sergej: "If we play our game we can be top 10"

We close out the live coverage from StarSeries Season 6 with an interview by Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo, the tournament's MVP.

ENCE lifted the trophy in Kiev, as ENCE beat Vega Squadron after five grueling maps, to bag the $125,000 first place prize at StarSeries i-League Season 6. To get there, ENCE beat teams like BIG, MOUZ, and OpTic.

ENCE win their first international LAN in Kiev

sergej, the StarSeries i-League Season 6 MVP, ran us through the match with Vega Squadron, how ENCE felt about the matchup before jumping into the server, dealing with the CIS side's aggression, and where he sees his team in comparison to the world's best.

Before you started this tournament, did you see yourself lifting the trophy?

Yeah, we felt really confident. We had good practices and a few good online results, so we were confident we could win this event if we played our best.

Before the final you only lost one map, to BIG. When you saw the final was going to be against Vega what did you think?

We actually thought it was going to be the easy match. We had beaten OpTic, BIG, mouz, and those teams, so we thought that Vega would be easier. But the pressure got to us in the final, a lot of us haven't been in this situation before, so the pressure got to us and they actually played really well.

Not too much of a crowd, but there was one, and they were all with Vega. In an interview this morning, jR said he hoped maybe that would make you feel a bit more pressure. Did it?

No, the crowd didn't get into our head. Well, at least mine, I don't know about the others, but I don't think so. The only thing about the crowd was that we could obviously hear it, so when we had a pause it was hard to talk when the crowd was cheering so loud.

As you said, you kind of expected it to be a bit easier because Vega isn't considered as strong as some of the other teams you beat, but it went to five maps and was pretty close in the end. What were the keys of the match?

Our first pick was Train, and we had a lot of confidence on it. We had a good CT side, we got 10 rounds, but on T side we lost like seven rounds that we shouldn't have, which was a bit unlucky for us. We played poorly at times, and were a bit unlucky other times.

Inferno is a good map for us, we are confident on it all of the time. We won the first pistol and the game just started rolling. We lost the CT side pistol, I think, and saved a few rounds, but when we got our money it was easy for us again. They couldn't get much done in the full buy rounds.

Dust2 has been a bit shaky for us in the past few months, but it was our best map for a long time when we made the team, we used to never lose on it, and we beat some good teams on it. Then it kind of fell off. We haven't practiced on it that much, but we played a good CT side overall. On T side when they started to get money that made the game a bit harder because we didn't have that much confidence attacking. I got a good 1vs2 and after that we got rolling and were able to close it out.

On Mirage we had a bad start, but we were able to get nine rounds which was more than enough for us on T side. Then we lost the second pistol round and they completely locked us down on the CT side, we got reset and couldn't do much.

On Overpass we knew we were going to need a strong T side because our CT side can be a bit harsh sometimes. We got the pistol round and the second round, but then we lost the third to an almost full eco which was kind of bad, but we managed to get the next round and start rolling. Every time they won we reset them, and we got a few lucky rounds but we got a 12-3 lead. We lost the second pistol round, then the first gun round, and it started to look pretty bad, but we took a pause, managed to calm down, and we were able to close the game.

Did you say anything particular during the pause?

We just talked about keeping our focus, and that even though we were winning, it was the last map and the game wasn't over, that we have to focus until the end.

You mentioned the aggressive style that Vega has, which can be hard to deal with at times. How did you manage it? Had you talked about it beforehand, and how did it go in-game?

We knew before that their playstyle is aggressive, so we just thought that if we play our own game and play together, that should work. Also, that we needed to use our utility well so that they couldn't be that aggressive, but it worked out for them.

It's the first bigger international LAN you win. You beat teams like mouz, OpTic, and BIG. Where do you see yourselves as a team?

I think if we play our game we can be top 10. We still do many mistakes we shouldn't do at this level, but if we fix our mistakes we could even be top 5.

You think you can keep this level up playing against elite level teams?

Yeah, I think we can. We'll see next week at EPICENTER.

Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sergej top5 2019
2018-10-14 23:53
19 replies
sergej > baitzera
2018-10-14 23:53
14 replies
2018-10-14 23:53
1 reply
Top1 is already Top10
2018-10-14 23:54
Finland pornokarhu
2018-10-15 00:14
2018-10-15 01:46
in your leanguage: who cares about a tier 5 tornament xDxD Kkkk
2018-10-15 05:23
8 replies
Finland Taynz
Tier 2. Btw ence 1 tournament win mibr 0 allu 1tournament win baitzera 0
2018-10-15 06:39
6 replies
Spain N0Love
2018-10-15 08:36
2018-10-15 10:07
Sweden skorpan
baitzera has 2 tournament wins though this year. Though those were t3-4 tournaments, ENCE won a t2-3 tournament!
2018-10-15 13:38
1 reply
tier2 lul NRG tier3 garbage 1 mouz t2 team on tournament.
2018-10-15 16:31
cry is free
2018-10-15 15:35
1 reply
Finland Taynz
Sergej 1 mvp baitzera 0 AXAXAXA
2018-10-16 08:07
Hen and lucas 0 tournament wins
2018-10-15 11:34
2018-10-15 10:50
they already are top10
2018-10-14 23:54
1 reply
fan of Frosty <3
2018-10-15 15:20
Cs dead in 2019 luuul
2018-10-15 00:32
1 reply
2018-10-15 03:06
dumau | 
Germany felo
2018-10-14 23:53
1 reply
2018-10-14 23:53
2018-10-14 23:53
Argentina zrmkr
Astralis best team though #astralistop1 #astralisera #tothestars
2018-10-14 23:54
3 replies
United States Burnzie
2018-10-15 00:38
2018-10-15 03:02
but astralis is not top 0 sobayed
2018-10-15 04:09
Algeria Maxmeister
Sergej top55 2019
2018-10-14 23:53
So humble. They're easily top5
2018-10-14 23:53
This is what every top25 team says lmao
2018-10-14 23:54
5 replies
Bad bait
2018-10-14 23:57
But not every top25 team wins 300k tournaments 8)
2018-10-15 00:30
3 replies
Lul all trash teams.... tier 5 tournament
2018-10-15 03:36
2 replies
0/8 Tier 2 tournament They totally deserved it Also, >Trash teams >Mouse, BIG Chose one
2018-10-15 15:53
1 reply
Have u even watched how mouse played in that tournament....they were on the level on faze before snax.... thankfully styko is back 10 minutes ago
2018-10-15 16:19
Finland Smoonah
ez top 10
2018-10-14 23:54
Wow, that was really EZ for a professional CSGO team ENCE ENCE #1
2018-10-14 23:55
just won one event and ego over the sky !
2018-10-14 23:55
4 replies
wheres the ego going up in that interview?
2018-10-15 00:01
Pretty big event to win, yet he stays humble and hopeful during interview. Don’t know what you are reading
2018-10-15 00:47
1 reply
Finland ZoqFotPik
he's russian, we cannot expect much
2018-10-15 15:38
World ZMDR
>top 10 >big ego pick 1
2018-10-15 12:34
tbh ence will fall off and lose to some shit teams after this money will be good watch out for ence games online too they gonna lose ez
2018-10-14 23:55
2 replies
They will. They're a pure lan team that pretty much always lose online no matter who they play lol.
2018-10-15 10:35
1 reply
That's strange though since sergejs strength was online, don't know much about the others.
2018-10-15 12:42
2018-10-14 23:56
Lol they are top10 for sure
2018-10-14 23:56
if you dont throw online matches against tier5 trash like Royal Bandits probably you can
2018-10-14 23:58
1 reply
it was just the tactical genious Aleksib playing mental games against starseries opponents
2018-10-15 00:05
Other Phinks
Won 1 tier 2 tourney. CHill. Good win for ence really nice but they aint there yet but i hope they make it
2018-10-15 00:07
Snax | 
Poland Cejuhc
This team is very bad they win vo mousesports and they thing "IF WE PLAY OUR GAME WE CAN BE TOP 10" omg luckers they must out top 30
2018-10-15 00:12
1 reply
xaxaxa vp is gonna drop out of top 30 next time they update the ranking
2018-10-15 00:29
2018-10-15 00:18
Finland eMBeJaana
tl;dr every round that ence lost, was unlucky
2018-10-15 00:18
Poland Bartek19D
Wow did he speak English??
2018-10-15 00:29
4 replies
Yes, why woudn't he. We start studying English at 3rd grande.
2018-10-15 00:54
