This week our team has been in Jakarta, Indonesia, fighting it out at the IeSF World Championship 2016. The team went through the group stages without losing a single game which put them in prime position going into the playoffs.
The playoffs started with a quarter final against 5FRAGS from Russia. They had come 2nd in group D after a heavy loss to TyLoo 4-16 on Mirage. However they managed to beat the other 3 teams and entered the playoffs with high hopes. The best of three series was set to be played on Mirage, Cache and Dust2 and it only took two maps from ENCE to win the series. Both of the maps ended up being very close with 16-14 on Mirage and 16-12 on Cache, but it was ENCE that edged out in the end. A great showing especially from Miikka “suNny” Kemppi and one of our debutante Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen secured an important win towards making it to the medal games of the tournament.
Stats courtesy of HLTV.org
In the semifinals ENCE faced Signature from Thailand. They had come 2nd in group C in a three way tie with the best round difference. In a bit of a surprise, they managed to beat the Serbian side iNation in a very close best of three series in the quarters. ENCE showed no mercy as it was a rather quick 2-0 scoreline on Mirage and Cache that booked the team a spot in the gold medal game. Again it was Miikka “suNny” Kemppi who had a monster game, as he racked up a whopping 55 frags in only 44 rounds that were played throughout the series. That’s an impressive average!
Stats courtesy of HLTV.org
The grand finalists ended up being just the two teams many were expecting, as ENCE and the Chinese side TyLoo were to face off to determine who was going to be the World Champion. TyLoo has had an impressive 2016 as they have racked up best of 3 series wins against some of the best teams in the world and most recently had a stellar showing at StarLadder StarSeries event in Kiev against Natus Vincere, beating them on Mirage.
Maps for the final ended up being Mirage, Cache and Train. First up was Mirage, a map TyLoo has made a name for themselves and it was their choice in this final too. It all started great for ENCE after picking up the first pistol round and the following two rounds, but it was TyLoo that picked up the pace and dictated the game for most of the half. After losing two rounds, winning one back and losing the following round, ENCE was in massive economical trouble which helped the Chinese side to have a four round run and a 4-7 lead. ENCE managed to limit the damage though by pulling it back to only a 7-8 deficit in the half. A tremendous eight round wins in a row on T-side gave ENCE the early matchpoint at 15-8. But it was then that TyLoo managed to take back a round with limited economy and they almost pulled it back before ENCE closed it out on the 30th round to make it 16-14 and series lead after TyLoo’s pick.
Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen was the star for ENCE with 35/6/17 and a massive ADR of 112 in the map.
Second map and ENCE’s choice was Cache and it all started flawlessly for our Finns with an early 5-0 lead on T-side. TyLoo changed up their defensive style and started to be more aggressive and unpredictable. This is where ENCE had trouble adjusting and figuring out how to play against this style. We still came out on top with an 8-7 lead at halftime, but there was a lot more to be had and something the team will surely address coming back from the event. Second half saw ENCE with another string of rounds and a nice 12-7 lead. This wasn’t enough though, as TyLoo scraped through enough rounds to eventually force an overtime. Many of the rounds came down to very close afterplant situations that ENCE didn’t manage to pull through. It took two overtimes to settle the difference between the two teams but it was TyLoo that eventually edged the Finns with a 22-20 scoreline. A gutting loss as so many of the rounds even on overtime could have easily gone the other way round just aswell.
Miikka “suNny” Kemppi had a great tournament over all and put up the biggest numbers on Cache in the grand finals with 37/6/29 and 90.8 ADR. Picture courtesy of HLTV.org
The decider was going to be Train, a map ENCE has felt comfortable on and it was no different today. TyLoo didn’t manage to find answers on T-side as they kept running into a brick wall built by the Finns round after round. A tremendous 14-1 half meant that only two rounds on the second half was needed to clinch the title. It proved to be a tough task for the debuting new ENCE lineup after winning a TEC9 forcebuy to make it 15-2. TyLoo’s economy was broken but they still managed to win the following round to put themselves in position to start a comeback. Close rounds were the name of the game, but somehow it was TyLoo that prevailed in all of them. It all finally ended in round 26 as ENCE made another alley play and got the entry and traded effectively to create a 3 on 1 situation and eventually the one needed round to win the title!
Stats courtesy of HLTV.org
This was the international debut for both Tony “arvid” Niemelä and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen and this new ENCE CS:GO lineup. The whole lineup can be proud and happy about their performance in Jakarta. It was a much needed building block for them going forward as new challenges are right around the corner. Now it’s time for a debrief and learning from the mistakes that were done through the tournament, but it’s a strong statement from the team that they are truly here to compete!
Miikka “suNny” Kemppi’s comments on the tournament
We prepared for the tournament and the time difference during our bootcamp in Vierumäki. Retrospectively thinking, I think it made a huge difference as the days got really long at the event. The first day of the event didn’t go to well, as the whole region had internet connection issues, so eventually we started our group a day later than expected. Group stage turned out to be relatively easy, although we kept making small mistakes here and there as a new team. Important thing is that we kept learning from them and improved as the tournament progressed.
In the playoffs it felt that our toughest game was against the Russians. We made multiple small mistakes in midrounds and afterplant situations that cost us important rounds. Semifinal however turned out to be quite easy and we already had our sights towards TyLoo. We prepared for the final very well and knew their tendencies and pretty much which maps were going to be played aswell, so we had plenty of confidence going into it. First map was a star performance from Aleksib, which was one of the main reasons we are now the champions. Even the second map was in our grasp, but again small mistakes cost us and we had to take in third. On Train we put in everything we had and it showed especially on the first half. Despite all the mistakes, we still made it happen and took the gold medals. A great start for a new lineup!
ENCE eSports, your IeSF World Championship 2016 gold medalists!