ENCE‘s overhaul continues following the staggered benching of Jere “sergej” Salo, Miikka “suNny” Kemppi and, reportedly, Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen. The Finnish organization, which is undergoing deep restructuring and could be after Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer and Thomas “TMB” Bundsbæk according to DBLTAP, has now cut ties with its former coach turned analyst, Slaava “Twista” Räsänen.
Twista was signed by ENCE in August of 2018 and was in charge of the team that won StarSeries i-League Season 6, BLAST Pro Series Madrid and was runner up at the IEM Katowice 2019 Major, but the 33-year-old skipper was involved in the coaching bug scandal in September of 2020 and handed a 15 month ban by ESIC, after which he was moved to an assistant coach and analyst role, helping successor Eetu “sAw” Saha.
“Two and a half years went by flying with some remarkable achievements, poor decisions and struggles. I will cherish all the good and bads since the journey is what teaches you,” says Twista. “The past six months have been a big lesson for me which I consider the biggest learning experience in the whole time as a coach. I took some distance late December to self-reflect my mistakes, I don’t think any of the players in ENCE can deny my work in game, but I have much more to learn outside of it so that’s where my focus will be going forward. I bow before every player who represented ENCE during my time and also thank everyone working behind us.”
Twista‘s departure leaves ENCE down to two players and a coach in Aleksi “allu” Jalli, Joonas “doto” Forss and sAw, with Tuomas “SADDYX” Louhimaa also being rumored as one of the incoming players alongside the aforementioned Danish duo in the Finnish organization’s plans to rebuild the team ahead of the upcoming tournament season.
“We would like to thank Slaava for his time and effort with us and for all the memories we made together,” says Niklas “Willkey” Ojalainen, ENCE‘s General Manager, “it was now time to turn a new page for both sides and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”