In an article published today, the Finnish organisation has announced that the 27 year-old Jani ‘Aerial’ Jussila is on sick leave and will step down for an indefinite period of time effective immediately.
This decision has forced ENCE to withdraw from Elisa Invitational 2, being unable to assemble a full roster until the next week. However, the organisation is bound to make an appearance at IEM Beijing-Haidian, a $150.000 tournament held by ESL starting November 6th. If they will field a stand-in or sign a new player, is still very much up in the open.
The most recent tournament for ENCE was the Dreamhack Open Fall 2020, at which they came out on last place of Group D, being unable to win any of the two series they played. With the event contributing to the Regional Major Rankings, it could put the Finnish roster in trouble and remove them out of the qualifying spots.
With Aerial standing down, ENCE will have to search for a new player and a new coach
I have felt issues with my wellbeing for a while, which ultimately hinders my capability to compete at this level. (…) Now it’s time for me to prioritize myself and my wellbeing over everything else. (…) I’m not sure when I’ll be able to come back to play yet. Now it’s time to put focus on myself.Jani “Aerial” Jussila
Aerial has gone through a rough patch through the last three months, with his HLTV rating dropping down to 0.91 and finishing this month with a number of miry performances.
ENCE itself has been under a lot of fire as their coach Slaava ‘Twista’ Räsänen was moved to another position inside the organisation, after being banned for nearly 16 months by the Esports Integrity Commission for being one of the many coaches caught abusing a spectator-bug.