ENCE has announced a two-year deal with Counter-Strike player Joonas “doto” Forss.
Forss will join ENCE from the rival HAVU Gaming team, which he managed to represent for more than a year.
The transfer amount was not reported.
The 24-year-old Forss became one of Finland's top names in the spring of 2019 when he joined KOVA Esports.
From there, he moved to HAVU Gaming last autumn, which reached 21st place in the world list at its best this year.
HAVU has not yet told about the substitutes of Forss and Saha.
Olli ”sLowi” Pitkänen, Lasse ”ZOREE” Uronen and Sami “xseveN” Laasanen play in the HAVU coached by Taneli “Disturbed” Veikkola.
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In a video published by ENCE, Forss says that he was surprised to contact the organization, but immediately realized that it was a special occasion for Finland's best-known CS team.
The decision to change teams was difficult but necessary for career continuity.
In the composition of ENCE, Forss will replace Jani “Aerial” Jussila, who was on indefinite sick leave in October.
ENCE has not commented on its plans for a six-player lineup.
In addition to Forssi and Jussila, Aleksi “allu” Jalli, Jere ”Sergej” Salo, Miikka “suNny” Kemppi and Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen, who is banned from major games, will play at ENCE.
Jussila, Jalli, Salo and Kemppi have agreements until the end of 2021.
Olkkonen joined the lineup in April 2020 with a two-year contract.
ENCE's GM Niklas Ojalainen tells Ilta-Sanomat that the challenging corona year was also reflected in ENCE's operations.
The state of mind is still doing as well as possible, so there is no need to get players on or removed from the team in vain.
- Forss was acquired for our team because we believe he is well suited for it.
The majors and their qualifiers are a big part of the CS calendar, and of course he will also be playing with them, Ojalainen tells IS.
Ojalainen does not comment on rumors that ENCE would be interested in Godsent team Finnish star Jesse “ZehN” Linjala.
According to Ojalainen, ENCE will notify if new agreements have been signed.
In addition to Forss, ENCE has introduced its new coach, Eetu “sAw” Saha, who has finished his career.
The 28-year-old Saha joins ENCE's strength, like Forssi, from HAVU, but without transfer compensation.
ENCE did not comment on the length of the agreement.
The sawmill represented the HAVU team for 2.5 years.
Saha, who was the game manager, is testing his wings as a coach for the second time.
He coached HAVU for about two months from early 2019, but made a quick return to the fields.
Eetu “sAw” Saha is ENCE's new head coach.
The sawmill has previous coaching experience for two months in early 2019.Photo: ENCE
ENCE has been without a head coach since the beginning of September, when Slaava “Twista” Räsänen, who had previously coached the team, was shelved as a result of a scam.
At the end of September, Räsänen was banned from serving for 15 months, as a result of which he was transferred to analyst.
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The renewed ENCE debuted on Friday 13.11.
At the time, the team will face Danish giant Astralis in the opening round of Group B of the IEM Beijing tournament.
In addition, ENCE will be playing in the DreamHack Masters Winter tournament this year from November 30 to December 6.