ENCE seek new head coach as Twista transitions to analyst role
The Finnish organisation has opened applications for the coach role and does not rule out hiring a foreigner.
ENCE have annouced that they are looking for a new head coach for their Counter-Strike team after Slaava "Twista" Räsänen was on Monday slapped with a 15.75-month ban by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) for using the spectator bug for competitive advantage. Twista has been moved to an analyst role, a position that he and ENCE believe "fits his strengths the best way."
Twista had been suspended by ENCE on September 11 after admitting to using the bug in 2017 during his time as iGame.com's coach. According to the report issued by ESIC on Monday, he exploited the bug in all 47 rounds of a Minor qualifier match against Tricked and in six rounds of a HellCase Cup game against Spirit Academy.
In a statement, the Finnish organisation noted that it "supports ESIC's conclusion" and reiterated its commitment to protecting the integrity of esports. However, it insisted that Twista "has shown exceptional work ethic and moral, and his track record is undeniable", and noted that it "does not want his past mistakes to define his future with us".
"Slaava has done an exceptional job in our organization and we have no negative feelings towards him or his job he has put in to our team during his time in ENCE," ENCE general manager Niklas "Willkey" Ojalainen said.
ENCE added that they will be looking for an experienced candidate to take over the team, "regardless of nationality". Twista, a former Counter-Strike player, joined ENCE as coach in August 2018, guiding the team to victory at StarSeries i-League Season 6, DreamHack Open Winter 2018 and BLAST Pro Series Madrid 2019. He also led the team to the final of the IEM Katowice 2019 Major, where they were lost the title to Astralis.