Aleksib: "AUG is boosting the CT sides at the moment, people feel really confident to take aim duels"

We sat down with Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen after ENCE made it through to the IEM Katowice New Legends Stage with a 3-1 record in the first Swiss stage.

ENCE started the tournament with two wins in a row after matches against Spirit and G2, but they then got caught off-guard by Renegades, who grabbed a 2-0 win to reach the New Legends Stage at the expense of the Finns on day two.

Aleksib shared his thoughts on how the AUG is affecting CT sides at the Major

Day three saw Aleksib & co. secure their third win following a three-map series against Winstrike, who took Mirage off ENCE and almost pulled off a comeback on Train despite a 1-14 Terrorist half.

We had a chat with the in-game leader about their two latest series, asked him about the strong CT sides on Train at the event, and looked ahead into the next stage and ENCE's outlook there.

Let's go back to yesterday and your loss to Renegades. The biggest takeaway from that was that your Nuke pick didn't work out - was it a surprise to see Renegades be ready for it?

No, definitely not. We actually practiced them on Nuke and we knew that they would be prepared for Nuke this time since last time Renegades hadn't played Nuke, I think, but with this lineup they have just started. When they didn't ban Nuke, we knew they were going prep for our Nuke and they were thinking we would pick it, but we were still confident on our Nuke. We played it, we lost I'd say three or four 50/50 rounds that were important and that really showed on the scoreline.

You were in a winning position on Mirage afterwards but couldn't close it out, what was the problem there?

Well, the most important thing in that series overall on both maps was our attitude. From the get-go it started to feel like nobody wants to be here, nobody wants to play like we did on the first days and we didn't have the same hype, we didn't have the same comms. So, we just knew that it was a very bad day for us and we lost 50/50 rounds here and there. Overall, when we went home, we were like 'we didn't lose to Renegades, we lost ENCE.'

Why did that happen, though?

I don't really know. It could be that the 3-0 was so close already that we didn't keep pushing. But I'm not sure, it doesn't happen very often, but this time it happened.

Going into today against Winstrike, what were the issues on your own pick, Mirage, where you couldn't get into the match on the T side?

Me and the coach prepped for Mirage the most this series, but they just shut us down from the get-go, the game was 3-2 or something like that and if we won the next round, their money would be reset. But then we had chaotic communication in our base and one smoke was delayed on middle and the whole round went south from there. They just caught us off-guard again and again and we just followed our gameplan, but nothing worked. They were hitting their shots, they were pushing every round behind us, every round in underground, it caught us off-guard, but I think next time we'll be much more prepared.

Winstrike nearly came back from a 1-14 deficit on the deciding Train on the back of a strong CT side

On Train it has been a trend here that the CT sides have been very strong and that was obviously the case on the deciding map as well, with you getting 14 rounds and Winstrike almost pulling it back anyway. What do you think makes it that one-sided here?

I'm going to say that the AUG is boosting the CT sides at the moment since people feel really confident to take aim duels that you wouldn't take with the M4, so it's a bit different when we went to do like an A execute, we knew that Boombl4 would play retake on A, but he just jumped on the ticket booth and just shoots one and goes down. You don't do that with an M4, I think. Overall, I think we are confident on our CT and we were very motivated this game, we just kept hyping everyone up, but when we got to the T side and they started to string rounds, we still knew we would take two rounds no matter what. It was going to happen sometime. We just grinded rounds, tried to stay calm and just took it home. They have really good CT sides if you look at their stats, they are playing like 12-3 CT sides almost every map with this lineup, so we just knew that their CTs were going to be good and Ts not so much. Maybe they caught us a little bit off-guard by stringing so many rounds and we were just sleeping a little bit, like we can lose a few rounds, but when they got to 10, I think then we knew it was game time.

Tell me about the opponents you'll face in the next stage and where you fall amongst them, how confident are you going up against the best teams in the world?

