ENCE Announce Departure of SunPayus and Maden

16 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 16 Dec 2023
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  • ENCE parted ways with Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "maden" Bošković
  • The duo left the Counter-Strike team on Saturday, December 16
  • ENCE are now left with just three active players on the roster
Maden SunPayus
Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "maden" Boškovic (credit: via Twitter (@ENCE))
On Saturday, December 16, ENCE announced the departure of Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and Pavle "maden" Bošković. The shock announcement comes shortly after ENCE confirmed that BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 was the final tournament for the team’s now-former core.

As confirmed by ENCE, SunPayus and maden are no longer a part of the Counter-Strike team after the former’s contract has been bought out by another organisation. Meanwhile, Maden leaves the team upon the expiry of his contract with ENCE.

The shock move comes shortly after ENCE announced that its roster core had played their final tournament at BLAST Premier: World Final 2023, where ENCE placed seventh-eighth with two defeats against Cloud9 and Natus Vincere.

It remains to be seen where the duo will end up. Some rumours have linked both with a move to Heroic, who are currently two players short of completing their lineup. However, as other reports suggest, SunPayus and maden are not a part of Heroic’s rebuild plans.

Two Key Players Leave ENCE

Maden joined ENCE in January 2022 and has, over the two years, established himself as a key player of the team. He helped ENCE become one of the top Counter-Strike teams in the world, and in 2023 accomplished several strong finishes in big events.

Those include silver medals from ESL Challenger Katowice 2023, Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023, and Gamers8 2023, as well as a gold medal from IEM Dallas 2023.

SunPayus joined ENCE in August 2022 and played a key role in ENCE’s rise up the global CS ladder. Alongside made, SunPayus helped ENCE become one of the most consistent Counter-Strike squads of 2023, with eight top-four finishes in S-Tier events over a ten-tournament stretch.

The Spaniard also claimed the MVP award when he led ENCE to the IEM Dallas 2023 trophy in June 2023.

The departure of maden and SunPayus leaves ENCE with two big voids, which the team won’t fill easily. The team has yet to reveal who they’ll sign as replacements, nor is it known where maden and SunPayus will end up; however, according to reports, both are close to joining new teams.