Right after being support or headsponsor of several other e-sport teams in May 2003 Alternate decided to establish an own team and create a novelty in e-sport through being the first works team in e-sport history. In collaboration with Peter ´Chucky´ Schlosser we were able to present our first lineup on the 2003 Gamesconvention with following members:
During the first months of 2004 there were several changes within the lineup – among others our team manager Johannes ´sick´ Sick joined – which were responsible for the incoming successes in summer 2004. The team managed to prevail in the ESL Pro Series qualification and astonishingly also accomplished to win the spot of the german representative for WCG 2004 in San Francisco, which was held in October 2004. Although no one of our players had experienced an international tournament before we were able to overcome every competitor till the quarter final against corea.
At the end of the year the team started expanding to a true multigaming clan due to the affiliation of several of the most successful FIFA players in Germany. After a number of changes in the Counterstrike-lineup in winter 2004 the young team managed to achieve their first international hit by finishing third at the Samsung Euro Championship in Hannover 2005. During the sommer month of 2005 both of our teams were able to claim various successes in the ESL Pro Series and were even able to win the vice title in FIFA 05 as a team. Later in 2005 the FIFA team was followed by a Counterstrike Source team which was directed by Peter ´Chucky´ Schlosser and a Counterstrike female team, the first of its kind in a professional clan with high reputation.
The actual breakthrough followed in 2006. At first we were able to engage the Need for Speed World and Euro Champion Niklas ´Sliver´ Timmermann who right away managed to defend his Euro Championship title in March 2006. Meanwhile our FIFA player Julian ´Jul´ Schmolz dominated every 1on1 tournament he attended and logically came out as the winner of the top-class Gamestar League. Winning back their old performance level our Counterstrike team finished first at the ESWC qualifier, meaning they are seeded as the german representative in Paris. Another highlight of the year were the ESL Pro Series finals held in Cologne where for the first time ever a Counterstrike team of Team Alternate accomplished to win the finals. Additionally our in-game-leader Navid ´kapio´ Javadi got elected for the title Most Valuable Player of the Season. At the peak of their success they furthermore managed to bring home the third place on the ESWC beating nearly every heavyweight of the Counterstrike scene and even reaching the second place on the Intel Summer Championship. To top it all off they surprisingly fought their way through the whole tournament tree of the World Series of Video Games with only a skeleton staff having 2 stand-ins and came out as the first german world champion in Counterstrike ever!
This title was followed by some big changes within nearly all of our teams. Half of the Counterstrike male team left the clan to play for opposing teams, the whole Counterstrike female team left into inactivity and the FIFA project got scrubbed due to missing motivation and success. Solely the Need for Speed team constantly turned in good results in every tournament they participated providing three out of three representatives at the World Cyber Games 2006 in Monza At the end of the year a new Counterstrike female lineup was presented and right away tied in with the successes of the old lineup.
The year 2007 started with the Samsung Euro Championship held in Hannover where our Need for Speed player crovex participated as german representative. Due to missing experience in offline tournaments he unfortunately only reached the fourth place, which i still a great result for a 16 year old player at the very beginning of his career. In the meantime the new formed Counterstrike lineup and our Counterstrike Source team dominated the ESL Pro Series, winning the Summer Finals in both categories. In the end of 2007 the Need for Speed team again set the pace for WCG Nationals and sent over three representatives for Germany to Seattle.
2008 started with a big surprise for everyone. Team Alternate reacted on the upcoming Warcraft 3 scene and was able to bind one of the most prosperous Warcraft 3 teams, containing big names like XLord and DeMuslim. Attributable to his unprofessional behavior DeMuslim had to leave Team Alternate shortly after the announcement of his engagement. By contrast XLord played constantly on high level and just like the Source team managed to win the EPS Summer Finals. Completing a prosperous start of the year Niklas ´Sliver´ Timmermann acquired his third victory at the Samsung Euro Championship in Need for Speed, being the only three times winner of this tournament ever. The Counterstrike female team also showed their qualities on the ESWC Masters but had to retire versus the in due time nearly unbeatable lineup of Team Emulate. Things turned out slightly better for Counterstrike male, Warcraft and Racing at the WCG Nationals, where XLord, 2 Racers and the males were able to finish on a qualification-spot for the Grand Final in Cologne. All of our players had a great start in Cologne but in the end had to retire by no later than quarterfinals. Only our swedish Warcraft 3 player SaSe was able to set some highlights at the end of the year by finishing second at the Blizzcon. During the EPS Winter Finals only our Warcraft 3 players were able to reach their goals at the finals finishing first and second. Completing a thrilling year of e-sport we proudly announced the engagement of our today´s teamleader Melanie ´beyoNd´ Gutsche. The new formed lineup directly showed its potential by winning the German Female Championship in December.