I think we can go however far we want, we just need to have the same motivation we had in this game, we need to have the same approach and we just need to play our own game, maybe try to avoid antistratting that much. It's so much different to play against a team like Winstrike and a team like [Liquid, MIBR] because they are going to do stuff that you expect, I think. Winstrike just kept pushing pop dog, kept pushing behind us on Mirage, no good team would take that risk so many times, but Winstrike just does it every time. We need to focus on that, but I think going into the Legends stage is really good for us, we're just going to play one match at a time and be very confident.

To expand on that sentiment, was it difficult to know what to expect against the type of teams you were talking about?

Yeah, that was difficult, and the fact that they are doing the random stuff. They are switching it up so much that if you're playing against good teams, I think they have the fundamentals that I can read better than a team like Winstrike. You expect them to do something, but they are just doing something completely different that they haven't ever done.

Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
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Rating 1.0:
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2019-02-16 00:16
I'm not gay but he is kinda hot
2019-02-16 00:17
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
2019-02-16 00:18
United States Nellie^ 
2019-02-16 00:24
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
AUG is for Austrians
2019-02-16 01:06
Panama Cyain10 
2019-02-16 02:00
Golden | 
Finland gassed 
Aleksib handsome
2019-02-16 07:54
anjing | 
Indonesia Fazaa 
2019-02-16 00:16
felps | 
Brazil pluga 
raise the price asap
2019-02-16 00:16
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Other V5c 
2019-02-16 00:17
United States DervGuy 
Aug is Pog
2019-02-16 00:17
for NA people that cant aim
2019-02-16 09:56
Tell that to all pro players :)
2019-02-16 14:25
I would
2019-02-16 18:36
Brollan | 
Sweden keel0 
Please remove 1shot kill plz ASAP
2019-02-16 00:17
AWP has been in the game since forever but nt
2019-02-16 11:27
Brollan | 
Sweden keel0 
+1 but AUG should be same Dmg as M4 it’s not hard
2019-02-16 12:10
India Narendra_modi 
2019-02-16 00:17
Israel mojna37 
2019-02-16 00:17
ropz | 
Argentina rawe1337 
Lmao there's a thread about it on the forums
2019-02-16 00:17
Price should be 3250
2019-02-16 00:18
Turkey sonbafrali 
3500 minimum
2019-02-16 08:35
3800 would be a fair price and every smart team would still buy it when they got the economy going.
2019-02-16 08:49
2019-02-16 11:49
The Aug is killing the game.
2019-02-16 00:19
REZ | 
Hong Kong katt1n 
2019-02-16 01:13
2019-02-16 10:03
Australia t0rrent 
2019-02-16 10:29
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2019-02-16 23:57
Finland Smoonah 
COD gun best gun in game really
2019-02-16 00:21
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
Aug not op. Alexis salty af!
2019-02-16 00:24
He's not salty, he Just make a statement which is true
2019-02-16 02:06
aug is hella op
2019-02-16 02:08
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
Aug isn't op. Its been the same gun all this time. Now that's it as viable as the ak or m4, all of a sudden, it's op and the reason why people lose. Because obviously if any rifle is op if it dares to be viable!
2019-02-16 17:58
Brollan | 
Sweden keel0 
Reminder for you to read this comment after the new legends stage where every single game is gonna be CT sided Only an idiot would not realise that removing the rifle advantage for the T side will increase CT sidedness in the entire game
2019-02-17 15:15
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
The ak is still better than the aug. Are u high?
2019-02-17 22:32
Brollan | 
Sweden keel0 
The AUG is making it so angles that used to favor the AK now favors CT’s. Watch any game from train or overpass to see what I mean Also close angles now don’t favor Ts either because of the 1shot kill close range, so inferno etc will also be dominated by CT’s soon
2019-02-18 02:59
