Aleksib: "It feels good to beat your former teammates with the storyline behind it"

Our first interview from ICE Challenge features Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen, who gave insight into OG's state of preparation and the opening series against ENCE.

OG kicked off their ICE Challenge campaign with an outstanding performance and a clean 2-0 victory over ENCE. After conceding their map pick, Train, in overtime, the Finnish side struggled on Overpass against a fired-up OG, who move on to Group B's winners' match.

Aleksib is feeling confident coming into the ICE Challenge

After their triumph, we spoke to Aleksib, who ended the series with an impressive 1.22 rating. The Finnish in-game leader gave insight into OG's preparation for this event, the recent addition of Casper "ruggah" Due as coach, and the personal nature of the match against his former team.

As a very young roster, you must have had a lot to work on over the break period. Did you manage to get much of a break in or was it mainly working on development?

We had our Christmas break, and obviously we had not played as a team for long, but the end of last year was really hectic, mostly outside of the game. Players, contracts, everything happened at the same time, and after we got everything ready, we started to practice. I think the break was really good for us because there had been tension, which meant that people needed a bit of time off.

We were at the cs_summit 5 tournament before the break, which went pretty well, we were quite happy with our results. After the vacation, we started things off by talking about our team and our goals for the start of the year, etc. Then we just started grinding, I'm really confident.

If you had to contrast the preparation levels and internal comfort in the roster coming into ICE as opposed to cs_summit 5, how would you do it?

I'd say we're really confident here. Cs_summit 5 was our first LAN event and then we had a break immediately afterward, so coming here it feels a bit new again. It's the second LAN for this team and we had a break in-between. The preparation was really good and I just feel like what we lack right now is experience from games. I know which maps we're comfortable on, but I still cannot judge which map is really strong for us and which is a bit of a weaker one. We need to practice all the maps because we're a new team, and deciding everything is still a bit of a question mark. We just need to have LAN games under our belt, and after that, everything is going to be much more comfortable.

The lineup is composed of an interesting list of players, in that you, NBK and valde have extensive top-level experience, while mantuu and ISSAA are quite new to this tier of play. How have the two found playing against some of the best CS offers?

It's hard, but they are pushing their limits, they're working day in, day out, especially mantuu. I have to give him props because I think he is the only player I've seen work this hard when given an opportunity. Some players, from my knowledge, say they'll make this or that chance count, but in the end I sometimes I hear rumors or stories which suggest the opposite. For me, mantuu is just a perfect player because he has the dedication and he takes criticism and makes the most of it; he's really humble as well. ISSAA has his heart in the game as well, he's a really talented player, the only thing is that ISSAA's role is a bit different than it was in HellRaisers, so he will need to fit in a more team-based system. Obviously he's still one of our star players, but he needs to play a bit differently. I have spoken to him countless times, and he is starting to feel confident about his own game. I feel like these two guys will pick it up really quickly.

You, NBK- and valde have all been in-game leaders. In terms of the calling dynamic in the team, is it restricted to yourself exclusively, or do they give you input during matches?

When we started playing, valde still had in-game leader habits. Nathan not so much, because he didn't lead on the T side in Vitality, he was more in charge of the CT side as far as I know. Valde is such a smart guy, we spoke about it a couple of times, and then he was able to completely drop off everything, and now he's the perfect soldier in the team who does what you tell him to do. He can also give really good input.

Right now we decided to try out a dynamic where Nathan has more control on the CT sides. There are still some maps that he isn't too familiar with because we have a different map pool compared to Vitality, so he's leading on the CT side for most of the maps. I still chime in every time and I feel that it kind of takes the weight off of my shoulders as well because I know I can rely on someone else.

Before this event, OG signed ruggah as a coach. What was the process behind signing him, why did you feel he was a good fit? What impact has he had in the short time that he's been with you?

We spoke to some people who had the potential to coach the team. We spoke to Casper as well, asked what his future plans were, and we figured that he fits our profile. To be honest, we just went with it because we needed a coach sooner or later, and we felt like starting the year with a coach who has already established himself in the scene would be good. Valde also knows him personally from his previous teams. We knew that we were going to work with a guy who has the same mentality as us. He was willing to work hard, and we understood that there were no problems there.

As for this tournament, Casper is helping me prepare for matches and with our practice and the mistakes that we make. We're still in the early days as he has only been with us for a month, so we needed to show him every tactic that we had, we needed to familiarise him with our game style. It's going to take time, but so far, I'm really liking it.

The opening series of this event was one of the main storylines coming into ICE as you faced your former teammates of ENCE. Did playing against them give you an additional desire to win or propel you to prepare more?

I think it would be naive for me to say that I didn't prepare for this match more than the others. It's something that is a bit personal, and I think every player in the scene who has been in the same shoes would handle the match the same way. It was personal; in some situations, I felt a little pressure, which is not too common in the sense of when we started Train on the T side, our direction in some rounds was really bad. Obviously it's the whole team, but I would blame myself for it. I was face-palming to myself and asking why I was letting this happen. I'm glad we brought it back and glad that we played a huge overtime. Between maps, I just told my team: 'Guys, this shouldn't have been this close, we played so many of these rounds in practice. Next map, I will do everything way better'. As you saw, on our Overpass T side we had direction and communication. Everything was molding together and that's when I felt that we would be dangerous if we played like this.

Just to sum it up, obviously, it feels good to beat your former teammates of such a long time, with the storyline behind it. I'm just glad for every fan who's supporting me and OG.

Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
620
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
#1
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Finland spalmut 
2hard4my bois in ence
2020-02-01 15:47
Ez4Aleksib
2020-02-02 11:52
Should be proud of ur boy alexi anyway
2020-02-02 21:19
god almost almost
2020-02-01 15:39
#16
woxic | 
Turkey LineSon 
karrigan v2
2020-02-01 15:41
#47
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Finland X3phyR 
Karrigan V2 vs Karrigan coming in soon I'm waiting for this
2020-02-01 15:58
#106
TACO | 
Brazil kotopro2 
He is way better aim wise than karrigan thou
2020-02-01 19:03
But karrigan better igl
2020-02-01 22:10
aleksib is hotter tho
2020-02-02 01:58
gayy
2020-02-02 02:43
are you that unsure of your sexuality?
2020-02-02 02:52
LEL
2020-02-03 12:27
#134
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Finland X3phyR 
I know but karrigan still mad fragging at 29 I expect Aleksi to be at the same level of consistency
2020-02-02 08:18
#50
TACO | 
Brazil kotopro2 
aleskb was the problem Lloollllll gj ence , back to be a t99 team meme now
2020-02-01 15:59
#73
s1mple | 
Romania OMW 
''Sunny is the better option'' xD
2020-02-01 16:51
Sunny is a good player. They just need a deadly IGL again.
2020-02-01 17:12
Sunny bad like u
2020-02-01 18:16
#104
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Finland Pingub0b 
Sunny a good player? The stats tell a different story.
2020-02-01 18:47
#109
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Brazil JaspCardoso 
Sunny was really good back in mousesports. His biggest mistake was refusing to continue with the roster. That was his downfall.
2020-02-01 20:46
he is not showing that he is a good player since he played in Mouz.
2020-02-01 18:57
#112
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France LeDiplomate 
Miikka "Firepower" Kemppi OMEGALUL
2020-02-02 00:22
Sunny is not a good player anymore. Aleksib is way better rifler than Sunny is now.
2020-02-02 13:45
you are first since the first and second comments got deleted
2020-02-01 15:44
#75
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Brazil Ahab 
FIRE POWER KEKW
2020-02-01 16:53
#4
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United States Jeffcubed 
Nice
2020-02-01 15:39
nice
2020-02-01 15:39
#6
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Estonia mikubob 
Ez4aleksib
2020-02-01 15:39
#7
FalleN | 
Poland Mejzon 
Nice one Aleksi keep going!
2020-02-01 15:40
#8
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Sweden zeromeister 
ez
2020-02-01 15:40
#10
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Germany zoieN 
Hahahahahahahah
2020-02-01 15:40
alpha as fuck
2020-02-01 15:40
#12
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
ence became shit tf
2020-02-01 15:40
Aleksib was the problem??? 🙄
2020-02-01 15:41
#74
kennyS | 
Malaysia Zoroe28 
AleksiB was the problem that stopped them from reaching Tier 10 team
2020-02-01 16:52
made no sense
2020-02-01 16:56
what you can expect from those americans.. not of all us are as smart as me
2020-02-01 19:48
#119
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France MaximusGDN 
It's the Malaisian flag, not USA :p
2020-02-02 00:49
dude....
2020-02-02 02:03
#120
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
flag checks out
2020-02-02 01:40
#133
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Malaysia ILove2ChOke 
Bruh , U trolling or blind ?
2020-02-02 06:49
Maybe he was stoned
2020-02-03 10:14
NA education lmao
2020-02-04 10:56
what a god he just beat the huge firepower of ence and godlike igl allu
2020-02-01 15:41
>firepower > -24 Allu choose one
2020-02-01 15:55
cant see if u are baiting or really that st00pid
2020-02-01 15:58
Ofc im baiting and the -24 thing was about sunny))
2020-02-01 17:29
2020-02-01 16:30
#80
Candy | 
Finland Kiekara 
xD
2020-02-01 17:01
#91
2020-02-01 17:30
tactical genius allu*
2020-02-01 18:16
#113
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France LeDiplomate 
Allu is a tactical genius. He is best known for his signature tactic "Rush B, but then turn back and bench AleksiB". He also has a second little known tactic of "Rush A, but then turn back go home without any wins". What an absolute legend. Top 3 IGL for sure.
2020-02-02 00:34
