xseveN: "We want revenge against G2"

Max Melit sat down with Sami "xseveN" Laasanen following ENCE's hard-fought victory over OpTic to know more about the team's start to the DreamHack Winter tournament.

The Finnish side got off on the wrong foot in Jönköping as they lost to G2 after enjoying an 11-4 lead, bouncing back from that defeat with a 2-1 victory over OpTic after fighting back from a map down.

xseveN discusses ENCE's first matches at DH Winter

Jani "Aerial" Jussila has posted multiple big maps in Jönköping and currently boasts a 1.18 rating, with the calling and aggression from the likes of Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and xseveN forming a base for the 25-year-old to shine.

In this interview with xseveN, the 24-year-old discusses the team's close win against OpTic, the upcoming clash against G2, and Aerial's performances thus far.

First thing I wanted to touch on was that jumping shot from Aerial in Round 18 on Dust2 [laughs]. Did you happen to see it or catch the reaction, at least?

I didn't see it, but his reaction was like... 'What the f*ck' [laughs].

Dust2 has been a strong map for a long time for you, sort of the foundation for your map pool and rise throughout the year in a way. Have you been forced to make many changes to your style on it?

Yes, we have been adapting every map, I think. Everyone is watching our game now so we need to create new things every time.

Was the halls aggression I saw against Optic from you a part of that?

Yes. Kind of.

More broadly, what are your expectations for the rest of the event, having just beaten OpTic?

Firstly, we want to beat G2. We want revenge. Of course, we want to win it. Nothing else.

Speaking of winning Dreamhack Winter, you still have the echoes of winning StarSeries and the breakout ESL One Cologne performance around you. With these results, and those earned here in mind, where do you see yourself compared to the rest of the scene?

Well, we are not tier one. We have been to many tournaments, and we have been doing kind of well. Close to tier two, I think.

Aerial had a huge performance in this series, which obviously makes things easier. But when someone like him or Aleksib can't post big numbers on the T side, what are the biggest challenges you face?

Hmmm... That's a good question. I would say that the hardest thing is that we are not yet so good at reacting. So those one or two seconds delays, they can lose us the round. We need to be better at that. The fast communication.

A way I, and others, often characterize ENCE is as being almost a Danish team given the way you play. Is this a fair assessment?

I don't really know. We have taken a lot of stuff from Danish teams. So maybe that. And our players are similar. They have a similar style.

How has this event been for you individually?

Not too good. I need to step up a little bit.

Max Melit covers DreamHack Open Winter 2018 for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
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
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
533
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
EZ G2!
2018-12-01 17:26
#3
mOE | 
Azerbaijan yaboiiii 
bs, 2-0 for ence
2018-12-01 17:27
#17
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
EZ4ENCE
2018-12-01 17:29
#6
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Norway stekt_laks 
G2 TIER 2. NO CHANCE FOR G2, EZ4ENCE
2018-12-01 17:27
#15
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2018-12-01 17:29
nt ence will 32-0 g2
2018-12-01 17:40
XDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-01 21:19
No challenge there xseven reach higher
2018-12-01 17:27
+1 2-0 G2 EZ4G2
2018-12-01 17:27
:) keep dreaming
2018-12-01 17:28
2-0 G2 kennyS +79
2018-12-01 17:27
Xd
2018-12-01 21:18
#7
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Moldova bjj_green_belt 
xaxa
2018-12-01 17:27
#8
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
real war
2018-12-01 17:27
sergej will bring his watergun
2018-12-01 17:33
#25
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
sergej is bald
2018-12-01 17:37
its technique used in tanks. if surface is flat its easy to shoot through. but if its angled its a lot more difficult. sergejs egg shaped head with no hair lets him get dinked and survive
2018-12-01 17:42
#9
ZOREE | 
Finland Seppo71 
Sami panee
2018-12-01 17:27
#10
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
i arent think that
2018-12-01 17:27
#11
Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Not possible kiddo
2018-12-01 17:27
XDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-01 21:18
#44
Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Lul fans come vxaxaxs
2018-12-02 03:15
#13
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Sweden yayer 
lol
2018-12-01 17:28
TESTOSAMI SAMI LAASANEN SAMIBOB SEXSEVEN TESTOSTERONE SAM X7 T$ xSeven Rakkaalla lapsella on monta nimeä #EZ4ENCE
2018-12-01 17:29
#16
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Finland neksu 
#EZ4X7
2018-12-01 17:29
RIP G2
2018-12-01 17:31
interesting to characterize ence as a danish team in terms of playstyle. I guess?
2018-12-01 17:32
#21
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
TESTO
2018-12-01 17:35
#22
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Russia TarNP 
Ugly mug talks shit. Easy for G2 over this finnish untermench
2018-12-01 17:36
XDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-01 21:18
I want lots of things, too
2018-12-01 17:36
Best of luck to you, mr. Sami "xseveN" Laasanen. Gaming is believing. -Yours sincerely, Ecolai "ecovice" Reedtz
2018-12-01 17:37
#26
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United Arab Emirates pigeoN1 
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA nt
2018-12-01 17:39
XDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-01 21:18
#27
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Romania seVeNz 
G2-0 lol
2018-12-01 17:40
yes XD
2018-12-01 23:43
#43
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Romania seVeNz 
I meant 0 2 fak
2018-12-01 23:58
G2 vs ENCE v2: 16-14, 10-16, 16-13 like struggling with FaZe in ESL One New York
2018-12-01 17:41
pls suck their balls
2018-12-01 17:49
Ez for G2
2018-12-01 17:57
#40
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North America SLGam1ng 
This didn’t age well
2018-12-01 21:33
Ez4Ence
2018-12-01 18:21
#34
Finland teco 
ez revenge
2018-12-01 20:49
He talk very little. He's the man of action, not bitching.
2018-12-01 23:42
botseveN
2018-12-02 09:18
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