Finnish player Jere Sergei Salo has resigned from the ENCE roster and joined the army. Sergei was put on the bench on Tuesday after former CSGO pros announced they wanted to stop pursuing their career in esports. ENCE posted on the official website that it is Sergei who wants to be removed from the official roster and does not want to participate in Counter-Strike in the future.
ENCE believes Sergei is a great player and could be “one of the best players in the world”, but the team agrees that it is not beneficial to put Sergei in a position where he cannot contribute. I will. ENCE needs to find an alternative to Sergei as the talented youth ranked 13th in the HLTV Top 20 rankings in 2019. At just 18 years old, he has already established himself as one of the best CSGO players. With the 2018 MVP award from the Star Series, the 2019 Blast Pro Series victory in Madrid, and the i-League Season 6 victory, Sergei definitely has the potential for esports.
Who replaces Sergej with ENCE
Tuomas’SADDYX ”Louhimaa temporarily replaces Sergej. SADDYX is now a member of SJ Gaming and has been temporarily rented to ENCE to play in the 2020 Dreamhack Masters Winter Europe. Tournament November 30th Scheduled for December 6th. It is unclear if SADDYX will be offered a permanent position within the team.
Finnish citizens have difficulty becoming an esports expert in Finland because they need to undergo military training between the ages of 18 and 19. It prevents young talent from competing regularly in tournaments. The Finnish Esports Federation made changes in 2018 and agreed that Puolustusvoimat (Finnish Defense Forces) counts esports professionals as athletes. Soldiers who are members of the Finnish Army are allowed to practice and participate in the event after the change.
The Finnish Esports Federation is responsible for screening digital athletes and recommending players to allow the military to participate in practice and tournaments. Players who are granted permission to continue their esports career during training will be assigned additional physical training to get in shape.
Sergei has not revealed his plans for when his military training will be completed. ENCE will announce the fifth permanent player on the roster “at a later date”. This is the second time the ENCE roster has hit Yani “Aerial” Jusila, who resigned for medical reasons in October. Joonas “doto” Forss is currently filling the air from sick leave to return.