FaZe Clan sign Allu

by Daniel Rosen Aug 16 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Sebastian Ekman / DreamHack

Aleksi "Allu" Jalli will be replacing Ricardo "fox" Pacheco on FaZe Clan's CS:GO roster, the organization announced Tuesday.

"We hope those watching are just as excited as we are to see how this change can be another step towards helping us achieve these aspirations," FaZe stated in a press release.

"Thank you to ENCE eSports for the seamless experience in accommodating this transfer, and thank you to fox for his significant contributions to our beginnings in this eSport. We wish him the best of luck in wherever his career takes him next."

Allu comes to FaZe from ENCE esports, which he joined at the beginning of the year. Prior to that, he played for Ninjas in Pyjamas, and briefly tried out for Team Liquid's roster. While with NiP, he helped the team place 5th-8th at ESL: One Cologne and 3rd-4th at Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015. After moving to ENCE, he helped the team place 7th-8th at DreamHack Summer 2016 and fourth at DreamHack Tours.

“We want to support our players to improve as athletes and people, provide them with career development — always looking at both sides of the coin; player and the team," ENCE CEO Petri "Procyon" Hamala stated in ENCE's press release.

“allu has provided a lot of know-how to the team and been a valuable asset for our organization. After consideration our joint conclusion was that this is the right step for him.

“ENCE is and will in continue to be the leading eSports organization in Finland, including the best Finnish Counter-Strike line-up.”

ENCE also stated that FaZe approached them about buying out Allu's contract on Sunday, and negotiations proceeded from there.

fox joined FaZe in January, when the organization bought G2 Esports' former roster. Prior to that transaction, fox had been with the team since it was known was Team Kinguin in 2015, and stuck with the roster as it was rebranded to Gamers2, then G2.

FaZe has been in a rut lately, placing 9th-10th at ELEAGUE Season 1 and 9th-12th at the ESL One Cologne Major, despite placing 1st-2nd at the offline qualifier.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.