Team Liquid have taken a commanding view from the top of our ESL CS:GO World Ranking. Astralis want to reclaim their status as undisputed rulers of the game and ENCE continue to deliver on their promise shown early in the year. The Barclays Center is set to host the bona fide three best teams in the world before the big summer tournaments, but what can fans expect to see in September from these rosters when they clash in Brooklyn?
With the first six months of the 2019 season behind us, the Finnish underdogs have managed to show the world that their Grand Finals appearance at the IEM Katowice 2019 Major was no flash in the pan. A string of solid LAN performances in the following months have seen them join the global podium alongside the two best teams since 2018. A 2-0 Grand Finals win against Astralis at Blast Pro Series Madrid and second place at DreamHack Masters Dallas from a tight 2-1 loss to Team Liquid are solid evidence that ENCE can hold their own against anyone in the game at the moment.
It will be a big summer for the Flying Finns of CS:GO. They will tackle ESL One Cologne and IEM Chicago in July before the Starladder Berlin Major in August. It's crunch time for ENCE if they want to turn a good semester into a year to remember. They are currently seen as contenders on any competition they enter, and a steady run (perhaps even some silverware) will see them reach ESL One New York as a permanent fixture on pinnacle of the game.
Experienced players Jani 'Aerial' Jussila and Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen have done a stellar job on support duties alongside young IGL Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen. Their firepower is currently split between the youngest and the most veteran wolfs in the pack. Jere 'sergej' Salo, only 17 years old, leads the team in overall LAN frags over the last six months with close to 1750 (over 50% of them from headshots), while the eternal 27-year-old Aleksi 'allu' Jalli boasts the team's best K/D ratio (1.21) and differential (+300) in the same period, mostly on sniper duty with the AWP.