HAVU bench Sm1llee, set to rebuild around Aerial and xseveN

The Finnish squad will go through a revamp ahead of the summer break.

Joona "⁠Sm1llee⁠" Holmström was benched by HAVU after seven months with the team, the organization announced on Tuesday. Similar to Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen and Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo's situations, the 19-year-old is set to become a free agent following the expiration of his contract on July 31.

The benching leaves HAVU with a lineup consisting of just Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila and Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen, with the organization stating that the new roster will be centered around the Finnish duo.

Sm1llee will become a free agent in August (image courtesy of HAVU)

This is the fourth change in HAVU's lineup since May, with the squad seeing the departure of Taneli "⁠disturbed⁠" Veikkola, sLowi, and ottoNd in the last three months following a difficult 2022 for the Finnish squad.

Sm1llee joined HAVU in the middle of January on a free transfer alongside ottoNd, finalizing the lineup ahead of the new season. In the six months spent with the organization, the young rifler averaged a 0.98 rating across all events, with his best performance coming from Pelaajat Series Spring 2022 where he registered a 1.23 rating.

"While going through the rebuild we eventually came to the conclusion that Sm1llee won't be part of the new lineup," read HAVU's farewell statement. "He moves to the bench with a contract expiring on July 31st when he will become a free agent," it continued.

HAVU have stated that their new lineup is set to be announced once the final details are settled and will debut at Assembly Summer 2022. The Finnish LAN will take place in early August, and will see eight teams of mostly Finnish and Nordic cores competing for a €15,000 prize pool.

HAVU are now just:

Finland Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila
Finland Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen

Finland Joona "⁠Sm1llee⁠" Holmström (benched)
Finland Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo (benched)
Finland Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen (benched)

Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1275
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Finland Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Finland Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Finland Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
943
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Omg sick
2022-07-12 15:00
16 replies
+allu +sergej +aleksib *huffs copium*
2022-07-12 15:05
15 replies
-AleksiBOT +firepower
2022-07-12 15:19
11 replies
Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi would be an insane addition to this team and most likely bring more than enough firepower to bring HAVU to top 1 HLTV 2022
2022-07-12 15:39
10 replies
#82
NEO | 
Poland ScR1337
xddd
2022-07-12 16:20
His career ended when he left MOUZ and that's almost 4 years ago
2022-07-12 16:46
6 replies
didn't have enough firepower tbh best MOUZ roster would obv be: -JDC +Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi -Bymas +Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi -torszi +Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi -dexter +Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi -frozen +Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi at least best for firepower that'd be
2022-07-12 17:35
5 replies
#112
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Bro poor Miikka “firepower” Kemmpi, allu ruined his legacy and made him a firepower meme, he will always be remembered for this meme and not for things he has done before
2022-07-12 18:09
2 replies
yes i also feel sorry for Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi, while the firepower he brings to a team is unrivalled, he will forever be known for firepower and nothing else, Miikka 'firepower' Kemppi is the csgo embodiment of firepower and is unmatched in the firepower aspect of the game
2022-07-12 22:55
+1
2022-07-14 08:58
thats alot of firepower holy
2022-07-12 19:00
:DDD
2022-07-12 21:23
+1
2022-07-12 17:38
Lul
2022-07-13 11:47
#93
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Yugoslavia Acceb
+Zehn +Allu +Jammpi
2022-07-12 16:46
2 replies
#159
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Finland Makk1s
Jamppi aint gonna come back from valorant
2022-07-13 12:16
1 reply
#166
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Finland MiksuCS
Jamppi himself has said someday he will come back to cs :D
2022-07-14 09:59
#2
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Brazil omigodi
first edit: :( almost
2022-07-12 15:01
1 reply
Swedish internet faster than Brazils
2022-07-12 15:10
#3
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Poland moistu
sergej , doto , zehN coming
2022-07-12 15:01
22 replies
Please this
2022-07-12 15:01
1 reply
#10
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Poland moistu
i please too
2022-07-12 15:02
IGL where ?
2022-07-12 15:05
4 replies
#22
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Poland moistu
doto or zehN dont know
2022-07-12 15:05
Doto used to be igl
2022-07-12 15:06
#68
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Finland Stonkamies
Doto wants to be igl in Finnish team.
2022-07-12 15:49
doto has called before and apparently he wants to again
2022-07-12 17:32
#20
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Sweden quacke
-sergej +Spargo, otherwise correct. Though I'd love to see sergej on there.
2022-07-12 15:05
5 replies
#25
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Poland moistu
the sergej may be good with AWP
2022-07-12 15:06
1 reply
kekw
2022-07-12 15:31
-zehn or -aerial and +sergej would be pretty huge
2022-07-12 16:23
2 replies
personally i would rather choose someone who plays the game
2022-07-12 18:52
1 reply
bro retired at 18 :/
2022-07-12 19:29
Why would sergej left 10k/month drinking session
2022-07-12 15:07
3 replies
Can you explain?
2022-07-13 10:10
2 replies
Sergej made 10k/m in Gorillaz and is still in contract in there
2022-07-13 10:45
1 reply
Ty
2022-07-13 13:07
Make this happen.
2022-07-12 19:42
+1
2022-07-12 20:33
Could be pretty good but no awper. Maybe +jamppi when he switches back
2022-07-12 22:39
2 replies
#144
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Canada JustLuke
+1. I saw someone say he confirmed he’s switching back to cs, can anyone confirm
2022-07-13 01:04
1 reply
He said it on his own stream but was probably just baiting
2022-07-13 06:54
#4
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Finland TulinSisaa
new ence
2022-07-12 15:01
#5
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Finland Vardu_
Hopefully rumors are true and it's +Doto +Zehn +Spargo. That team could actually be decent.
2022-07-12 15:01
9 replies
Spargo is SUPER trash though.
2022-07-12 15:02
5 replies
best awp in finland currently after ottond lol
2022-07-12 15:12
4 replies
Well, thats...not good for Finnish CS then if he is the 2nd best AWPer.
2022-07-12 15:14
1 reply
Maybe myltsi?
2022-07-13 06:55
allu easily
2022-07-12 15:16
1 reply
lul back to retirement home
2022-07-12 15:21
#12
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Poland moistu
who is spargo?
2022-07-12 15:03
1 reply
It's true 100%.
2022-07-12 15:30
#7
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San Marino Loyuu
Why is otto benched?
2022-07-12 15:02
8 replies
Someone said he has motivation problems. Dont trust this, its just hearsay
2022-07-12 15:29
6 replies
He's a beast, never understood why it took so long for him to find a team after c0ntact and can't understand why he was benched now.
2022-07-12 16:43
5 replies
