ENCE claim EPICENTER group stage spot

As they are the highest ranked team that qualified for the EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier, ENCE will skip the preliminary phase and move directly to the group stage of the $300,000 tournament.

This is a result of the ruleset EPICENTER set down when announcing the Wild Card Qualifier, which would include five teams. However, only four of them would actually compete at the LAN Qualifier, with the team with the best HLTV ranking on October 19th set to receive an invite to the group stage.

ENCE are set to attend another Big Event next week

As our ranking updates once per week, on Mondays, it is already apparent that ENCE is the team with the highest ranking and will advance to the EPICENTER group stage directly. EPICENTER is yet to confirm this, though, and is expected to do so on the previously mentioned date, October 19th.

ENCE are currently ranked 11th, with their StarSeries i-League S6 win from last week helping them jump seven places since the last ranking update. ENCE has been a team on the rise for quite some time, though, as they picked up impressive BO3 wins at ESL One Cologne, finished third at the Europe Minor and, most recently, as runners-up at DreamHack Open Montreal.

With this, the team list for the EPICENTER group stage looks as follows::

The last two participating teams will be decided at the EPICENTER Wild Card LAN Qualifier, which will take place a day before the event starts, on October 22. The four teams will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket, with the two best ones advancing to the main tournament.

These four teams will compete at the EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier:

EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
38 replies
#13
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Russia zj2
lol nice for them sadly the tournament not as stacked as it was last year it lacks 2 best teams in the world rn, astralis and mibr
2018-10-16 15:32
29 replies
expected 4 ence
2018-10-16 15:31
2 replies
#155
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Russia Deponator
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2018-10-16 18:41
1 reply
Northern lights flash in the sky. A blizzard blows, pelting on its way those too weak to withstand the fury of winter at its fullest. From the permafrost strikes a massive hand; the mythical giant once deemed dead off the coast of Italy now rises to life, regenerated, from Lappish soil. The time is due. Around the world, the word spreads. In Sweden, the best of the best cower in fear and lock themselves in the nearest IKEA retail store. The Brazilians run into the safety of the jungle, the Danes play dead in Legoland and the Slavs sprint crying to babushka’s warm embrace. Enceladus’s augurs are unleashed upon the scene. Aleksi “allu” Jalli hails from his journey spent in international teams. A man may leave Finland, but Finland never leaves a man. Once again, he picks up the green rifle, this time not for money or fame, but to smite all opposition in the name of Enceladus. Aleksi “aleksib” Virolainen leaves the fabled squad of HAVU to lead what we can finally describe as a Finnish superteam. Under his leadership shall the northern guns spit death and destruction upon foes who wail in their weakness. Jani “aerial” Jussila joins after the biggest transfer of the Finnish e-sport scene from his former team SuperJymy. No longer will he be the only stand-out player of his team, but instead, a vital ingredient of a chaotic cocktail made up of Finland’s finest. Jere “sergej” Salo thwarts all rumors of desperate Internet trolls trying to tell they know his parents who told him to stop playing. Oh, the humanity! Backed up by the forces at home, bursting from motivation like a wolf thirsting for blood, he returns to ravage everything in his path. Where skill rises to speak, experience sits silent and disciplined. Sami “xseveN” Laasanen fills the ranks from iGame, for what would the team be if they wouldn’t buy the best player from every other Finnish team? Vigilantly standing, supporting his teammates be the cause what it pleases to be, he will be the shield and sword his comrades need to achieve the ultimate. The warning has been given. The sky screams, the ground shakes and the oceans boil. ENCE is coming. #EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 21:00
>best >MIBR Pick one
2018-10-16 15:34
12 replies
#64
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Indonesia Razerzer0
Still can't believe that most Brazilians are still considering mibr top 2 which they will never ever reach anymore in their career.
2018-10-16 15:47
11 replies
I think if they go full Brazilian again they will, it’s just a case of finding the right 5 again. Fallen started from the bottom, no reason why he can’t do it again
2018-10-16 15:59
6 replies
they dont need to go full brazillian again when they probably are already fluent in english, which opens a world of possible players they could sign. if they keep ynk or find someone at his level they can still improve more and become tier 1 again
2018-10-16 16:28
5 replies
#114
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
2nd laguage teams can never be as good as 1st language teams
2018-10-16 16:35
As #114 said, first language teams will always be better, due to the communication being so much better. Think, for cold to do a call he first has to translate it in his head, then say it, compared to just being able to reactively say it in Brazilian Portuguese.
2018-10-16 16:46
3 replies
this only happens in the start, after some time you will be able to think the game stuff in both languages with little effort, if not then, big, mouz, faze, hellraisers and cerq would suck ass
2018-10-16 16:48
and you should also take into account that they are living in the US and that they play most of the time with english speakers outside their team, its basically a part of their lives by now
2018-10-16 16:50
That just depends on the player. Not a player, but for example I played most of my time in CS:GO while speaking English (Support, awp and later even IGL) and now playing in a finnish team and I actually think my communications are worse now than they were before, but when I get used to it it should hopefully get to the same level.
2018-10-16 16:52
how can you be so sure they wont?
2018-10-16 16:28
Still can't believe people are falling for obvious bait
2018-10-16 16:33
#158
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Argentina macrigato
Who is the top2 for you then? MIBR is the only team in months which put a good fight against Astralis..
2018-10-16 18:55
1 reply
0/8
2018-10-17 01:48
>mibr >best team in the world Pick one
2018-10-16 15:48
mibr best team pick 0
2018-10-16 15:51
Mibr should be there....as far as astralis not there tournament is interesting
2018-10-16 15:55
#85
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Sweden frozze90
Mibr who?
2018-10-16 16:02
#121
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Finland tetuan
Navi is currently above MIBR as far as results go.
2018-10-16 16:51
mibr< liquid, navi, faze u idiot
2018-10-16 17:04
5 replies
+1
2018-10-16 18:17
#159
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Argentina macrigato
Liquid and Faze lul
2018-10-16 18:56
3 replies
mibr LUL
2018-10-17 03:59
2 replies
#171
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Argentina macrigato
Mibr is better than both. Don’t be a hater..
2018-10-17 05:42
1 reply
Really, u are the truth hater in here. Mibr dont have any chance against Liquid, Navi and even Faze =))
