Dota 2 player Jonathan 'Loda' Berg is a legend for Alliance, joining them all the way back in April of 2013, but Alliance has now announced that he's stepping down from the team, becoming their coach, closing the door on his career as a professional player.
"After careful consideration, Jonathan made the decision that it was time to hand over the torch to the new aspiring generation of champions," the announcement reads. "With his departure from the squad, we also say goodbye to the remaining member of our The International 2013 dynasty, the team that did the impossible and has since then shaped Alliance and all its operations. This is the legacy of Alliance and has always been our compass for the future. For five years, Jonathan has worked on Alliance's legacy as a player - five years of wins and losses; ups and downs; laughs as well as heartbreaks. Now is the time for Jonathan to continue his hard work in a new manner. We are confident he will bring forth the full potential of our young squad and support them in their progress to reach heights of a never before seen Alliance Dota 2 team."
"So here we are. A day that I feared for a long time, but now that it's here, it feels right. Over the course of the last two years, I have been walking on uncharted ground, and I would lie if I said it has not been a struggle. Being an owner of a team might seem like a dream, and it is in many ways, but it has also been challenging. It is for sure one of the reasons I am stepping down," Loda himself said.
Maximilian 'Qojqva' Broecker will be completing the lineup, who joins Michael 'miCKe' Vu; Samuel 'Boxi' Svahn; Tommy 'Taiga' Le; and Aydin 'iNSaNiA' Sarkohi. Are you sad to see Loda retire though?