ROCCAT sign ENCORE

ROCCAT have announced that they have completed the signing of the team known as ENCORE.

The Finnish team had been on the lookout for a new organisation for almost four months following the disbandment of 3DMAX, who supported many famous players during its five-year history.

Since then, ENCORE had undergone multiple roster changes, some of which as a result of players retiring or taking breaks from gaming, as in the cases of Joona "natu" Leppänen and Taneli "disturbed" Veikkola.


KHRN & co join ROCCAT 

As months went by and the team continued without an organisation, many feared that the players could end up going their separate ways. However, such thoughts were quelled as the team secured a spot at the offline qualifier for ESL One Cologne via the first online pre-qualifier.

With just days left before the start of the qualifier in Germany, the Finnish team have secured the backing of ROCCAT, which makes another foray into competitive Counter-Strike after a three-year absence from the scene.

ROCCAT have been drawn in Group B at the ESL One Cologne qualifier and will take on ex-Rock, now known as k1ck, in the first round of the group stage. Their lineup consist of:

Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi
Finland Jesse "KHRN" Grandell
Finland Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä
Finland Mikko "xartE" Välimaa
Finland Timo "REFLEX" Rintala

Finland Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
758
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Finland Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
306
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Timi 'aslak' Verkkoperä
Timi 'aslak' Verkkoperä
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
92
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1016
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Finland Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#3
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Denmark sunDahl 
n1
2015-07-22 15:43
69N-28E OLD SCHOOL IS BACK!
2015-07-22 15:48
R O C C A T ! Good to see them back in the game
2015-07-22 16:09
true that!
2015-07-22 16:18
oXzone <3
2015-07-22 21:14
#261
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Denmark kozality 
Why oXzone?
2015-07-23 17:47
Because SunDahl.
2015-07-23 17:59
#264
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Denmark kozality 
sunDahl le God, apparently
2015-07-23 18:11
Roccat mice and headsets fucking suck, never buying their stuff again. Shouldn't expect this team to do differently.
2015-07-23 00:01
mad cuz bad?
2015-07-23 00:34
Yeah correct. I'm disappointed because Roccat's products are bad.
2015-07-23 00:37
you mad cuz bad with your razer/shitseries toys.
2015-07-23 09:25
I use basic microsoft mouse its better than every other mouse
2015-07-23 12:10
I've never bought a roccat product but you can't argue that they're a "big figure" of CS.
2015-07-23 01:02
Lol fuck them
2015-07-23 03:33
i had roccat kave xtd, and it was cancer
2015-07-23 15:12
I had a Kone and a Kave, worst mouse I've ever owned. Headset fucking sucked compared to others within the same price-range aswell. Never buy roccat!
2015-07-23 16:33
#126
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
P O W E R G A M I N G :)
2015-07-22 16:19
They have 0 players from hoorai/inari what oldschool are you talking about?
2015-07-22 16:30
2006 og enuff
2015-07-22 16:55
kreygasm
2015-07-23 00:49
so nostalgic
2015-07-22 16:33
#214
poNder | 
Netherlands sleepK 
why no naSu???
2015-07-22 19:13
naSu played some time ago for Encore but seems he started to lose motivation and did pretty bad and though he and team decided to part ways. From what I hear he is currently focusing on his studies rather than CS [*]