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
You have to treat the Aug differently. Ex: use pop flashes on common Aug angles to force them off Players are still learning how to adjust to the Aug because of how new the meta is. In due time, the extremely ct- sided halves will be less common
2019-02-19 17:01
Brollan | 
Sweden keel0 
Idk man I am scared for the balance of the game atm but I hope u are right
2019-02-19 19:12
United Kingdom oyyrofl 
"Winstrike just kept pushing pop dog, kept pushing behind us on Mirage, no good team would take that risk so many times, but Winstrike just does it every time." Aleksib lowkey dissing winstrike lmao
2019-02-16 00:24
would you consider winstrike a good team
2019-02-16 02:09
United States admiralsid 
Lmfao knew it but couldn't stop it. Funny.
2019-02-16 03:26
2019-02-16 09:19
Finland Tusku 
Aleksib is a tactical genius, but there is one man without whom he would be nothing. xartE taught him everything about CS, but also about life. Even though their paths split up after HAVU, friendship remains strong and the 2 men meet often, eating burgers for lunch.
2019-02-16 00:24
Myanmar xdcc 
Thank you very cool!
2019-02-16 00:50
Finland v3tu 
Aleksib is tactical genius. He is most know of his signature tactic "going B, but then going A". He also has second little known tactic of " going A, but going A. What a absolute legend. Top 3 IGL 4 sure
2019-02-16 04:21
United Kingdom levymonsta 
Lmfao stoooop
2019-02-16 06:32
This will become copy pasta soon
2019-02-16 04:45
it's a copypasta tho
2019-02-16 10:18
I’m afraid I baited you my friend
2019-02-16 22:46
nah u just sucked, aug might be good but lets not be delusional here
2019-02-16 00:34
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
That was the exact reason Winstrike came back from 1-14 to 12-16 and that I won a game 16-14 whilst the 1st half ended 2-13 just bcs I used the aug and got 38 kills?
2019-02-16 10:18
No it wasn't. ENCE have always had shaky t-sides on train, and blaming it on an enemy weapon is just ridiculous. That said I don't think aleksib was doing that.
2019-02-16 11:32
ENCE had legit atrocious T-sides, I hope they get their shit together for the actual major.
2019-02-16 11:51
2019-02-16 11:58
petemies +1
2019-02-16 17:32
Did you just assume my gender?
2019-02-16 17:33
oops, I wrote that comment on my phone app of HLTV it was showing only petemies...
2019-02-16 17:57
Thank God! I got scared that people like that still exist.
2019-02-16 18:05
ok, I thought you were meming at first :DDD #EZ4ENCE
2019-02-18 16:19
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
If you wanna tell me that the AUG isn't game changing, aka making CT sides stronger you are braindead
2019-02-16 14:29
It is game changing, but it isn't the particular reason ENCE were having a hard time on train.
2019-02-16 14:41
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
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Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
they use it every round.... wtf he want
2019-02-16 00:41
United States n3h 
The thing that makes the aug so great is that its spray patter is sort of like m4. They need to give it a shit spray pattern like the ssg.
2019-02-16 00:43
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
how can u spray with ssg pls?
2019-02-16 02:10
SG - Down as hell and left (no scope). The last rounds are fking random. So i prefer using 2 sprays with 15 bullets. AUG - similar to AK but in mid spray is a bit different, the spray will go first to right after to left. (No scope). With scope is same spray as AK.
2019-02-16 02:57
aug has same spray pattern as ak basically ak with scope without 1tap from mid to long range
2019-02-16 02:10
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
I'd like to see a rematch against Renegades to see if what he was saying is true. They had an off day as he says.
2019-02-16 00:48
Finland penddi 
They were definitely having an off day yesterday, in a normal day they would beat up Renegades and you know that as well.
2019-02-16 01:16
In a normal day they wouldn't have that much problems against Winstrike
