Twista: "[The atmosphere in the team] is almost like nothing is happening"

After the New Legends stage of the Major kicked off with ENCE beating AVANGAR, we spoke to Slaava "Twista" Räsänen about how the upcoming change in the Finnish side is affecting the squad at the tournament.

With ENCE having announced the upcoming change, as Miikka "suNny" Kemppi is set to replace Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen after the Major, we asked the coach about how the situation is affecting the team's atmosphere going into the German event and whether in-game leadership has changed in preparation for the switch.

Twista is proud of how the team has been able to deal with the upcoming change

Twista also commented on the team's overall form going into the event and briefly spoke about their match against AVANGAR, in which the Finnish side looked dominant as they took down their opponents 16-5 on Overpass to go 1-0 in the Swiss stage.

Touching on your lineup situation with suNny set to replace Aleksib, have you been able to put that aside until the Major is over? How is it affecting the team coming in?

I think the fact that we announced it already gave us more time to talk it through and get the atmosphere for the Major to the spot where we want to be. At this point, and in practice as well, actually, it was really good. I didn't feel any... it's almost like nothing is happening. I'm proud of the guys that they can deal with it like that. This first game was something I was a bit stressed about because it can go either way, now we saw that we can do it here, as well, so I'm happy for the guys.

Generally, rustiness has been an issue for the new teams coming in for the past few Majors, particularly when they are close after the break, were you worried about that?

Well, I was only worried about the first game because then I would see how it will go throughout the Major because the first game will define everything, how the atmosphere is when we are playing when we are actually here and doing our work and stuff like that. I was just waiting for the first game to have to knowledge to know what to do if it goes the other way. But it went really well, everyone was happy, and everyone wanted to play, so it was good to continue from this.

Presumably in-game leading will switch to allu after the Major, but is that the case for the Major as well or is it still Aleksib?

That's the thing, I don't know why, but everyone assumes that Aleksib has been leading the whole time, but that's not the case. allu has been doing a lot of help for Aleksi, there have been a lot of matches in our previous tournaments where allu actually took the lead in the match and he was leading in the match. It has been bouncing back from Aleksi to allu, of course a bit more on Aleksi, but still, allu has been doing a lot of work on that side. That's why in a way it's easy to continue from that point because allu wants to lead, as well, and he always took the lead when needed. At this event we will go with the same strategy that Aleksi is leading but allu is giving his input in the game.

Aleksi conspicuously bought a second AWP on Overpass against AVANGAR in one of the early gunrounds, which is not something that usually happens, and he died with it and it wasn't picked up after him and he never used it again. Was that a misbuy, or what happened?

No, it wasn't a misbuy. A double AWP on CT is pretty good because you can bait and stuff like that, so we just wanted to get back into the game and take it early because usually you don't take a double AWP, especially our team. We just tried it, we had the money, Aleksi said 'should I take it?' and everyone was okay with it, but then he died and we didn't want to continue with that because we wanted to play a bit more aggressive, so we just left it there.

We always have very little idea of what kind of form the new teams are coming in with, have you had anyone surprise you in practice either positively or negatively? Who do you see as the most dangerous teams based on that?

I'm not so sure, actually. Sure, there are matches in practice where you can see are playing really well, but in the end it is just practice, so it's really hard to say. Like I said in the interview I made with Banks, I'm really hoping to see the match between Astralis and DreamEaters. I want to see how Astralis will perform after the break they had, after the last official they played. It's a best-of-one and it's a game that can easily go like 16-2 to Astralis, but it can also go the other way, that's the match I'm looking forward to.

Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1021
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
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 Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen
Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
380
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
ENCE will go 1-3 hopefully! Really a fluke team!
2019-08-28 13:38
#4
Finland vesku 
2019-08-28 14:38 Replay edited, ur not the real MVP, plz go to cave.
2019-08-28 13:38
If course not, MVP is a Korean team
2019-08-28 13:40
+1
2019-08-28 13:41
Actually its not called MVP. It is MVP PK :--D
2019-08-28 14:50
#5
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Turkey montpaylit 
NT BUG hahaha
2019-08-28 13:39
cry is free! EZ4ENCE🏄‍♂️
2019-08-28 13:41
#19
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Romania SplaXie1337 
i have ENCE 3-0
2019-08-28 13:52
Congrats
2019-09-01 11:26
#83
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Romania SplaXie1337 
thank
2019-09-01 12:34
good teams from Germany Error 404 not found
2019-08-28 13:56
+1
2019-08-28 14:43
+1111
2019-08-28 17:14
#58
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Germany killmichi 
Feels bad, but you are right :) The BIG roster changes might bring them back to Tier 2 though hopefully.
2019-08-29 07:55
#70
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United States Trump2020KAG 
+111111
2019-08-29 15:38
#80
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Germany MackyGee 
0/8
2019-09-01 04:06
snake twista
2019-08-28 13:40
#9
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
snake twista
2019-08-28 13:40
i agree
2019-08-28 13:40
#3
s1mple | 
Spain L3gi13 
ok
2019-08-28 13:38
Hope to see Ence deep in the major!
2019-08-28 13:38
#7
Jame | 
Finland N1ghtmares 
rip aleksib :(
2019-08-28 13:38
#8
Xizt | 
United States Murr 
Squeeze
2019-08-28 13:40
#14
Aleksib | 
Finland mmusi 
Aleksib is a big man. This must be awkward as hell
2019-08-28 13:44
what
2019-08-28 13:54
#50
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United Kingdom levymonsta 
He tried to be punny but failed miserably.
2019-08-28 16:55
snake
2019-08-28 13:44
why ?
2019-08-28 13:52
+1 to your name, I see what you did there
2019-08-28 14:03
#16
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Poland Kleigen 
I thought it's Twistzz at the first
2019-08-28 13:48
#17
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
fuck the org , hope they doom after the major . Aleksib deserves better who dafuq would kick their IGL while the team is among the Top 5 , dumb decision , idiotic decision
2019-08-28 13:49
Did you read The interview?
2019-08-28 14:04
#27
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
i did but i dont fully believe it , Aleksib plays as IGL , unlike Allu who plays as Awper
2019-08-28 14:09
#34
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Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
so an awper cant be igl?
2019-08-28 14:33
I guess what he meant by that is that Allu's performance as the dedicated awper will be impacted after taking the lead and you can't say he's wrong considering allu is mediocre at best.
2019-08-28 14:42
#36
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Finland Faust_fSt 
imagine being this dumb :D
2019-08-28 14:41
Nah, ENCE is fucked after aleksib leaves. We can all start pressing F when this major is over.
2019-08-28 15:01
#47
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Finland Faust_fSt 
You're allowed to think that :D
2019-08-28 15:02
As multiple different arguments also in this thread point out, there's never been success, when the IGL has left and someone who's "also calling" starts to IGL. We'll see how it goes, but there's pretty much no good argument to kick a winning team's IGL.
2019-08-29 14:47
#69
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Finland Faust_fSt 
World ranking #1 and #2 are both without a dedicated, established IGL. A team that works well doesn't need a pronax or an ex6tenz to micromanage the team.
2019-08-29 15:36
And ENCE is not working well huh? Aerial 1,05 (entry) Aleksib 1,04 (IGL) xseven 1,00 (support) And you kick the IGL to make space for an entry? Astralis DOMINATED the scene for a very, very long time. They've been top2 or 3 continuously after the first major win, and they most likely have the best team and cohesion internally in the history of the game. IGL? yes. This all comes down to allu's ego, sadly.
2019-08-29 21:49
#73
Finland em8 
The problem is that allu has never had any success before with leading (in previous ence lineups). Thats why I have very little hope for the new lineup with sunny.
2019-08-30 14:22
#74
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Finland Faust_fSt 
He has never lead a team with such a regimented routine, or with Twista. Just calm your tits everyone, at least see how they will play.
2019-08-30 14:34
These sceptical fans are too smart to "calm their tits". We can all start pressing F. [*]. (Lets hope Aleksib leads them to win this shit and we can all rest easy after ENCE is not even a tier 2 team in 2020.)
2019-08-31 02:13
They want top 1.
2019-08-28 14:05
#28
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
they wont even be top 10 after this change
2019-08-28 14:09
