Aleksib reacts as ENCE confirm SuNny signing on day one of StarLadder Berlin CSGO Major

Published: 23/Aug/2019 9:31 Updated: 23/Aug/2019 11:45

by Matt Porter


Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen has reacted to the news that CS:GO lineup following the StarLadder Berlin Major. 

Aleksib currently serves as the IGL for ENCE, but rumors have circulated that his time on the Finnish organization was reaching its conclusion, including a report from Jared ‘DeKay’ Lewis that stated he would be replaced on the lineup.

Now, a statement posted by the 22-year-old has confirmed that he will be leaving ENCE following the conclusion of the StarLadder Major, explaining the situation just moments before the tournament kicks off, with suNny signing with the team to play until the end of 2021.

DreamhackSuNny will be joining ENCE following the StarLadder Berlin Major.

Aleksib confirmed on Friday, August 23 that he had been moved to ENCE’s bench, stating that the move “came out of the blue” and admitting that “at first, it hurt.”

“Despite the hardships, such as a failure at a tournament or having differing opinions, we were able to stay on the right path and reach success. We built this team from scratch. I’m proud to say that I was a part of the team’s growth from being potential to being elite. This has been a rewarding journey for me, and now it’s coming to a close.”

While his future lies away from ENCE’s roster, the 22-year-old is looking for positive results, stating that he hopes they can “make it look EZ one more time,” before thanking the whole team and the organization’s management for the 17 months he spent there, and appreciating the fans for their support and encouragement throughout his run. 

AleksiB’s full statement regarding his benching from ENCE.

While announcing the signing of suNny, who they believe will be a “key element in the next chapter” of their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive story, ENCE took a moment to thank aleksib for his contribution to the organization, praising his character and professionalism. 

“Aleksi has been an important part of the unforgettable run we have had in the last year and a half, and we are proud of the foundation he has built with us at ENCE,” the team’s official website writes. “Aleksi has been a model professional and a positive influence on and off the server, and we would like to thank him for being an integral part of making Finnish Counter-Strike history.”

ESLAleksib spent 17 months as part of ENCE.

Aleksib will be making his final appearances as part of ENCE at the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major, which kicks off on August 23 with the New Challengers Stage. The Finnish organization won’t be in action until August 28, when the New Legends Stage begins. 

Meanwhile, SuNny who was benched from mouseports back in March, will make his first appearance with his new team at BLAST Pro Series Moscow on September 13. 


Team Envy officially releases full CSGO roster

Published: 11/Jan/2021 22:58

by Bill Cooney


American esports organization Team Envy has officially released every member of their CSGO squad, but the move doesn’t really come as much of a surprise.

Envy has been one of the most well-known esports orgs in the CSGO scene since 2015, but with the wild year esports has gone through, some insiders are claiming that it’s no longer financially profitable to operate a professional Counter-Strike team.

One of those was Envy owner Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail, who likened running a CS team to “lighting money on fire” in the current moment.

“Operating almost any CS team is lighting money on fire right now,” hastr0 wrote just a few days before the news broke. “There are no underlying assets that support the spend where top player salaries are. I’m sure you could run a fantastic team if you had unlimited cash, but what happens when you can’t cover your cost?”

With that on the table, it’s no surprise that Team Envy announced they would be officially disbanding, and placing their entire roster on the transfer list on January 11.

This means that players Thomas ‘Thomas’ Utting, Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic, Michal ‘MICHU’ Muller, Bugra ‘Calyx’ Arkin, Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis, and coach Jakub ‘kuben’ Gurczynski will all have to find new teams going forward.

While the news is certainly disappointing to Envy CSGO fans, hastr0 didn’t rule out a return to the esport for the org in the future after a “hard reset.”

“Let’s be honest, we haven’t performed the best in CS for a while after being former world champions with our great French rosters,” Rufail wrote on Twitter after the news broke. “It was time for a hard reset and we are performing at a top level in so many other games right now. Will keep you guys posted.”

It’s still unknown where any of the former players or coaches will end up following this shakeup, but be sure to stick with Dexerto for all the latest CSGO esports updates as we head into what could be a wild 2021.