allu: "The preparation before Cologne was really, really good, I was confident that we were going to show a lot of good stuff"

Following the conclusion of ESL One Cologne 2019, we bring you an interview with Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli from the event which goes over ENCE's early exit and the AUG meta.

We managed to sit down with allu during the latter part of the event, after his team was knocked out in last place due to defeats to Heroic and Vitality, a big surprise considering their #2 world rank going into ESL One Cologne.

The results in Cologne was surprising considering the practice heading into it

In the interview, we heard about what caused the losses, with allu describing the feeling in the team as being similar to the on that prevailed during EPICENTER 2018, the last event at which ENCE was eliminated in the group stage.

The result here wasn't what was expected, and talking to your opponents, Heroic said that they anti-stratted you, had some plays which they used a lot, and then Vitality said that you play passively and they exploited that in some ways. Do you think some parts of your game have been figured out at this event? Was that the issue?

It is hard to speak on how other teams see it, but the way I see it, before this event we had a lot of good practice, it was really productive, the way we played, how we got to it, how we improved. Everyone was hitting their shots a lot, everybody was confident in practice games, doing moves, talking a lot. And we came here, against Heroic we were just not there, at all. No one was in the game, it is hard to explain but sometimes you just play but you are not there. That is how it felt against Heroic. I also read the interview, that Heroic figured us out... yeah, sure, they stacked A a lot but they also won a lot of rounds that, when I rewatched the VOD, I saw that never should've been theirs, that were basically down to mistakes we made.

One round blameF is cornered in the stairs and we just failed the trade, three guys died one by one. If you had just traded that kill, they would have to do an A retake and most likely you win, their money is gone and then you start to roll. Also when we were CT they played with explosions a lot, they exploited B, basically we just made mistakes again, we did not have info that they are close B House and they explode and trade the B guy. If we had gotten the information faster and the B guy had not died, we would have been in a much better position. There was a key round, 5v5, when there were 50 seconds left and we had no info at all about where they were. Aerial pushed top mid, blameF was waiting for him and they got a 5v4 again.

OK, maybe they anti-stratted us as they want to say, but I don't see it that way, at least when I re-watched the game, it was mostly that we were not ourselves there, at all. The communication wasn't on point, no one was on point individually, getting fewer kills than they should, but also, no one was helping each other. That was the main thing, we froze in each of these games. Normally, when we play and live Counter-Strike, we are helping our teammates all the time. Even though it can mean you will die, you are willing to risk yourself. That is when we play our best. At this event, everybody kind of froze, we let the opponent have space rather than take it ourselves. I think that is the main issue, which was also surprising because, in the practice before coming here, everything felt super good.

ENCE are treating the early exit as a wake-up call

So you think this an outlier, no big issues moving forward, IEM Chicago is the next event for you?

I hope so. [laughs] I can't foresee the future, but I do think this was also kind of needed for us to understand that we just need to work more. Even though we do a lot of work, we have the players to be where we want to be, but at this event, the mood reminded me a lot of the mood at EPICENTER last year. Even though back then we were a worse team, we had not proved ourselves, at least not at the level we are now at, but still it felt similar, nothing is clicking, no one is really playing, no one is hitting anything. Everything just went wrong. And obviously, Heroic played well and Vitality as well, I think we have never beat them, we've played them three times and it is always three maps, always third map Inferno and we always lose. [laughs]

But we will see, I expect us to show a lot different game style and a different level [going forward].

With the Vitality history, you are one of the top players with the most experience playing against ZywOo. What are your thoughts on him and the experiences playing against him?

The guy is just a machine. [laughs] When I watch him play, he is really calm, and plays some spots that are traditionally considered "bad", he doesn't have all the spots where you would expect a superstar to play. He does a mix of stuff and he does everything very well, he is a really calculated player, obviously he sometimes overpeeks, everyone does it sometimes, but he does it very rarely, and when he does, I guess it is because it is not just wanting the frag, but because it is an opportunity to close out the round. I think he and s1mple are obviously the two best individual players in the world right now, but I could see ZywOo overthrowing s1mple in the near future.

One of the thing that changed before this event was the AUG. ENCE's rise happened at the Major and that is when the popularity of the AUG rose as well, and while you were good before that as well, some correlation can be drawn there, some would say that you are one of the teams that adapted to it quicker. What do you think about the change now and how that impacted your team?

Yeah, it for sure affected us... with the AUG, it is a less punishing weapon, right? You can hold angles you would normally never hold with an M4 and also take duels which you would never take with an M4 - and not get punished. Also, I think the AUG update from before benefited us, but it also benefited a lot of other teams, while making some other teams [worse]. Let's say Na`Vi, who play a very slow, trade-based CS. Even though they do good mid-round calls, they rely a lot on getting the initial frags as T. And when there is an AUG on the other side, it is really hard for them to get the frags. In that way, I think the nerf of the AUG will benefit Na`Vi a lot.

