Finnish esports organization HAVU has announced the addition of Sami “xseveN” Laasanen to its CS:GO roster. The announcement comes days after Aaro “hoody” Peltokangas stepped down from the team’s active roster.
HAVU was down to four players after Aaro “hoody” Peltokangas announced plans to pursue a career in professional VALORANT. The Finnish organization has now completed its CS:GO roster adding Sami “xseveN” Laasanen. The 25-year-old support rifler reunites with former teammates Eetu “sAw” Saha and Lasse “ZOREE” Uronen and will look to replicate their success from their time together on iGame.com and LGR.
It's finally here, please welcome Sami "xseveN" Laasanen!
— HAVU (@HAVUgaming) August 7, 2020
“As soon as situation where need of replacement for hoody arised, as esteemed player as xseveN was immediate first choice for us. Out of our current roster, everyone else except Joonas “doto” Forss has played with Sami in the past under iGame.com banner. I’d like to thank ENCE for smooth negotiations and I’m happy we can do things together and push the Finnish scene forward.” -Taneli Veikkola, Head Coach & Partner at HAVU.
xseveN joins HAVU
xseveN was a part of the famous ENCE roster that reached the grand finals of IEM Katowice 2019 losing to Astralis in the grand finals. Despite the team’s runaway success, it had to deal with roster issues after the Major. The ensuing chaos and the mystery surrounding AleksiB’s removal from the active roster has been a talking point in the community.
Towards the end of 2019, ENCE released a video to help clear the air over AleksiB-related roster decisions. The video did little to answer the questions. Instead, it only complicated the issue with no clear statement forthcoming from either the organization or the player(s).
The explanation video had 2.9k downvotes compared to just 600 upvotes, highlighting the community’s disappointment with the discussion over AleksiB’s trade details.
xseveN’s new career path is a wonderful opportunity for a talented individual. HAVU is ranked 49th in the HLTV rankings at the time of writing.
“I’m delighted to join HAVU and reunite with my old teammates after a long period apart. Extremely excited about this new chapter in my career! I’ve been following HAVU’s matches a lot and seen lot of collective progress and individual development. Future is bright and the goal is to have a 2nd Finnish team in the world elite.” -Sami “xseveN” Laasanen.
Today we announce Sami @xseveNcsgo Laasanen has been transferred to @HAVUgaming. We have also agreed that xseveN will be on loan to ENCE in upcoming Valve sanctioned events until the end of the next Major
Let's end this chapter on a high 💥🙏
— ENCE (@ENCE) August 7, 2020
HAVU will debut xseveN in the upcoming FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Qualifier where the team will face x6tence in its opening match of the $15,000 European qualifier.
HAVU’s CS:GO roster
- Eetu “sAw” Saha
- Lasse “ZOREE” Uronen
- Joonas “doto” Forss
- Olli “sLowi” Pitkänen
- Sami “xseveN” Laasanen
- Taneli “disturbed” Veikkola (coach)
- Aaro “hoody” Peltokangas (restricted free agent)