ENCE qualify for IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage

ENCE are the first team from the Europe Minor to secure a spot in the New Challengers Stage at the IEM Katowice Major after defeating North on two maps (22-20 on Train, 16-7 on Inferno).

Train, ENCE's map pick, was the opener of the Europe Minor upper bracket final, and it kicked off with the Finns taking control of proceedings as Terrorists, 2-0. Despite losing two rounds in the process, one of which due to a quad-kill from Jere "sergej" Salo, North convincingly responded with a strong CT side, eventually going up 7-4 on the board.

ENCE came back to life in the following round, stringing four together to turn the score around in their favour by half-time. That lead would not last long, however, as North opened up the action in the second half with a successful pistol and subsequent anti-eco, 9-8.

With Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen having denied Philip "aizy" Aistrup a 1v2 clutch in the first gun round, ENCE levelled the score, but North were still able to win the next three to hit 12 rounds. That was when ENCE managed to get back on the board thanks to Aleksi "allu" Jalli and sergej turning a 2v4 situation around, which they followed up with another to reduce the deficit to a single round.

Aleksib's men remained focused throughout the whole series

Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså then came up huge, leading the way for his team with two crucial plays - an ace that included a 1v2 with just 2hp, and then a quad-kill in a 2v5 situation. The 23-year-old nearly hit map-point for his team in the next round, but Sami "xseveN" Laasanen denied him from pulling off a 1v2 clutch.

Neither team would be able to close out the map in regulation, and overtime was a back-and-forth affair which saw ENCE come out on top at 22-20, with Aleksib and sergej doing most of the work for the team with 32 and 33 frags, respectively.

Inferno was the polar opposite of the previous map, as ENCE kept winning rounds right off the bat as CTs, only to be stopped by a triple-kill from Nicklas "gade" Gade in the seventh round.

On Train, valde's 1.41 rating was not enough to stop ENCE

North looked uninspired, however, as they could not capitalize on that round win, and continuously failed to find a way through the defense. In fact, ENCE lost just one more round before bagging a dominant 13-2 half-time lead.

In the second pistol, sergej inspired his team to quickly hit match-point after finding an ace that included a great 1v3 clutch. North still tried to mount a comeback by stringing five rounds together, but it was simply too little, too late, for them to deny ENCE a spot in the New Challengers Stage.

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 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 54 - 45 +9 86.5 1.21
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 46 - 45 +1 78.0 1.05
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 42 - 51 -9 79.2 1.04
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 36 - 47 -11 65.6 0.87
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 35 - 46 -11 51.0 0.82
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 61 - 44 +17 94.1 1.36
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 56 - 44 +12 94.7 1.23
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 48 - 46 +2 79.2 1.10
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 38 - 37 +1 64.7 1.05
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 30 - 42 -12 56.7 0.87

Below you can find the teams confirmed for the IEM Katowice Major's New Challengers Stage so far:

As for the New Legends Stage, its team list looks as follows:

Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
641
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
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 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1310
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Hello! Sorry to bother you all, but I’m new to the CS:GO competitive scene. I’m just very curious why it seems there’s nothing that could challenge the Finnish esports organization that goes by the name “ENCE Esports”? Everything just seems to be so easy for them!
2019-01-19 22:33
#8
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Finland neksu 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:34
#13
suNny | 
Finland iPaZ 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:34
#20
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Spain JustNo 
Expected
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
#46
KRIMZ | 
Turkey Diveland 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:36
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-21 09:07
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
f5
2019-01-19 22:35
#61
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United Kingdom peaks 
xD
2019-01-19 22:38
Nice speech
2019-01-19 22:39
#64
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Sweden ConaN007 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:39
#85
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Turkey Tormund1 
Your name is racist
2019-01-19 22:52
Cry
2019-01-20 12:10
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:57
#2
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Finland Smoonah 
game ended like 30 minutes ago this is just not getting posted haha. BG, 2ez4ENCE plz give them a proper challenger
2019-01-19 22:33
Astralis might be able to take a map off them in the finals, but EZ 2 - 1 for ENCE.
2019-01-19 22:35
#48
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United States Sillychubs 
+1 asstralis no match for ENCE
2019-01-19 22:36
#102
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Finland Smoonah 
would be a good match to watch if xseven doesn't shit the bed
2019-01-19 23:16
+1
2019-01-19 22:36
#3
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United States LUKEM 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:34
Ence top1 Ez4ence Allu too good for FaZe
2019-01-19 22:34
#5
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Finland NUCL3AR 
ez4ence
2019-01-19 22:34
ez
2019-01-19 22:34
#7
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Finland dokudanny 
ez
2019-01-19 22:34
EZ
2019-01-19 22:34
Ez4ENCE ENCE STICKERS BITCHES
2019-01-19 22:34
#11
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Finland Siika 
ILMASTA
2019-01-19 22:34
Ez ENCE Stickers
2019-01-19 22:35
#14
NiKo | 
Finland FocusMen 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
#18
ScreaM | 
Brazil HLTVolt 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
#19
n0thing | 
Finland no_man 
ez
2019-01-19 22:35
TOO EASY FOR ALPHA-SEX7
2019-01-19 22:35
#22
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United States Globebuster 
ez
2019-01-19 22:35
#23
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Ez
2019-01-19 22:35
bta
2019-01-19 22:35
#26
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Finland skroudi 
VITU HYVÄ
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
#31
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Finland Faifainei 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:35
-xseveN +suNny ez top 5
2019-01-19 22:35
Never change a running system
2019-01-19 23:37
why they would kick xseven? one of the bests on the team
2019-01-20 16:11
Almost the same as replacing STYKO with snax xD Replacing support with fragger is not a good idea
2019-01-21 10:56
ez
2019-01-19 22:35
#34
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Finland coswell 
Congrats ENCE. #torille
2019-01-19 22:35
Great well there goes my wallet
2019-01-19 22:35
#36
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Finland Vkims 
Hardest EU minor ever? Ence just dont care
2019-01-19 22:35
ENCE STICKER!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-01-19 22:35
I thought this news would contain "Ibp Masters day 1 will not be streamed online due to F*UCKING 4 HOURS DELAY"
2019-01-19 22:35
EZ4ALLU
2019-01-19 22:36
BYE SUNNY
2019-01-19 22:36
#45
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Congrats ence top 10 goal achieved
2019-01-19 22:36
#51
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Finland santedek 
so ez4ence
2019-01-19 22:37
North was better with msl.
2019-01-19 22:37
I will buy 400 ence stickers, quote me @kalle_piispa twitter
2019-01-19 22:37
#54
f0rest | 
Finland gaazer 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:37
Sucks to be north
2019-01-19 22:37
Ence stickers omg omg omg
2019-01-19 22:38
Just like the winter war
2019-01-19 22:38
yep sergej sure was a beast in the winter war, shooting down danes
2019-01-19 22:46
#58
shox | 
India iejesus 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:38
#59
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
s1mplegej
2019-01-19 22:38
Dear HLTV, why FaZe has EU flag while only 2 of their players are from EU (GuardiaN and Olof)? They should have same flag as Hellraiser.
2019-01-19 22:38
Niko and Rain are from EU?
2019-01-19 22:40
No they are from european countries not in EU.
2019-01-19 22:41
I mean europe. XD
2019-01-19 22:50
