allu: "I'm really proud of my guys - we stepped over the line, kept at it and didn't give up"

Following ENCE's progression to the semi-finals of the CS:GO Asia Championship, we discussed with Aleksi "allu" Jalli his team's preparation going into the event, community negativity and the significance of making the playoffs in Shanghai.

ENCE ended their playoffs dry spell in Shanghai after securing victories against ViCi and mousesports in Group B and are now enjoying two days off, after which they will face either MIBR or AVANGAR for a spot in the grand final.

allu is proud of the results ENCE have achieved in Shanghai

In this interview, allu discusses the preparation going into the event, the impact of the community's criticism on the roster and the team's current state of progress, almost three months after Miikka "suNny" Kemppi was brought in from mousesports.

In previous interviews it was expressed that a recurring issue in ENCE was the lack of practice. How much effective practice did the team get going into CAC?

After we changed Aleksib to suNny we had a difficult period in regards to tournaments, as we had three events straight away. We didn't actually want to go to all of them, as we had changed our lineup, and would have preferred to practice, but we had obligations, so we just had to go with it. Our results at those tournaments hurt our confidence a bit, even though they shouldn't have, as everybody should have had the state of mind that we are a new team, we need time, we need practice and everything is not going to happen instantly.

After that, we had a three-week period before Beijing and practice actually went really well, we played really well. I've been around for quite some time, so I know the difference between when you just smack people in practice with no point and when you actually play well - it felt like we played really well, we had really good comms, everybody was making good moves. Then we went to IEM Beijing, and when we started our first game against 100 Thieves, everything just went 'boom'. Nobody was talking, nobody did anything and we just weren't there, so to speak. They obviously played well, and they're a really good team, but we weren't there at all. Against ViCi we were on the brink of elimination, but thanks to sergej, who clutched two or three really important rounds, we came back on Train, then went on to Mirage and won that pretty easily.

After the first game, I was thinking, 'Ok, this is going to be hard, really hard', as we kind of had a monkey on our back and we were under a lot of pressure as we were getting a lot of shit regarding the roster change from the community and community figures. We had really high expectations to meet and had to prove people wrong in that we had made the correct call. I think that hit us pretty hard in Beijing.

After Beijing we had one week before we came here; we had two days off, then we practiced and mainly focused on how to keep up the communication and the same feeling and mindset that we have in practice; the same relaxation in that we don't have to win - we just need to play our game and whether we win or lose, it doesn't really matter as long as we are there. So far in this tournament, we have been doing a good job in keeping the mood up. We are talking a lot and it feels like we really want to be here and want to play and compete. In Beijing, it felt like we gave up, but that has not happened here.

You mentioned negativity from the community and community figures in regards to the roster change, which has been on-going effectively ever since Aleksib departed. Did the team take any specific action to abstract from social media during this period?

I spoke to the guys about it before and told them that we should spend less time reading what other people think when somebody has a bad game or something. The only thing that should matter to us is what we think about each other inside the team. Everything else should just be a blur. I think finally, now, as my teammates and I have received a lot of hate, we have realised the effect it has. Even though you think that it doesn't matter if you read something, it does. It's kind of funny, in that if someone on the street says something stupid to you, you will most likely ignore it and just walk away, but when you read it, you kind of get stuck in it. Yeah, we kind of just disconnected a bit and focused on playing, just as we should have.

Outside of trying to translate the mindset you have in practice to LAN events and official matches, what other progress has been made since the addition of suNny to the team?

When suNny first joined we had two days of practice coming into BLAST Pro Series Moscow, and a week until New York, then from New York we went straight to Malmö. It's hard to evaluate that period because we just plugged in and played, and we also had a really long Major with two weeks in Berlin beforehand. We were not at 100 percent in terms of energy and willingness to play. The difference now is that everything is a lot clearer, we have integrated suNny into our system and have added something that he wants as well, so there's a good balance, but we are still finding the perfect balance, because suNny was used to playing a bit differently in his previous team, mousesports, for example. They had a different style compared to ours, and we're still figuring that out.

So far it has been going good, as long as we show our real face. Other than that, when we added suNny every single one of us instantly had such high hopes and thought: 'Ok, everything will just click', but that's not the case, and it's really rare that it happens like that. You have to put in the work, and we were too rough on each other and ourselves. When we lost a stupid round people would get tilted or go emo, and we've been talking about that as well, whereby we just have to let it slide and focus on the next round.

suNny's adaptation to teammates has improved according to allu

"Plug and play" was used to describe suNny's initial stretch on ENCE, where he assumed the roles Aleksib had beforehand. Has that changed to a more tailored approach now that some time has passed?