Also, now you have to figure out, again, how to hold positions. You played with the AUG for 4-5 months, you were taking duels that you normally wouldn't and now you might, do it again by reflex - and then you die. So it is more about adapting, playing safer, more together. But I think it will correct itself out in our team, I think that with or without the AUG, we will be able to show the level we have shown in the past, it just takes a bit of time.

As I said, the preparation coming here was really, really good, I was really confident that we were going to show a lot of good stuff, but unfortunately, we did not. But I also see it as a positive thing for the future. Because we had a quick rise, even though we were doing it step by step, we had some big leaps and suddenly we were in a really high ranking. I think it will only benefit us that this happened here and we will always remember that this was the first time we went out in groups since EPICENTER last year. So it is good to remind ourselves that we are not there yet and we should never be satisfied with what we have achieved. We must want more and work more, never have the attitude that what we've done now is enough. In this case, I do see this as a positive thing.

Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
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2019-07-10 15:05
Italy Fil0Nerd
before edit: lol
2019-07-10 15:05
Who cares what was before? :D
2019-07-10 15:06
Italy Fil0Nerd
he only did to be first, like everyone does
2019-07-10 15:06
2019-07-10 21:30
Poland Unluko
ENCE > FaZe tho
2019-07-10 15:13
really really good preparation to finish last place ??
2019-07-10 15:35
Honestly that was just unlucky.
2019-07-12 10:43
ENCE === FAZE >>>>>>>>>>> LIQUID >>>>>>>>>>> ASTRALIS >>>>>> EVERY OTHER TEAM
2019-07-11 07:51
damn must hurt your peanut-sized brain to be that retarded feelsbadman
2019-07-12 02:28
will hit u on ur peanut sized penis n u will be suckin it c0*ksckr
2019-07-12 07:24
Ence bad =D
2019-07-10 15:25
Shit team
2019-07-10 15:36
show your real flag ?
2019-07-10 18:11
u urself r a shit eat shit vomit shit here
2019-07-11 10:54
You do cry alot dont ya little boy
2019-07-11 15:02
coz CRY IS FREE but u r a retard mf
2019-07-12 07:25
Wow age 11 in the house
2019-07-12 17:19
fck off u cambodian bitch
2019-07-15 07:31
Reported have a nice time off
2019-07-15 13:42
fck u mf bitch
2019-07-15 15:59
2019-07-16 01:32
fo u braindead bitch
2019-07-16 07:32
Sadly not first, but second is good as well :)
2019-07-10 15:05
we believe you can make it one day, you have our support
2019-07-10 15:07
sorry men((
2019-07-10 15:12
Poland Unluko
Np just unfortunate cus F5
2019-07-10 15:14
Second is no gud men First always best...aim for first lez go men We believe in you
2019-07-10 15:15
Keep up the good work!
2019-07-10 15:33
second, just like dev2ce [*]
2019-07-10 19:00
United States siloen27
North fan omegalul Kkkkkkkkkkkk North trash
2019-07-12 02:33
Why isn't Blastralis in LA this weekend? Could they not qualify for their own tournament? LUL
2019-07-12 02:33
United States siloen27
Why isn't N♿orth in the major or in the main qualifier?.
2019-07-12 04:45
they're in the minor and later the major
2019-07-12 05:52
United States siloen27
You said that, in the "minor". They will fail in the minor, save my words. Trash team
2019-07-12 06:10
2019-07-10 15:05
Fluke ence
2019-07-10 15:05
Finland Testo$ami
Nt forsaken
2019-07-10 15:36
Nt crosshair country
2019-07-10 15:49
Finland juh1z
Wtf was that? U back in sandbox or what?
2019-07-10 18:36
nt Sweden with white and blue
2019-07-10 19:03
sweden>street shitters country
2019-07-10 20:24
Sweden > street shitters country > Sweden with white and blue (aka crosshair country full of delusional people)
2019-07-12 10:19
2019-07-12 11:20
Aah this cow meat is so delicious
2019-07-12 10:14
Italy Fil0Nerd
no it wasn't lul
2019-07-10 15:05
too bad u didnt
2019-07-10 15:05
Germany j3llY
2019-07-10 15:05
2019-07-10 18:11
mantuu | 
Europe R2D2s
+sunny and ez
2019-07-10 15:05
Romania kr1tex
Ence did an oopsie
2019-07-10 15:05
Europe Krychaa
bot allu
2019-07-10 15:06
o no men((((
2019-07-10 15:06
2019-07-10 15:06
i said the same before launching a MM
2019-07-10 15:07
Israel mojna37
2019-07-10 15:07
2019-07-10 15:07
2019-07-10 15:07
masq | 
Czech Republic Puget1
2019-07-10 15:07
Indonesia Exodd
Headline typo lul
2019-07-10 15:24
Vietnam Yourgudigl
2019-07-10 15:07
o o f
2019-07-10 15:07
India Noobdian
Well How about that Allu guy He was wrong
2019-07-10 15:08
Rip dream?
2019-07-10 15:09
Japan chanse
Vitality cant live without zywoo.
2019-07-10 15:10
2019-07-10 15:14
+1 The Redbulls are for drinking
2019-07-10 15:15
nt alu but vitality top 1 soon
2019-07-10 15:15
Stfu ENCE > Vitality
2019-07-10 15:23
Finland ^Samppa^
Ois kannattanu laittaa näyttö päälle kun pelaa
2019-07-10 15:17
Finland Zodiacy
2019-07-10 15:31
Finland juh1z
2019-07-10 18:46
flukENCE augENCE xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxxa
2019-07-10 15:18
United States DiabIo
+1 😂😂
2019-07-10 15:45
Fan of mibr hahhahhahhahahaa
2019-07-10 18:12
Why are everybody so negative in hltv?
2019-07-10 15:26
they're just all trolls or just otherwise toxic
2019-07-10 15:33
playing cs 24/7 and not getting anywhere in life describes most of HLTV users. cant be too positive living a life like that
2019-07-10 15:39
I'm not even sure most of these guys play. More like they gamble 24/7 and can't get anywhere in life because they keep losing bets.
2019-07-10 19:00
Or that. But i still think playing CS and browsing CS related topics all day and trolling in HLTV takes most of the time from them and thats why they dont find time to study or do something else productive.
2019-07-10 19:08
Finland jakem0n
2019-07-10 19:31
Finland 27HM72
Been thinking the same. Maybe too young to have a decent conversation.
2019-07-10 15:53
+1 Too much kids here, their parents should limit their time on pc.
2019-07-11 07:04
It's just trolls Ez4ence
2019-07-10 17:04
Finland juh1z
Bc mostly they're vitun autisteja
2019-07-10 18:51
Brazil Dornas13
+Sunny when?
2019-07-10 15:28
EZ 4 ENCE except vs heroic
2019-07-10 15:30
-aug -> -ence
2019-07-10 15:31
flukENCE, some fins replied me about ence that they had really bad preparation and thats the reason why they played bad lmaoo thanks mr allu, also confirmed my aug theory.
2019-07-10 15:34
Sergej had 40 hours in 2 weeks and u say good preparation
2019-07-10 22:10
Yeah its weird to claim good preparation when they had like average 50h in 2 weeks lmao, at least early exit let them continue not playing.
2019-07-11 11:57
Why are you assuming they don't have alt accounts?
2019-07-11 23:07
Actually true, just that their luck ran out.
2019-07-10 15:33
20 hours last two weeks "great preparation,we were ready"
2019-07-10 15:35
Poland mamba99999
Hope this team is not over.
2019-07-10 15:39
2019-07-10 18:12
They easily reach playoffs if Zywoo does not have that off game against NIP
2019-07-10 15:39
Qatar olaolakaka
Vitality so scared of ENCE building momentum in playoff they have to throw against nip to throw them out of group haha
2019-07-10 15:45
No aug no ence
2019-07-10 15:47
BOT allu
2019-07-10 15:50
2019-07-10 19:15
no aug no ence
2019-07-10 15:52
Albania HLTV_God
yes you just lost aug
2019-07-10 16:03
sirgay 40 hours per 2 weeks before cologne the preparation was really really good kkkkkkkkkkk
2019-07-10 16:45
France Romsich
Is it me or every interviews these days are going to contain a question about how good ZywOo is? I mean. Is there really a question?
2019-07-10 16:54
just allu things
2019-07-10 16:56
2019-07-10 16:58
2019-07-10 18:13
Sergej playing Weed Shop 2
2019-07-10 17:18
I have the exact same thoughts about ZywOo, it's unreal how well this guy is playing. GL ENCE :)
2019-07-10 17:25
Allu hitting shots Ence always wins he must be consistent
2019-07-10 18:03
China Coldtide
Allu need major win!
2019-07-10 19:04
allu is actually the best pro player of all time no bait
2019-07-10 19:32
and there goes our narrative that they didnt practice >:(
2019-07-10 19:34 Sergej has played approx 2.6 hours in 2 weeks.. If you call that hard prepping idk what to tell you.
2019-07-10 19:54
but. but. but, allu said :c
2019-07-10 19:57
Finland Rankaisu
maybe they didnt use main accounts for preparation? And remember that playing cs isnt the only way to prepare to tournaments. Maybe they watched some cs videos and studied tactics etc.. + some physical training.
2019-07-10 20:20
sergej to become runescape pro
2019-07-10 19:52
allu is very smart guy with his answers, surely beneficial to less experienced ENCE players
2019-07-10 21:51
Love allu
2019-07-10 22:41
Canada dennek
No Aug no major #hard4ence
2019-07-11 00:42
No sunny no mouse
2019-07-12 10:16
GL Allu
2019-07-11 06:38
After epicenter they happened to won the starladder
2019-07-11 10:28
Mongolia k0ng0
Mission failed, we'll get them next time!
2019-07-11 11:05
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