NertZ Parts Ways With ENCE

17 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 17 Dec 2023
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  • ENCE have announced that Guy "NertZ" Iluz will be leaving the team
  • NertZ is the third departure from the Counter-Strike roster this weekend
  • The Israeli is expected to join Heroic
Guy "NertZ" Iluz
On Sunday, December 17, ENCE announced that Guy "NertZ" Iluz will be leaving the team. The 24-year-old Counter-Strike pro is the third player to depart ENCE this week, after Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "Maden" Bošković, who left ENCE on Saturday.

NertZ's comes amid ENCE's roster rebuild, which started in late November 2023 with the departure of Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and coach Eetu "sAw" Saha. Shortly after, ENCE acquired former Heroic in-game leader Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and coach Jarkub "kuben" Gurczyński to complete its roster.

However, as confirmed on Saturday, ENCE are not done freshening up their Counter-Strike lineup. This weekend, the Finnish esports organisation revealed the departure of Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "maden" Bošković, who ended up signing with Team Falcons, where they'll reunite with Snappi who signed with the Saudi team in late November.

Maden, SunPayus and NertZ were initially rumoured to join Heroic, who are also amid a roster rebuild. However, this proved to be false after SunPayus and Maden were announced as the latest additions to Team Falcons.

NerttZ remains the only player of the rumoured trio who is expected to reunite with coach sAw at the Danish esports organisation. And while the deal has yet to be revealed, we can expect an official announcement from Heroic shortly.

A 10-Month Stint Comes To An End

NertZ joined ENCE in February 2023 as a replacement for Valdemar "valde" Vangså, who left for TSM. Since joining ENCE, NertZ has established himself as one of the top players on the roster, averaging a 1.13 performance rating during his 10-month stint.

With ENCE, NertZ also secured his first big event trophy in June when ENCE won Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2023.

Before signing for ENCE, NertZ honed his skills with Team Finest and Endpoint, with who he competed mostly in second-division tournaments. However, despite lacking experience competing in the highest tier of CS, the Israeli CS pro quickly proved his worth and played a key role in ENCE's rise to the top five in the global CS rankings.

It remains to be seen where NertZ will continue his career, but reports suggest he has already struck a deal with Heroic. On the other side, ENCE now need to sign three new players to complete their lineup with no rumours or reports tying any names with the organisation yet.