The 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Summer Tour regional league for Western Europe has two big roster changes in the same day.
Team Secret moved long-time support, Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat to inactive due to health concerns and will play with Baqyt "Zayac" Emiljanov for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, Alliance are also going through a roster change of their own as they parted ways with British offlaner Moiez "symetricaL" Lin.
The team announced the split on Twitter, thanking the player for his contributions in the last two DPC Tours.
It was an amicable split between the two parties as Alliance wished their former member luck in the future.
"A difficult step, but sometimes change is needed. Sym, thank you for fighting alongside us and always being willing to learn," Alliance said in its announcement.
Alliance on the ropes in the Summer Tour
Alliance have had a rocky DPC season.
After placing 9th-12th at The International 10 (TI10) at the end of the 2021 season, Alliance decided to restructure the team and parted ways with three of their players, Linus "Limmp" Blomdin, Artsiom "Fng" Barshak, and Gustav "s4" Magnusson.
The team then added Ondřej "Supream^" Štarha, Rodrigo "LESLÃO" Santos, and Adam "Aramis" Moroz to complete their roster for the 2021-2022 season.
The new Alliance roster did not start the current season well, as they were one of the teams relegated to Division II at the end of the Winter Tour.
The team underwent another team restructure, this time parting ways with LESLÃO, Supream^, and Simon "Handsken" Rasmus Haag and replacing them with Aliwi "w33" Omar, Nikolay "CTOMAHEH1" Kalchev, and symmetricaL.
The newly rebuilt Alliance had an impressive run in Division II for the Spring Tour, winning six of their matches and only dropping three games in total.
As a result, Alliance became one of the two to get promoted to Division I for the Summer Tour, with the hopes of qualifying for the Arlington Major.
Unfortunately for Alliance, their current run in Division I has been difficult, to say the least.
Alliance are currently 0-10, with two remaining matches to play. Their last two opponents in the Fall Tour are OG and Entity, the current first and third-placed teams in the league.
Alliance's chances of staying up
There is only one scenario in which Alliance manages to stay in Division I, and it relies on factors outside of their control.
The first prerequisite is that Alliance must defeat OG and Entity. If Alliance lose either of these matches, then they have no chance of escaping relegation.
The second condition relies on Team Secret defeating both Goon Squad and Gaimin Gladiators, while the latter two teams must also lose their other remaining match.
Doing so puts Alliance in a three-way tie with Goon Squad and Gaimin Gladiators, each having two wins, to remain in Division I.
Alliance must then win the three-way tiebreaker.
It will take an enormous amount of luck for Alliance, but crazier things have happened in Dota 2 before.
It's not all bad news for Alliance, though, as they are one of the invited teams for the upcoming ESL One Genting tournament in August.
An international LAN event could be the best thing for the team in order to reset and regroup ahead of TI11.
Alliance's next match will be against OG on 5 July.
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