At PGL Major Antwerp, ENCE are fighting to show that they belong to the elite. For IGL Snappi, it's also the chance to prove his credentials.
At PGL Major Antwerp, ENCE are fighting to prove that they deserve a seat at the big boys’ table again after a turbulent period. For in-game leader Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer, it’s also the chance to gain the recognition that has often eluded him.
The best attribute about ENCE is their strong and cohesive group of players without a star grabbing all the attention. Everyone is going through the same process and learning together, even Snappi himself. For all his experience (he began playing competitively in 2008), this is only his third Major, and leading a team that can contend for the biggest titles is still a bit of a novelty for him.
Like ENCE’s history, Snappi’s trajectory in the game isn’t a straight upward line but a mix of highs and lows. Because of this, the community perception of his value as an in-game leader has fluctuated over the years. This begs the question: Does he deserve more recognition?
“When I started leading in Heroic, I got a lot of recognition that maybe wasn’t deserved because it was my first time doing it, and I wasn’t really developed as an in-game leader,” he says. “Then I went to OpTic and I think I got a lot of flack that I did not deserve. People had expectations for us to reach the top five, but the player material wasn’t there, in my opinion.
“Since then, I think I have been underrated. With this team, I think people are giving me recognition again. There have been times when I’ve been overrated and times when I’ve been underrated.
“I have missed out on some opportunities due to age and people believing I was outdated or something. So I’m happy to prove them wrong. I will keep doing that for some time.
“Winning a tier-one trophy on LAN is something I strive to achieve, and this is the first time in my career that I actually stand a chance of doing that.”At PGL Major Antwerp, ENCE want to seize their place in the sun View Story