ENCE introduced 3 new players
Finnish organization ENCE has announced the signing of three new players to their core line-up for the upcoming competitive season. Current team members Alexi "allu" Jalli and Junas "doto" Fros are joined by Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer, Lotan "Spinx" Giladi, and Pawel "dycha" Dycha.
At the same time, information previously published by insiders that Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen will leave ENCE has been confirmed. The official announcement said that the 19-year-old Finn has been expelled from the team because his ban from Valve tournaments will limit the new team.
The second half of the 2020 season was a turbulent time in ENCE’s Counter-Strike division. After a promising start in the ESL Pro League Season 12, the uplift was short-lived with a combination of coaching suspension and lineup changes defining the season. This ultimately concluded in the events that took place halfway through December. “As an organization, we have failed to see the gravity of the underlying issues in our previous lineup. While we have always tried to emphasize the importance of openness and communication — we take full responsibility for not being able to intervene soon enough”, says Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen, GM at ENCE.
All three ENCE rookies have been inactivated since early last December. The duo of Snappi and Spinx were put up for transfer due to c0ntact's decision to form a new squad, while dycha was moved to Sprout's reserve due to the organization's intentions to assemble five German players.
The social media events in December were heavily focused on Aleksi “allu” Jalli and his behaviour as a teammate and a figurehead of the team. We fully recognize that he has made mistakes during his time at ENCE. However, putting all the responsibility on one individual's shoulders is not acceptable. All team decisions have been made in cooperation with the leading players, coaching, and the organization. Aleksi has been an important voice in the team due to his seniority as a player but putting all blame on him as an individual is incorrect. “The events in December put us in a situation where we had to evaluate whether we can continue with allu moving forward as an organization. He hasn’t been a perfect teammate during his time with us and has acknowledged that to us as well. Even if it is true that there has been tension between the players in the team, the allegations made towards allu on social media and singling him out as the sole reason for them, are very far from the truth. It is easy to start pointing fingers at someone, but there are multiple people responsible in a team for the choices and the working conditions.”, Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen adds.
The nearest ENCE tournament scheduled is the 13th season of the ESL Pro League, which kicks off in early March. However, the debut of the organization's first international team is expected to take place in winter.
Current ENCE roster:
Alexi "allu" Yalli
Jonas "doto" Fross
Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer
Lotan "Spinx" Giladi
Pawel "dycha" Dycha
Etoo "sAw" Saha (coach)
Jere "sergej" Salo (reserve)
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi (reserve)
Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen (reserve)