Sprout and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný have mutually parted ways this Wednesday, due to "unbridgeable differences," as announced by the German esports organisation.
In the announcement, Sprout explained the "different views on how to play" led to the departure of oscar, who has left the team with immediate effect after the Czech CS:GO pro spent almost four months with the German organisation. Oskar arrived at Sprout at the beginning of January alongside Paweł "dycha" Dycha as a replacement for Nils "k1to" Gruhne and Florian "syrsoN" Rische, who left for BIG.
Since his arrival, the Czech AWPer helped his team claim silver at United Masters League Season 2, top-four finish at #HomeSweetHome: Week 1 and helped them qualify for Europe Minor Championship - Rio 2020: Closed Qualifier, where Sprout failed to deliver, as they dropped out of the qualifiers in round one after suffering losses to Complexity and Copenhagen Flames.
Since oscar and dycha arrived at Sprout, the German CS:GO team went through a very turbulent period, as they put up quite a few underwhelming performances. Besides their premature exodus from Europe Minor Championship - Rio 2020: Closed Qualifier, Sprout also failed to make much noise at Intel Extreme Masters XIV - World Championship: European Open Qualifier #2, where the finished last after suffering a 7-16 loss to Apeks. Sprout also pocketed a last-place finish at DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, which was the team's last LAN appearance before the COVID-19 pandemic ushered the whole CS:GO competitive scene to transition to online play.
Since oscar arrived at Sprout, he has averaged 1.09 rating across nine events he played in, which ranked him as the second-best player in the team behind dycha who put up a slightly higher 1.10 rating.
In a Twitter post oscar made shortly after Sprout's announcement, he confirmed he is leaving Sprout due to different views on the game, although confirmed he left the team on good terms. The Czech CS:GO pro also hinted he might transition to VALORANT and look to continue his esports career there, but for now, he will focus on streaming and looking for other options.
With his departure from Sprout, oscar is once more without a team, after being benched from HellRaisers back in September 2019. The Czech pro started his Counter-Strike career in 2006, when he played for some lesser teams and in 2008 joined nEophyte. Oscar also spent a short stint with a Czech CS team eSuba, before transitioning to CS:GO in August 2012, when he joined Playing Ducks. His career later took him to ex-BEASTE, MyDGB, 3DMAX and back to nEophyte, where he played alongside David "frozen" Čerňanský, who is currently a member of mousesports.
In October 2015, oscar joined HellRaisers and helped his team to titles at Copenhagen Games 2016, Europe Minor Championship - Columbus 2016 and a second-place finish at DreamHack European Minor at Tours 2016, before moving to mousesports, where he remained for seven months and in March 2019 re-joined HellRaisers. During his second stay at HellRaisers, oscar failed to see much success and eventually got benched, following HellRaisers' disappointing performance at StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, where they finished 20th-22nd.
Despite his lack of success in recent years, oscar is still regarded as one of the most experienced still-active CS:GO players, and while he has hinted a possible transition to VALORANT, the Czech veteran could get picked up by another team who is looking to add an experienced player to their roster.
A day after oskar's departure, Sprout announced a 22-year-old Polish CS:GO pro Michał "snatchie" Rudzki as his replacement. Snatchie is best-known for his time with all-Polish teams, including AGO and Virtus.pro in 2017-2019. Since snatchie got benched by Virtus.pro in December 2019, when the Russian team acquired AVANGAR roster, he has been left teamless up until the beginning of April, when he joined Demolition Crew and has now signed for Sprout, where he will continue his eight-year-long career as a CS:GO pro.
Snatchie began his esports career in 2012 with iNET koxXx and later played for HiGHRiSED, Team-Authentic, GIANTS, HardCire, 31337 eSPORTS, ALSEN Team, Wasps e-Sport, Team Refuse, iNETKOXTV and in 2017 he joined AGO Gaming (later AGO Esports). His career-best achievement came in December 2019, when he helped Virtus.pro finish third-fourth at cs_summit 5. Earlier that year he also pocketed silver at ESL Mistrzostwa Polski - Spring 2019 and V4 Future Sports Festival - Budapest 2019. Now the Polish pro will play alongside one compatriot in dycha, whom snatchie highlighted as one of the most talented Polish players.
Sprout's next competitive appearance is slated to take place in the LOOT.BET Season 6 playoffs, where the Polish-German roster will look to continue their perfect run and claim the largest slice of US $30,000 prize pool.
Sprout CS:GO team is now:
Denis "denis" Howell
Timo "Spiidi" Richter
Josef "faveN" Baumann
Paweł "dycha" Dycha
Michał "snatchie" Rudzki
Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn - coach
Written by KrajnikT
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