Everyone assumes that Aleksib has been leading the whole time, but that's not the case; At this event we will go with the same strategy that Aleksi is leading but allu is giving his input in the game. Slaava "Twista" Räsänen
2019-08-28 14:10
#49
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Finland santedek 
And u think he talks the truth?? xdd with allu's dog brain he can only say rush b
2019-08-28 15:53
of course he will say it's going amazing cause nobody wants to hear that everyone is feeling akward and that aleksib was important to the team. this team is completely fucked. It's just like when in FaZe niko was apparently helping here and there with the calling but when he actually had to independently igl he couldn't.
2019-08-28 21:37
#59
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Finland santedek 
i know that but my fellow countrymen is stupido
2019-08-29 09:03
sorry replied wrong guy
2019-08-29 11:58
nrg kicked daps and they're better now than they were with him
2019-08-29 12:39
#75
Finland em8 
thats because they got another igl to replace daps
2019-08-30 14:59
true
2019-08-30 15:14
fuck I started to think aleksib is the only smart guy in finland after saw this comment.
2019-09-01 03:56
of course he will say it's going amazing cause nobody wants to hear that everyone is feeling akward and that aleksib was important to the team. this team is completely fucked. It's just like when in FaZe niko was apparently helping here and there with the calling but when he actually had to independently igl he couldn't.
2019-08-29 11:58
nrg kicked daps and they're better now than they were with him
2019-08-29 12:39
wow nice logic. So because it worked for this completely different team it will work for ence with a completely different approach right?
2019-08-29 12:52
i think team will get better because allu and sunny are very good friends
2019-08-29 14:25
Ever heard an org named NRG ?
2019-08-28 18:21
#20
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Brazil NahT_ 
Kappa
2019-08-28 13:54
#22
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Czech Republic fykseN1g 
emotion dodgers
2019-08-28 13:54
#29
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
"That's the thing, I don't know why, but everyone assumes that Aleksib has been leading the whole time, but that's not the case. allu has been doing a lot of help for Aleksi.." lmao this is 100% same situation with zeus in gambit,they said zeus is not doing anything special adren is helping with calls and etc
2019-08-28 14:13
+1 I'm convinced that allu is only calling because he's got it in his head that he's some top shot like Niko, but unlike him he doesn't even have the skill or consistency to back up ego that big.
2019-08-28 14:32
#42
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
wrong reply
2019-08-28 14:45
same situation as with Niko in Faze justifying karrigan's kick 'oh niko called a lot and now he wants to lead' ... what a joke
2019-08-28 14:39
#44
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
well there was atleast some logic in faze kicking karrigan they were doing worse and worse instead of getting better, at some point they were close to get eliminated from major and niko started to calling and they did better but limiting nikos potential is not right and with neo they are doing even worse now
2019-08-28 14:46
#39
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Other TapioKuusela 
I dont think so, from behind the scenes videos i can see allu and twista often talking about tactical things. Also allu is clearly the mental leader of the team.
2019-08-28 14:43
WAAAT?? Allu mental leader? A guy who does nothing but complain to anyone about anything and/or swears and/or smokes..
2019-08-29 12:46
#31
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South America FAN_OF_M16R 
Yeah we kicking IGL - nothing is happening mens))
2019-08-28 14:11
#32
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Ukraine ksay 
wtf is this bs Twista having an input isn't leading a team gl with allu shitting himself same shit was told by gambit btw
2019-08-28 14:21
Kicking AleksiB is definitely one of the worst and most unjustified decisions ever.
2019-08-28 14:42
I don't think kicking aleksib will affect the way people think it will. They probably will play couple bad tournaments with the new lineup at first, but when they'll be fully adapted they WILL play better. Change My Mind
2019-08-28 14:46
rip aleksib why kick someone when youre team is doing good?
2019-08-28 14:45
#51
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Finland renge 
maybe aleksi did fnx
2019-08-28 16:59
Snake allu Snake Twista
2019-08-28 15:05
"everyone assumes that Aleksib has been leading the whole time, but that's not the case." Well it looks like your own players assumed that he was the IGL : at 3:58 youtu.be/cY3O4f7Vhvo?t=238
2019-08-28 19:35
#57
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World Notb8ing 
did u even read article? Literally nowhere it says he hasn't been main guy doing IGL role, rather it just says allu has sometimes done it too.
2019-08-28 23:32
twista and allu main calling aleksib usseles
2019-08-28 20:50
Aleksib benching is sad story but with Sunny Ence will be even stronger team.
2019-08-29 12:11
back to tier 100 confirmed
2019-09-01 04:03
No way my turkish friend :)
2019-09-01 05:09
Sunny un-ironically a top5 rifler in the world.
2019-09-03 10:47
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