He knows english like everyone in good countries. All polish and russian people are trash at english
2018-10-15 01:04
most country with + mark in their flag mosly good at english xd
2018-10-15 02:29
1 reply
Finland gouca
at first I though it was a christian cross but then i realized it was a plus-symbol of total dominance
2018-10-15 12:14
Privet sergej
2018-10-15 00:53
Wp suomi Boyz. EZ4ENCE
2018-10-15 00:58
thank mr sergej
2018-10-15 01:19
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
Young hitter ez
2018-10-15 01:43
Other m3t4n0
In Brazil we call this "EMPOLGOU"
2018-10-15 01:51
Ez4GodAllu the true mvp
2018-10-15 02:08
Other ToRu
2018-10-15 02:15
" We'll see next week at EPICENTER" are they getting invite replacing mouse ? or perhaps he talks about qualifier ?
2018-10-15 02:28
2 replies
Top ranked team of wc qualifier will be invited to event and doesnt need to play qualifier
2018-10-15 02:33
1 reply
ok, ty for the info, don't know about that.
2018-10-15 02:39
2018-10-15 03:04
#52 comment finnaly Wait... whut? fuck...
2018-10-15 03:07
hahaha tier 2 at very peak
2018-10-15 03:31
Norway Breivik
thats true
2018-10-15 03:34
1 lucky tournament win.....and acting like they have won major beating astralis in final.....xdddddddd....mouse and big were playing trash in this
2018-10-15 03:39
3 replies
???? Are you drunk or just uneducated pleb without any skills in reading comprehension. Your high school teachers are crying.
2018-10-15 04:10
2 replies
I M uneducated
2018-10-15 10:48
1 reply
U certainly arent. If that is what u understood from sergejs comments
2018-10-15 11:08
It was a decent showing from ENCE but all the teams they faced committed a lot of mistakes, something that will probably not happen in the future on this scale. In my analysis, this result will help boost ENCE unto the top tourneys for the next 4 months or so, but after that the reality will hit on all levels.
2018-10-15 03:55
3 replies
Majors were a decent showing from Astralis but all the teams they faced committed a lot of mistakes, something that will probably not happen in the future on this scale. In my analysis, this result will help boost Astralis unto the top tourneys for the next 14 months or so, but after that the reality will hit on all levels.
2018-10-15 04:13
2 replies
It's not astralis opponent make too many mistakes but astralis utility usage is the best in the world right now Smoke flash molotov nades... you probably gonna die before you can shoot a single bullet
2018-10-15 05:50
1 reply
It's not ences opponent make too many mistakes but ence utility usage was the best in the tournament right now Smoke flash molotov nades... you probably gonna die before you can shoot a single bu
2018-10-15 11:10
nice joke
2018-10-15 04:00
Other kFelidae
top 10 hahahaha nt
2018-10-15 04:08
2 replies
well they probably gonna be there after they update the rankings hahahaha nt
2018-10-15 04:27
1 reply
actually they will probably be ranked #11 xddd...
2018-10-15 13:31
I'am not ENCE haters but top 10 is way too optimistic... They lost vs eco soo many times against vega Not to mention casually losing 4 vs 2 or 5 vs 3 man advantage so many times
2018-10-15 05:47
1 reply
Europe lalt
If you look ranking points, ENCE probably jumps to 10th place already. We'll see in two weeks how realistic it is to stay there. They are facing more top teams in EPICENTER.
2018-10-15 10:37
Brazil cadik
sergej >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s1mple
2018-10-15 05:58
1 reply
S1mple 5 MVP Sergej 1 MVP Exit/eco fragger baitzera 0 MVP
2018-10-15 06:05
Brazil cadik
sergej 0 dodged tournaments s1mple 1 dodged tournament
2018-10-15 06:06