I agree on that, but that flag is not a flag for the whole european's countries. You don't see it on Norway or Bosnia's embassy for instance.
2019-01-19 22:52
#93
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Other SpriteCS 
Isn't Bosnia in the Balkans?
2019-01-19 23:01
So?
2019-01-19 23:01
The flag is europe not EU?
2019-01-19 22:48
No it is the Eropean Union flag : "Its adoption as an official symbol of the EU was planned as part of the proposed 2004 European Constitution, which failed to be ratified in 2005. Alternatively, it is sometimes called the Flag of the European Union when representing the EU.[4] Since its adoption by the European Union, it has become broadly associated with the supranational organisation, due to its high profile and heavy usage of the emblem. It has also been used by pro-EU protestors in the colour revolutions of the 2000s, e.g., in Belarus (2004)[5] or Moldova.[not in citation given][6]"
2019-01-19 22:51
Aight k it just says europe when i hoover over it
2019-01-20 10:41
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:38
#65
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Brazil yalamix 
-xseven +sunny ez top 1 for ENCE
2019-01-19 22:39
#105
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
Would be very stupid move =D
2019-01-19 23:29
#121
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Brazil yalamix 
XD
2019-01-20 00:30
#68
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Palestine Xpicyy 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:41
#70
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Palestine Xpicyy 
EZ MAJOR
2019-01-19 22:41
Sergej 16-year-old, amazing!
2019-01-19 22:42
#73
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Croatia Jack Russell 
EZCE
2019-01-19 22:44
Btw ENCE will lose group stage 0-3 because they're just trash on wheels.
2019-01-19 22:45
flag checks out scene checks out
2019-01-20 11:31
i dont get it... what about mousesports????????!
2019-01-19 22:45
#86
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Europe lalt 
Well, they are out. Valliance sent them home.
2019-01-19 22:56
jesus... trashsports then?
2019-01-19 22:59
#78
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Poland furleppe 
finally, gg ence
2019-01-19 22:47
#80
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Finland EdiEz 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:49
Did you know that Finnish country singer Kari Tapio used to be fucking great (one of the best in Finland) in de_Train 1.6 era. He even wrote a song about his domination in Train and that song is called Juna Kulkee (Train goes on). Rest in peace Kari Finnish CS in de_train has never been the same after you passed away.
2019-01-19 22:52
#95
pietola | 
Finland 160cm 
+1
2019-01-19 23:01
#113
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
I thought the song was about men having fun time together
2019-01-19 23:44
#88
sergej | 
Finland iffa 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 22:58
#89
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Awesome. Pleased for ENCE, shame about the endless fucking ENCE spam on every post.
2019-01-19 22:58
#91
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
N♿RTH IS OVERRATED
2019-01-19 23:00
gj ence well deserved.
2019-01-19 23:02
#98
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Germany Youngnibba 
ez4Ence but mibr never won against big
2019-01-19 23:05
Ez4ence
2019-01-19 23:10
#100
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South America IFK 
ez4ence
2019-01-19 23:13
Oh bye bye bank account money, we going hawt for those ence stickers!!
2019-01-19 23:14
#103
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Ukraine w1nth 
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 23:20
#104
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Sweden Kasidro 
SOOO EZ 4 ENCE
2019-01-19 23:29
#106
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
SAMI I AM CRI TOO !
2019-01-19 23:29
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-19 23:31
#108
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Brazil BlaasteR 
PogU ez4ence
2019-01-19 23:32
Congrats ENCE, highly deserved
2019-01-19 23:37
#111
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Congrats finnish friends, well deserved.
2019-01-19 23:38
Thank you, bulgarian friend. All the best to you!
2019-01-19 23:48
gj
2019-01-19 23:42
#114
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France Azowel 
Deserved I watched all ENCE matches and they played very well, gl at major.
2019-01-19 23:47
#115
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Ukraine den_starjam 
nice work ENCE!:) #ez4ence
2019-01-19 23:47
#117
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
Very well played ence. They are team with a big T.
2019-01-19 23:49
EZ ence stickers
2019-01-19 23:54
I'm so happy for ENCE
2019-01-20 00:14
EZ4ENCE Happy for them!
2019-01-20 00:41
EZ TIME TO GO TO THE TORI!
2019-01-20 02:06
#125
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Singapore derpydm 
CADIAN IS BETTER THAN MSL BTW HAHAHAHAHAHA NORTH LITERALLY USELESS WITHOUT MSL
2019-01-20 03:33
LET’S GO ENCE
2019-01-20 04:05
#128
Aleksib | 
Europe samje 
yes, yes, YES!
2019-01-20 07:42
#129
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
EZ4ENCE Wp
2019-01-20 09:06
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-20 11:31
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