As always at the beginning of a new year we had to face a few changes in the beginning of 2009. As part of the changes within the Warcraft 3 team our swedish player SaSe had to leave the team. Beyond that our longtime players Meijin and Sliver left the team attributable to their wish to develop further and hired at mousesports respectively SK Gaming. Contingent on the leave of Meijin the CS:S team directly lost in the group stage of the 2009 EMS and was not able to reiterate their performance. On the contrary XLord was able to defend his ESL King of the Hill title several times and the CS male team even won against mousesports douring the Kode5 germany qualifier, being set als the german Kode5 Global Finals competitor where we had to retire in the quarter finals. Another change came up in april 09 where the whole female team left into inactivity after they won the german female championship again. 3 month later we were already able to present a new lineup as an equal replacement. Summer 09 was coined by a sudden collapse of the CS male team regarding their performance. At first our team got knocked out at Game Gune in the group stage, lost the WCG qualification against mousesports and also was not able to reach the top spot at the ESL Pro Series Finals XIV-XV. Warcraft 3 and CS:S did a lot better on the Pro Series where both of our teams managed to win easily versus every competitor. Furthermore we had to announce three more lineup changes: our CS:S player ej went into inactivity while yaWs had to leave the Warcraft 3 team due to the reorientation from a team game squad to a solo players squad. As well our long time community manager Susi left. The only positive aspect of the summer in 09 was the 6th anniversary of Team Alternate which was celebrated in Linden with nearly every player and manager with a big barbecue. At the end of the year Racing team member schw4rz was able to set some highlights being constantly placed in the top 5 at the ESL NFS Premiership but without the reward of a single race victory.
As usual the new year started with another change in the lineup. This time CS male and CS:S were afflicted. DonMartinez, a well-known member of the german CS:S scene joined to replenish the slot left free by ej and Benjamin ´pan´ Mulert left the CS male lineup for mousesports. Though these were big changes the biggest change happened within the Racing team. Our former player Niklas ´Sliver´ Timmermann came back from SK Gaming bringing along the whole SK Racing team containing Trackmania vice world champion Pascal ´gaLLo´ Jäger and a few of the best Live for Speed players in the world. Another change was made during spring where we proudly announced our second try to establish a FIFA lineup at Team Alternate. This time we were aiming to win the ESL Pro Series FIFA team Challenge with a lineup of internationally respected players. Meanwhile our CS:S team had to retire another time at the EMS in the quarterfinals. The new formed Racing team right away started to surpass their opponents by finishing first and second at the EA Need for Speed Masters in May. At the end of may we had to face another change but this time a positive one: Under the lead of the well-known former Warcraft 3 player and host Dennis ´T4ke´ Gehlen Team Alternate engaged the leading german Starcraft 2 team containing Socke, Darkforce and Mardow. Due to these changes within several lineups our Teams were not able to reach more than one second and two third places at the Pro Series Finals XVI. In the middle of the year we had to face several changes in our roster again. First of all our well known community manager Susi returned to work as chief of the editoral staff and community manager again. Moreover we had to dismiss the Warcraft 3 team, since SC 2 took 90% of the scene and the tournaments away from Warcraft. Only XLord stayed being embedded into the SC 2 team. Besides those changes we also had some pretty good results to speak about in the late summer of 2010. Steffan ´Steffan´ Amende and Niklas ´Sliver´ Timmermann went to Paris to outrun their competitors in Need for Speed during the ESWC which actually worked out quite well. As result Steffan came home as the new Need for Speed world champion while Sliver finished third. Our Counterstrike male team competed as well but unfortunately did not make it into the second day of the tournament. Only a few weeks later they did a lot better during the qualification for the 2010 WCG in where they came out as the winner and therefore being the german representative. Furthermore they played the SEC 2010 in Berlin as german representative but once again could not stay in the tournament till the very end. At SEC gaLLo did a lot better and finished third in the Trackmania part of this tournament. On WCG 10 he confirmed being a top 5 player worldwide through his late withdraw in the half final. At the very end of the year our players participated in the EPS Winter final XVII bringing home victories in Trackmania and SCII and finishing second in Counterstrike male. Additionally our Ladies showed their great potential and finished first on the high rated Dreamhack female tournament.