I mean he is right, they are still young and will only get better, plus allu is a god. StarSeries was a pretty big event, the beat mouz and BIG, 2 top 10 rated teams. Yeah they struggled a bit against vega, but vega plays very weirdly and many teams better then ence have struggled against vega. Im really pumped to see them against t1 teams at epicenter (i hope they make it out of qualifiers, they probably will), yeah sure astralis isnt there but nobody can beat astralis, if they can beat/compete with faze/liquid/navi they can back up this statement for real.
2018-10-15 06:18
2 replies
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Finland Juvi
Yep.. Weve already seen ence making a good competition against NaVi. Epicenter next trophy lifting time?
2018-10-15 08:06
1 reply
I doubt they will win, all though i would love to see it, either faze navi or liquid is gunna be able to beat them. However, i think its possible they make finals and have a good tourny overall.
2018-10-15 20:35
Yaa hee heee stfu idiot now top 10 tomorrow top30 idiot kids
2018-10-15 06:35
7 replies
In english?
2018-10-15 07:22
6 replies
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2018-10-15 07:40
4 replies
2018-10-15 09:08
Finland satkis
Thanks bro much easier this way
2018-10-15 10:27
2 replies
no problemos
2018-10-15 12:18
1 reply
2018-10-15 12:50
2018-10-15 09:08
top5 nt sergej, can't wait to see liquid navi and astralis smash his ugly face
2018-10-15 06:56
5 replies
Salty imperial fan, i see
2018-10-15 07:22
2 replies
why would I be salty? I'm just saying he shouldn't get cocky just because won a t2 tournament
2018-10-15 12:02
1 reply
Finland Acoz
You truly have no clue what cocky means xd
2018-10-15 13:18
Finland Taynz
Where is imperial i cant see
2018-10-15 08:36
1 reply
Click on his profile
2018-10-15 08:47
Panama Bill_Bait
2018-10-15 07:01
Sweden Zaser5
2018-10-15 07:25
I fear that their successful run is just gonna be another fluke, like C9's and more recently North
2018-10-15 08:35
1 reply
Europe lalt
It's unlikely they win tier1 tournaments but you are going to see them in playoffs regularly.
2018-10-15 10:45
Tier3 event LUL
2018-10-15 09:07
3 replies
Finland Alko^
2018-10-15 10:46
2 replies
Tier9999 for ence
2018-10-15 12:47
1 reply
Finland Alko^
cry more but ez4ence (top5 team)
2018-10-15 19:19
African Union hdlmb
yung goat
2018-10-15 09:29
Indonesia Exodd
Congrats ENCE
2018-10-15 09:44
It's officially so EZ4ENCE.
2018-10-15 10:49
when you read too much twitch chat
2018-10-15 11:33
u mean top1
2018-10-15 12:25
"Inferno is a good map for us" No it is not, 34% win rate, way less than in any other map. Kid hits heads but clearly has no fucking clue
2018-10-15 16:02
3 replies
Does the win rate really matter when most of those games are online? ENCE's LAN win rate for the last 3 months in inferno is 66,7 % (4-2) and the two losses were in the minor against NiP and optic. It's maybe not their best map but it's a good map for them.
2018-10-15 16:28
2 replies
A good point I must admit, but I would not say it's a strong map for them. Their T side is super stagnant and predictable. Against teams like Astolis, FaZe, Liquid, NaVi, they have no fucking chance on inferno. I come out yelling I know that, but I have won Assembly, have won Clanbase Eurocup. I know what I am talking about.
2018-10-15 16:54
1 reply
No you don't, just don't, do not even consider it. U sir, are a hater and have no clue. mmkay? ENCE FOR LIFE. TOO EZ. #ALLUGOAT #NUORIOSUJA #YOUNGSERGEY #EZ4ENCE
2018-10-15 17:45
SERGEJ: "IF WE PLAY OUR GAME WE CAN BE TOP 10" I've heard it so many times and I saw the persons who said it fail so many times. No one should believe that, believe me.
2018-10-16 15:47
Why is the flag on the news list Ukraine i thought Jere is Finnish
2018-10-16 21:53
1 reply
Its based on location where the interview were taken..
2018-10-17 07:54
2018-10-23 12:43
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