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The Alliance @ TI6

1v1 with Akke from The Alliance

Aug 122016

After The Alliance was knocked out of the lower bracket by Fnatic, we sat down with Joakim "Akke" Akterhall. Read about their run at TI6, how they prepared for their opponents, and the future of The Alliance.


We’re here with Akke of Alliance at TI6. How has some experience at this TI been so far?

It’s been great! I’m very happy to here because we didn’t qualify last year. To be here and experience the whole event and to be on the main stage has been amazing and so much fun despite our loss.

How has it felt versus previous TIs?

It hasn’t felt that much different. The one thing I would say is that you can’t count out any team. There are teams like TNC who you would think would end up in the bottom 4 but they’re landing in 8th place, then you have teams who everyone had to win the event get knocked out early like OG. Compared to the other TIs where you kind of knew who would be the top 3 or top 4 this one is very even across the board which makes it a lot of fun.

Alliance got knocked out by FNATIC. Is there anything you would have done differently to prepare for that game, different draft?

Not really. I feel like they just played better than us. We got to try out the things we wanted to do like Drow lineups. At the end of each draft we felt like we got the draft we wanted but we just couldn’t close out the game or execute it the way we wanted to. I feel like we were knocked out in a good way because it felt like they did better than us instead of feeling like we made a lot of mistakes.

On that note, do you guys prepare different for Western teams versus Eastern teams and what does that look like?

Yeah we do. We had 3 days to prepare against EHOME and we used that time to prepare a lot. We really looked at what they played, how they drafted and executed. Going into the game, I felt like we were prepared for it but at the same time they play super well and had obviously prepared for us as well. It came down to them just being better than us.

What’s next for Alliance?

First we’re going to take a break for a couple of weeks. Then we’ll come together and talk through how we want to change the drafting or the playstyle. Up until this point we haven’t really thought about it too much but placing 9th in all the Major’s feels like we need to make a change. Not like switching players but rather how we play so that we’re able to compete for first place.

Anything you want to say to the Akke fans and The Alliance fans here in Seattle and around the world?

I just want to say thank you. It’s great to hear them cheering for us when we didn’t perform very well. It really makes us want to go back and practice more because in the end you really don’t want to even win for yourself, you want to make the fans proud, we want to make our friends proud. It just means a lot that we have the support that we have. I’m very grateful for it.