During the International 10 (TI10) Valve released several videos in a series they dubbed the “International Archive”.
Alliance faced Royal Never Give Up in a best of one lower bracket match
The International is played in two stages. First is the group stage is where 18 teams are split into two groups of nine. The top four teams in each group are seeded into the upper bracket, while the last place team is eliminated. The remaining four teams in each group are seeded into the lower bracket.
Showcased in the International Archive, Alliance and Royal Never Give Up opened the lower bracket round one’s best-of-one.
During the drafting stage, Alliance needed to ban a carry, then pick an offlane to complete their draft. At that point, team captain iNSaNiA originally wanted to ban Naga Siren, but realized Royal Never Give Up doesn’t play that hero, and instead tried to ban Gyrocopter.
Unfortunately, the reserved time for the ban phase ended, and instead of banning Gyrocopter, iNSaNiA ended up picking it for Alliance, putting them at a big draft disadvantage.
Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, who played support for Royal Never Give Up, realized this wasn’t intentional, and that Alliance had messed up the draft. Alliance ended up using the Gyrocopter as a carry, and switched the Faceless Void to the offlane role.
Despite the misclick during the drafting stage, it was an even game for the two teams. Ultimately, the match went to Royal Never Give Up after a massive fight at the 41-minute mark.
Alliance’s International Archive highlights how a team acts in a crisis
As seen in the International Archive, after iNSaNiA misclicked the Gyrocopter, the rest of his team immediately did their best to cheer him up and encourage him.
All the members of Alliance started theorizing how to fit Gyrocopter in their draft, and which role the hero is best suited for.
Watching a team band together after one of them makes a clear mistake shows the real strength and character of the players. As Dota 2 caster Austin “Capitalist” Walsh notes, “What they do when they are put into this near-impossible situation, their first reaction is ‘it’s ok, we can figure this out’. I thought that was a beautiful moment.”
After their 13-16th finish at TI9, the Alliance roster decided to stick together. Currently all the members, including iNSaNiA, play for Team Liquid. The team has been together for over three years now and aims to qualify for TI11 in 2022.