British Counter-strike: Global Offensive team, Endpoint, announced Allan Hender as their new head coach. The news surfaced on Wednesday, September 22.
Hender to Replace RossR
Allan Hender has been appointed as Endpoint’s new head coach to replace the outgoing Ross “RossR” Rooney. Although RossR will remain with the British esports organization, he has moved to a managerial role last month and is no longer able to lead the team.
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— Endpoint CeX (@TeamEndpoint) September 22, 2021
The signing of Hender came out of the blue and has left many fans guessing whether he’s the right fit for the team. The biggest talking point about Hender is that he has no previous experience as a head coach of a CS:GO team.
However, he has previous experience in the scene as an analyst and caster. Hender has previously worked with prominent esports tournament organizers in ESEA and Flashpoint.
Period of Struggles
The coaching change comes at a fitting time, as Endpoint struggled with their consistency. While the team has had some success earlier in the year, the squad’s recent results were anything but convincing.
In July, Endpoint placed second at Pinnacle Cup II, where they made it to their first A-Tier tournament finals of the year. Things, however, turned sour for the British side following the player break.
Since late August, Endpoint haven’t won a single tournament, nor have they come even close. Straight after the player break, Endpoint crashed out of the Malta Vibes Knockout Series #1 in ninth-16th place and have since not recovered.
The team also fell in the first round of playoffs at Pinnacle Fall Series, crashed out of Malta Vibes Knockout Series #2 without winning a single map, and are currently playing in the ESEA Premier, where they are at two wins and two losses.
New Challenges Ahead
On a more positive note, Endpoint have qualified for Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Fall: Europe. They produced a perfect run through the third European open qualifiers with wins against Kappa Bar (16-5), Daugava (16-10), AGF Esport (16-7), OPAA Gaming (16-10), and AVEZ (2-0).
With that, Endpoint qualified for the closed qualifiers, where they swept SAW (2-0) with 16-8 on Overpass and 16-14 on Vertigo to book a ticket for IEM Fall.
The IEM Fall: Europe is slated to take place on September 29 – October 10. Endpoint have been placed into Group B, where they’ll fight against Heroic, Astralis, Complexity, Sinners Esports, and Movistar Riders.
The group stage will use a round-robin, best-of-one (Bo1) format. The top two teams will advance into a single-elimination best-of-three playoffs bracket, while the grand finals will be played as Bo5.
As one of the weakest team at IEM Fall, Endpoint aren’t expected to make a deep run. However, they will definitely be an exciting team to watch as we try to figure out how will Allan Hender do as a head coach.
IEM Fall will not only be Hender’s debut as a coach but also Endpoint’s first major CS:GO tournament without William “mezii” Merriman. The latter left the team for Fnatic in August and was replaced by Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas.
Without mezii, Endpoint have managed a 18-8 record, which doesn’t seem too bad; however, most of their wins came against weaker teams. Now Endpoint have a chance to prove that they can compete with the best, with a deep run at IEM Fall.
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