2015-07-22 21:25
its natus grandfather
2015-07-23 12:11
paistit!
2015-07-22 20:24
wasnt it like the last team where lurppis played
2015-07-22 20:28
i think, WinFakt was this team :3 lurppis, nsu, aslak, BASiC, HN
2015-07-23 06:32
#175
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Germany SpunKie 
tell Failu that he has to make moar videos because I need more doritos
2015-07-22 17:12
i love you
2015-07-22 18:49
#260
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Germany SpunKie 
#fullhomo
2015-07-23 17:24
That was fast
2015-07-22 15:43
#7
Poland miiR 
N 1
2015-07-22 15:43
nice la
2015-07-22 15:43
roccat oldschool inc
2015-07-22 15:43
cool
2015-07-22 15:43
#11
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United States netsirt 
:o
2015-07-22 15:43
n1
2015-07-22 15:43
Finnish ok
2015-07-22 15:43
welcome newfag :P
2015-07-22 16:31
#15
CIS Ume 
good luck!
2015-07-22 15:43
Kiwi on fat
2015-07-22 15:44
#17
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Australia tehN 
Plz stickers
2015-07-22 15:44
YES PLS
2015-07-22 15:44
+1111
2015-07-22 15:49
like a cool blue version of something similar to the iBP logo
2015-07-22 15:53
new ibuypower inc.
2015-07-22 15:53
+1
2015-07-22 18:29
first i was like 'gtfo..' but then i just 'oooh.. nice!'
2015-07-22 17:20
yea absolutely, would be so crazy
2015-07-23 15:39
#19
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Poland kajlen 
Wow ROCCAT :D
2015-07-22 15:44
#20
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Brazil mth^ 
lol ROCCAT <3
2015-07-22 15:44
#21
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Spain azer1 
rofl
2015-07-22 15:44
nice tag actually. gl guyZ.
2015-07-22 15:44
amazinK
2015-07-22 15:45
#26
shox | 
Denmark dev2ce 
okay
2015-07-22 15:45
#28
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Europe midi 
RIP roccat
2015-07-22 15:45
wuhu
2015-07-22 15:45
Roccat stickaz would be s1ck tbh
2015-07-22 15:45
would be like the new ibp stickers
2015-07-22 15:48
yeah i want roccat stickaz dem blue ones doe i got a roccat taito large mousepad and im loving it
2015-07-22 15:51
I hate roccat..they disappointed me once. But i like their logo :D
2015-07-22 16:34
i like the logo 2
2015-07-22 16:56
1st
2015-07-22 15:45
Sick stickers pls gogo win
2015-07-22 15:46
n1
2015-07-22 15:46
#67
Russia ilg 
nice fake
2015-07-22 15:52
#35
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Finland terquie 
lmao
2015-07-22 15:46
inb4 they don't make the qualifier and rip team
2015-07-22 15:46
They have already qualified for Cologne qualifiers
2015-07-22 15:48
I think he meant that they wont go through the qualifiers
2015-07-22 15:49
i went autismo mode, should have said if they don't qualify for cologne ^^
2015-07-22 15:49
#37
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Israel sbd123 
3rd 1.6 team of the year hype!!!!
2015-07-22 15:46
69N-28E
2015-07-22 15:46
#39
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Poland kRAMERO 
roccat again?:D
2015-07-22 15:47
xd nice
2015-07-22 15:47
Where is contE? :D
2015-07-22 15:47
nice
2015-07-22 15:48
HYPE IS REAL FUCK YEAH ALLU TO JOIN AFTER COLOGNE 2K15 AND WE HAVE A TIER 2 TEAM AGAIN FROM FINLAND
2015-07-22 15:48
please no more roster changes, lets just stick with the same 5 for once.
2015-07-22 16:33
Finnish skene, 5 same players for over 3-4months? You wish bro ;D they'll probably kick someone bad and take some other tier4 player instead (like twista etc) until they've tried the whole skene. :D
2015-07-22 18:04
sad truth
2015-07-22 18:06
gj SUAMI
2015-07-22 15:48
glgl
2015-07-22 15:48
niiice pls win i want dem stickers
2015-07-22 15:49
RiP, have fun using roccat gear DansGame
2015-07-22 15:49
