Aleksib: "We aren't scared of OpTic and we want to get revenge for the Minor"

Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen sat down with HLTV.org after his team's latest victory to talk about beating BIG and their upcoming match against OpTic.

On the fifth match day at StarSeries i-League Season 6, in which all of the quarter-final matches are being played out, ENCE managed to beat BIG to secure a spot in the playoffs, where they will face Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and the rest of OpTic for a spot in the $300,000 event's grand final.

A happy Aleksib after his team eliminated BIG

In the interview, Aleksib talks about facing BIG and wondering how Fatih "gob b" Dayik & co. prepared for them, beating two top 10 teams in Kiev after saying his team could do so on day 1, and what the Finns need to polish before their semi-final match against OpTic tomorrow.

The first day you said you could beat top 10 teams on LAN. Since then, you beat two, mousesports and BIG, anything you want to tell the people who doubted you?

You have to be confident. If you come here thinking you can't beat them what are you even doing here? Of course I sounded a bit cocky, but sometimes you need to spice it up a bit.

Talking about sounding cocky, you're going up against k0nfig who said he's going to beat whoever they play next. Any thoughts on that?

He has been doing it for a long time, but OpTic hasn't been playing that well for the past months, so we're very confident and we aren't scared of them and we want to get revenge for the Minor.

You played them online, just one map on MDL right before coming, and you won. What were the feelings you had playing against them then?

It was just an online match, but it was very important for us because we had lost something like three games in a row before that and were in a little bit of a slump, you could say. After that, every practice we played went great, so we knew we just had to go into the next official match with a good mindset, and we beat OpTic and aAa before coming to this event, and we were already thinking we'd be comfortable on LAN.

Let's get into the BIG match a bit, what went through your head when you saw the draw?

I don't like playing BIG. We hadn't played them, but I know what gob b is like and you always have this thought in the back of your mind and you start to wonder if they've anti-stratted every round and stuff like that. You just have to forget that and play your own game. We had our own preparation, which we followed, and everything was going well, which gave us more confidence.

Overpass went pretty well for you at the beginning, but you gave up a big lead, in the end, losing some clutches including tiziaN's 1vs2 four-kill... How did you feel going into the overtime and bouncing back after?

We should have definitely closed it out. We haven't played Overpass that much in official matches but we have been practicing it, so I think they underestimated us. We know how we wanted to approach the game and things were working out for us. Then they won some crucial rounds, such sick rounds, smooya won a 1vs3, then the tiziaN round, a few 1vs1s...

After the match we were, like, "Holy sh*t, we should have won that," but then we were thinking that we just had to forget that map because we lost it in the clutches and we should have won. Then our map was up, so we just thought that if we were able to take them to overtime in their map, we were going to beat them in the two remaining maps.

Nuke was your pick, and you were definitely favored to win on it, but what about Train? Did you know the veto would end up with Train as the decider? Had you prepared it?

Yeah, we knew Train would be the decider, but mostly we just played our own game. We changed a few things, but not major things. We just knew that if we have the momentum we can do anything, so it was about not overthinking and just going into it confidently, and I think we played a great third map.

To close it out, as we said earlier, you're going to be facing OpTic next. What's going to be the key if you guys want to make it to the final?

It will be our communication. On Overpass things got a bit hectic at times, so we need to calm down a bit and keep the good communication rolling, to give all of the proper information to our teammates, and it will be way cleaner.

Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-12 17:44
ENCE > MIBR
2018-10-12 17:44
#11
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Sweden Unluko 
ENCE > FaZe
2018-10-12 17:45
i cri when ence no make major
2018-10-12 17:46
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
Feelsbad
2018-10-12 17:48
#EZ4ENCE
2018-10-12 17:49
next major ence will be top 8
2018-10-12 18:56
They will have sunny and make top1
2018-10-12 19:22
-xseven +sunny
2018-10-12 19:22
-anyone +sunny
2018-10-12 19:26
preferrably xseven though, he's bottom fragging 75% of the time
2018-10-12 19:29
#52
Aleksib | 
Finland MorstB 
Welp he is support it is not xsevens job to frag. Usually a bad idea to cut support for even more fragging power, ence already have 2-3 stars so bringing 4th one wouldnt be beneficial. If ence would add sunny they should cut sergej or aerial
2018-10-12 20:16
#53
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Finland eMBeJaana 
i thought even you have heard about such role called support
2018-10-12 20:27
idk i feel like that doesn't completely cover the fact that he is so bottomed out usually. sometimes he carries the team though as it was against tyloo
2018-10-12 20:53
Taco and styko are the same way. Bottom fraggers relaying info to the team. Every now and then they’ll win all their clutches or have the right positioning throughout a game and hit all their shots. That’s why I said kick any of them for sunny. Except allu cuz awper
2018-10-12 20:57
#63
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Finland eMBeJaana 
but did u see that 1hp 1v2 clutch on nuke?
2018-10-12 22:47
i think i did (at a site?), that was nice
2018-10-12 23:02
+1
2018-10-12 18:47
#7
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-10-12 17:45
who
2018-10-12 17:44
One who sent a rat to it's hole
2018-10-12 17:46
Oshit
2018-10-12 18:28
#33
mOE | 
Azerbaijan yaboiiii 
booooooom :D
2018-10-12 18:46
#4
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Italy Er1cz 
K
2018-10-12 17:44
#5
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Bulgaria HLTVholic 
ENCE banter team
2018-10-12 17:45
Aleksib is so fucking HOT
2018-10-12 17:45
gey
2018-10-12 17:45
Admiring someone of same sex is not homo
2018-10-12 17:48
#23
Finland em8 
True but piledriver is definitely gay
2018-10-12 18:04
Yes it is gay. Do you think being called gay is insulting? It’s not 2013 anymore dude
2018-10-12 19:23
+1 he's ultra sexy
2018-10-12 18:14
gays
2018-10-12 19:07
Just being realistic
2018-10-13 11:24
#28
XigN | 
Korea yooz 
+1
2018-10-12 18:25
#8
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Netherlands shavedballsack 
mouz>ence
2018-10-12 17:45
16-12 says otherwise
2018-10-12 19:24
rankings,events,event wins,total wins,player stats, event playoffs, chrisj says otherwise
2018-10-12 19:26
3-0 btw
2018-10-12 19:55
#54
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Finland eMBeJaana 
mouz never won ence so i unfortunately have to say it isn't mouz>ence
2018-10-12 20:28
sk never beat space soldiers so ss>mibr???
2018-10-12 20:40
Ence and mousesports have played 3 maps, of which all have gone to the way of ence. Hereby, I can scientifically prove that ez4ence and not ez4mouz
2018-10-13 09:20
#9
Ukraine Pham_ 
you will lose
2018-10-12 17:45
ENCE ENCE ENCE
2018-10-12 17:45
#31
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India Narendra_modi 
nice name
2018-10-12 18:40
#13
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Europe andyy_ 
they have no chance lmao
2018-10-12 17:45
Mad cuz imperial got rekt everytime by ence?
2018-10-12 17:49
#20
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Europe andyy_ 
hltv.org/matches/2327383/ence-vs-big-sta.. I don't want to repeat this shit again, read from #46
2018-10-12 17:50
#32
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Finland Madd!z 
How much did you lose when Imperial lost?
2018-10-12 18:40
#35
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Europe andyy_ 
0, lmao I don't bet on matches, fuck this risky shit
2018-10-12 18:53
its not that risky if you put just a bit of money on many matches as I do
2018-10-12 18:58
nb4 poverty
2018-10-12 19:25
xd
2018-10-12 19:28
#25
Aleksib | 
Finland Mitzu 
Could be that Optic wins, but saying they have no chance is a bit too radical too, considering they've always had tight as hell head to heads.
2018-10-12 18:12
#55
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Finland eMBeJaana 
expected from lithuanian who gets rekt every single time by ence xD
2018-10-12 20:30
#59
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Europe andyy_ 
#20, blind
2018-10-12 20:41
#21
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Russia sneakyboy 
i are think that
2018-10-12 17:53
God allu
2018-10-12 17:54
#24
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Sweden bluswede 
ez4ence
2018-10-12 18:04
There is little point in fearing the inevitable
2018-10-12 18:17
#30
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Sweden Trkmag 
ENCE is obviously the favourites
2018-10-12 18:37
#38
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Finland Smoonah 
-seven +sunny/zehn
2018-10-12 19:02
#56
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Finland eMBeJaana 
turpakii jo :D
2018-10-12 20:30
talk shit before the match = ez lose
2018-10-12 19:23
#57
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Europe lalt 
Then, I think we have lose - lose situation in the match up.
2018-10-12 20:31
U sure talk smack let's see if you can win 2 rounds against optic india
2018-10-12 19:52
#62
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United States CallOfDuty 
OpTic BR could beat ence xD
2018-10-12 22:43
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