i think he wasnt looking for a team after c0ntact, maybe took a break or something. But the break might have been for too long and now he wont even get a chance at a decent tier 2 team EDIT: Also he was probably benched because he failed to perform at a good level, ottond never really got even close to his potential in this Havu roster
2022-07-12 16:47
1 reply
he was playing good in havu what you mean?
2022-07-12 18:53
I think he's got somewhat delicate/unique/individualistic mind. Perhaps neurally atypical. Being like that as well, I can tell it's sometimes really hard to get motivated, up and running, as well as coordinate with other people. You have to deal with shit other people don't have to, who are naturally inclined to perform that which is primarily expected of them and not question it too much. It's never quite straightforward. There's deep nuances & patterns to everything that most people don't notice, but if you do, it can make you crazy trying to harmonize with a group who don't pay attention to that, as you might see how there's an inevitable effect on your whole endeavor, that's being completely overlooked. I don't know though, this is speculative analysis. That's what we good at. Deep nuances and patterns mayne.
2022-07-14 09:18
2 replies
That makes sense but it was deeply specific. Are you ok? hahaha
2022-07-15 00:52
1 reply
Just saying e-sports is pretty straightforward, although we already know many people by nature are not. There are mental coaches and sports psychologists fielded on top tier, but most amateurs and pros never have access to them and thus have to deal with their baggage by themselves, which repeatedly puts players on breaks and probably causes a lot of broken lineups.
2022-07-15 09:44
others got jealous of his skills
2022-07-12 16:14
Sergej, doto, zehn finnish cs is back
2022-07-12 15:02
1 reply
pls sergej come back
2022-07-12 15:03
Could be a nice rebuild, because it's around these 2
2022-07-12 15:03
1 reply
#130
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Yeah, it would be if it was 3 years ago. Aerial is 29 and xseveN 28.
2022-07-12 20:09
#14
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Finland FneXie
+aleksib doto zehn ez4finland
2022-07-12 15:03
spargo, doto, zehn coming zehn 31 years old in November :))) xseven 28 years old in August :))) Aerial 29 years old :))) Havu = retirement home confirmed
2022-07-12 15:08
4 replies
Finnish Last Dance
2022-07-12 16:44
+1, makes no sense to remove a young player with potential if given time, just to keep xseven and aerial
2022-07-12 16:48
1 reply
It makes sense when he's trash, and does it look like to you that age is a problem for aerial and xseven?
2022-07-12 22:41
#111
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Europe Nictake
Average age of 27, great for the scene btw. Maybe spargo will become the next allu and some org will kickstart finnish cs scene around him... in seven or so years.
2022-07-12 18:06
#16
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Finland Miksuuzz
+ doto, jimpphat and zehn and we are back on top
2022-07-12 15:04
#17
ropz | 
Finland wormi
zehN and doto in for sure, but who will be bossi?
2022-07-12 15:04
#19
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Poland moistu
doto - Support Aerial - Entry zehN - IGL xseveN - Rifler sergej - AWP dont know who is IGLmaybe zehN or doto
2022-07-12 15:05
1 reply
incorrect
2022-07-12 15:31
#21
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Asia ILHY
+sergej +allu +aleksib
2022-07-12 15:05
7 replies
#29
BzOo | 
France JBzOo
No way allu is toxic as Hell. He is the Guy who destroy ENCE inside
2022-07-12 15:07
6 replies
hes not actually toxic, it wasn’t about not liking aleksib it was about making a business move that backfired, at the end of the day allu owns part of ence so he tried to do what’s best for ence, as we can obviously see it didn’t work
2022-07-12 15:16
4 replies
reported for spreading fake information
2022-07-12 16:37
3 replies
reported for spreading fake information
2022-07-12 16:43
2 replies
reported for spreading fake information
2022-07-12 19:01
1 reply
reported for spreading
2022-07-12 22:43
reported for spreading fake information :)
2022-07-12 15:32
#26
BzOo | 
France JBzOo
+ doto + jimpphat + sergej
2022-07-12 15:06
1 reply
incorrect
2022-07-12 15:32
+allu +aleksib +sergej +twista EZ HLTV #2
2022-07-12 15:06
pronax are from finland now wat?
2022-07-12 15:07
#31
TACO | 
Portugal Tiago4
+spargo +doto +zehn +twista
2022-07-12 15:07
1 reply
correct
2022-07-12 15:33
#33
twenty3 | 
Argentina jqn
save g2 and sing alekib
2022-07-12 15:11
#34
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Finland AliSabid
Yep expected
2022-07-12 15:11
+jOELZ +lurppis +aslak ez
2022-07-12 15:13
6 replies
#75
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Sweden skorpan
+lurppis +contE +naSu ez top1
2022-07-12 16:03
5 replies
ez
2022-07-12 16:17
#84
NEO | 
Poland ScR1337
so also -x7 -aerail +plastE +natu
2022-07-12 16:23
3 replies
#85
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Sweden skorpan
Would be quite cool yes
2022-07-12 16:24
2 replies
#125
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France Diodele
-natu -plaste +jigetus +BASiC
2022-07-12 19:03
1 reply
#133
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Sweden skorpan
No no, that’s the new school lineup which accomplished close to nothing :b
2022-07-12 21:25
Jeez, I remember Havu having a decent run for a couple months in 2020 but then they just fell off the face of the earth.
2022-07-12 15:14
this is one of the most retarded things finnish org has done in a while, finlands most promising talent after jimpphat benched for 30 yo washed players...
2022-07-12 15:14
4 replies
