Duncan “Thorin” Shields, who calls himself an Esports historian and Counter-Strike expert, has listed what he thinks is the best Finnish CS line-up that could be built from active players.
Shields commented on the issue with a video series in which he answers questions from viewers who support his content through the Patreon service. One spectator wanted to know what kind of line-up would make Finland a world-class elite team if all active players were freely selectable.
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The line-up chosen by the British expert was Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen (OG), Miikka “suNny” Kemppi (ENCE), Jere “Sergej” Salo (ENCE), Olli “sLowi” Pitkänen (HAVU Gaming) and Sami “xseveN” Laasanen (HAVU Gaming) .
Shields pointed out that ENCE had previously been a number one team: the Finnish team played actively in tournament victories in the spring and summer of 2019. There has also been potential since the Estonian departure, but according to Shields, sniper legend Aleksi “allu” Jalli’s ego ruined things.
Jalli is by far the most famous player that Shields did not select for the team. Also ignored were the sniper star Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo of the c0ntact team, Jesse “ZehN” Linjala of the GODSENT team and Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen and Jani “Aerial” Jussila representing ENCE.
The question regarding Finland's dream lineup comes at 50 minutes and 30 seconds:
The Estonian was Shields' choice as the game manager, because according to the expert, this is by far the best in Finland. Brit's other choices emphasized the Estonian's ability to get the most out of players for optimal performance.
If the Estonian got everything out of Kemppi and Salo, the team would in no way lack firepower, Shields said. In his opinion, Kemppi could be one of the best players in the world, even under Estonian control.
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Instead of Jalli, the British chose Pitkänen as a sniper rifle player, who has played part-time with a sniper rifle at HAVU alongside Lasse “ZOREE” Male. Shields thinks Pitkänen is a good hybrid player with the ability to create opportunities for his team. In the spring, Pitkänen received a lot of support for his performance in the Flashpoint league.
Laasanen, who moved from ENCE to HAVU at the beginning of August, would be a good support player, who would complement the already hard bundle. Shields thinks a steady player is good in tight situations at the end of games.
ENCE's legendary line-up was last photographed together in September 2019. Of the players in the picture, Virolainen (front center), Salo (front row right) and Laasanen (back row center) fit into the CS expert's dream team.
Shields is one of esports' best-known content providers. The 37-year-old Briton, who has commented on dozens of CS tournaments - and seven major value tournaments - is known for his sharp comments and strong opinions.