Aleksib: "We can beat top 10 teams on LAN"

We sat down with ENCE's in-game leader, Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen, after his team's opening victory against TYLOO at StarSeries i-League Season 6.

ENCE played their first match in Kiev against TYLOO in a match on Inferno that they were able to win by an ample 16-6. They did so by keeping the Chinese side at bay, breaking their economy several times early on and winning both pistol rounds, to go 1-0 in the Swiss group stage.

ENCE kick off StarSeries S6 on the right foot with a win over TYLOO in their opening match

In the following interview, Aleksib walks us through the Finnish team's current form, how it has grown since its inception, the differences between playing online and on LAN, where the team stands in the CS:GO landscape, and their preparation and expectations for Kiev.

You had some good showings at the end of last season, just failed to make the playoffs in Cologne but played well against good teams, then you made the final at DreamHack Montreal, have you been able to carry that momentum into this season?

Yeah, I think after Montreal we had a little setback after losing to some really low teams, which really affected our confidence. After that, we had a good week of practice, and we managed to play a few good games before coming here, which was really good for us since now we have our confidence back. Coming here, I think we're very confident because it's a LAN event. We've performed well on LAN and we're very hungry to win an event.

When ENCE formed, one of the things questioned was the experience of the team, which had a lot of players without much international LAN experience. From then to now, what have you noticed have been the biggest changes in the team?

I think the way we react. We have trained in practice how to react in different situations, which is a huge factor that we've been able to transfer to LAN games. So, when stuff happens, we can play well individually and make the right decisions. I'd say that's the main thing, and just playing as a team, we have more experience together. Closing out games, as well, we've become better at doing stuff like that.

Tell me a bit about the thought process behind picking Inferno against TYLOO. They're known to be comfortable on it, even though it didn't seem like that today. How did you go about the veto?

I talked to our coach, and he was confident in playing Inferno. He saw that they had some problems we could abuse, so I was, like "OK, sure, why not?" We have practiced Inferno a lot, lately, and I know TYLOO has played it a lot as well, but given that we're confident and we have good tactics and a good game plan it was a no-brainer. We just went into it with a good mentality and were able to take the win.

Talking about the tactical side, you were changing up your set-ups and mixing up passive and aggressive play across the map. Would you say you've worked the tactical side a lot?

Not really that much. We like to play and then go through everything after we lose, so, if we lose a certain round, and we see that this or that happens, we'll talk it through. Everyone then seems to get the information they need out of it to correct their mistakes. Of course, we do take some time to make new tactics and stuff like that, but we have a few good players that can call what play or what set-up we're going to do on-the-fly, which is really good.

Without looking at rankings, where do you think you stand? What type of team do you think ENCE is?

Well, it's a tough question, since we tend to go up and down, but I think on LAN we can beat top 10 teams. The elite teams are still a bit hard since we haven't had the chance to play them a lot. We just need more experience to be confident and do stuff the right way against them. I really want to play against elite teams and show them what we have, but top 10 and top 20 teams, I think we can beat anyone.

What do you think makes you different when you're on LAN as opposed to when you play online?

I think the main thing is focus. The second thing is that on LAN we're very aware and prepared, and we do things with more confidence and momentum, so it just feels that we've gained LAN experience and we play really good offline.

The last questions are about the preparation and expectations. How did you come into the event?

We have prepared, but not in a bootcamp, we just played at home. One day, a week or two ago, we hung out together and watched a hockey match and talked and relaxed. After that, we had a great week of preparation and practice as well as a few officials, which I think really helped boost our confidence coming here. As far as expectations, we want to win, but the first goal is to reach the playoffs and go game by game.

So not putting too much pressure on yourself...

You could say that we are, but we really want to win, so we just have to do it!

Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
588
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
ez 4 ence
2018-10-07 13:35
#6
natu | 
Finland sadmen 
they will choke like always
2018-10-07 13:36
#56
flusha | 
Finland ))) 
kinda weird way of typing "the will give other teams a chance like always"
2018-10-07 14:01
Thinking the same dear friend
2018-10-07 14:32
#98
xseveN | 
Finland runENCE 
Thinking the same dear friend
2018-10-07 14:36
Cool Story Tell Again
2018-10-07 21:41
Traitors will be shot behind sauna.
2018-10-07 15:08
#130
natu | 
Finland sadmen 
i gave up on them they choked too mamy times and from now I will bring my AK to sauna
2018-10-07 15:18
What if you get glawked?
2018-10-07 15:28
#140
natu | 
Finland sadmen 
i buy helmet and kevlar
2018-10-07 15:52
EZ
2018-10-07 13:36
ez af 4 ence
2018-10-07 13:41
#54
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Denmark Jehova 
ez4ence
2018-10-07 13:58
#107
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
ez 4 ence
2018-10-07 14:49
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 18:04
Astralis 2.0 Ez4Encestralis
2018-10-07 18:34
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-08 08:11
hahah no
2018-10-07 13:35
Funniest joke I've heard all day
2018-10-07 13:37
+1
2018-10-07 13:58
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2018-10-07 14:05
they already did many times
2018-10-07 21:49
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2018-10-09 15:29
#3
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Portugal Joefilas 
Hahahahahhahaha
2018-10-07 13:35
#4
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United Kingdom DyNamiq_ 
tyloo not top 10 tho
2018-10-07 13:36
#44
Get_Rice | 
Denmark KFB4 
Nt nibber
2018-10-07 13:47
He's right
2018-10-07 15:41
H@H@H@H@H@.
2018-10-07 13:36
Hmm ok
2018-10-07 13:36
OMEGALUL
2018-10-07 13:36
#9
hippien | 
Poland VitzA 
xD
2018-10-07 13:36
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 13:37
#12
zonic | 
Denmark meganice 
Wow... 1 weeks practice! Why stop there? You are obviously top 2 team with that 1 whole week of practice. Confidence is nice and good... buuuut.....
2018-10-07 13:37
nt ast fan after ast top 1
2018-10-07 13:38
#85
zonic | 
Denmark meganice 
Im Danish. Kinda The only team there is to cheer for when you hate FCK football club.
2018-10-07 14:23
How about South
2018-10-07 16:11
#136
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Nt navi fan
2018-10-07 15:37
nt ropz
2018-10-07 16:11
#173
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
At least ez for rops than for a navishit fan
2018-10-09 09:53
I'm sorry who won that mvp?
2018-10-09 13:40
Top 2 ? Wtf #1ENCE
2018-10-07 13:38
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2018-10-07 13:37
+1 EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 13:37
#18
Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Lul joke of the year
2018-10-07 13:37
#83
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Finland Vkims 
Ence>optic india
2018-10-07 14:23
#87
Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Xacxa
2018-10-07 14:24
#22
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Europe Skraj 
Wow, what an achievement to beat top 10 teams at lan
2018-10-07 13:38
I think it is.
2018-10-07 15:40
#171
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Finland Gaabzz 
u can go too beat top 10 teams on lan bro!
2018-10-08 18:33
#172
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Europe Skraj 
Zzz Teams outside of top 10 beat the top 10 teams all the time, it's nothing special
2018-10-08 18:52
EZ4COCKYFINNSENCE
2018-10-07 13:38
#24
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
2018-10-07 13:39
LAN retard he said we can beat top 10 teams on LAN do you know what is lan?
2018-10-07 13:40
#36
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
They even lost to RB while "they were in a really good shape" for a LAN tournament. Now this happens. Top 10 anime jokes.
2018-10-07 13:42
typical another retard turk/arab kys
2018-10-07 13:47
#95
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Finland eMBeJaana 
losing to noname team online doesn't mean a shit :D
2018-10-07 14:33
#133
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Finland satkis 
Retarded turk
2018-10-07 15:24
#152
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World ZMDR 
top 10 autism
2018-10-07 18:27
yeah no
2018-10-07 13:39
loooooooooool
2018-10-07 13:40
I aren't think that
2018-10-07 13:40
#29
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Canada herocoolzzz 
draken LUL
2018-10-07 13:40
#30
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Finland ItzMqss ESBO 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 13:40
as delusional as mibr fans WOW
2018-10-07 13:40
ikr mibr fans = ence fans
2018-10-07 15:53
rofl
2018-10-07 17:35
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2018-10-07 13:41
EZ4ENCE Ahahahahaha no😂
2018-10-07 13:41
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 13:41
LMAO Not just thier fans are delusional then
2018-10-07 13:42
They have already beaten top 10 team on lan tho so xddd
2018-10-07 13:46
