ENCE has announced its roster overhaul this Thursday, bolstering a new international line-up with the additions of Dycha, Snappi, and Spinx.
The Finnish organization has decided to go international for the first time since its inception, adding three new players: the Polish Paweł ‘dycha’ Dycha, who has been on the bench of Sprout for the last two months, and the former C0ntact Gaming duo of Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer, a 30-year-old Danish In-Game Leader, and Lotan ‘Spinx’ Giladi, an up-and-coming Israeli talent.
Aleksi ‘Allu’ Jalli and Joonas ‘doto’ Forss will be the only two Finns to remain from ENCE’s former roster, also taking time to part ways with Tuomas ‘SADDYX’ Louhinna, which had been a stand-in for the last few events of 2020.
Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen has been excluded from the active roster and will be moved to the bench, citing his ban on Valve-affiliated events as the reason behind the move.
The 19-year-old talent will remain contracted to ENCE, with his future plans still in the open, with Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat reporting that the player is planning a transition over to VALORANT.
This squad revamps comes as a direct result of the inner conflict in the team, as Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli was heavily criticized by his now-former teammates Jere ‘sergej’ Salo and Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi on Twitter, after claiming in an interview with HLTV that he had no responsibility in the lacklustre roster moves such as the one that led to the removal of Aleksi ‘AleksiB’ Virolainen.
After its announcement of an internal assessment about the situation, ENCE has come in defense of Allu, citing that multiple people were behind these decisions and that pointing towards the longest standing member in the organization as the sole motivator of these moves was “far from the truth”.
Throughout the process of rebuilding ENCE’s CS:GO team for 2021, I have been given the responsibility and authority on how we build the team. I think this is good progress, it takes away the pressure, burden, and responsibility of making player choices from the players. From now I will make those decisions and be fully accountable for the results that come with it.Eetu ‘sAw’ Saha, ENCE’s Head Coach via Statement
In its official statement, ENCE has also revealed counter-measures for this kind of conflict, revealing a renovation of their team management philosophy and the acquisition of Ville ‘WILLFEEL’ Merinen as their new Performance Coach.
By bringing in WILLFEEL, the organization aims to keep the mental health of the players in shape, preventing burnouts from occurring and avoiding any inner conflicts inside the team from happening again.