He still mostly plays Aleksib's previous roles, because that's the guy that we need. It's more that he has learned to better adapt to his teammates. For example, say he takes map control with sergej, they know they have set things to do, he knows how sergej likes to react and vice versa. This is something we have been working on. The same applies to other maps, so if Aerial and suNny are taking map control, they have a better understanding of each other now than they had before. Even though suNny and Aleksib can fulfill the same roles, they are still very different players in terms of the gambles they take and so on.

It's been a case of us adapting to him and him adapting to us, and it's still in progress, of course. We have not reached routine, so to speak, and routine for us as a team is really important, so that's also a factor behind why I think our results have been a bit shaky. We should take this into account, and it might sound stupid but we haven't really "played" yet, if that makes sense. How we normally play, and how we played at these tournaments, or, let's say, in Beijing, as the three first tournaments were practice-ish, was completely different, and everybody acted a lot differently. Here, we have kind of reached the point where we really play. Now that we have fixed our mental side a bit more, it's easier to focus on the game side of things. We haven't really reached a point yet where we can even fix anything as we only have a small sample size and our losses are mostly because we haven't been there.

Speaking of current affairs, here at CAC you have a guaranteed semi-final placement after defeating ViCi and mousesports in the groups. This must have given the team a colossal sense of elation considering how long it's been since a similar result has been achieved, as well as the mounting negativity. Describe the team's internal state with all of this in mind.

Yeah, for sure it is a big thing for us. We had a long discussion in Beijing on how we plan to fix our mental state, how we should individually take a look in the mirror, take a deep look at ourselves and try to answer questions like: 'Why did I let my team down? Why did I let myself down?'. When we came here I had a good feeling, but I still thought: 'I don't know, we need to show it'. Even though we talked about it, we still have to show it here and so far we have done it perfectly, in my opinion. I'm really proud of my guys - we stepped over the line, kept at it and did not give up.

Regarding the matches, the mousesports game was really tough, mentally as well. It was a long match; the whole series took like four hours, I think. When we came out on top, it was a huge relief for us, and I think we just needed that little something, that one victory that gets us going, and I hope we can continue from there and keep going forward.

Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
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Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
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2019-11-23 00:15
2019-11-23 00:18
hes delusional
2019-11-23 00:22
Netherlands eoNs! 
* deallusional :)
2019-11-23 00:45
xd nic ones mens))))
2019-11-23 00:46
Taiwan zhcwhite 
-Aerial +Alexsib
2019-11-23 09:57
NiKo | 
North America veasih 
-suNny +Aleksib
2019-11-25 06:09
Other Bebestan 
2019-11-23 01:09
Reunion Edjon 
2019-11-23 07:02
Finland Smoonah 
but most importantly, they had fun
2019-11-23 19:05
Allu is a nice bot
2019-11-23 00:22
Kazakhstan blezzyzx 
2019-11-23 10:20
Finland Kasvain 
hieno feikkilippu
2019-11-23 13:30
Nice one allu
2019-11-23 00:15
Finland Smoonah 
2019-11-23 01:18
United States EZ_4_Trump_CS 
Ence LUL
2019-11-23 00:16
Argentina Demianctn 
2019-11-23 00:16
ok roster killer
2019-11-23 00:16
Nt you beat Vici and a shitty mousesports don't get ahead of yourselves. The only good thing about your team currently is Sunny.
2019-11-23 00:18
Yes they only beat mouz, but that's the best team they've beat in a bo3 with this lineup. How exactly did he get ahead of himself? He just said that he's proud of the team for overcoming the mental struggles and now they can focus more in the in-game related things.
2019-11-23 00:41
I dont think the struggles are over tbf. Thats why he is getting ahead of himself
2019-11-28 14:28
United States ottovonlousie 
Aerial and allu are also doing good at CAC
2019-11-23 03:14
Toxic aussie confirmed
2019-11-23 03:53
i ar sorry on behalf of aussie hltv users
2019-11-23 04:00
Finland Slyp3 
Ence actually beats 100T in Chicago. I didn't Even remember that tbh. Feels like 100T always win
2019-11-23 04:35
too lazy to change
2019-11-23 12:49
France LeDiplomate 
Mouz>AU CS
2019-11-23 07:22
Nt Frenchie Mouz can't even beat the second best Aussie team Grayhound.
2019-11-23 10:52
France LeDiplomate 
2019-11-23 12:40
Wtf nothing is ok for you.
2019-11-23 09:00
2019-11-23 00:17
Russia M13f 
Ok bot allu
2019-11-23 00:19
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
2019-11-23 00:19
Finland Kunumesh 
2019-11-23 00:20
He think ENCE is doing good¿?¿?¿?¿?¿? KKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-11-23 00:20
2019-11-23 00:20
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
nt aleksiL
2019-11-23 00:21
lmao only do interviews after winning
2019-11-23 00:22
what ?? ence is afluke waake up fool
2019-11-23 00:22
Hungary mEZENCEphalon 
*hiss* 🐍🐍🐍
2019-11-23 00:26
Finland MrKarambit 
jinxed it lmao
2019-11-23 00:30
Finland J3bediah 
2019-11-23 00:34
Could’ve done more with aleksib
2019-11-23 00:34
Disband pls
2019-11-23 00:36
Poland Archasi 
2019-11-23 00:38
Poland Archasi 
2019-11-23 00:37
Finland dehU 
2019-11-23 09:07
Poland Archasi 
2019-11-23 18:46
Poland LeNootNoot 
Won against ViCi and one of the most inconsistent teams on the planet, ok Allu
2019-11-23 00:38
Allu basically was like: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE- referring to his name aleksi
2019-11-23 00:39
>He still mostly plays Aleksib's previous roles, because that's the guy that we need. Wow, what a great idea kicking aleksib then. Luckily cs isnt a strategy game, its about having fun and killing the enemy, now when they kicked snake aleksib and his stupid tactics and strats they can crush the enemy with firepower, which they have a lot now. Ez 4 team firepower
2019-11-23 00:40
name checks out +1
2019-11-23 00:43
That actually makes sense because sunny is much more mechanically skilled than aleksib. If allu can get even close to the level of IGL'ing of aleksib (not saying he can or cannot) that would still be an upgrade. Also when will you guys stop recycling these shitty comments? >LUL kicked aleksib >hahaha ence having fun >lmao so much firepower you realize no one thinks those jokes are funny anymore right?
2019-11-23 00:48
United States cookiewolf2 
Aleksib was problem OMEGALUL
2019-11-23 01:22
LUL kicked aleksib hahaha ence having fun lmao so much firepower
2019-11-23 03:21
Finland Kasvain 
NA comedy LUL
2019-11-23 13:32
no joke, they have so much fire power now it's one of the main reasons for global warming
2019-11-23 03:37
2019-11-23 06:28
you're either allu undercover or just as delusional as him
2019-11-23 05:52
2019-11-23 05:56
Aleksib 6 maps, also sunny has not been performing as well as he can be.
2019-11-23 14:15
the very fact that sunny is only performing at or worse than aleksib is lmao aerial besides his one fluke event has been the worst or second worst cus xseven is basically their taco. sunny would’ve slotted into aerials roles just fine
2019-11-23 17:27
I agree that they should've kicked aerial instead of aleksib, but that was not the thing we were discussing. Even tho people are joking about it, suNny still SHOULD bring in more firepower overall.
2019-11-23 18:50
France LeDiplomate 
They are funny.
2019-11-23 07:23
Good one allu, i think Ence are stronger without Aleksib. I takes little time..
2019-11-23 13:23
I'm not saying they are, i'm just saying that they can be. So many people replying to my comment but no one is saying anything to prove i'm wrong.