roccat stuff isnt bad
2015-07-23 09:02
their mice and keyboards look pretty shit as in spaceship-shit + my best friend went trough 3 roccat kones in 1 year and he isnt a the type of guy who throws hid mouse around.
2015-07-23 12:20
nice
2015-07-22 15:49
fokin nise
2015-07-22 15:50
Sick! Torilla tavataan
2015-07-22 15:50
torille perkele
2015-07-22 15:52
#60
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World MURDERS 
GL to the team!
2015-07-22 15:50
No joelz no party
2015-07-22 15:51
#62
Poland MaYy 
veeery nize
2015-07-22 15:51
who cares lol
2015-07-22 15:51
i do,since they are consired top30 world i can call they are quite good team.i like whatch ''tier3-2'' games actually more than allways same fnatic-nip games.
2015-07-22 15:56
#106
allu | 
Pakistan y0nes 
Same here. T2-3 games are more exciting and surprising, than the dominance of fnatic and TSM.
2015-07-22 16:08
#92
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Finland Acoz 
why did you click at the article then? whoops
2015-07-22 16:02
#68
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Poland kajlen 
ROCCAT old school ruuit conte plaste tih0p nasu/natu dont remember :D
2015-07-22 15:52
pretty sure it was naSu :P
2015-07-22 16:18
naSu and lurppis.
2015-07-22 17:19
those were the good old days
2015-07-22 18:35
I loved seeing this lineup play when they had natu, their d2 was amazing. I hope to see those days return, make me proud finns
2015-07-22 15:53
#83
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Only 2 players from that lineup are still left on the team though but still +1
2015-07-22 15:58
#74
f0rest | 
Russia VORON4 
-xarte +allu
2015-07-22 15:55
good luck, deserved
2015-07-22 15:55
nice :)
2015-07-22 15:55
Been waiting for this, well played ROCCAT.
2015-07-22 15:55
ruuit was their best player by far. he was like roman for germans
2015-07-22 15:55
Such bullshit...
2015-07-22 17:29
maybe we we'll have a finnish team that i can be somewhat proud of finally
2015-07-22 15:57
we we'll we we will :)
2015-07-22 16:46
#81
Sidey | 
Finland Eepzie 
Lets fuckin' gooo
2015-07-22 15:57
Should of at least picked up a lineup that could make top 8.
2015-07-22 15:57
ez Jankos
2015-07-22 15:58
Woooah. Cool! GL boyz.
2015-07-22 15:58
#86
sergej | 
Finland Hyp3rrr 
good luck :)
2015-07-22 15:59
I had them as a possibility for Keyd Stars, guess not. :D
2015-07-22 15:59
Doubt a brazilian organisation would pick up a finnish team.
2015-07-22 16:38
I think he may have meant Team ROCCAT picking up ex-Keyd?
2015-07-23 18:03
n1
2015-07-22 16:00
Now the only thing they have to accomplish is a qualification to a major. We want this fucking sticker!
2015-07-22 16:01
isn't roccat a good sponsor?
2015-07-22 16:02
#96
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Finland Acoz 
yh
2015-07-22 16:04
then why are they with a t3 finnish team that plays once a month
2015-07-22 16:07
Because roccat as a team and as a brand launched with a finnish cs team. also because cologne quals.
2015-07-22 16:35
#259
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Finland SluvE 
Ty for the info. Good feeling about this!
2015-07-23 17:10
a bit weird yes, but they have some ties to finland as all their product/brand names are finnish
2015-07-22 18:40
It should be. They actually pretty much came to public through 1.6 with Finnish lineup actually:) all/most of their products like savu, apuri etc are also Finnish word, so having a finnish lineup fits them perfectly.
2015-07-22 16:07
#93
Ukraine rim 
+POWERGAMING+ let's go
2015-07-22 16:02
noice but aren't rocccat mouse bad for FPS
2015-07-22 16:13
nope, Kone pure military has the same sensor and quality as the new zowie mice, just with software and better scroll wheel
