CS:GO followers from all over the world stuffed the Sportpaleis Antwerpen on Friday for the PGL Antwerp Main’s second two quarterfinals. With ENCE and Copenhagen Flames enjoying within the first collection of the day, folks anticipated world-class Counter-Strike, they usually obtained what they needed.
In Vertigo, the fifth spherical of the opening map, ENCE have been compelled into an eco spherical, with solely dycha saving an M4A1-S from the earlier spherical. With one weapon on board, Snappi’s males have been anticipated to lose. Dycha, nevertheless, eradicated one enemy by a smoke on A ramp. A number of seconds later, he had already rotated to B, the place he picked off Zyphon and nicodoz. The final participant standing for Copenhagen Flames, HooXi, took care of ENCE’s hades, however dycha was there to commerce and end the spherical.
Regardless of being behind in stock, ENCE performed like that they had nothing to lose. They superior with confidence, aggressively taking essential positions like within the fifth spherical on Vertigo. Their unmatched methods and offensive strategy helped them to a convincing win over Copenhagen Flames, concurrently securing a spot within the semifinals. These are the primary Main playoffs for ENCE’s roster, which was revamped at first of final yr and added its final piece of the puzzle, Maden, this January.
ENCE have overcome their first problem within the Main playoffs, however there’s no place for complacency. The defending champions, Natus Vincere, await them within the semifinals. For such a younger squad enjoying in entrance of a reside viewers for the primary time, although, making the semifinals of a Main is an admirable achievement. Even dycha was shocked by their super type to this point. “We didn’t anticipate that it will go that means,” he informed Dot Esports. “We’re merely three months with Maden within the roster and we’re having such outcomes, it’s wonderful.”
In a current interview with Dot Esports, ENCE’s hades mentioned if the workforce maintains that fee of development, trophies must be a matter of time. Dycha agrees, underlining the significance of getting venues crammed with followers—who, in his eyes, are one of many major causes behind ENCE’s assured exhibiting within the playoffs to this point.
“We’re undoubtedly fueled by the group,” dycha mentioned. “It helps us tremendously and it’s a giant benefit for us. Enjoying right here goes to grant us a number of expertise. If we have been in a position to come again towards Astralis [in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2022 Europe final], who’re a robust enemy, then we’re able to win trophies.”
To take the most important prize on the Main, ENCE’s people must be on level, and to this point, they’re. On the time of writing, dycha and his teammate, Spinx, are two out of the three greatest gamers of the occasion, with 1.33 and 1.24 rankings, according to HLTV. On their option to the trophy, nevertheless, are much more harmful enemies than Copenhagen Flames.
On the PGL Antwerp Main, FaZe Clan and NAVI are the favorites to win the competitors. Dycha echoes this opinion, claiming the 2 groups are merely “on a unique stage.” In his eyes, there are ENCE, Heroic, and Staff Spirit beneath them by way of ability. Video games between the latter group would at all times come all the way down to whichever workforce makes fewer errors, dycha says. To make sure dycha and his teammates make it by to the ultimate, they might want to deliver their A-game, since they’re going through NAVI.
With stakes larger than ever, dycha is wanting ahead to the collection and already has a plan in thoughts. “We’re going to repair some errors on Nuke and can play as we did at the moment, with no worry and pushing ahead.”
ENCE will play within the second PGL Antwerp Main semifinal at 1 pm CT on Saturday.