Did you read other than the headline? They can beat teams in top 10 but not elite teams. Aaand they've already done that AND they were actually really close even beating elite team.
2018-10-07 14:13
#84
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Finland de_suomi 
10 years from now on are you guys still telling everyone that Ence once ALMOST beat Navi? That's same as saying Ence almost became major winners because they attended a major.
2018-10-07 14:23
#115
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Finland Bjorkki 
ENCE haven't played against the top teams in a while. In a bo3 with 2 maps going 16-14 it was anyones game.
2018-10-07 15:01
No? Its very relevant CURRENTLY.
2018-10-07 16:01
Delusional. Exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for free betting money!
2018-10-07 15:13
Its not delusion when its already happened xD Murica brain at its best.
2018-10-07 15:57
Delusional that you think ence will actually achieve something whenThey can't then win a tier 4 online tournament. "Almost beat Na'Vi " whatever lol Finnish brain at its finest.
2018-10-07 16:13
Murica brain having hard time comprehending the fact that ence are massively better lan than online xD Who cares about online anyways.
2018-10-07 17:52
#38
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
ENCOCKY
2018-10-07 13:43
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 13:43
rrrrright :D
2018-10-07 13:44
#42
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Poland Kleigen 
ohoho cocky as always dont be that confident little boi
2018-10-07 13:47
#45
s1mple | 
Bulgaria Critias 
ahahahaha nt
2018-10-07 13:48
#46
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Europe n0kay 
wtf is this confidence 😂 sit down guys
2018-10-07 13:48
#51
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Malaysia byaIi 
they have allu so you know
2018-10-07 13:57
But you can also lose with everybody Good logic
2018-10-07 13:48
very true xdd...
2018-10-07 13:51
#49
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Russia razorVJ 
Someone tell him TyLoo is far from top10.
2018-10-07 13:52
#50
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Germany TasuketeJ 
By this logic they should be #1 no?
2018-10-07 13:55
They CAN win doesn't mean they will xddd
2018-10-07 13:57
#79
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Finland Vkims 
Why so stupid
2018-10-07 14:22
#55
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Poland KasPro 
Cool
2018-10-07 14:00
In B01s
2018-10-07 14:01
They won against Mouz with SNAX on his first lan and nothing else. Mouz won last week ESL One NY vs Liquid in BO5. With Snax.
2018-10-07 14:06
#66
suNny | 
Finland phoosi 
They were top 10 am i right?
2018-10-07 14:08
in hltv ranking probably, irl they were like top 18 and Ence had better chemistry and teamplays
2018-10-07 14:23
#92
suNny | 
Finland phoosi 
So they won top 10 team. I think we're done here.
2018-10-07 14:29
4 months ago. Mouz won against Astralis on Major in Boston so i think they are top 1.
2018-10-07 14:53
#118
suNny | 
Finland phoosi 
3 months. And even the best team is in top 10. So they won a top 10 team still. Nice try though.
2018-10-07 15:05
#80
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Finland Vkims 
Ence almost won against navi on cologne
2018-10-07 14:23
Almost.
2018-10-07 14:23
#90
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Finland Vkims 
If you almost beat 2nd best team then you definitely can beat any team from top10
2018-10-07 14:25
#96
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Finland eMBeJaana 
but still win is win and loss is loss
2018-10-07 14:34
When?
2018-10-07 14:42
#59
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Ukraine speecher 
#KyivNotKiev Kyiv is the right version as decided by UNCSGN (United Nations Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names) and UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names)."Kiev" is in Russian.
2018-10-07 14:02
almost as cocky as draken LMAO
2018-10-07 14:02
almost as good at baiting as coldzera LMAO
2018-10-07 14:04
almost as good at getting baited as TACO LMAO
2018-10-07 14:09
i was talking about aleksib but ok :(
2018-10-07 15:03
oof xDDD sry
2018-10-07 15:06
#77
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Finland Vkims 
Atleast aleksib winning games
2018-10-07 14:21
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2018-10-07 14:04
Whats so wrong with saying "we can beat top 10 teams on LAN" lmao. Is he supposed to say "nah, we cant beat any good team on LAN. We are utter shit". Use your brain people lol
2018-10-07 14:04
its just hltv people are braindeads .
2018-10-07 14:10
#74
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Expected from 10 second attention span people who only read the title
2018-10-07 14:16
There is absolutely nothing wrong about saying it. But it's funny because his sense of reality is lacking.
2018-10-07 14:20
#101
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Europe lalt 
ENCE proved he is right already. Yeah, a little asterisk there but nothing suggests otherwise either.
2018-10-07 14:40
I agree, but tbh if ENCE play at their absolute best they can beat top 10 teams, but not Astralis of course.
