On one hand, Socke is one of the very best and most prolific players in Germany, as well as considered for a long time as being one of the best foreign Protoss players. Whilst he retains his status in Germany, in recent months, his form in international tournaments has been dwindling, having been knocked out of WCS Europe in 2013, and failed to qualify in the four qualifiers of 2014 (despite knocking out TAiLS in the last qualifier).
On the other end of the spectrum, Team ALTERNATE (also historically known as Alternate aTTaX) is a German organisation with a very rich history in eSports. They started out very early in SC2, and for a long time, were represented by well known players such as ClouD, DarKFoRcE and Delphi, until all players eventually retired or left, with the exception of Socke. Recently, they were apparently looking to add more SC2 players, but their plans are not as clear now that they have let go of their ace player. Team ALTERNATE also suffered a big blow in the last few days, as their League of Legends team, which competes in the prestigious and profitable LCS Europe, left the organisation to join the French organisation Millenium.
Team Alternate now has no presence in the SC2 scene, and it is not yet known whether they have plans to support any other players.