SunPayus and Valde Debut on ENCE
A few weeks ago, ENCE announced the additions of Alvaro “SunPayus” Garcia and Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså to their active roster, confirming earlier reports that claimed the duo were close to signing with the organization. The incoming Spanish AWPer takes over from Olek “hades” Miskiewicz, who was benched at the start of August, while valde joins the squad in lieu of Lotan “Spinx” Giladi, who recently made the jump to Vitality. “When searching for replacements it’s really important to find the right fit for the team, both inside and outside of the server. During the player break we took our time to evaluate our options, and I am confident we found the right fit in SunPayus and valde,” said ENCE’s coach, Eetu “sAw” Saha.
SunPayus joins ENCE’s books after a successful year-long stint with Movistar Riders. The 23-year-old joined his countrymen last August as a replacement for Owen “smooya” Butterfield when the side elected to return to a Spanish-speaking lineup. The sniper was also his squad’s most valuable player, putting up a team-high 1.16 rating across 208 maps during his time in the Madrid-based organization. SunPayus’ presence in the server was key in his side winning ESL Challenger Valencia, the Spanish team’s first international trophy, and in reaching the IEM Cologne semi-finals, their first Big Event arena appearance. These strong showings powered the lineup to their current peak of sixth in the world ranking.
Valde joins ENCE on a transfer from OG after three months on the bench. The Dane was one of the more consistent players on the European roster, averaging a 1.11 rating over 398 maps during his two-and-a-half year tenure with the side. Despite this, the team were unable to get their hands on any silverware, with their best performances being a second-place finish at IEM Summer 2021 and a top-four placing at ESL Pro League Season 14. valde also reunites with his former teammate Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer. The pair played together under the Heroic banner in 2016–2017, reaching a peak of eighth in the world ranking after a semi-final appearance at IEM Katowice 2017.
HEET’s first Online Event with Jackz
Last month, HEET confirmed the acquisition of Audric “JACKZ” Jug when the Belgian organization announced on Twitter. The move corroborates a previous report by 1pv.fr which indicated the 30-year-old was set for a return to France after more than three years with G2’s international roster. The rifler is replacing Lucas “Lucky” Chastang, with the 24-year-old having been benched earlier this week after eight months on the active lineup. This is the first roster change that the team has undergone since HEET’s acquisition of the DBL PONEY lineup in January.
JACKZ joined G2 from 3DMAX in November of 2018, becoming a staple of the squad for the next two years as the team transitioned from a fully French roster to an international lineup in 2019. He was temporarily moved to the bench in late 2020, but returned in March of the following year to replace Kenny “kennyS” Schrub. In his nearly four years with G2, the 30-year-old averaged a 1.00 rating and helped the team finish runners-up at various big events such as IEM Katowice 2020, IEM Cologne 2021, PGL Major Stockholm 2021, and IEM Katowice 2022.
The European squad was however never able to claim a big trophy, with the only tournament win coming at the Champions Cup Finals in late 2019. Following a disappointing end to the first part of the 2022 season, G2 allowed JACKZ and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen to explore their options in the market. Jackz and co. already secured a spot in the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Road to Rio 2022: European RMR B, though they still have to prove their worth in an offline tournament.
ENCE vs HEET Match Information
- Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14
- Time: 1:30pm ET
- ENCE vs HEET Live Stream: Twitch.tv
ENCE vs HEET Prediction
In one of our most recent CSGO esports picks, we correctly predicted a clean 2-0 in a match where there was a clear gap between each team’s skill level, and today, I’m expecting the same thing to happen. ENCE definitely is going to try their hardest to prove that their recent roster changes were good decisions. Sure, HEET is looking much better now with JACKZ, but they are still far from being considered strong contenders at any big event.
With the tournament still going, make sure to stay tuned in as the ESL Pro League Season group C unfolds. We’ll be covering the event and providing you with plenty of CSGO odds throughout the whole thing!