As the organization gear up for a major overhaul in 2021, assistant coach and analyst Slaava “Twista” äsänen will bid farewell to ENCE.
The organization and the coach have made the decision, in a “mutual agreement,” to part ways to facilitate the revamp of the CSGO division of ENCE. In another organization, the assistant coach for Eetu'”sAw” Saha will continue his journey.
The association of ENCE with Twista dates back to the peak days of the organization in 2018. Under ENCE’s banners, the coach guided several rosters to different victories, including top finishes in StarSeries i-League Season 6 and BLAST Pro Series Madrid.
The highlight was when he helped the team reach the IEM Katowice Major 2019 finals. Twista was, however, one of 37 coaches alleged to have used the “coaching bug.” He was handed a 15-month ban by the ESIC, which forced him out of the competitive efforts of the team. When the organization apparently attempted to shield him from punishment by shuffling him from a coach to an analyst role, many were critical.
ENCE trying to rebuild its CSGO division
The suspension of Twista was a hard blow to the organization with its CSGO team that was already facing serious challenges. Following his transfer, Jani “Aerial” Jussila stepped down from the active roster, citing medical problems. Jere ‘sergej’ Salo soon followed suit and left the Finnish organization in order to pursue a military career. A Twitter drama exploded around Aleksi “allu” Jalli speaking on a podcast about the roster moves. Finally, as Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi split ways, ENCE was left with three players.
With only three players on its roster, and one of those players unable to compete in the majors, ENCE has no choice but to build a team from the ground up. The organization has disclosed that the revamp extends to the coaching staff, which is why Twista has to move on. The Finnish team is without an in-game leader, and, according to reports, may be preparing for the exit of Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen.
Looking at the performance of ENCE in 2020, something in the team needs to change. It’d be interesting to see how ENCE rebuilds its CS:GO roster with multiple coaches and players available as free agents.