2019-02-16 01:23
Finland penddi 
Yes, this is exactly what I meant. This is the moment where the inexperience starts to affect, on a normal day and on a normal situation they would 2-0 both Renegades and Winstrike.
2019-02-16 01:25
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
A rematch would determine that, you're only good as your last match. Don't get me wrong, I rate ENCE but RNG having been getting better each tournament. I honestly think they are quite even atm. Let's hope they run to each other in a bo3, would be awesome to watch.
2019-02-16 04:30
definitely agreed
2019-02-16 17:34
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2019-02-19 18:52
India Mr_Lonely 
2019-02-16 01:49
Australia t0rrent 
How do you know they would beat up renegades? Can you link me another match where they have done so?
2019-02-16 10:44
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2019-02-19 18:53
Australia t0rrent 
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-02-20 00:04
Thing is, ENCE have off-days fairly often, which in my opinion is their biggest problem at the moment.
2019-02-16 11:35
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2019-02-19 18:54
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-02-19 18:56
Brazil P4uloVisk 
renegades > ence
2019-02-19 20:02
Brazil P4uloVisk 
ok ?
2019-02-19 20:02
We'll see, Renegades did indeed play well at the challenger stage.
2019-02-19 20:40
Brazil P4uloVisk 
noob ! I'll explain something to you! renegades is not only favorite by having won the ENCE and having closed 3-0 in the stage of the challengers! a renegades has history in CS, and with this new formation, they have reached the top 4 of the ECS championschip and ESL pro League! the ence never won anything, has no history in the cs, and only disputed 1 tier1 tournament and surprised! ez4ence is just a joke among people
2019-02-19 21:56
Sit down kiddo while I tell you a story: 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.
2019-02-20 00:36
Brazil P4uloVisk 
I will not waste time reading this, but it started badly losing to renegades in hell, cry
2019-02-20 14:09
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2019-02-19 18:51
Finland penddi 
rekt ence
2019-02-20 16:25
Brazil P4uloVisk 
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REZ | 
Hong Kong katt1n 
CSGO doesn't need a variety of weapons to make it interesting. It's like adding bats, hoops and another goalkeeper to soccer. It would add variety, sure. But it would kill the sport. If you wanna play with a variety of weapons, play COD. CSGO is for the M4/AK
2019-02-16 01:12
Jame | 
Norway pagant 
go cry
2019-02-16 01:15
Greece anwteros 
cs 1.6 is for ak and m4 , train and nuke on cs go need aug
2019-02-16 01:35
Aleksib | 
Finland xcel 
2019-02-16 02:14
Finland IINomadll 
Train and nuke? The two maps that already were very CT sided needs the AUG in your opinion? R u high?
2019-02-16 08:35
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
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2019-02-16 01:36
Finland zntei 
I just thought this to myself... Aleksib really is a tactical genius and he's right
2019-02-16 01:58
I'm not gay but Alekskib is cute af.
2019-02-16 01:58
AUG will be fixed after major its 100% Recoil will be increased or price
2019-02-16 02:09
prob price or dmg
2019-02-16 02:11
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.
2019-02-16 02:24
Australia t0rrent 
2019-02-16 10:50
shit cod weapon. makes cs shit game
2019-02-16 02:31
Ads might be the future of cs, If we get a new cs in the future that is. But right now, the aug is a bit to OP. They should nerf it or raise the price.
2019-02-16 02:32
2019-02-16 02:59
so many fuckin noob pro players used this gun cuz they cant aiming with m4. especially winstrike.
2019-02-16 03:08
United States Fihdem_Kihdem 
My biggest issue is that for $50 more you get range and damage advantages. I feel like the cod guns should lose their one shot headshot capabilities to add balance between them and the ak/m4. Also give the m4 one shot headshot at close range so it has an advantage over the AUG. Or possibly give the cod guns some stupid recoil pattern like the cz so it rewards first bullet accuracy but makes long range spray downs alot harder.