Right after the end of the last year we had to announce another change within our roster, this time concerning the SC2 team. Due to his reorientation in gaming XLord and Alternate mutually decided to terminate the contract. In the meantime CS:S brought in another international success by finishing third at the EMS VII. In common with CS:S Socke showed his skills versus international competitors by finishing fourth at the Assembly Winter tournament. April came and brought some changes again. Our CS legend David ´ChefKoch´ Nagel had to end his career and over the course of his leave we presented our new lineup, containing well-known names like our former player Navid ´kapio´ Javadi. Further on the young german SC 2 Talent Delphi hooked up with our team and reinforced our team for national and international tournaments. In the absence of great tournaments our Racing team simultaneously started to host their own events to revitalize the racing scene. At our first 24h of Trackmania over 120 teams from over 60 countries signed in and created a great success for us. Due to his studies in Leipzig the italian champion and internationally renowned player ClouD joined in during Gamescom. In the context of this event we also presented our new LoL team and the replacement of crisby in the Counterstrike male team. It´s not just that we changed players on Gamescom but also were quite active in competing at the Intel Extreme Masters, where Socke managed to reach the fourth place against high rated international competitors. Right after the convention finished we had to make a sad announcement as Peter ´Chucky´ Schlosser left the team to finish his studies. He was replaced by Sven Hoffmann and Johannes Sick. We also had to release the Trackmania 24h organization team due to their excessive demands concerning the hosting of another 24h race. As well the sim racing part of our Racing team said goodbye and ended their career by september. Being regular visitors of the ESL Winter Finals this time we even managed to bring home three titles at once by winning SC 2, LoL and Trackmania. At the end of the year another change came up in the Racing team. Conditioned by the inactivity of the Sim Racing members we were able to find a great substitute by engaging the SK Gaming console racing team around vice world champion Niklas ´Johnson´ Krellenberg. The new also received a new manager as our player Sliver took over the position due to the rising time exposure by his studies. Johnson also was the first to win a big tournament for Team Alternate by winning a brand new BMW M5 sports car worth over a hundred thousand euros in a Forza 4 competition hosted by BMW itself. After a longer period we also decided to host our own events again and started our own Trackmania 2 Pro League led by Predator and released right before Christmas. Right after Christmas we received a great present by being able to re-enlist ChefKoch as a player for our CS Team.
Surprisingly 2012 did not start with several changes but with a sensation evoked by our female team. Our ladies were able to reach a sensational second place at the Rockstar World Cup hosted in Stockholm. Similar to this victory our Racing team dominated the American Le Mans Series hosted by konsolenracer and finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 9th. Unfortunately our SC2 and LoL players couldn’t keep up with the good performance of their clan mates and had to retire right in the beginning of the Intel Extreme Masters VI. Socke also was not able to regain his performance and also retired early at the MLG 2012. Counterstrike male did a lot better this time and finished first at the ESL Spring Finals although they had to deal with the recent changes in the roster. During the summer our Racing team faced a special kind of tournament where the winner would be signed by Nissan as a professional race driver. Four of our players made it to the top 32 final out of over 2 million players hosted at the well-known Nordschleife. Kenny and Patohm even made it to the top 12 shootout at Silverstone Great Britain but in the end did not make it. Meanwhile our CS:S team gunned down every opponent in the 4PL Pro League and secured the title easily. Inspired by the success of the Racing team our ladies hosted their own tournament which generated a great echo within the scene. Our LoL team refused to step back behind the successes of the other teams and fought back at the EPS Summer Final being able to finish first again in the end. Immediately after the finals our CS:S team decided to adapt to the changes within the scene and switched to Counterstrike Global Offensive. In late summer we also started to revive the FIFA team another time but this time by having a multinational team and not a germans only solution. Another big one was caused by the ladies again who shot themselves right into the final of the ESWC and finishing 2nd in this big tournament. Completing a successful year our former CS:S and now CS:GO team dominated the EPS Winter Finals and brought home the title easily.
The new year started again with a good performance by the Racing team at the konsolenracer Carrera Cup where they were able to keep up their dominance they showed in previous tournaments. Meanwhile LoL changed 3 out of 5 players now having a roster containing players from all over Europe. Furthermore Socke and LoL qualified for Intel Extreme Masters hosted at the CeBit in march. To be continued…