ENCE qualify for IEM Rio Major Legends Stage

ENCE join FaZe, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Natus Vincere in the IEM Rio Major Legends Stage.

ENCE have secured a spot at the IEM Rio Major after going 3-0 in the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR B tournament. Clinching wins over HEET, Falcons, and BIG, the team around Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer have earned Legends status at the Brazilian Major, which means they'll skip the Challengers Stage.

Qualifying undefeated comes as a big relief to an ENCE squad that struggled with their new lineup leading up to the Regional Major Rankings, going 1-4 in the ESL Pro League S16 group stage and failing to qualify for the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

"I think we progressed a lot and I think we can see it here. Some would say we didn't have the hardest road, but it doesn't matter," Snappi said in a post-match interview on the official ESL broadcast. "I think we were very convincing in three of the maps we played and I'm super proud."

ENCE clinch the fourth IEM Rio Major Legends Stage spot

It was a hard-earned third victory in a match against BIG that pushed ENCE over the line. The Germans had their chances, but clutches from Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså and Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković on Dust2 as well as Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia on Nuke put a stop to BIG's advance in key moments.

Dust2 ended up being quite a one-sided affair. ENCE shut down BIG on the back of early forcebuy wins and pivotal 1v2s from valde and Maden later in the first half, which gave them the cushion to secure their opponents' map pick with ease once on the Terrorist side.

Nuke turned out a lot more closely contested, but in the end ENCE once again gave themselves enough space to be able to edge out the win in a nail-biting finish. A Snappi triple turned a near-impossible 2v4 situation around and SunPayus later stepped in with a quad-kill in a 2v5 to help ENCE get off to a great start on the Terrorist side and withstand BIG's response.

Another big clutch from SunPayus kicked off the second half and allowed ENCE to reach double digits first, and from there kept the pressure up on BIG. Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's side remained in contention until the very end as they kept their opponents' economy low, but faltered at the final hurdle, when ENCE finally found an answer on the defense with three straight rounds, closing the map 16-14.

Matchpage
2
0
7th October 2022
Germany
16
Dust2
9
16
Nuke
14
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 26 +16 76.1 1.32
39 - 31 +8 82.3 1.21
40 - 39 +1 77.5 1.12
33 - 39 -6 74.9 0.92
31 - 39 -8 60.0 0.83
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 31 +14 81.5 1.27
42 - 42 0 89.0 1.17
31 - 37 -6 71.3 1.01
32 - 34 -2 53.5 0.86
23 - 41 -18 57.7 0.78

Previously, FaZe, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Natus Vincere qualified for IEM Rio through the Europe RMRs with undefeated records in the Swiss groups, and in the Americas Liquid and Evil Geniuses secured the first two of six spots the region has on offer.

Below is a list of teams qualified for the IEM Rio Major, which will take place from October 30-November 13:

Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1974
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1249
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1610
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
350
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.59
#2
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Finland Tearsofjoy
wp ence
2022-10-07 13:46
1 reply
HAVU > ENCE so HAVU to legends
2022-10-07 14:51
#3
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Pakistan LoOuU2
EZ4ENCE
2022-10-07 13:46
#4
device | 
Finland vjlle
nice
2022-10-07 13:46
#5
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Finland hurrikhan
EZ4ENCE
2022-10-07 13:46
EZ 4 GOAT SNAPPI
2022-10-07 13:46
EZ4ENCE
2022-10-07 13:47
#9
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Poland Roxin
Common ENCE W
2022-10-07 13:47
they don't look happy
2022-10-07 13:47
1 reply
#49
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United States cybonics
i can assure you they were when they won
2022-10-07 14:16
ez for #SUNPAYUSPEEK
2022-10-07 13:47
#12
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Germany xxSL
can BIG please stop thinking that they are unbeatable with their instant dust2 pick
2022-10-07 13:48
#13
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Europe dooddi
unexpected
2022-10-07 13:48
LETS GO!
2022-10-07 13:49
#16
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Poland lustro
no chance with k1to
2022-10-07 13:49
Lmao, Ence being gifted the major. Going against Heet, Falcons and Big with stand-in for Legends Stage
2022-10-07 13:49
12 replies
bug reverse sweep 2-3 incoming see ya jermans.
2022-10-07 13:54
Being gifted the major spot* They're going 0-3 anyway
2022-10-07 13:56
9 replies
#38
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Israel michnass
ence hater bcs they kicked aleksi
2022-10-07 14:09
1 reply
Of course
2022-10-07 15:09
just like NiP
2022-10-07 15:30
6 replies
Imagine thinking I am actually a fan of Aleksibot
2022-10-07 15:38
5 replies
why flair then?
2022-10-07 17:03
4 replies
Just baiting mens
2022-10-07 17:04
3 replies
mens do something better with your life, no offense just advice
2022-10-07 17:08
2 replies
True that, will do
2022-10-07 17:09
1 reply
damn u r fast xdddd
2022-10-07 17:14
#50
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United States cybonics
2022-10-07 14:17
Sunpayus too stronk
2022-10-07 13:51
Sunpayus delivering again
2022-10-07 13:52
let's gooooo
2022-10-07 13:53
undeserved
2022-10-07 13:54
4 replies
+1, this is so random
2022-10-07 13:56
1 reply
you have to win heet, falcons and big to get legend status?
2022-10-07 14:06
That's not how it works brother. Life is not fair, deal with it.
2022-10-07 14:17
#55
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Finland kuusi5000
y u mad
2022-10-07 14:32
Lmao
2022-10-07 13:56
ez4ence
2022-10-07 14:02
sunpayus is so good W move
2022-10-07 14:03
Sun pay us
2022-10-07 14:04
BIG will not be in Rio mark my words
2022-10-07 14:08
can someone explain did they change rmr system? i mean why the teams with 2-1 record are getting qual, when they had to play at least 1 bo3 and get 3-1 in group as i remember
2022-10-07 14:09
#40
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Israel michnass
all the finnish ppl malding its so funny still mad aleksi got benched
2022-10-07 14:10
ez4ence
2022-10-07 14:16
#52
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Brazil 4vengerr
WHO IS TBD ?
2022-10-07 14:18
Can't wait to cruise through RIO with windows down playing EZ4ENCE on max volume and getting robbed while doing it. See you in Brasil
2022-10-07 14:19
3 replies
kkkkkkkkk
2022-10-07 14:40
the brasilians will eat you
2022-10-07 14:42
1 reply
I survived doing it in Katowice, I will survive favela as well xd
2022-10-07 15:25
#54
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Finland samuuu38
EZ4ENCE
2022-10-07 14:19
#56
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Greece fatman00
Lucky draws but who cars lets go lads
2022-10-07 14:36
Undeserved they didnt face any tough teams and will get destroyed next stage
2022-10-07 14:42
#60
PAGO | 
Poland Kazk
botde
2022-10-07 14:46
i respect snappi :) hope the best for him!
2022-10-07 14:48
#64
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
Why so ez for ENCE
2022-10-07 14:53
why these games so early? Couldn't watch it, until now.
2022-10-07 14:55
wp ence destroying dust2 abuser
2022-10-07 15:07
young talent Snappi xD
2022-10-07 15:58
#72
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Serbia bra1np
ENCE on the tier 2 events is so bad. ENCE on the tier1 events and major-related events is so fcking good.
2022-10-07 16:00
sorry for my fellow countrymen, we dont all act like this
2022-10-07 17:04
Bots...
2022-10-17 15:40
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