After forZe failed the qualification for the PGL Major in Stockholm last month, the team went into a transformation changing two players and a coach. The Russians acquired Evgeny "Norwi" Ermolin and Alexandr 'shalfey' Marenov for their new team, where 23-year-old in-game leader Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov has been set with the task of rebuilding the roster.
Their match against ENCE Wednesday night at DreamHack Open November was the first time, that the roster crossed roads with a top 20 team since the rebuild. And despite a 2-0 loss, it was not a bad first glimpse of the new forZe.
The Russians drove ENCE out for a battle on Ancient to start with. Here it was Paweł 'dycha' Dycha, Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi, and Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer who came clutch for ENCE and secured them a 9-6 lead at the break. The second half was all even which gave ENCE the first map 16-13.
Second up was Nuke. Here the Polish Sniper Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz proved to be a problem for forZe. Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov and his men did however once again show, that they were fully capable of following the pace of ENCE and kept up until 8-8. On ENCE's CT-side the Finnish Organization proved to be too difficult to manage, with Jerry as the sole dangerman for forZe which was not enough to threaten the defense of ENCE, who won the match with a 16-10 victory on Nuke, taking their first victory after their 0-3 run at the Legends Stage at the PGL Major.
forZe is now forced to win their elimination match tomorrow against the loser of Fnatic vs Spirit to stay alive in the tournament.
ENCE – forZe 2-0 | DreamHack Open November
16-13 (Ancient) | Spinx – 1.33 Rating / 25-15 K-D / 85.4 ADR
16-10 (Nuke) | hades - 1.47 Rating / 23-12 K-D / 85.4 ADR
MVP: Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi – 1.25 Rating / 42-30 K-D / 81.0 ADR