ENCE pick up little and large

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: ENCE (valde, SunPayus) Unsplash / Andyone (desk)


Nobody can suggest +valde to whatever underperforming team is flavour of the week, because he has a team.

jks moved to G2 last week, and now with valde finding a new team, the HLTV forum users will be out of a job pretty quickly. Not that any of them had a job in the first place.

valde joined the suspiciously small SunPayus in ENCE’s new announcement video, meaning either valde is huge or SunPayus is tiny.

ENCE SunPayus was a well-known rumour, with pretty much everyone and their collective dogs knowing it was happening - but valde was kept under wraps a little bit more.

That said, it’s a fun move.

valde is a very talented player who seemingly has terrible taste in teams. North, Heroic, and OG? Eesh. His rendezvous with Snappi is a long-awaited one, and maybe this is finally the team that turns valde from a good player to a great one.

SunPayus, meanwhile, is a big upgrade in theory over hades. He will probably demand slightly more resources than the outgoing Pole (who certainly cut a quiet figure), but with valde probably being a bit more malleable than Spinx, all should, in theory, work out.

Only one thing is completely sure - they’re going to be interesting to keep an eye on. We don’t think they’ll be able to maintain this level, but then we never thought they’d be this good in the first place.

We’re not particularly clever, it turns out.

August 21, 2022

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