SunPayus: "I always wanted to see how I’d do on an international team"

It wasn't easy for the Spaniard to make the jump from Movistar Riders to ENCE, but the chance to play on an international squad was a great allure.

Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia was a cornerstone in Movistar Riders' rise up the world ranking in the latter end of 2021 and first half of 2022, putting up a 1.16 rating during his tenure with Spain's premier organization.

Impressive performances in Movistar Riders' title run at IEM Valencia Challenger and IEM Cologne, where the Spaniards reached the semi-finals, turned enough heads to get the 23-year-old noticed on the international stage and SunPayus was transferred to ENCE in lieu of Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz over the summer off-season.

SunPayus hopes to have the support of Spanish fans in his new endeavor

SunPayus is joined in ENCE's new roster by Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså, who was signed to take the spot of the outgoing Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi. "I think that we can add a little something different, something extra to the team," SunPayus told HLTV, "and I hope we’ll be able to win important tournaments."

What’s your first impression of ENCE?

My first impression is that we’re a new team, it’s hard to change two pieces and have everything remain the same. valde and I both have to adapt to the team, but they also have to adapt a to our style a bit. It’s different, but I think that it’s good. We think the same way about many situations, we just have to play together a little bit longer to all get on the same page and everything will flow on its own, they’re all very good players.

What differences have you noticed between ENCE and Movistar Riders?

It’s pretty similar, in general terms. The schedule, the way of working… The way of understanding the game is a bit different since language changes everything and communication is harder in an international team, although it also has some interesting aspects to it.

How’s your adaptation to playing in English, with players from other cultures?

It’s going well, it’s complicated at first because everybody’s voice is new and you’re listening to several at the same time, but I’m adapting well, in a few weeks everything will be perfect. I think my character helps us laugh and enjoy ourselves even if we’re from different cultures, although I really don’t see many cultural differences in general.

You were quite vocal making mid-round calls in Movistar Riders. How is it in ENCE, are you still helping the IGL in that sense?

Yes, I think that people speak up more during the mid-round in ENCE, but I’m quite vocal in my role because I see everything from the back. Both on the CT side, helping direct players with my mid-round movements, as well as on the T side making specific calls or helping Marco when he’s doing his mid-round calls. I can help organize the mid-round because I can see all of the grenades that my teammates have.

What expectations do you have for this ENCE team? They made it far several times but never lifted a trophy. Do you think that will change with you and valde?

My expectation is just to keep improving, gaining experience and enjoying the moment, and I hope the team will also grow with me. I think that we can add a little something different, something extra to the team and I hope we’ll be able to win important tournaments.

Why did you decide to leave Movistar Riders at a time when the team breached the top 10? What made you think ENCE was going to be an upgrade?

It was a very hard decision for me, but ENCE has had really good results this year, reaching three finals. They’re also ESL partners and made top four at the last Major, so I just saw it as a very good opportunity to keep developing as a player and person since I always wanted to see how I’d do on an international team.

The Spanish community has been somewhat divided between those that are happy to see a Spanish player in an international team and those that are sad that you left Movistar Riders when it was at its peak. How has the community’s response affected you?

I didn’t have very good days, I spoke a lot with friends, family, colleagues and my agent to get different points of view and didn’t read social media that much. I’ve had a lot of support up to now and at the end of the day what we did in Movistar Riders was historic, so I hope that fans will continue to support me.

You have impressive CT-side statistics, among the best at IEM Cologne, but it’s harder for you to shine on the attacking side. Are you working on this?

It’s pretty hard to play T-side for anyone right now, not just me. It’s a very CT-sided meta, but I’m aware of it and looking at several ways of becoming better in that regard.

You’re going to debut with ENCE at ESL Pro League. What expectations do you have going into that event?

None. We’re just going in with about a month of practice, which I consider a short amount of time. Regardless, we’re working very hard and I think we’ll have a good tournament. I can’t wait for it.

Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1230
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.59
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
453
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
rofl
2022-08-30 13:16
1 reply
classic hltv interview jinx
2022-08-30 13:23
#2
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CIS pawelczakx0
gg
2022-08-30 13:16
3 replies
no allu no win
2022-08-30 14:24
2 replies
+1
2022-08-30 15:45
+1
2022-08-30 21:30
#4
FalleN | 
Portugal lift7
gg
2022-08-30 13:16
EZ4ENCE
2022-08-30 13:16
#8
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Germany _car
Good luck! Top 5 awp for sure!
2022-08-30 13:19
goat
2022-08-30 13:21
GOAT awper
2022-08-30 13:23
Can't wait to see how this new lineup works after Spinx loss.
2022-08-30 13:24
good for him then
2022-08-30 13:26
GL Sunpa
2022-08-30 13:26
SunPremacy
2022-08-30 13:29
1 reply
You know it mate
2022-08-30 13:30
Literally carried the whole team, without him they’re not even a top 30 team imo.. so obviously his departure was met with salt. Keep on reaching higher SP, you deserve better I hope to See you get some deep runs and maybe win a few with Ence
2022-08-30 13:29
I'm really happy for him. Everyone from the Iberian scene should be proud of this move, because this transfer proves that there is talent on the Iberian scene and future for the upcoming years. GL Ciervo <3
2022-08-30 13:34
GL GodPayus!
2022-08-30 13:33
good awper but valde and snappi both trash
2022-08-30 13:53
do people know that sunpayus is a graduated chemical engineer? (he even got really good marks) Do you know any other graduated pros?
2022-08-30 13:59
18 replies
Karrigan at marketing i think
2022-08-30 14:01
4 replies
at uni or technical school?
2022-08-30 14:03
3 replies
Uni. He used to study and play cs professionally at the same time
2022-08-30 14:10
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Turkey bizonSX
“In 2015, he finished a dual Master's Degree in Business Administration and Auditing from Copenhagen Business School.” mobile.twitter.com/karrigancsgo/status/6..
2022-08-30 14:21
Uni + master
2022-08-30 15:19
hltv.org/forums/threads/2304692/most-edu.. It is an old thread with a lot of trolls But probably karrigan (master in business) r aerial (medical school) Elige knows like 4 languages, which is kinda absurd, specially portuguese.
2022-08-30 14:11
11 replies
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Burundi DeTauer
Which ones, just curious
2022-08-30 14:18
4 replies
I thought 4. Maybe ,it is just 3 : english, polish and portuguese. I thought he learn a new one since that.
2022-08-30 14:27
3 replies
#52
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Burundi DeTauer
Interesting, I would like to know the reason why he learned portuguese.
2022-08-30 14:43
2 replies
I think it is because of taco + zews (when they joined liquid for a short period). He speaks a little and understand pretty well for what ppl say.
2022-08-30 14:47
1 reply
also i think he had brazilian gf
2022-08-30 20:59
bLitz is Chess FIDE Master 2.4k ELO LUL and IGL of IHC. ratings.fide.com/profile/4902963/chart
2022-08-30 14:20
4 replies
I am just 1900 elo
2022-08-30 14:32
1 reply
He stopped playing 3 years ago(at 18 years old)
2022-08-30 14:34
bLitz better chances at chess than cs
2022-08-30 22:17
1 reply
Chess is hard to make money. He is making more money from playing csgo than chess. PS: Also, its too hard to make money if u r not Hikaru or Magnus, Ian etc. Even Hungarian Grandmaster Richard Rapport(World Rank 5) switched his country for money(sponsorship).
2022-08-31 04:54
Pretty sure Aerial dropped out from medical school when his cs career took off with Ence. But it's impressive even to get in.
2022-08-30 14:21
I think that BlameF has a grade related to business administration
2022-08-30 21:03
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Spain Pablitoo_
I think he should have been asked about his current relationship with his former teammates, because some didn't say goodbye and others didn't say anything at all. And although it is almost clear that he has not ended well, I am curious to know what they think
2022-08-30 14:05
1 month of practice is short time? LOL
2022-08-30 14:22
obviously bad worst move ever killed his career
2022-08-30 14:32
#54
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New Zealand Melting
Imagine being mad at a player over choosing to further pursue his career smh it's a job like any other why is he required to play for a spanish team?
2022-08-30 14:50
1 reply
+1
2022-08-30 15:23
Lets go Alex!
2022-08-30 14:55
Can't wait to see this new ENCE. Hoping he fits the team well
2022-08-30 15:29
lol he is definitely leaving soon, but he will realise that he isnt as good as he thinks he is
2022-08-30 16:15
#65
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Portugal synyp
One team is not one player. If Movistars play like in the last half a year, they still can be in the top 10. GL for sunpayus and ence. Is always good see a player from spain joining a international squad
2022-08-30 16:19
3 replies
you have a point, but top10? don't know about that... depends on martinezsa, if he stops repeeking when he doesn't need to maybe top20 in 3-4 months
2022-08-30 19:54
2 replies
#81
fox | 
Portugal synyp
No one expected that they could be top10 before and they went after winning ESL challenger Valencia and placed 3-4rd on IEM cologne so. Cs is a beautiful esport where everything can happen
2022-08-30 21:35
1 reply
true, i always personally think mopoz will clutch but if his awper stupidly repeeks 20 times a match his tendon will hurt in the end and dreams won't be able to come true. or maybe dav1g and deathzz can be more consistent, then maybe top 15
2022-08-30 22:09
gl sunpa :)
2022-08-30 16:45
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Kosovo tetraqh
I'm rooting for him. Sunpayus was singlehandedly carrying Movistar for so long. he deserved a real chance to play real competetive cs I hope he make it.
2022-08-30 17:23
3 replies
he wasn't singlehandedly carrying. he was instrumental to their success for sure, and sure he carried many times, but mopoz and alex played their hearts out in many matches too and if you can't give them credit i guess you just watch highlights
2022-08-30 19:56
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#89
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Kosovo tetraqh
I think Alex is way too overrated for what he delivers.
2022-08-31 23:08
1 reply
only thing he lacked was a little bit more consistency imo, but he was pretty good overall. Don't forget he's IGLing. also, what about mopoz? Lots of pros rate him highly and he has a style of his own
2022-08-31 23:42
gl bro
2022-08-30 17:54
#88
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Europe dan1elsen
top 20 hltv incoming
2022-08-31 19:08
succs to go when they showed there potential the last events with him. but i wonder if there is was some behavior like germans bayern münchen (football) did. the team bought the best players or coreplayer from the closest teams behind them to weaken them every year so the teams had not much time to build around that player. (im gladbach fan and that team was the team whos stars got bought the most).
2022-09-22 21:16
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