NaToSaphiX steps in for Sprout in IEM Katowice Qualifier

After an unimpressive display at the Major, Sprout has decided to shake up their roster for the IEM Katowice 2018 Qualifier—replacing Jesse "zehN" Linjala with Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen.

Jesse "zehN" Linjala was one of the core three members still remaining from the PENTA squad that made the PGL Krakow 2017 Major last year. However, the team's performance in Atlanta, where they picked up one win, over Space Soldiers, before going out with three straight losses, demanded changes.

NaToSaphiX will be playing with Sprout

For today's IEM Katowice 2018 Open Qualifier, Sprout has decided to play with Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen, who up until now represented LPSP, replacing the Finnish 26-year-old on the roster.

HLTV.org has learned that NaToSaphiX will be taking over the main AWP role from Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, which will allow the German to focus on in-game leading. zehN's status within the team or his future are not known at this moment.

Sprout will, therefore, play the cup with the following lineup:

Germany Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend
Germany Denis "denis" Howell
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter
Poland Paweł "innocent" Mocek
Denmark Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen

Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1444
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Poland Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1208
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1297
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.10
#1
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Russia MahoneDes 
First I'd like to thank all of hltv community for granting me this opportunity, also I would like to thank my mom and all of my friends and family.
2018-01-23 15:59
#24
France Bouf 
He's a really complete danish player, looking forward to see what he does with the team in the qualifier.
2018-01-23 15:59
#31
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United Kingdom Tendies 
needs another German
2018-01-23 16:01
#96
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
-inno +Tabsen
2018-01-23 17:12
#142
rain | 
Germany xDudie 
Why should tabsen join sprout? there is no reason when he is already on big
2018-01-23 21:16
#156
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United States LookitsJrd 
BiG is terrible. Worse than Sprout...
2018-01-23 23:21
+1
2018-01-24 00:28
#184
United States Ybl 
Just 2 EZ for N6
2018-01-24 08:51
#33
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Russia MahoneDes 
who tf cares?
2018-01-23 16:00
We do
2018-01-23 16:11
+1 f u mahone
2018-01-23 21:33
#190
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Poland cGev 
me does
2018-01-24 10:22
Trust me he's not, the only thing this guy does if you have watched his previous matches is complain and whine lmao
2018-01-23 16:24
#73
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Croatia mds818 
+1
2018-01-23 16:28
#87
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Switzerland IJesuZzzz 
Yeah I think so too! I hope he does well and gets recognised. Maybe het get picked up from a other team in the future! Glhf Nato
2018-01-23 16:54
#149
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Switzerland Alzameister 
we have the same flag and same team.... coincidence? xD
2018-01-23 22:00
#34
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Poland cGev 
Oh Yes would love to see him there <3
2018-01-23 16:00
and cat i dont have cat
2018-01-23 16:01
#53
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Denmark beastd 
well done
2018-01-23 16:13
Gl
2018-01-23 15:57
ez
2018-01-23 15:57
#5
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Finland perkelemeister 
Lul
2018-01-23 15:57
He can show them smoke tutorials xD ?
2018-01-23 15:58
he was really good o LPSP
2018-01-23 23:28
#7
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Australia USTlLO 
downgrade
2018-01-23 15:58
are u joking? Nato is pretty dope
2018-01-23 18:59
#165
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Denmark Xipingu 
Lol no xD
2018-01-24 01:01
#180
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Finland Taynz 
+1
2018-01-24 06:23
lol no
2018-01-24 17:57
#8
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Latvia FENICH 
Gj Nato
2018-01-23 15:58
#9
jOELZ | 
Finland senkesett 
bound to suck
2018-01-23 15:58
#10
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
This team won't go far.
2018-01-23 15:58
Not if they keep replacing good players with shit ones. Whats next? Innocent out and some random streamer in?
2018-01-23 16:39
Nato isn't some random player though, he's consistently been getting 1.20-1.30 ratings when playing tournaments against tier 3-5 teams. He has potential to be a tier 2-1 player for sure.