2018-10-17 06:39
Liquid is there tho so how are they missing top 2 teams
2018-10-16 17:53
#157
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Finland Taynz
Mibr tier 3 nt
2018-10-16 18:50
wasted spot
2018-10-16 15:42
7 replies
like mibr xD
2018-10-16 15:43
6 replies
like Bug as major legend
2018-10-16 15:56
2 replies
BUG 3 majors 2 legends immortals 1 major and disbanded
2018-10-16 15:56
1 reply
1/3 at major??? Kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-16 16:08
mibr = 5 major winners of 3 majors
2018-10-16 16:15
2 replies
LG 1 SK 1
2018-10-19 17:09
1 reply
C9 1
2018-10-26 20:34
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
2 replies
#109
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Poland Unluko
4
2018-10-16 16:32
1 reply
ENCE
2018-10-16 17:37
ez4ence
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
ez 4 ence
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
Yee boi
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
SO EZ FOR THE FINNISH ESPORTS ORGANIZATION ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ fail at group stage Trust me.
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
#14
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Armenia cGev
ez 4?
2018-10-16 15:31
2 replies
Bug
2018-10-16 15:33
1 reply
#105
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Finland k6s
reported
2018-10-16 16:26
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
Sad that MiBR had been changed by Hellraisers, ENCE would destroy these noobs
2018-10-16 15:31
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
yes
2018-10-16 15:31
#20
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Panama Cyain10
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
#20
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Panama Cyain10
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
#22
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Finland G0Dteukkab
ez4ence
2018-10-16 15:31
#24
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United Kingdom SickaBoy
avangar > ence
2018-10-16 15:32
3 replies
8/8
2018-10-16 17:46
2 replies
change alias or I
2018-10-16 19:03
1 reply
It was a quality bait. Simple yet effective and not too overblown. Simplicity is art even in baiting.
2018-10-16 19:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:32
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:32
No top1 No last champion Lul event
2018-10-16 15:32
3 replies
1)accepted the invitation, then refused 2)Just refused(not 100% sure) Blame the teams,who prefer rofltourneys like blast,not the epicenter. Sad tbh I would like to see them live this year =/
2018-10-16 15:45
2 replies
"RFRSH Entertainment is an esports media production company. RFRSH represents and runs the strategic and commercial operations for Astralis and Heroic." So Astralis most certainly will always favor Blast over others, just like they skipped IEM NY for Blast in turkey, although IEM NY would have been grand slam eligible.
2018-10-16 17:03
1 reply
Ofc,I knew about that.No problems here,just feeling a little dissapointed,cuz blast didn't look like a serious tournament,nothing more) And it's not in the first time teams do some sh*t at epicenter. For example at last year's tournament, faze team left before handing out autographs, as if nothing bad had happened, but probably unpleasantly.
2018-10-16 17:10
#28
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China serdim
5Power get a chance
2018-10-16 15:32
#29
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st
praying for NiP rn
2018-10-16 15:32
#30
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Croatia Esketite
Expected
2018-10-16 15:32
deserved actually
2018-10-16 15:32
Ez for NiP
2018-10-16 15:32
Nice
2018-10-16 15:32
Ence will win Epicenter and all events they attend Ez for Ence
2018-10-16 15:33
#35
mir | 
Russia M13F
final Avangar vs Ence
2018-10-16 15:33
3 replies
+1
2018-10-16 16:18
2 replies
#103
mir | 
Russia M13F
nt prokda
2018-10-16 16:26
1 reply
Im not prokda wtf
2018-10-16 16:26
No MIBR, Astralis, mouz... wtf happening rn, why is there not one t1 tournament with all the best teams, every time teams pulling out, it devalues all these tournaments... So sad
2018-10-16 15:33
2 replies
#41
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Finland G0Dteukkab
stil liquid, navi atleast are t1 team
2018-10-16 15:34
#47
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Belgium 69Savage
Blast and Chicago will be good tho
2018-10-16 15:35
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:33
#39
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Spain elskio
tier2
2018-10-16 15:34
EZCE ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-10-16 15:34
mark my words swole patrol vs vp close match up in quali
2018-10-16 15:34
#44
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Armenia cGev
Ctrl+F -> "ez4ence"
2018-10-16 15:34
#45
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Norway PeteZz
"EPICENTER: Now a T2 event.. SAD" @Donald Trump
2018-10-16 15:34
1 reply
NAVI and Liquid still there, along with two most promising rookie teams Avangar and ez4ence. Lineup is still great.
2018-10-16 16:01
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:35
#48
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Sweden AlexQ4
Allugod
2018-10-16 15:36
EZ
2018-10-16 15:37
Eco Tournament lul
2018-10-16 15:37
#51
fer | 
North America pureGOD
WHERE THE FAK IS MiBR ?? winners of EPICENTER 2017 LUL
2018-10-16 15:39
9 replies
in favela eating banana
2018-10-16 15:40
2 replies
+1
2018-10-16 15:43
#71
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Finland eMBeJaana
+1
2018-10-16 15:50
#57
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Europe LoookATme
MIBR trash
2018-10-16 15:43
4 replies
#79
fer | 
North America pureGOD
your doggo trash
2018-10-16 15:56
3 replies
#88
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Europe LoookATme
