Allu takes leave of absence
There is no return date set for Aleksi "allu" Jalli's return to Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
ENCE announced on Tuesday that their veteran AWPer would be taking a leave of absence due to personal reasons effective immediately.
Although no specific reason was sighted, in a statement, ENCE hinted that "the hectic nature of our sport" may have led to the request.
In said statement, ENCE outlined that: "Wellbeing and the ability to operate in full form is a top priority for us, and we hope to see a fully-refreshed allu on the servers".
Olek "hades" Miskiewicz has been called up to stand in for allu, with the Polish AWPer recently stepping down from Wisla Krakow. His first game will be on Wednesday, when ENCE clashes with SKADE in the quarter-final of LOOT.BET Season 9.
Allu's absence is a major blow, with the veteran having been on the roster since March 2018. He's the sole remaining piece of ENCE's all-Finnish roster that made the Champions Stage of the Katowice and Berlin majors in 2019.
ENCE looked to have turned a corner with their new international roster when making the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 13, but they've struggled since.
In their two most recent tournaments, they've failed to qualify for Flashpoint 3 and IEM Summer, losing to sides that, on paper, they should have been defeated with ease.
Beyond their match with SKADE, ENCE has an invite to the Elisa Invitational Summer that begins on June 3rd.
They'll be hoping to have allu back by then, as they look to build some momentum before they kick off their ESL Pro League Season 14 campaign in August.