2018-01-23 16:49
#94
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Spain Miki2K 
Don’t get too excited, maybe solid tier 2 player if everything goes well
2018-01-23 17:10
#130
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Sprout won't be more than that anyways with their players.
2018-01-23 20:11
lol please that fucker been around for many years he aint goin anywhere
2018-01-23 22:40
ez
2018-01-23 15:58
omegaLUL
2018-01-23 15:58
#13
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Poland brvther 
Np
2018-01-23 15:58
#14
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Malta 74c00 
Rip sprout thank god no more shitty german awping though
2018-01-23 15:59
Krystal is the shitty german awper, and he's still on the lineup
2018-01-23 19:09
but he will full igl now
2018-01-23 21:39
#182
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Europe B37A 
First off, you can do both (FalleN). Also, as far as I know Spiidi said that kRYSTAL isn't IGLing anymore and that denis is the new IGL. So I don't think kRYSTAL will stop AWPing anytime soon.
2018-01-24 07:46
He may not stop AWPing but for now when Nato is on the team he aill definitely be AWPing. He has been dropping massive ratings against this entire year (2017) AWPing. It would be dumb to have him rifle
2018-01-25 15:33
#15
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Latvia Faaakk 
gl natosaphix <3
2018-01-23 15:58
Famous youtuber
2018-01-23 15:58
Better player than youtuber btw
2018-01-23 16:08
#158
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United Kingdom ShreN 
His youtube is mainly highlights from official games now though...
2018-01-23 23:46
exactly
2018-01-24 00:58
meme
2018-01-23 15:58
#18
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
EZ 4 NATOGOD
2018-01-23 15:58
#19
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
Who
2018-01-23 15:58
why not for inoccent hes botte...
2018-01-23 15:58
you never know why. maybe inno has another role on the inside of the team that we're not aware of. can't tell tbh cause he did truly suck at the quals.
2018-01-23 16:15
maybe his gf is sucking off all the players in the team?
2018-01-23 16:30
Probably not.
2018-01-23 17:04
Maybe it's him sucking off all the players
2018-01-23 17:11
#109
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United States _SaltY 
Fnx
2018-01-23 18:06
I think the'd kick him instantly then.
2018-01-23 23:21
I mean innocent didn't play that bad on major now. If I would kick somebody, that would be kRYSTAL not zehn.
2018-01-23 18:50
well that was unexpected
2018-01-23 15:58
#22
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
NaTooo!
2018-01-23 15:58
#23
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Russia ez4u 
No zehN no party.
2018-01-23 15:58
#25
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Poland Spanksss 
looooool
2018-01-23 15:59
#26
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Russia AyvaN 
ZEHN.............
2018-01-23 15:59
#27
United Kingdom _aCe 
Upgrade I wish dennis will get caked in for Crystal thou.
2018-01-23 15:59
would be a waste for dennis. deserves a way better team than shitty sprout
2018-01-23 16:03
-denis +dennis
2018-01-23 16:09
-dennis +denis
2018-01-23 16:55
#28
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Hungary HunDaniel 
he qualified to V4 Budapest with Control Gaming and then he leaves them lol
2018-01-23 16:00
#36
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Romania Vladootzz 
doesnt that tournament allow only V4 CountrieS?
2018-01-23 16:01
#64
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Netherlands jonsve 
At least 1 per team
2018-01-23 16:21
#103
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Romania Vladootzz 
aaaaa
2018-01-23 17:32
#159
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Netherlands jonsve 
FaZe, mouz, vp and hr were I think the confirmed teams
2018-01-24 00:05
#29
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Romania Vladootzz 
onlaner
2018-01-23 16:00
Nato is actually a really good player, hope to see him on the big stages soon
2018-01-23 16:00
#41
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Turkey dogboi2001 
lol
2018-01-23 16:05
What
2018-01-23 16:07
who ?