2019-11-23 14:14
Finland KuKkaa 
+1 They were stuck with aleksib, now they atleast have potential to become better
2019-11-23 17:44
DaZeD | 
Turkey qubeKs 
Potential??? Who is going to lead them now? Is it going to be allu? The guy who doesn't understand the single aspect of In game leading? Its being a long time since they kicked aleksib and switched him for Mr. Firepower. So now tell me, did you ever seen a amazing or a working tactic from allu rather than playing like level 10 players in faceit? In game leading is not easy as you think, and allu needs pretty long time to get good at igling. If you also remember, aleksib wasnt that bad player after all. He was still having a good impact in the team by both igling, supporting his team and getting kills.
2019-11-26 18:40
DaZeD | 
Turkey qubeKs 
We seen eneough fromm SunNy since he joined Ence. Ence is literally going down the hill right now and they are so close to lose all of their performance in a short time. Can you ingaine kicking the igl that lead you to the 2nd place in major, and then kicking him for more fire power after he proved what he can do. I hope allu and twista are enjoying with their new player since they kicked the guy who spent 2 years in a team to see their selves get good. Fucking rat.
2019-11-26 18:34
And once again you don't bring up anything else than the same 3 points everyone has said a million times. Here's something you can think about and maybe even argue. ENCE just made finals at a tier 2 event so i wouldn't say they're necessarily going downhill. suNny hasn't been performing to his potential, (most likely due to pressure caused by the ''fan''base) so we definitely haven't seen enough from him. What the fuck do you mean by ''they are so close to lose all of their performance in a short time''?? They are still getting invites to big events so they're going to get even more experience as a team, how would they suddenly start to go downhill? Ence weren't performing necessarily well even with aleksib, so a roster change was inevitable. No one knows why they decided to bench him but the most logical reason would be personal issues with him so there might be some sense in benching him. Anything else?
2019-11-26 19:32
Finland KuKkaa 
2019-12-03 08:19
Finland Faust_fSt 
Good interview and a bunch of turbovirgins in the comment section - good entertainment all in all 😎
2019-11-23 00:42
ence top1 2020 😎😎😎
2019-11-23 00:43
Poland LiquidWater 
shut up
2019-11-23 00:48
2019-11-23 00:52
Sweden flabbit 
stfu allu
2019-11-23 00:53
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
Lol nice interview. Now they will go ahead and lose their next match just to further embarrass themselves.
2019-11-23 00:53
Just luck, you just ruined your team because you wanted to play with sunny
2019-11-23 01:00
2019-11-23 01:01
2019-11-23 01:08
Finland NUCL3AR 
Good read, hopefully they won't get the negativity get under their skin in the future, hate will pass.
2019-11-23 01:14
Finland Faust_fSt 
It was really nice to read such an honest take, especially from allu. I hope they hit the emotional rock bottom after Beijing - which i feel was necessary to start building up again - so now they can really begin the work on a positive note.
2019-11-23 09:55
Finland NUCL3AR 
2019-11-23 14:44
DaZeD | 
Turkey qubeKs 
2019-11-26 18:43
Finland NUCL3AR 
You must be delusional to think that the kick wasn't due to chemistry issue or some other personal stuff behind the scenes that we know nothing about. If it was purely about team performance it would have been aerial or xseven who would have been kicked.
2019-11-27 23:24
DaZeD | 
Turkey qubeKs 
Did i said anything about aleksib’s was kick due to a some drug shit? Literally allu and twista kicked the guy who wasted his last 3-2 years to in game lead a team to get kicked. Can you imagine what wasting all of your years for a team to make them become a good and then getting kicked for not having a good damage impact? He was doing his job fine by leading his team. Unlike allu, which he only tried to get easy frags by sitting in a corner for hours to get a single kill with a shitty unskilled weapon called awp, while aleksib tried to do the hardest role in the game, “In game leading”. And you know what allu did? He kicked the guy that wasted all his years to see his team get good for a douse bag. And from what i see, in game leading should be really easy for allu that he is saying they are getting good and good while loosing against other teams.
2019-11-28 00:34
Finland NUCL3AR 
Lol I didn't say anything about aleksib and drugs. And in my opinion also it was bad for the team, at least for now but only reason that justifies that move must've been something going on inside the team. People just say shit like "why kick igl for fragger" without realizing they are also people and your co-workers and if they don't click mentally it will go only downhill from there. Sucks for aleksib but hopefully he'll do well in future.
2019-11-28 06:07
2019-11-23 01:26
🐍🐍🐍 lets go
2019-11-23 01:27
+1 "a🐍🐍u" killed aleksib career
