Snappi ruled out for IEM Winter, Maden steps in for ENCE
The Danish in-game leader will miss the event as he tested positive for COVID-19.
Update: Snappi has Tweeted that he hopes to join ENCE at a later portion of the tournament if he returns a negative test in time.
ENCE will be playing with a substitute at their last LAN event of the year. The Finnish organization will be without the services of the 31-year-old Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer as he tested positive for COVID-19, with his place being filled with Pavle "Maden" Bošković from FunPlus Phoenix.
The Montenegrin rifler is currently benched on FunPlus Phoenix, who have discontinued their CS:GO division, and will be playing his first official since losing to ENCE in the closed qualifier for this exact tournament over a month ago.
Despite getting a strong prospect such as Maden to stand in, losing their in-game leader for IEM Winter will be a big hit for ENCE, who have posted some worrying results recently. The international roster did well in the Challengers Stage of the Major, but got eliminated 0-3 after one-sided matches in Legends, following that up with a group stage exit from Dreamhack Open November.
IEM Winter will be their first outing in over two weeks, happening on December 2 - 12 in Stockholm, Sweden. ENCE find themselves in group B with the likes of Gambit, FaZe, and fnatic, and will face Virtus.pro in their opening match.
ENCE will use the following lineup at IEM:
Eetu "sAw" Saha (coach)