Alliance’s Trial by Fire
Alliance is one of the two teams that was recently promoted from the DPC WEU Division II after finishing in 2nd place, dropping only 1 game against Goonsquad, the team that went undefeated and also promoted to Division 1. In their first match of the season, they’ll have to play against Tundra Esports, the team that finished in 4th place last season and also had one of the best performances at the ESL One Stockholm Major, where they reached the semifinals.
Tundra Esports is one of those teams that surprised a lot of esports bets experts as they didn’t have the best performances of all the DPC WEU representatives during the last tour. But against all the expectations, they secured a top-3 finish while Team Liquid, the team that beat them domestically, couldn’t even get past the first round of the playoffs. Now they’ll have to prove if their major run was just a fluke or if they are actually one of the strongest teams in the European region.
It’s been a while since Alliance was considered a strong contender as the last time they won a big tournament was over 6 years ago. Now they’ll be trying to prove if they’re worthy of being considered a team capable of reaching a top-4 finish, because let’s remember that these teams are fighting for 1 of the 4 spots available to qualify for the PGL Arlington Major, which is occurring in August.
Tundra Esports Had an Exciting Major Run
Before the ESL One Stockholm Major even started, a lot of people were doubting if Tundra Esports were going to put up a good performance, considering that they barely qualified for the event. But the moment the group stage started, all those doubts dissipated because they didn’t lose a single series and only tied once. The team captained by Wu “Sneyking” Jingjun finished the group stage with a 5-1-0 score and were looking like the strongest team out of all the participants.
Tundra Esports took down the TI 10 champions in the very first round of the playoffs, which gave a lot of hope to their fans. They went on to defeat Thunder Awaken, one of the South American teams that managed to consistently upset many esports picks throughout the tournaments, and after a very intense series, Tundra managed to come out on top.
They reached the upper bracket finals in good form, though they weren’t capable of taking down North America’s TSM after a very intense 3-game series. After being knocked down to the lower bracket finals, they would face their fellow DPC WEU representative OG, but against many esports betting experts expectations, OG completely rolled over Tundra. Now they’ll come into this tour trying to prove that they are still one of the best teams in the region, and hopefully achieve at least a top-3 finish.
Alliance Has a Lot to Prove
Even though they just got promoted, the Sweden-based organization has a legacy to carry throughout this season as this would be the 2nd time they have the chance to compete at the DPC WEU Division 1. During the first tour, they were relegated to division 2 after having a very disappointing performance, and they knew that they had to do a couple of adjustments if they wanted to get back into the top division.
The addition of Aliwi “w33” Omar was the biggest change they made, and it certainly worked. They completely rolled over the rest of the competition as they only dropped 1 series against the 1st place team, Goonsquad. It’s safe to say that Alliance might be able to obtain different results than the ones they did back in the 1st tour, although it’s unclear how they will perform against the best teams, considering that they also made a few roster changes.
Their performance throughout this tour will determine if Alliance is ready to return to their glory days when we saw them consistently achieve top-4 finishes. But that was a long time ago, and now they’ll have to basically rebuild up from the ground.
Alliance vs Tundra Esports Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, June 8
- Time: 9:00am ET
- Alliance vs Tundra Esports Live Stream: DreamLeague – Twitch
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Alliance vs Tundra Esports Predictions
The last time these two teams faced was back at the 1st tour of the season, and Tundra Esports completely dismantled Alliance in a clean 2-0 series. Tundra played the exact 5 heroes back-to-back and the series and Alliance couldn’t find a way to adapt.
It’s important to mention that Alliance now has a stronger roster after making a couple of adjustments, but I don’t think it will be enough to take down the 3rd-place Stockholm Major team, and the esports odds show it. Since then, Tundra also changed one of their members, Saksa replaced Fata, and to be honest, they started to look much better.
We also have to take into account that Tundra Esports didn’t have the need to make any more roster changes as they’ve been consistently improving throughout the year, and it’s safe to say that they’ve learned a lot from their last major participation.