Sources: ENCE Targeting zehN to Replace Aerial

ENCE is targeting zehN to replace Aerial, according to sources
ENCE is targeting zehN to replace Aerial, according to sources | Photo courtesy of DreamHack

ENCE is targeting GODSENT rifler Jesse "zehN" Linjala to replace Jani "Aerial" Jussila on its active CS:GO roster, according to multiple sources. The likelihood of this move is unclear due to ongoing negotiations by GODSENT and other organizations over the transfer of their entire roster.

Last week, Aerial stepped down from the active ENCE roster for health reasons, leaving them without a fifth member of the team to compete. Multiple sources have indicated that zehN is their first choice as a replacement, though acquiring him could complicate transfer discussions with GODSENT. As a result, there is no guarantee zehN departs from his current team or that GODSENT successfully completes transfer negotiations.

ENCE has had trouble replicating its 2019 success in 2020 following the departure of in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen. Their Regional Major Ranking has them missing the next CS:GO Major unless they jump ahead of North or FaZe Clan in potential upcoming Major Ranking tournaments. Their most recent result was last place at DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

zehN has played for a number of different teams throughout his tenure in CS:GO but has never played for ENCE despite his Finnish roots. His previous organizations include Sprout, PENTA Sports, HAVU and SMASH Esports. His best result as a player was one of the most recent LAN tournaments played in CS:GO, a semifinal finish at the ICE Challenge 2020 in February.