2019-02-16 04:59
Croatia Jack Russell 
This event will be remembered as the "AUG major", because soon they will nerf it and it will probably never be so frequently used again.
2019-02-16 04:52
your opinion doesn't matter because you are from croatia
2019-02-16 05:35
Hi forsaken
2019-02-16 09:33
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
India talking rofl
2019-02-16 10:20
fucking hate aug
2019-02-16 06:24
Croatia Jack Russell 
Me too
2019-02-16 06:37
Portugal xxxRUI75xxx 
+1. And I hate it's sound.... But I am using it sometimes. Best CT weapon at the moment..
2019-02-16 10:01
Estonia swag420weed 
Just like there were tec 9 major and ump major
2019-02-16 13:38
AUG noob gun
2019-02-16 05:06
pls nerf volvo
2019-02-16 05:40
African Union mikecool 
Bringing back the Aug just reminds me if good ol' 1.6 days, nothing wrong with it imo
2019-02-16 06:06
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
you clearly never played 1.6
2019-02-16 10:33
African Union mikecool 
I still liked the Aug tho :)
2019-02-17 02:42
Thailand meisy 
2019-02-16 07:07
cant wait for nerf
2019-02-16 07:39
Im gay af, but Aleksib is cute af
2019-02-16 07:48
Lets just agree that watching/playing 12-3 ct sides is not exciting and something has to be done.
2019-02-16 08:50
Portugal xxxRUI75xxx 
My opinion too and yes it's because of the AUG. Its current price makes it (and the CT sides) OP. Let's hope Valve does something soon..
2019-02-16 10:06
Finland Kuiva_Simo 
This. +1
2019-02-16 10:23
Australia zanics 
AUG doesnt need to have its price changed, it just needs to be much worse at spraying down compared to m4 so that there is a legitimate reason to use both weapons (aug for longer holds like train/A site dust2 etc, m4 for most situations)
2019-02-16 08:50
i love all these AK plebs who can`t play with AUG :DDDDDDD git gud noobz
2019-02-16 09:09
ikr, crying because of a weapon
2019-02-16 09:43
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
That's why they are playing at the major and you are struggling in mg2 mm
2019-02-16 10:21
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
so youre better than the pros?
2019-02-16 10:31
Finland kommunisti 
Everyone can play with aug. The problem is that now Maps like nuke/train where you can take long range duels as ct are way too one sided which is not very interesting to watch when you know that terrorists can do hardly anything against augs
2019-02-16 11:03
Europe deVulse 
You mean just like Ts had since forever? Since T has better economy and AK that since forever was stupidly better than anything CTs could get, i think the game is fine right now.
2019-02-20 00:20
why would “ak plebs” not be able to play with AUG when both guns have the same spray pattern?
2019-02-16 14:29
just look how they are cyring over the AUG ffs a good player plays good with every weapon
2019-02-16 15:36
Id like to quote my teammate here. AUG is a childrens weapon - @AerialCSGO -2019 Aleksi "Allu" Jalli
2019-02-16 09:48
Other fo3nixz 
AUG a.k.a paintball gun
2019-02-16 09:54
yeah aug is kinda op on train/nuke, they are way more ct sided now
2019-02-16 10:15
ZywOo | 
Germany Lpf 
There is a weapon called SG 553...
2019-02-16 10:41
Europe lalt 
And double awp T-sides are a thing too?
2019-02-20 00:17
dRiim | 
Finland dRiim 
almost as good looking as me
2019-02-16 11:08
2019-02-16 12:35
ence would have won train sooner too if boombl4 didn't play aug in ladder room
2019-02-16 12:41
Give the fucking CTs a break man. They are already heavily punished by the amount of money they have to give out. Having the AUG in hand is their best bet when M4 cannot be afforded
2019-02-17 20:14
Europe deVulse 
I dont know if aug nerf is neccessary unless we want to make the game t sided again. Since the economy change for T plus weapon advantage that AK is over the M4 game has been pretty t sided on most maps in pro scene. Aug kinda balanced it out.
2019-02-20 00:14
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