CSGO: Aleksib explains how being dropped affected ENCE at StarLadder Berlin Major - Dexerto

CSGO: Aleksib explains how being dropped affected ENCE at StarLadder Berlin Major

Published: 28/Aug/2019 14:02 Updated: 4/Dec/2019 15:37

by Kamil Malinowski


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen how ENCE have been affected by the news of his departure at the StarLadder Berlin Major. 

Aleksib is the in-game leader of ENCE, a Finnish team that rose to fame in early 2019 after a miraculous run in the IEM Katowice Major, taking second place after falling to Astralis, the world’s number one team at the time.

Since then the team performed well, winning BLAST Pro Series Madrid and taking multiple second places. They shocked fans, however, as they announced that Aleksib would be leaving the team after the Major, and the player has now spoken about the matter.

BLASTAleksib was a key part of ENCE’s BLAST Pro Series Madrid win.

It seems that ENCE are preparing for Aleksib’s departure with Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli taking the in-game leader role, and have already begun transitioning with this event.

When asked if he was still acting as IGL, or if Allu had taken the reigns, the Finn revealed: “It’s like 50/50, we are trying to play with the flow. You saw on T-side I was talking during the force and the first gun round then the rest allu took over. We are just trying to play with a good mindset.”

The ENCE player was also asked about their boot camp, to which he replied: “Just a normal boot camp. We played a lot and my mentality was a bit off at first, but I have good composure now and I can keep it up.”

While many question the move, ENCE’s performance didn’t seem to be particularly affected by it, as they demolished AVANGAR 16-5 to secure a strong start to the StarLadder Berlin Major. They’ll play their next match on August 29, although the opponent has yet to be determined.


Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.