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As per the rumours that have been doing the rounds, ENCE have signed Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi and have in turn benched their current IGL Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen. The change will take place right after the StarLadder Berlin major 2019, which will be starting today onwards.
SuNny, the ex-mousesports (mouz) rifler who has been without a team since 14 March is finally being picked up by his former team ENCE. This is not the first time that he will be playing with the Finnish organization, he was a part of the ENCE roster back in 2013-14 and then again in 2016.
Having played for the team in the past, he has experience playing alongside Finnish stars like Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli and Joona ‘natu’ Leppänen. He will be reuniting with the roster after more than two years, during which he has gained experience having played for PENTA and mouz.
2019 might have not been a great year for him but he has helped mouz attain victory at ESL One: New York 2018 and StarLadder & i-League StarSeries - Season 4.
This change has raised a few questions especially by Aleksib himself who is quite surprised by this decision, as ENCE who is currently on the fourth position on HLTV global rank list was not doing bad for itself. He goes on to convey the following message through a TwitLonger post,
“I've been benched from ENCE. This came out of the blue for me, and at first it hurt. Now, I just have to deal with it. Despite the hardships, such as a failure at a tournament or having differing opinions, we were still able to stay on the right path and reach success.
We built this team from scratch. I'm proud to say that I was a part of the team's growth from being potential to being elite. This has been a rewarding journey for me and now it's coming to a close.
Next up is the Berlin Major -- it will be the my last tournament with ENCE. Regardless of that, I hope we make it look EZ one more time.
I want to thank the whole team and ENCE's management for the last 17 months. I'll remember the laughs and good times. And also a huge thanks to all the fans for the ongoing support. Your encouragement has been important to me.
As for my future, I'm eager to continue playing. I've learned a lot, which I want to put in use for whatever comes next.”
Let’s see if the following has an effect on the team's performance as they prepare themselves for the upcoming ‘New Legends Stage’.