EASY for Finnish Professional Electronic-sports organization «ENCE eSports», containing insane player Juho «Juhob» Lampinen, who can handle both the main rifles and the AWP (Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle), incredible support rifler Mikko «xartE» Välimaa who recently won large Vectorama 2016 tournament with his team, professional rifler Miikka «suNny» Kemppi whose decisions make ENCE's opponents literally cry, irreplaceable Tom «stonde» Glad who uses Razer DeathAdder 2013 mouse @ 400 DPI in combination with 1.75 in-game sensitivity to crush his opponents, and of course absolutely crazy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive AWP (Arctic Warfare Police sniper rifle) player Aleksi «Allu» Jalli, who is only 24 years old currently and who has already reached his top-level form, from the nordic country Finland (officially the Republic of Finland), sovereign state in Europe.
2020-02-02 04:07
#139
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France LeDiplomate 
Praise be to our god, Allugator. Go to your knees when reading this! Allu made FaZe legends. Literally. Allu gave best AWP performance of the major. Literally. Allu outperformed in form KennyS. Literally. Allu often gives his best performance under pressure. Literally. You can get up now, but remember to thank mr allu. #ex4Allu #ez4Ence #FaZeUp
2020-02-02 12:57
#15
CRUC1AL | 
Netherlands Ansi 
What a guy. I couldnt be more happier for him.
2020-02-01 15:41
Happy for him
2020-02-01 15:41
ence meme
2020-02-01 15:41
GOD
2020-02-01 15:42
#20
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Sweden Fizze 
AleksiGod
2020-02-01 15:43
tactical god
2020-02-01 15:43
happy for you mens)))
2020-02-01 15:43
hard for ence, no smoking
2020-02-01 15:43
#24
Aleksib | 
Egypt Tywin 
nice
2020-02-01 15:43
NOT EZ FOR ENCE
2020-02-01 15:44
#37
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Sweden Rezeter 
hard4ence < ez4aleksib
2020-02-01 15:50
#27
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
Deserved
2020-02-01 15:47
Ez4aleksbi Hard4ence Nobodycry4allu
2020-02-01 15:47
#36
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Sweden Rezeter 
+1 fuck ence.
2020-02-01 15:50
i cri for allu mens) but good for aleksibibidibob, happy for him no homo
2020-02-01 16:14
So your name is nobody?
2020-02-01 16:27
yes)
2020-02-01 17:32
#95
NiKo | 
Argentina frexs 
+1
2020-02-01 17:54
U deserve it bro
2020-02-01 15:48
#35
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Sweden Rezeter 
+1
2020-02-01 15:49
EZ 4 ALEKSIB
2020-02-01 15:48
#34
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Sweden Rezeter 
+1
2020-02-01 15:49
Niceeeeee
2020-02-01 15:48
#32
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Romania SkipLD 
If nothing else at least they are better than Ence
2020-02-01 15:48
That doesnt say much since ENCE is shit nowadays but its enough for me at least. OG can become top 10 or even top 5 team if everything goes well
2020-02-01 17:04
#116
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Europe Niko0 
That says much. That says that any team is better than Ence long as they have AleskiB
2020-02-02 00:36
+100000
2020-02-02 02:34
I mean OG is good team and I like them but beating ENCE is not too hard nowadays Just happy that aleksiB beat his former team.
2020-02-02 13:51
#33
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Sweden Rezeter 
deserved. aleksib > entire noob ence.
2020-02-01 15:49
Great guy and great IGL Deserves a top 10
2020-02-01 15:51
gj
2020-02-01 15:51
RESPECC ALEKSIB
2020-02-01 15:52
#41
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India _Jazz_ 
Good
2020-02-01 15:53
#42
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Estonia 424hhhh 
Aleksib0bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb g0d
2020-02-01 15:53
Sweet revenge
2020-02-01 15:55
verkkars should delete ez 4 ence song from youtube after this match
2020-02-01 15:57
#55
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Finland karvaperse22 
+1
2020-02-01 16:12
+1
2020-02-01 19:59
#129
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Vietnam ponmemes 
no, ez4ence should play when you lose a round instead
2020-02-02 03:46
Axaxaxaxaxaxaxa nice
2020-02-01 15:58
OOOOOOOOH das good
2020-02-01 15:58
#51
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Russia angry_david1 
Deserved Happy for you, AleksiGOD. Bye, Snakeallu and SnakeAerrial.
2020-02-01 16:06
Xdd
2020-02-01 16:07
Its the same situation with NBK when he was in Vitality. So now he leads on ct except most likely Train.
2020-02-01 16:10
#54
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Finland Kunumesh 
What a god. OG wins ICE ez.
2020-02-01 16:11
gj aleksi :+1:
2020-02-01 16:13
gj aleksib
2020-02-01 16:16
Revenge is a dish best served cold and AleskiB knows it.
2020-02-01 16:16
#60
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World Beard43 
This is what can happen when you employ a coach with a strong beard like ruggah. It sounds like they've been working really hard, but they're still such a new team so it'll be interesting to see how they perform when they face a tier 1 opponent later in this tournament. Regardless, they've definitely shown potential.
