After a startling upset over top five team ENCE to kick off BLAST Pro Series Moscow, forZe player Bogdan ‘xsepower’ Chernikov made a crack at the Finnish team’s expense following his near-perfect game.
This is not the start to the new era that ENCE wanted. In their first map with Mikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi instead of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen, the all-Finnish squad faced off against ForZe, who qualified for BLAST Moscow after getting to skip the play-in match against AVANGAR after Team Vitality with withdrew from the event.
In an unexpected twist, ForZe not only beat ENCE on Inferno, but thrashed them 16-4. ENCE didn’t pick up a single CT round in the second half, and none of their players cracked 10 kills across 20 rounds.
One of ForZe’s players, xsepower, also did not crack 10 kills, but amazingly only died once during the entire map. Noted CS:GO twitter user DonHaci posted the scoreboard online, and xsepower replied with a reasonable explanation for his eight kill/one death scoreline.
I didn't see anyone, WTF
— Bogdan Chernikov (@xsepower) September 13, 2019
It’s quite embarrassing to lose a map so badly, but it’s more embarassing to lose a map that badly while one of your opponents contributes the bare minimum. But the good news for xsepower is that his teammate’s contributed far beyond the bare minimum. All of the ForZe players had at least twice as many kills as deaths, with Almaz ‘almazer’ Assadulin leading the way with a 26-11 scoreline.
Unfortunately xsepower was one death away from the undying game, which isn’t as rare an accomplishment as you might think. Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow went 26-0 against Spanish team Anima in the first year of his five year tenure with HellRaisers.
Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg went 16-0 against PangaFett a month prior, during the golden age of Ninjas in Pyjamas in 2014. NiP also won that map on Train 16-0.
ForZe was nearly in the New Legends stage of the StarLadder Berlin major after two victories over Grayhound and FURIA, but were unable to overcome G2 Esports or DreamEaters to advance to the next stage.
They are not scared of superior competition however, with a victories over ENCE and AVANGAR, who were each grand finalists in the last two majors.
ForZe’s IGL Andrey ‘Jerry’ Assadulin admitted he was surprised by ENCE’s “direct” style of calling plays.
For ENCE, it’s been a no good, very bad start to the BLAST Moscow event, and their era with suNny, as they tied their second map of the day against Na’Vi as well.