In May, we made the announcement that Aleksi “allu” Jalli would be stepping down from the active roster due to personal reasons. Now, the paths of allu and our CS:GO team will officially go their separate ways.
During allu’s break, the Head Coach, Eetu “sAw” Saha and the General Manager, Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen weighed the options regarding the future, and a decision was made to continue forward without allu in the roster.
“In May, after we heard about the need for allu to take time off from competing, our CS:GO team was put into an awkward position, where their future was not completely clear. This is, of course, a situation we don't want to keep our players in. We have been practising and playing with hades, and he has shown great potential and results already. We want to give him the shot he deserves in our roster. By doing this, we cement our roster once again and can fully concentrate on improving and moving forward.”
-Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen, General Manager
Allu’s break will extend throughout the summer as he contemplates his options, still contracted with ENCE. Allu is still an extremely competitive person, but for the first time since 2018, he won’t be competing in ENCE’s colors.
“I personally want to thank allu for everything he has done for ENCE and Finnish Counter-Strike as a whole. He's a living legend of CS:GO from this small country and he has shown to many what can be achieved by working hard. I hope his time in CS:GO does not end here, but that we will see him come back stronger, when he’s ready for it. Our paths diverge at this crossroad, but hopefully we will see each other on the server once again. This, of course, means that Aleksi "allu" Jalli has been moved to the transfer list. Hopefully we will find him a good new home for his return in the future.”
- Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen, General Manager
For many years now, allu has been the core pillar of the team. Our shared journey with allu goes all the way back to 2013, when the promising 21-year-old AWPer joined the team alongside the “4w” roster. His next stint would be in 2016, when ENCE announced their return to esports. Finally, allu would return with the 2018 lineup, that would go on to win BLAST Pro Series: Madrid 2019 and finish 2nd at the IEM Katowice Major 2019, putting Finnish CS:GO on the world map.
“Every story has an ending and today my time with ENCE's CS:GO team has concluded. This is a day that brings me a lot of different emotions when thinking back. The past three years feel like they've gone past so quickly. So many things have happened, both good and not so good. But I want to cherish the positives. It has been an honor to bring a Finnish organization to the top and to have achieved so much here. Particularly because of all the people I've had the chance to do it with, both players and everyone behind the scenes. I would like to thank all my past teammates, especially my former coach Twista and of course everyone at ENCE. The biggest thank you goes to all the fans, who have been with us through thick and thin. I'm eager to see what the future holds and where it takes me.”
- Aleksi “allu” Jalli
In order to have a proper sendoff, we have prepared a small tribute to the one and only, GOD allu.
Now, it’s time for new and hungry talent to take over the role. Therefore, we welcome Olek “hades” Miskiewicz to officially join the roster.