2020-02-01 16:19
what a madlad
2020-02-01 16:19
OG should kick AleksiBot and add for more fire power miikkkkkkkkaaaaaaaa sunNy Kemppi
2020-02-01 16:19
#66
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Korea clarityyyy 
kekw
2020-02-01 16:26
#69
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Sweden Waduhek 
Lmao
2020-02-01 16:29
#76
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Finland sucstoByou 
agreed
2020-02-01 16:53
#96
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
+1
2020-02-01 18:10
#63
Other beeg 
Happy for him.
2020-02-01 16:20
MAXIM RESPECT FOR SIR ALEKSIB
2020-02-01 16:20
#65
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Asia fru1ty 
Savage
2020-02-01 16:23
#68
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Sweden Waduhek 
Nice, go aleksi
2020-02-01 16:28
Arrogant
2020-02-01 16:35
#72
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Finland Karppanator 
He can afford to be arrogant towards Ence rofl
2020-02-01 16:44
#88
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Malta ALE! 
better than being ignorant.
2020-02-01 17:20
#77
EspiranTo | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
Feels Good Man
2020-02-01 16:54
#78
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Singapore FallBlade 
aleksib still the problem by not letting ence win any maps LUL
2020-02-01 16:54
#115
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Europe Niko0 
+1 :D
2020-02-02 00:35
godleksib
2020-02-01 17:03
#83
shox | 
India iejesus 
Haha
2020-02-01 17:06
SAVAGE
2020-02-01 17:08
Good luck, cs og
2020-02-01 17:14
Niceeeeee
2020-02-01 17:14
Snake aleksi
2020-02-01 17:25
Honest interview, truly a man of honor. Much respect for this talent of a man.
2020-02-01 17:26
#97
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
+1
2020-02-01 18:11
#94
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Europe Vallon3 
Hell yeah, tell it how it is. Fuck those backstabbing wusses.
2020-02-01 17:38
#98
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Romania Cuntstantin 
"you, NBK and valde have extensive top-level experience, while mantuu and ISSAA are quite new to this tier of play. How have the two found playing against some of the best CS offer" Lowkey dissing Hellraisers
2020-02-01 18:14
#114
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Europe Niko0 
And AleksiB has only half year of high tier experience :D
2020-02-02 00:35
#117
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France LeDiplomate 
+1 ISSAA has more experience at high level than Alexsib, but Aleksei_L seems to be a newfag. :D
2020-02-02 00:38
#136
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Finland Faifainei 
Maybe he started following cs since 2019 lul
2020-02-02 10:34
#135
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Sweden ElonTusk 
It's not a diss. ISSAA/HR never won anything compared to NBK, Valde and Aleksi. You can play on the top level but you need that extra step to actually win something and know what it takes to win trophies.
2020-02-02 08:25
soon ence will prob beg to get aleksib back LUL
2020-02-01 18:16
EZ4ENCE
2020-02-01 18:39
So happy for Aleksib, he deserves it. Also so grateful for whole team OG, getting more confidence to be top 10 team! #DreamOG #GoOg
2020-02-01 18:46
#118
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Portugal xxxruixxx 
EZ4ALEKSIB
2020-02-02 00:38
#121
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
fun4ence
2020-02-02 01:43
#122
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Finland 7ones 
ENCE clearly needs more firepower. Have you heard about this Aleksib guy?
2020-02-02 01:56
#130
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Europe SunnyHN 
Crying is free btw
2020-02-02 04:06
#124
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Sweden meistr0 
I LOVE that OG smashed ENCE. Thats what you get for being a snake Allu ))))))))))
2020-02-02 01:59
savage
2020-02-02 04:08
REVENCH
2020-02-02 11:46
difficult4ence
2020-02-02 13:48
FeelsGoodMan
2020-02-02 14:00
FeelsGoodMan
2020-02-03 02:15
#146
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
I think it would be naive for me to say that I didn't prepare for this match more than the others; it was personal HE IS REAL OG
2020-02-03 03:28
still dont understand why ence kick this guy...
2020-02-03 15:19
#150
tarik | 
Indonesia ro2a 
Classic IGL problem if you have a better fragger that can IGL, then kick the IGL im talk about NiKo
2020-02-03 17:01
Karma is a b i @ tch lol Ence made The right move ? LOL - looks like a really really moronic decision now, huh ?
2020-02-03 18:03
aleksi "red wine" jalli =allu
2020-02-04 09:27
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