HAVU Gaming starts their journey in Telia Esports Series.
HAVU Gaming was one of the invitees on the second season of Telia Esports Series. The organisation’s various CS lineups have been battling for the Finnish championships since the spring of 2017. They’ve managed to win a lot of titles, including FEL & Assembly Summer tournaments.
HAVU’s lineup has changed a lot, but Eetu “sAw” Saha and Olli “sLowi” Pitkänen have been there from May of 2018. Since then, the organisation has had a total of five different lineups, of which the current one was formed in September. Joonas “doto” Forss left KOVA Esports to join the team, opening his spot for Samuli “Twixie” Herrala who since joined KOVA to fill doto’s place.
sLowi gave us some idea of the roles inside the team:
“My role depends on the map. I’m usually the second AWP player, but as I said, it really depends on the map; sometimes I’m a lurker, sometimes an entry. You could say that I fill for whatever is needed”, sLowi says.
“sAw is our IGL. ZOREE is an AWPer. Doto and hoody are both riflers: Hoody is more of a stable, positional player, where doto is more of a mobilizer, moving to where he is needed. Me and doto sometimes switch roles as our playstyle is fairly similar.”
Because of the large numbers of tournaments that HAVU has attended, there hasn’t been a lot of time to practice with doto. Despite this, HAVU managed to fight their way in to Dreamhack Open Rotterdam, in which they’re playing next weekend. The team is also one of the fan favorites in Telia Esports Series.
HAVU’s opening match in the series will be one of the hardest games to come: they’re playing against SJ Gaming. Probably the most important match in the regular season, this game can give them a huge boost for the games to come. It will not be easy though: during the last regular season, the only team that was able to match up to SJ was ENCE Esports.
Friday 11th will be full of action and will certainly be one of the most interesting match-ups during the season. Watch the game from JIM TV, Ruutu or Twitch at 23.00!
Eetu “sAw” Saha (igl, rifle)
Olli “sLowi” Pitkänen (entry/lurker, rifle)
Joonas “doto” Forss (entry/lurker, rifle)
Aaro “Hoody” Peltokangas (rifle)
Lasse “ZOREE” Uronen (AWP)