Today ENCE announced the signings of both a new in-game leader and a new coach.
The legendary Astralis IGL, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander replaces his countryman, Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer as the new captain on the server for ENCE. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander was benched during the summer at Astralis after a string of bad results. The 28-year-old Dane is the most winning in-game leader in history with four Major titles alongside 20 titles during his career on Astralis.
On ENCE's website General Manager, Niklas "Willkey" Ojalainen calls the signing of gla1ve the "biggest addition to our roster we have ever made here at ENCE".
For the Dane, the move to ENCE is a chance to prove his worth in a different environment than at Astralis.
- It's an incredible opportunity for me, and I feel very blessed to be on a team with so many amazing players. I have a lot of excitement going into this project as it's a completely new environment for me, but also because we have so much stuff to dive into with Counter-Strike 2. I know what this team is capable of, and I love that I'm a part of that now, gla1ve says.
Jakub "kuben" Gurczyński was also announced as the new head coach of ENCE. The Pole is taking over the role from Eetu "sAw" Saha, who departed the team yesterday. Jakub "kuben" Gurczyński joins the team after a successful stint at Apeks. The 35-year-old is best known for his time at Virtus.pro, where he came extremely close to winning a Major in 2017 but lost the Grand Final to Astralis and gla1ve. Now the two legends of the game will look to be the driving force behind a successful change of leadership at ENCE.
- I felt nothing but pure joy of happiness when I heard ENCE was interested in signing me. I was talking with ENCE three years ago and came close to becoming a coach during COVID. Eventually, the impression I left back then could have been the key to joining ENCE now. I have worked hard in international teams for the last few years to finally get back to the level I belong to. I’ll do everything in my hands to help these guys succeed.
The new ENCE captain and head coach will make their debut for ENCE in just two days when ENCE faces HAVU at the Elisa Masters Espoo 2023.