but we have worked on that in different ways and changed our training to make it work.
I, once being a professional player myself, see a great deal of importance in having a balance in the team and team dynamics. As a player I think everyone is cruel, there is nothing to complain about there. But in team dynamics, it doesn't work out to a hundred percent, so this was the most natural consequence.
We had a very good year in 2013 when we were in a similar situation: we had good results but replaced a player. Many were quite surprised, but then the reason was that the player wanted to work in a different direction from the rest of us.
Alliance has brought back s4, but they need one more player to complete the new roster, Loda was yet to comment on the details.
He admitted that it involves risks to change the roster in the middle of the current season, and so close to The International. At the same time, he does not want to be controlled by the giant tournament - where the winning team last year took home 15 million USD.
It is clear that it is risky, TI is such a big deal, but you should never be locked out of that. Based on last year's points distribution we would have already qualified for TI now, but at the same time you never know and something extreme could have happened there as well. But I think it's important not to let TI take up too much of your thinking. Sometimes you just know that you should make changes.
Q: Did the other three in the team agreed on this roster change?
Yes of course. We never make changes without it being based on the team and what they want, says Loda.