gave insight into Aleksi "allu" Jalli
's career over the past year, the comings and goings with him being in Faze Clan
and Optic Gaming
before returning home to ENCE Esports
In the interview he discusses the rollercoaster ride that was 2017, with ups and downs, including himself and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
being removed from Faze.
“During StarLadder there was a lot of internal issues between players and we tried to solve that, and then we kind of reached a common ground. But eventually everything went south, in a really bad way and we barely practised at some periods of time. There was a lot of tension in the team.”
“After we crashed out of PGL Major last year, we had a long, 3 or 4 hour team talk about everything, and we agreed on something. But eventually it came out that the rest of the team had decided it was best to remove me and kio, rather than solve our problems.”
After being removed from the starting Faze roster, Jalli went on to join Optic gaming who signed a European roster including Adam "friberg" Friberg
, Emil "Magisk" Reif
and Kevin "HS" Tarn
who joined Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas
in the lineup.
“Moving forward to Optic, it was an adventure to say the least, we had alot of good times there. Obviously it was a bit rough going back and forth from Europe to US, Europe to US, playing Pro League there, and going home, attending multiple events, it took a toll on us and limited our practise a lot. Creating a lot of problems that shouldn’t have been there. And in the end we decided that everyone would go their separate ways.”On why he didn't want to move to NA with Optic:
“And then there was some discussion that maybe we should move to the US and start to play from the US, but that was not an offer that I was interested in, which ended up with me being released from Optic.”
“Obviously my whole life is in Europe, in Finland, friends and family. So to go away, I think it might have been a good thing to do, but for me, I don’t think it’s necessary and I don’t see myself living in the US for a long time. A scenario we had before, moving back and forth could have worked, but it was really rough, going through different time zones and attending different events, and fitting in practise and everything, it was really rough. We discussed maybe playing from Europe, the majority of the team would have wanted that, but Optic wanted us to play in NA as they are from there."
"Then with Magisk joining Astralis was pretty much the end of this team. I am really happy for him, I think Magisk is great, I really like him as a person and as a player.”
“There was this plan that me and Friberg would move to Texas, along with some other players. Personally I was like ‘Yeah, No, this is too much hassle, everything was so chaotic.’ It was tough but in the end I think this was the correct move for my own career.”
With his time in Optic Gaming at an end, and his former teammates going their separate ways the Counter-Strike world was looking on to see where Jalli would end up. It was then announced that he would be returning 'home' to his former Finnish organisation ENCE esports. On Ence:
“I am super excited, to have room to build your own team, to have a responsibility I really like. I think there has been a lot of development in young and up and coming players in Finland that can have the talent, ability and commitment to move up to the next level. And I think this team will manage to do exactly that, I have high expectations.”On the new team:
“All the players have to have similar ambitions, and team chemistry needs to be on par. Everyone has to be able and willing to work with each other, not as five individuals, but as one unit.
A great insight into the year of Jalli and some of the things that go on behind the scenes.
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