Following their 1st place finish at VIPL, the team dropped their affiliation with Ardent and became solely Alliance. In the Winter Season, the team returned to North America to compete in the VGL qualifiers. In qualifier 1, they finished 2nd, losing in the finals to Gankstars Sirius. In Qualifier 2, they faced off against GSS again in the finals, but this time came out victorious and won the qualifier, automatically qualifying them for the Winter Live Championships as the first seed. Shortly before the Winter championships began, it was announced that TSM acquired Alliance.