2018-01-23 16:00
#35
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India Reaper1 
at this point they should consider disbanding, theres no way this is going to work
2018-01-23 16:01
#39
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Poland marco555 
+szpero 100%
2018-01-23 16:04
#40
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Iceland _meehow 
zehn tilted or team decision?
2018-01-23 16:05
Probably his own decision why would the team remove basically their best player lol
2018-01-23 16:17
Runour was that they planned on removing him before HS left to OpTic and they had to reconsider to keep their qualifier spot
2018-01-23 16:26
kRYSTAL didnt want to awp anymore and they wanted a good awper. Someone had to take the hit.
2018-01-23 16:42
#98
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African Union Raqmnd 
zehn > innocent.
2018-01-23 17:15
zehn > innocent > Bot John > kRYSTAL
2018-01-23 18:51
#172
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United States burz3u5 
nt newfag
2018-01-24 02:55
So what sprout learned from the major is that they should get a danish player?
2018-01-23 16:06
#154
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Malta 74c00 
They learned that the fraggers needs to be gone Innocent needs better team ffs
2018-01-23 23:04
So that was the guy who used kRYSTALs smurf account yesterday.
2018-01-23 16:07
nato this is your chance!!!
2018-01-23 16:08
nato this is ur chance mannnnnnnnnnnnnn I believe
2018-01-23 16:08
#51
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Rip "zamknij pizde"
2018-01-23 16:11
#52
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Denmark McMuffin 
Saw him in Oddset cup. An absolute beast with the big green.
2018-01-23 16:12
#55
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Romania rainGODtop1 
LUL EZ
2018-01-23 16:15
#56
Estonia rYm 
zehN is smart leaving this shitty team
2018-01-23 16:17
#60
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Finland Jonzu95 
+1
2018-01-23 16:18
zehN was probably sprouts best player. but i dont know where else he could end up. teams like mouse are definatly not interested. maybe optic
2018-01-23 17:46
#126
nex | 
Germany Vikernes 
Spiidi and Denis have been performing way better than Denis tho
2018-01-23 19:10
#128
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Germany Bestgerman69 
He won't get any better opportunities
2018-01-23 19:29
that's great, keep removing your best players one by one until something magical happens :D
2018-01-23 16:17
GL it's a good move
2018-01-23 16:17
#61
kkt | 
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
-mocek +szpero as awp -zehn +ayken
2018-01-23 16:18
#62
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
Nice, gl to him
2018-01-23 16:19
NICEEEEE!! Natosaphix deserves 100% Been watching him dominate the danish semi pro scene for like 3 years lol
2018-01-23 16:19
#65
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World nakTriceps 
zehn to optic
2018-01-23 16:22
And replace who?
2018-01-24 09:48
#66
ISSAA | 
Japan LiLeX 
zehn was their best player by far lol
2018-01-23 16:23
Yes, I think this was zehn's decision. Now he can join a team that can actually develop.
2018-01-23 16:27
#79
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Europe lalt 
He might be also smart enough to realize that if he is the best player of the team, team has no hope.
2018-01-23 16:41
lmfao
2018-01-23 16:42
#107
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Finland Taynz 
Yep and got kickked OmegaLUL
2018-01-23 17:43
#67
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
NATO in eSports, nt
2018-01-23 16:24
#70
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African Union Raqmnd 
why zehn wtf ? innocent deserve to be kick...
2018-01-23 16:26
Sweet NaTo! GL. Best option for a danish player rn hahah
2018-01-23 16:27
#74
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Downgrade, Zehn was the best player.
2018-01-23 16:30
#76
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Australia JingleBells 
WTF NATO? MY BOY!!!
2018-01-23 16:34
#78
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Spain Ornitorrinco 
who?
2018-01-23 16:40
#82
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Germany JeanKanne 
gl sprout <3
2018-01-23 16:45
#83
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Finland Vkims 
Who the hell is he?
2018-01-23 16:46
gl nato
2018-01-23 16:46
#85
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Poland Carry Potter 
so now 4 support players + NaToSaphiX
2018-01-23 16:46
#89
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Spain akproxx 
Innocent pls leave this team deserve better
2018-01-23 17:01
MY FAVOURITE PLAYER <3 NATOSAPHIX
2018-01-23 17:02
FINALLY!Gl,Nato.
2018-01-23 17:05
Wow nato eventually got an opportunity to prove himself
2018-01-23 17:07
#97
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Finland M0nzaa 
Haha GL with the 2 worst pro players of all time Spiidi and Denis :()
2018-01-23 17:13
#99
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African Union Raqmnd 
even if a like a lot zehn, denis and spiidi were doing a better job then him lately
2018-01-23 17:18
#100
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African Union Raqmnd 
but i agree if u say that zehn > innocent
2018-01-23 17:18
zehn > innocent but innocent > krystal kick krystal plox
2018-01-23 19:01
#129
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African Union Raqmnd 
if krystal became the igl again he gonna give a lot more than denis bcs he know how to manage a team in a good way, and actually he is a rly sick support player
2018-01-23 20:11
zehn > spiddi/dennis
2018-01-23 17:21
spiidi > *
2018-01-23 17:38
#102
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
pretty good pickup, but they should keep zehN if they want an European team. CRUC1AL & mikeS are still free agents.
2018-01-23 17:32
#131
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
xd
2018-01-23 20:15
#132
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
Whats so funny ? ;D
2018-01-23 20:21
#133
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
I mean, I guess you're just stating a random fact, so fair play.
2018-01-23 20:22
#134
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
Im not staing random facts, they are free agent looking for a team.
2018-01-23 20:22
#135
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Yea I know, but it's a random fact in this context.
2018-01-23 20:24
#136
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
Nah mikeS is an IGL and its what Sprout lack, on top of that German & Dutch are not so different, with some english they will have a very good communication. Wich is important for mikeS as an IGL. And CRUC1AL is really good and without a team so why not. kRYSTAL is abd with the AWP ( and in general ) so why no hire a competent sniper ?
2018-01-23 20:26
#137
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
IDK man. I've only seen crucial play ok vs tier3 and below, mikeS did aight with PENTA but again pretty much the same story and now neither have played in forever. I guess crucial can still grow but mikes is alrdy 25.
2018-01-23 20:30
#139
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
Yeah so what ? Ive seen older players being in TOP1 teams. He's 25, so he should speed up and join with CRUC1AL a team. ( CRUC1AL is T2 at best but he can improve and atleast he will be playing teams of his level in Sprout )
2018-01-23 20:57
whole team is shit so makes sense to try to look for more firepower I guess xd. I also do not think zehn is at his best currently so removing him seems also non issue honestly...
2018-01-23 17:38
ahahaha even more bad now
2018-01-23 17:40
tegnap még v2ön toltad kutya
2018-01-23 18:17
will they stream the qualifier?
2018-01-23 18:19
#112
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Malaysia byaIi 
NaToSaphiX you cheat and i cheat ~sodaH 2017
2018-01-23 18:48
#115
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United States ichibaNcs 
who is this guy?
2018-01-23 18:52
sometimes he streams, played for alot of Danish mixes. Didnt do more tournaments out of Danish scene tho, but pretty good overall. Hes dedicated AWPer
2018-01-23 19:00
#121
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United States ichibaNcs 
oh, ty man, i don't pay attention to the danish scene too much.
2018-01-23 19:01
I do also not follow that much either danish scene, but somehow i watched some of his stream/matches. I think this guy got potentional just need more experience/matches to play on some good lvl. I think his around 20y old..
2018-01-23 19:05
#127
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United States ichibaNcs 
yeah, maybe.
2018-01-23 19:12
Spiidi >= denis > zehn > innocent > kRYSTAL Kick krystal plz and keep zehn
2018-01-23 18:53
#174
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United States burz3u5 
can you stop spamming this everywhere? krystal is the best player on sprout in actual if you think about it,hes been changing roles from support to awper to igl over the span of 4 years,shut your trap just to defend innocent
2018-01-24 02:59
>krystal is the best player on sprout in actual if you think about it nt krystal
2018-01-24 11:54
#197
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United States burz3u5 
nt innocent
2018-01-24 18:17
Happy to see NaTo actually joining a tier 2.5 team!
2018-01-23 18:58
#138
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United Kingdom ShreN 
And he get's to focus on his awping instead of having to IGL Tier 4 teams. Hopefully he can prove himself.
2018-01-23 20:57
he was igl too? Woah maybe he could igl in sprout too?
2018-01-23 21:36
Then Krystal would be pretty much useless
2018-01-24 00:16
Why people cry? Nato is actually good player, the guy is pretty young and need more exp on scene.
2018-01-23 18:59
#124
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Denmark BrezzyOG 
Jeg kan li det.
2018-01-23 19:06
Jeg ka' ikke li' det. Mest irriterende klip....
2018-01-24 08:49
#195
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Denmark BrezzyOG 
Hahahahah
2018-01-24 17:03
Very nice
2018-01-23 21:00
#141
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Portugal dracø 
Every time I saw nato play, he performed really well. Dunno how he was kept out of relevant teams for so long. Hope he grabs the chance here.
2018-01-23 21:12
pug player, cant expect more from him.
2018-01-23 21:41
Yet they still want to be called Sprout?
2018-01-23 21:45
#148
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
onliner removed ez
2018-01-23 21:51
wtf not remove BOT innocent?? what this
2018-01-23 22:08
#152
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Poland Snacer1337 
Stil waiting for -krystal
2018-01-23 22:42
#153
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Hungary daNi_ 
and they just lost to the nohltvranked nice gaming , gj
2018-01-23 23:01
isn't nice gaming game agents?
2018-01-24 09:07
#191
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Hungary daNi_ 
nope
2018-01-24 10:34
Fuck yea go Na2. Show em how it's done.
2018-01-24 00:37
#163
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Spain JasonRacism 
Really nice pickup
2018-01-24 00:41
#166
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Denmark Xipingu 
Two problems still though. - Krystal - Spiidi So yeah.
2018-01-24 01:03
wasn't spidii one of their best players?
2018-01-24 09:06
#194
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Denmark Xipingu 
This tournament maybe, but Spiidi has a history of shitty matches that goes beyond the standard pro player.
2018-01-24 15:48
i mean im pretty sure the germans are the issues no?
2018-01-24 01:20
#168
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United States Noobtastic 
Krystal is not the IGL. denis has said he is the IGL during the Eleague Qualifier, please fix this HLTV.
2018-01-24 01:38
#175
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Spain JasonRacism 
kRYSTAL is going to go back to IGL since he doesn't have to worry about AWPing and IGL now
2018-01-24 03:03
#176
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United States Noobtastic 
ok thank you very much, i read to fast to understand it.
2018-01-24 03:10
#169
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Brazil Collee 
He's good but let's not overestimate the guy. Just remember AnJ and even valde
2018-01-24 01:39
#170
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
So zehn leaves im pretty sure innocent leaves too
2018-01-24 02:04
#171
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Hong Kong TROIIDA 
great get rid of krystal and they stand a real chance
2018-01-24 02:50
Good Change. Krystals AWP was abysmal in the last months.
2018-01-24 02:57
They should have changed denis instead of zehn because he has more impact in terms of fragging and consistency than him tbh
2018-01-24 04:30
When is match??
2018-01-24 04:32
#179
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Hungary Ilove2bait 
They are out already
2018-01-24 06:19
not really, i heard that there are 2 open eu quals so they have one more chance
2018-01-24 09:03
as soon as natosaphix would rock, other danish teams will take him... RIP SPROUT
2018-01-24 07:01
#188
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United Kingdom swellis 
Good move, Finnish CS about as low quality as UK CS
2018-01-24 09:22
#193
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
idk about that. Sunny and allu and HAVU are still alive
2018-01-24 14:57
really proud of him as a follower for several years, this is his time to shine and prove his worths
2018-01-24 23:37
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