It's not if you actually think into it. The expectation is that with these experienced players they will grind themselves back into TOP25. Then in year or two when some of these players want to retire, then bring the young guns into solid foundation. And no matter what they do, nothing will ever beat what ENCE did.
2022-07-12 15:32
3 replies
tell me this team isnt dignitas lol, hallzerk = spargo, rest old ppl and they will be hovering top 30-40 with no real potential instead of could gone with more risky and potential option of sm1llee for xseven / zehn / aerial and make the team instantly better imo
2022-07-12 16:03
2 replies
dignitas had also heap Havu's equivelant to that is doto who is 4-5 years older than heap :DDD
2022-07-12 16:18
sm1llee is trash, its not a risky option its just a bad option.
2022-07-12 22:45
ence 2.0 +sergej +allu +aleksib g2 -aleksib +hooxi
2022-07-12 15:18
#45
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Finland soossixd
+jemi +hoody +pietola
2022-07-12 15:26
5 replies
Shame that we lost hoody to Valorunt. He would have been easily tier 1-2 player in CS.
2022-07-12 15:33
4 replies
Yeah, I remember he was a very good rifler
2022-07-12 15:36
2 replies
Flashpoint 1 never forget, was so fun watching HAVU play all the big teams.
2022-07-12 15:39
1 reply
Yeah I remember it. Top2 of Flashpoint. Sad the roster no longer alive. Hope HAVU this time will find good players, finally they benched this dumb sLowi xD
2022-07-12 15:42
Derkeps was also carrying KOVA pretty hard. for sure another tier 1-2 contender
2022-07-12 16:19
Gonna be fun +yekindar +degster
2022-07-12 15:28
+ xartE + stonde + yaNgile
2022-07-12 15:31
+aleksib
2022-07-12 15:33
damn from major finalists to the realms of tier 3 CS what a fall from grace
2022-07-12 15:33
2 replies
its Havu and not Ence?
2022-07-12 19:02
1 reply
Yea but aerial and Sergei were on ence right
2022-07-13 05:21
#63
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Finland 5way
+Aleksib +sergej +allu +Twista
2022-07-12 15:40
2 replies
i miss old ence
2022-07-12 16:00
1 reply
Me too
2022-07-12 20:03
+TopZu +Mankiii +Allu
2022-07-12 15:41
+aleksib
2022-07-12 15:42
+jamppi when
2022-07-12 15:47
2 replies
month or so after his contract with Liquid ends :)
2022-07-12 16:48
1 reply
pog
2022-07-12 16:48
go ENCE
2022-07-12 15:51
#70
allu | 
Finland Runts1
its gonna be like: +spargo (AWP) +zehN (IGL/2nd caller riffle) +doto (IGL/2nd caller riffle) Aerial entry xseven lurker
2022-07-12 15:54
1 reply
zehn is lurker btw
2022-07-12 18:57
Good
2022-07-12 15:55
why? just go international like ence. these 2 TRASH :()
2022-07-12 15:58
i miss old ence
2022-07-12 16:00
#77
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Sweden skorpan
Jamppi doto zehN go go go
2022-07-12 16:04
7 replies
Jamppi aint coming yet
2022-07-12 16:49
5 replies
#100
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Sweden skorpan
They aren't replacing these players "yet" either :D go go go
2022-07-12 16:50
4 replies
they arent gonna wait 3 months for Jamppi to be available lol Anyway Jamppi can play at a higher level than Havu can offer
2022-07-12 16:51
2 replies
#102
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Sweden skorpan
I'd say that he can bring HAVU to their true level :)
2022-07-12 16:53
1 reply
mens)))
2022-07-14 09:24
lan in a month so they cant wait for too long... also they have already pracced with the new roster
2022-07-12 18:58
-doto +Sergej
2022-07-12 18:30
#86
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China RADNIKEY
Ripttond
2022-07-12 16:33
Xseven is so bad
2022-07-12 16:36
Feel bad for sm1llee but glad that Havu starts from an almost clean table.
2022-07-12 16:47
29 and 27 #hashbeens and only a fluke
2022-07-12 17:17
xseven (support) aerial (entry) doto (igl) zehN (riffler, maybe lurk?) spargo (awp)
2022-07-12 17:33
+Sergej +Msl +Oskar
2022-07-12 17:39
+allu +sergej +doto
2022-07-12 17:58
so this is pretty much g2 -aleksib confirmed
2022-07-12 18:05
2 replies
:Dd lets say that then
2022-07-12 18:59
sorry but no
2022-07-12 21:27
+doto +zehn and spargo
2022-07-12 18:29
Havu top30 coming
2022-07-12 18:42
#124
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France Diodele
+zehn +doto +spargo
2022-07-12 19:02
#127
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Germany Sytrox
+aleksib +jamppi +sergej/Jimpphat
2022-07-12 19:34
1 reply
pls give jimphat chance he is insane for a 12 yo
2022-07-13 06:40
#135
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Lithuania CSLeaks
+allu +aleksib +sergej then: -aleksib +morefirepower then: disband
2022-07-12 22:13
+derkeps would be so good
2022-07-12 23:45
#142
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Argentina mpocsgo
jamppi,sergej, doto or zehn
2022-07-13 00:24
I wonder what they'll do
2022-07-13 01:02
Jamppi won't stick his fingers into this shit, he'll join international roster. Source: Jamppi + trust me bro.
2022-07-13 02:16
SERGEJ + JIMPHAT NEW HUNTER + NIKO ?
2022-07-13 06:40
#151
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Finland Hoitelia
Jamppi doto zehn
2022-07-13 09:12
+DERKEPS???
2022-07-13 09:59
rebuilding with 2 of the most garbage finnish players 😂😂😂😂 L scene tbh
2022-07-13 10:30
+jesce "zehN" linjala plzzzzz :))))
2022-07-13 10:48
#158
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Poland Astoner55
Sergej + Zehn + Doto?
2022-07-13 12:10
I suggest him to read books by Dale Carnegie, otherwise expected.
2022-07-13 12:50
+ firepower
2022-07-14 06:16
+cs_pera
2022-07-15 01:28
#170
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
Time for a new decent new-old finnish lineup: Aleksib XseveN Aerial Sergej Jamppi Would switch Aerial for jimpphat at some point though.
2022-07-15 12:24
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