2015-07-23 04:33
#95
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Bulgaria alelisande 
miis the roccat css gui... looked very cool/
2015-07-22 16:04
me too :D
2015-07-22 16:54
LOL
2015-07-22 16:04
#99
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United Kingdom smoggy:. 
Do roccat only pick up Finnish teams for CS? GL.
2015-07-22 16:05
Well their first team was Finnish with gr8 success, also their products are named with Finnish words, i.e. Savu, Kone, Apuri :) Finnish team fits it perfectly :p
2015-07-22 16:10
#133
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United Kingdom smoggy:. 
Arh ok, that makes sense.
2015-07-22 16:22
#100
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Belarus ALBiNh0 
old tag is fine, but the team isn't
2015-07-22 16:05
Anyone knows how is aslak doing? He was a great player near the end of 1.6, wonder if he is capable of that level in GO..
2015-07-22 16:06
He's doing fine against T2/3 teams. Not in T1 level though. :) Still getting rekt by jOELZ & co.
2015-07-22 16:15
#103
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Russia Gresskaret 
Next news: Space Soldiers join Razer ESC join Tesoro
2015-07-22 16:06
HYPE
2015-07-22 16:08
aslak god
2015-07-22 16:09
Well this was unexpected because no way these guys will be able to win stuff, gl to cologne though if they get through <3
2015-07-22 16:09
#110
woxic | 
Turkey EPHESUS 
+ruiit +contE
2015-07-22 16:09
#112
NEO | 
Ireland Debson 
Amazing return to the roots ROCCAT.
2015-07-22 16:10
Wohoo hype gl
2015-07-22 16:10
ruit where are you ?
2015-07-22 16:11
Nice to see finnish team back in the game
2015-07-22 16:15
Go aslak go
2015-07-22 16:16
Nice, gl guyz
2015-07-22 16:16
GL
2015-07-22 16:17
NICE TORILLE
2015-07-22 16:17
#124
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Denmark fyhn 
aslak is playing with these guys now? I guess I'm just slow, but this really gets me hyped.
2015-07-22 16:18
#137
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
They've played with this lineup for a a month or so
2015-07-22 16:26
Is aslak playing well?
2015-07-22 17:13
4/20 vs fnatic
2015-07-22 17:53
#178
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Denmark fyhn 
Hehe, I thought that it'd be something like this and I'm just slow. But still gets me kinda hyped now. I hope they'll make it to Cologne.
2015-07-22 17:14
gl!
2015-07-22 16:20
#128
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Europe DrexxEnt 
ASLAK!
2015-07-22 16:21
Finnish squad in Roccat. What is this, 2006?
2015-07-22 16:21
suNny is an animal!! Good luck Winland.
2015-07-22 16:21
WB roccat!
2015-07-22 16:22
nice
2015-07-22 16:23
2015-07-22 16:23
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi Jesse "KHRN" Grandell Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä Mikko "xartE" Välimaa Timo "REFLEX" Rintala -suNny +contE -KHRN +plastE -xartE +naSu -REFLEX +ruuit aslak can play in place of tihOp :D
2015-07-22 16:23
#142
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Finland kimi__ 
ye those 1.6 players would do so much damage in csgo! i agree!
2015-07-22 16:28
mate, one can dream :D
2015-07-22 16:35
plastE would rek everybody in GO too.
2015-09-05 17:17
#138
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Algeria FATALSki 
Thalys good, gl
2015-07-22 16:26
who
2015-07-22 16:26
nice to see roccat but thats a bad team to sponsor.
2015-07-22 16:27
It's decent, kinda wish Nasu was still in the lineup though
2015-07-22 17:58
ROCCAT TO COLOUGNE GOD DAMN :P
2015-07-22 16:27
ROCCATiZER
2015-07-22 16:28
N1 Good luck!
2015-07-22 16:31
Nice!
2015-07-22 16:38
aslak \o/
2015-07-22 16:40
test
2015-07-22 16:41
naSu,ruuit,contE tihOp,plastE Roccat <3
2015-07-22 16:47
