Former HON player, Aydin "iNSaNiA" Sarkohi, has been on the Alliance roster since late 2017 and has helped relaunch the team under the guidance of TI3-winner Loda. As team captain, it falls to iNSaNiA to make the all-important draft selections before the game begins.
In the decisive lower bracket best-of-one first-round match at The International 2019, iNSaNiA made a crucial mistake that cost Alliance the game.
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With limited time, and so much at stake, it appears that Sarkohi failed to make his ban selection before the counter ran out. As a result, instead of banning Gyrocopter he chose it for Alliance.
In a live interview, iNSaNiA explained what happened.
He said: "The reason we didn't ban anything was because the same second the timer ran out I clicked Ban Gyro and we ended up picking it instead.
"I don't know if there's footage from the booth but you can see it on our faces or mine especially. I was so surprised when the Gyro icon popped up as our pick."
This new generation for Alliance has improved steadily over the last two years, resulting in a win at the recently Dota Summit 10, just before TI9 began in Shanghai. This loss and elimination from TI9 will be a crushing blow to the team and players.
Sheever asked for a glimpse of what was going through his mind at the time.
"Most of all you feel very shitty, especially me towards my other four team-mates for what happens with the draft. We do it together but I'm the one clicking the buttons so when that goes wrong I feel that's on me. I mostly feel like I let my team down and all of our fans down."
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