Tfu fucking cunt my dog died 2 months ago piece ofshit
2018-10-16 16:06
2 replies
#91
fer | 
North America pureGOD
Sorry to hear that.. kappa then fucking buy new one
2018-10-16 16:11
1 reply
#100
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Europe LoookATme
hope ur mom will die soon and u gonna buy another cunt
2018-10-16 16:20
Having rest, obvious.
2018-10-16 16:03
#52
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Poland Kobel_
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:39
wasted spot
2018-10-16 15:42
so ez 4 ence, opponents scared to play against them
2018-10-16 15:42
#60
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:43
She deservese it
2018-10-16 15:47
Lmao ence vs liquid/faze/Navi LMFAO This is the big leagues ence fans get real. Easy 16-6 type scores
2018-10-16 15:47
11 replies
#69
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Finland Vkims
Hahahahah rip liquid
2018-10-16 15:48
2 replies
Let’s go Finns Won’t score double digits vs liquid. Unless botallah goes off with the awp. Then maybe 11
2018-10-16 15:52
1 reply
#72
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Finland eMBeJaana
xD let's see
2018-10-16 15:51
Im Faze fan but EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:17
4 replies
Nt Trump
2018-10-16 16:18
3 replies
Im not Trump wtf
2018-10-16 16:18
2 replies
#154
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Finland k6s
nt maybe_fake_prokda
2018-10-16 18:25
1 reply
fak ya got me
2018-10-16 19:42
#127
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Russia RIMJOBOB
u will get get rekt fatty, u will see who u deal with also nitro sucks awp
2018-10-16 17:03
1 reply
Nt Trump
2018-10-16 17:22
Navi can get over 10 rounds vs ence. Faze, liquid will get stomped. Ence is the future of csgo - a force of nature if you may. You cant deny that just like trump cant deny climate change. Party at natus jacuzzi and meet you at the marketplace. #encewonepicenter2018
2018-10-16 18:18
Allu was like: guy look at my hand. it god hand. call me godallu
2018-10-16 15:47
#66
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Finland muglobal
EZ4WHO?
2018-10-16 15:47
EZENCE
2018-10-16 15:48
From tier 1 event to tier 2. Lucky for ence that mouz and astralis quit this event.
2018-10-16 15:54
1 reply
unluko for ence not to get play vs best teams* They got their invite as best ranked WC qualifier team to play vs the best, now is tier 2 event instead GG xdddd
2018-10-16 15:56
#75
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United States @Fridzu
XDDDDDD KKK
2018-10-16 15:54
Final is ENCE-Liquid
2018-10-16 15:56
#82
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United States inflict
Tier 3 event now
2018-10-16 15:57
1 reply
cmon, top-2 and 3 of HLTV still be there.
2018-10-16 16:06
If faze don't win this event then, for sure lineup changes are imminent
2018-10-16 16:06
1 reply
Dude? Both NaVi & Liquid will attend. NaVi & Liquid are imo better than FaZe at the moment.
2018-10-16 16:25
#92
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Finland Emvi
expected, ez4ence
2018-10-16 16:14
Tier 1.5 event. Only Navi and Liquid are decent teams. Btw, Navi already won this, but Liquid will make the way to lift the trophy a lil bit harder.
2018-10-16 16:15
2 replies
when
2018-10-16 16:16
Liquid seems to second on that list to the left. decent.
2018-10-16 17:45
here is now t2 teams, so hello t2 after epicenter
2018-10-16 16:21
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:29
#110
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Poland Unluko
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:32
ez navi
2018-10-16 16:32
ez4SwolePAtrol
2018-10-16 16:35
#115
dumau | 
Germany felo
EZ
2018-10-16 16:39
hard work pay off , EZ 4 GOD ALLU
2018-10-16 16:45
deserved, gl
2018-10-16 16:49
ez4avangar
2018-10-16 16:54
Ez4ence
2018-10-16 16:56
Ez4Finnish superpower young boys
2018-10-16 17:00
#126
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Romania b0jack
ez4ence
2018-10-16 17:02
Happy for ENCE, but where are MIBR?
2018-10-16 17:04
#132
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Finland IINomadll
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:13
Tier 6 event
2018-10-16 17:17
#135
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Finland gaazer
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:32
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:37
deserved. time to prove themselves against top tier teams that are not tilting, like mouz
2018-10-16 17:38
sadly ENCE can't be in the finals bacause Thorin said it was a one time deal. too bad. sad.
2018-10-16 17:42
btw if i read this correct, Astralis is a tier1 team and all below are 2 or less. hltv and tier xDDD
2018-10-16 17:46
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:48
epicenter 2017 - best tourment t1 in 2017 epicenter 2018 - best tourment t2 in 2018
2018-10-16 17:51
fuck we're doomed boys
2018-10-16 17:53
#156
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Finland MikaelV
Virtus pro now has a chance :P
2018-10-16 18:47
deserved
2018-10-16 19:01
nice!!!!
2018-10-16 20:16
#165
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Finland Wilzzu
Now this is beautiful
2018-10-16 20:23
nice! GJ
2018-10-16 21:56
EZ Wild Card Qualifier 4 Hellraisers and Swole Patrol
2018-10-16 22:58
2 replies
#175
NEO | 
Poland k@nios
0/8
2018-10-17 07:42
1 reply
Flair for terrible team checks out
2018-10-17 08:15
#173
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Ukraine minemax
Approved.
2018-10-17 06:54
#174
NEO | 
Poland k@nios
VP will qualify ezpz
2018-10-17 07:41
EZ Hopefully
2018-10-17 08:31
wtf there are doing nip???
2018-10-17 10:29
vega spot pls
2018-10-17 16:33
#180
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Finland ZoqFotPik
awesome
2018-10-17 19:49
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