2018-10-07 14:49
Why? They already did what he said they could. Theres nothing cocky or unrealistic whatsoever.
2018-10-09 15:32
No.
2018-10-07 14:13
#71
s1mple | 
United States Weskerz 
niceee logic
2018-10-07 14:14
Mouz, NRG, North, BiG will wreck them
2018-10-07 14:15
Astralis 16-0 ENCE
2018-10-07 14:15
#75
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
EZENCE
2018-10-07 14:18
i guess ence is the only team that can beat astralis then confirmed
2018-10-07 14:21
#154
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Finland Madd!z 
+1
2018-10-07 18:51
ROFL
2018-10-07 14:23
2 won both pistols in Bo1 chill down
2018-10-07 14:24
WHO IS HE
2018-10-07 14:24
#91
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Finland pornokarhu 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 14:28
#93
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World taco__ 
Can anyone here explain what's the major difference between playing on lan and playing online? People say that some teams are stronger on lans other stronger online. But they are playing the same game with the same people why does it affect their performance? Why can't they beat them online, only on lan?
2018-10-07 14:32
#103
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Romania SkipLD 
FBI. Don't move!
2018-10-07 14:44
#109
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Europe lalt 
Lag and lack of pressure. Lag makes things more random. If you go to look at online qualifiers, you will find a lot of strange results. For example, NiP failed to get into minor for 2 years despite winning top tier tournaments in that timespan and being top15 team. ENCE lost against some random finnish mix too, in minor Q this year despite making it into top3 in minor itself.
2018-10-07 14:51
#97
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Turkey KUYASH 
hahahaa NO.
2018-10-07 14:35
#99
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Israel St4m 
me: nnnnnnnnnnnnnn you: hahahahahahaha blyat: xaxaxaxaxaxa favela: kkkkkkkkkkkk spanishit: jajajajajajajajajajaja
2018-10-07 14:43
#106
sjuush | 
Europe auttan 
lmao :DDD
2018-10-07 14:47
#104
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India EnEm69 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-10-07 14:44
#105
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Malta jazhet 
i hear astralis laughing
2018-10-07 14:46
#114
shox | 
India iejesus 
lmfao+1 / and Liquid Navi
2018-10-07 14:58
#122
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Malta jazhet 
+1
2018-10-07 15:07
funny, apart from that mouz bo3 didn't see them beating top10 teams on lan
2018-10-07 14:54
They CAN. Is it wrong to say that? Should the igl not lift his lineups spirit?
2018-10-08 00:29
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-07 14:56
#113
shox | 
India iejesus 
Omegalul
2018-10-07 14:57
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2018-10-07 15:03
Truly happy to see this positive attitude
2018-10-07 15:05
#120
Keiti | 
Canada Lizzie 
its only tyloo calm down
2018-10-07 15:05
ahahahahahaahahahhaha
2018-10-07 15:08
#125
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United States EmperorTrump 
ENCE TOP 1 SOON
2018-10-07 15:09
#132
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Bulgaria Crazy_Gamer 
Ahhahahah!
2018-10-07 15:19
#156
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Europe T3sto$ami 
xaxaxxaxaxaxaxaaxaxaxax
2018-10-07 19:03
#127
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Dominican Republic asdawda 
ez4ence
2018-10-07 15:14
tylul AHAHAHHAA
2018-10-07 15:15
GOOD JOKE HAAH
2018-10-07 15:18
HAHAHA OMEGALUL
2018-10-07 15:32
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2018-10-07 15:37
#147
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Luxembourg fowkingell 
I'll believe it when I see it
2018-10-07 16:36
He says that like beating tyloo proofs that..
2018-10-07 19:32
#158
steel | 
North America Le_s0uL 
Lmaoo beats tyloo now they think they can beat anyone. Oh how I hope they get wrecked next match
2018-10-07 19:34
#179
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Finland Acoz 
EZ4ENCE cya mouz
2018-10-09 15:32
When they out on a group stage, he should be ashame being cocky
2018-10-07 19:36
Tell me what part of the text makes him cocky
2018-10-08 00:31
#160
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Brazil hugoooo 
I think they can beat NRG and BIG... so yeah
2018-10-07 19:56
#176
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North America xAriana 
or mouz
2018-10-09 15:30
tyloo is t2 team tbh
2018-10-07 21:38
#166
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Hungary raffai 
EZ 4 ENCE
2018-10-08 00:32
#167
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Australia Shlapsham 
"One day, a week or two ago, we hung out together and watched a hockey match and talked and relaxed" Finns......
2018-10-08 06:50
#170
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
hassiktir bebe
2018-10-08 17:11
#177
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Finland Acoz 
Hey Ence! Sunny here. Can I join?
2018-10-09 15:31
man knew it xddd
2018-10-09 15:31
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