ROCCAT TO WIN COLOGNE EZ
2015-07-22 16:49
Aslak yeahhh
2015-07-22 16:49
redLine, Vitriolic, VeryGames - comeback too pls!
2015-07-22 16:51
too bad if they are forced to use roccat mouses :D
2015-07-22 16:55
probably mousepads etc. :) I doubt they'll force them to use the mouses hah.
2015-07-22 18:06
and their shit keyboards and headsets.
2015-07-22 21:09
roccat make the best mice, kone pure military is basically zowie with a good scroll wheel, same sensor and stuff
2015-07-23 04:51
Allu wont be back to Finnish team.... . . . HAIL GOD ALLU
2015-07-22 16:58
#172
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Finland Emvi 
Nice! Hopefully they can start getting some results now.. Starting by winning cologne of course
2015-07-22 17:04
#173
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Finland NUCL3AR 
oldschool hype is real
2015-07-22 17:05
now it was very nice signed :DDDDDDDD
2015-07-22 17:14
Roccat Stickers would be so nice ! :) ^-^
2015-07-22 17:15
Really wanna see them doing well
2015-07-22 17:16
#185
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Finland ARSKASJ 
Tier 15 team
2015-07-22 17:28
so tier 4 or tier 5 team? you choose hltv
2015-07-22 17:50
#188
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Finland Jonzu95 
YES! THE HYPE IS REAL!
2015-07-22 17:52
#191
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Finland AxaFin 
Finlando pl0x get sticker moni xd
2015-07-22 17:58
its ha "Heavy" Lineup
2015-07-22 18:00
#194
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Finland phoosi 
gl
2015-07-22 18:05
Congrats to the boys. Having Roccat in CSGO is great news - I still remember their old team before I retired in 1.6 <3 Let's win em Quali's !
2015-07-22 18:48
This is so awesome :) Happy for them!
2015-07-22 18:50
#209
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United Kingdom rhyho 
roccat stickers inb4
2015-07-22 18:55
amazing.
2015-07-22 19:04
#212
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
Yeah! GL to Aslak and the other legends.
2015-07-22 19:09
go aslak! -khrn -sunny +basic +jigetus *____*
2015-07-22 19:12
#215
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United States Bibby 
Gl KHRN & Sunny :)
2015-07-22 19:18
gl sunny and reflex
2015-07-22 19:21
Lets hope aslak doesnt drop cs if they dont qualify for the major :D Anyways good news and go finland!
2015-07-22 19:59
no JoelZ, no party!
2015-07-22 20:34
#224
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
No beer for aslak and sunny!! First play nice then some ryyppy
2015-07-22 21:20
DON'T REMOVE REFLEX AGAIN. REMOVING REFLEX NEVER HELPS WITH ANYTHING.
2015-07-22 21:25
yes he is decent igl and pretty good rifler
2015-07-23 04:57
#227
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Finland QLLI 
sunny > all sunny is a god Kappa?
2015-07-22 22:59
#231
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Finland f0pZ 
Hope they qualify, bestest stickers incoming
2015-07-23 00:37
aslak lan player
2015-07-23 01:13
gl
2015-07-23 08:53
have fun with the roccat mouses LMFAO :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDddd
2015-07-23 12:03
for the idiots who think roccat mices suck - i have 3 years 1 same mouse using every day all time pretty much and still no problems and not even thinking of changing it next years
2015-07-23 12:14
+1 Using roccat lua and roccat taito, amazing mouse and mousepad
2015-07-23 12:18
Roccat are the best in terms of build quality for sure.
2015-07-23 12:28
OHH YEAAAAA
2015-07-23 12:18
Roccat tier2 or tier3 ?
2015-07-23 18:16
More like tier4-5 atm
2015-07-24 10:08
Unfortunately half of the CSGO community don't know about this team. But GL ROCCAT!
2015-07-24 17:10
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