Jere “sergej” Salo announced he will be taking a break from Counter-Strike, stepping down from ENCE‘s active roster. The 13th best player of 2019 has been “benched in mutual agreement” after he expressed his intentions, with the Finnish organization loaning SJ‘s Tuomas “SADDYX” Louhimaa for the upcoming DreamHack Masters Winter Europe.
“Jere (sergej) has come to the conclusion that he currently doesn’t have the necessary motivation to pursue forward in the intense world of professional Counter-Strike”, ENCE‘s statement reads, with the organization revealing that he will stay contracted during his military service as his future is discussed.
The team praised sergej‘s playing ability, but stated that “we all agree that it is not beneficial for either party to continue without him feeling he can fully contribute”. Once a standout player for his team, the 18-year-old averaged just a 0.98 rating in 2020, falling down to 0.91 for the last three months.
With sergej stepping down, ENCE now have just one player from the roster that was assembled in April 2018 and went on to reach the IEM Katowice 2019 Major grand final – Aleksi “allu” Jalli. Stepping in the shoes of sergej will be 19-year-old SADDYX from SJ, who will debut in DreamHack Masters Winter which kicks off on November 30th. The loaned player will join newcomer Joonas “doto” Forss who played just two matches with the team before it underwent another roster change.
ENCE will use the following roster in DreamHack Masters Europe Winter: