ENCE have won their first match in DreamHack Masters Spring, taking Natus Vincere by surprise with a narrow 2-0 victory in Group D.
Combined with their undefeated run at Elisa Invitational, ENCE have maintained a perfect record with the 18-year-old. The Natus Vincere scalp represents the new lineup’s biggest victory yet, which comes as a much-needed confidence boost for Miikka “suNny” Kemppi and company after the team’s form has deteriorated since late 2019.
As shakiness has plagued Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov’s team throughout May. Earlier this month the team exited the CIS division of Road to Rio in the group stage, and they’re now sitting at 1-1 in DreamHack Masters Spring after picking up a near-miraculous win over Vitality on Wednesday.
ENCE started off the series on the right foot as they came back from a 6-11 deficit on the opening map, putting up an impressive defense spearheaded by the team’s veteran and up-and-comer double AWP in the hands of Aleksi “allu” Jalli and Jamppi.
Natus Vincere had trouble keeping the Finns at bay early on Dust2 and although ENCE let the foot off the pedal towards the end of the half, they were still far behind at 5-10 by halftime. A second-round forcebuy win gave Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s team a chance as they climbed back into contention, but the Finns managed to remain ahead and clinch the victory in the last round of regulation after winning a close 2v2 postplant scenario on A.