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News > DHS14 | DREAMHACK | GAMING > The Alliance are your ASUS ROG DreamLeague champions!

The Alliance are your ASUS ROG DreamLeague champions!

The tension is thick in the air at the Dota 2 Stage in Hall B. The massive amount of chairs are since long filled with eager supporters of the two teams – the American ”Cloud 9”, the highest seeded team out of the six with it’s 12-2 record, and Swedish ”The Alliance”, lowest seeded with a more modest score of 8-6.

With a prize pool of well over $250,000, the first season of the ASUS ROG DreamLeague offers high stakes, and every team has fought vigorously to get to the grand finals, and in the end it turns out that these two team were going to be Cloud 9 and the Alliance.

It is already easy to tell which team is the crowd favourite as Admiral Bulldog, jungler/offlaner for The Alliance almost manages to snatch the first blood with a very aggressive teleport in the first game. The crowd goes wild as the Cloud 9 player barely lives, leaving ‘Bulldog’ to die to the clean-up squad – resulting in a global sigh of frustration from the audience.

Little did they know that this was only a taste of what was to come.

With The Alliance playing a very back and forth game in the beginning, they managed to surprise their opponents as these were attempting a sneaky Roshan kill, resulting in a huge quad kill, suddenly giving Alliance the edge they needed. After attempting the same thing once more, and receiving the same treatment once again, it was set in stone that Alliance was to win the first game of the best out of five series.

if Cloud 9 looked underwhelming in the first game, they most certainly did not in the second as they manage to outplay the Swedish Dota players and drag home a 1-1 score. This story repeated itself as The Alliance takes home the third game and Cloud 9 the fourth, leading to the inevitable, and oh so dreaded, fifth and deciding match.

Needless to say, the audience was one of the loudest the venue got to experience, with any kills or good looking moves resulting in overwhelming roars and clapping, and as a team claimed a victory, a wave of standing ovations ensued.

Going back to that fifth and deciding game, it was a nail biter in it’s core definition, with quite a slow pace, only having a total of 26 kills around the 30 minute mark, and proving the patience of both the teams as neither wanted to overextend. Eventually The Alliance managed to use it’s great counter push and team fighting to claim the longed for victory, showing their status as one of the top teams in the world and that they are here to stay.

Congratulations to The Alliance, the champions of the first season of the ASUS ROG DreamLeague!

With over 150,000 concurrent viewers, the ASUS ROG DreamLeague was the most heavily watched final at DreamHack Summer 2014.

Photo: Helena Kristiansson, esportphoto.com
Text:  Alexander “Zeweig” Lind

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