2019-11-23 01:51
France LeDiplomate 
🐍Janni "TwoFaced" Toledo 🐍
2019-11-23 07:25
Finland Wetzzkuu 
Jannni ahahahah expected from a bagette brain
2019-11-23 10:30
lol, beat irrelevant teams like tier5 ViCi and tier2 FPLsports made allu so confident I still think this team is bad, every single player except Segej and maybe Sunny is bad, every single allu call is bad, they can win only if Sergej clutch every single round and only against lower teams
2019-11-23 01:29
Finland Hietsu 
2019-11-23 01:44
flag checks out 8/8
2019-11-23 01:50
2019-11-23 06:02
Still BOT allu
2019-11-23 01:35
Hungary subzera 
Lol they beat vici. Good job I guess
2019-11-23 01:36
kick sunny and bring back aleksib
2019-11-23 01:46
this nibba talking like they just won a tournament
2019-11-23 01:53
Finland Autisthicc 
chill u won 2 games
2019-11-23 01:55
INS | 
Australia CLEGGY 
Ok worst aleksi
2019-11-23 01:57
Croatia Makz_CRO 
"We have not reached routine, so to speak, and routine for us as a team is really important." The routine is why they kicked aleksib in the first place, because they didn't like getting to semis or finals by playing default. Great job destroying a perfectly good team so that in half a year of trash play you will admit you were wrong.
2019-11-23 02:30
you done fucked up, you kicked alexi, and now mibr will rip your soul, yes this trash team will send you to 102 degree sauna and and bad vodka. its over
2019-11-23 02:55
2019-11-23 04:38
France LeDiplomate 
They won't even play mibr in this tournament lmao
2019-11-23 07:27
Portugal joaosenra 
yeah yeah yeah nice words, go get Aleksib back and shut up plz
2019-11-23 02:58
Australia strikebacK 
2019-11-23 03:00
China serdim 
they just won mouz luckily
2019-11-23 03:18
2019-11-23 03:22
Brazil LukeCS7 
they think they are winners because they defeated the powerful ViCi and mouz? LUL
2019-11-23 03:24
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
kick noob Sunny & bring back Aleksib or cry forever noob
2019-11-23 03:25
just because you beat a shit team and 1 mediocre team doesn't mean you are back
2019-11-23 03:29
2 fluke wins and then "we have done it perfectly" imagine one being this delusional OMGEALUL
2019-11-23 04:17
Qatar olaolakaka 
won a shitty chinese team and won a clown fest game with mouz xD
2019-11-23 04:23
mouz is a tier 2 team tho so still a good result for ENCE
2019-11-23 05:07
Ayy lmao
2019-11-23 05:31
expected from snake allu
2019-11-23 04:29
2019-11-23 04:31
device | 
North America DeximaD 
u will get eliminated by MIBR tomorrow bitch
2019-11-23 05:09
France LeDiplomate 
No lmao
2019-11-23 07:28
edited: by AVANGAR whatever
2019-11-23 08:51
Billy | 
United States Russso 
edited again: by MiBR
2019-11-23 10:22
agreed by MIBR* LUL
2019-11-23 10:26
Xaxaxxaxa he's already proud LMAO I thought their goal was to become top1 xaxaxaxax
2019-11-23 06:17
"We want to be the number one team in the world. It's why we made the change" "Against ViCi we were on the brink of elimination"
2019-11-23 08:43
Aleksi "snake" Jalli
2019-11-23 09:13
Can you tell me why he was the reason behind benching aleksib?
2019-11-23 09:39
because wanted to play with his friend sunny and thinking he could be an igl
2019-11-23 09:56
bitches change, friends stay.
2019-11-23 13:55
United Kingdom whatacliche 
Fluked a win against Mouz and beat a trash ViCi. They're gonna be bitch slapped into reality next game when the opponents aren't easy.
2019-11-23 09:22
Fallen gonna rip your awp and IGLing skills apart Allu
2019-11-23 09:40
fuck allu snake
2019-11-23 10:24
2019-11-23 10:25
Finland mattixboi 
2019-11-23 10:32
Aleksi "snake" Jalli
2019-11-23 11:58
stfu allu is not snake, allu is best thing ever happened to finnish counter strike scene.
2019-11-23 12:52
TBH considering that "the community" consists on average of around 24 yo toxic males, I think what ever they do is wrong from the "perspective of the community". If couple of guys start tolling towards their changes in the roster, others will follow just for fun regardless of their real opinions. NT SNAKEJALLU
2019-11-23 14:52
Paraguay darthkaazi 
From EZ4ENCE to FUN4ENCE. Let's see if they can win the event
2019-11-23 17:28
Die | 
Czech Republic krunker 
Allu is a tactical genius. He is best known for his signature tactic "going B, but then benching AleksiB". He also has a second little known tactic of "going A, but then going home without any wins". What an absolute legend. Top 3 IGL for sure.
2019-11-23 19:30
Team is solid, favorite to win this.
2019-11-23 21:44
Netherlands poeya 
allu : Im really proud of my bots they got boosted to Medium Difficulty bots this tournament
2019-11-23 21:45
Maybe ENCE should have handled the kicking better, but it's business after all. And people still crying and being emo about aleksib is fucking lame. GL to ENCE, gl to aleksib, hope both do well
2019-11-23 21:46
nt snakellu
2019-11-23 23:33
ahahahahaha JOKE OF THE YEAR
2019-11-25 15:45
Ukraine FunkLi 
Aleksib was problem...
2019-11-28 20:39
Finland Kasvain 
almost everyone here is really immature
2019-11-30 20:15
Finland kkonaa 
En ny tiiä
2019-12-03 08:22
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