NaToSaphiX finishes trial, signs for Sprout

Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen has now officially joined Sprout, completing a month-long trial with the team.

The Danish AWPer started his stint with Sprout in January, after the team returned from a disappointing ELEAGUE Major run. Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen replaced Jesse "zehN" Linjala in the starting lineup, and also took over the main AWPing role from Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, who now focuses on in-game leading.

NaToSaphiX has become a permanent member of Sprout

After playing a plethora of online matches and qualifiers, as well their first LAN together (Play2Live Cryptomasters in Minsk), Sprout have decided to make the addition of NaToSaphiX to the team a permanent one.

NaToSaphiX says that he is happy for the opportunity and excited to be a part of the project:

"It's a great pleasure for me to finally be able to announce that I'm a part of Sprout. I feel really honored to be able to wear Sprout’s colours and to be able to learn from such great and experienced players."

"This whole process also serves as a great lesson for me as to why it's important to be friendly to every new person you meet, as this opportunity really only became possible because of my good friend Emir, who got me a practice day with the team."

"All-in-all, I am really excited to be a part of this new project and I hope we'll be able to put up some very strong performances soon! Thanks to every single one of the Sprout players, our coach tow b, Emir and the rest of the Sprout management for helping me find my place in the team." 

The team's manager, Emir "sngz" Udvincic, said that a full-time AWP player was what they were needing and that NaToSaphiX showed promising results in the trial:

"We needed to change - we needed to redefine ourselves. After the Boston Major, we saw that the team needed a restructuring to function: We were missing an AWP player and came to the decision that a new talent had to fill this role. After considering many options, I contacted NaToSaphiX and he showed promising results. He has great chemistry with our team and a good attitude, I am excited to see NaToSaphiX live up to his potential and take Sprout to another level."

"I also want to thank zehN a lot for his time in Sprout, he is definitely a great person and teammate to have."

Sprout, who are currently 30th in our world ranking, now have:

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

Germany Tobias "tow b" Herberhold (coach)

Germany Tobias 'tow b' Herberhold
Tobias 'tow b' Herberhold
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
38
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
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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Europe Skraj 
Woo
2018-02-28 16:35
#11
??? | 
China Netori 
Device to FaZe, Jugi to Astralis, Natosaphix to Heroic What you think ?
2018-02-28 16:37
#15
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Europe pizzaman 
why device to faze LOL
2018-02-28 16:39
#17
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United States Will767 
more like S1mple
2018-02-28 16:39
More like no one.
2018-02-28 16:42
+1
2018-02-28 16:45
#52
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
DESERVED AF, KOM SÅ NATO AUF GEHT'S
2018-02-28 16:50
#93
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Denmark Twick_ 
Nice Google translate
2018-02-28 18:42
#96
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
thanks (it really isn't)
2018-02-28 19:24
#102
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Denmark Twick_ 
How would you know danish then?
2018-02-28 21:53
#113
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Israel BingoBango 
He's a poliglot, what's the big deal?
2018-03-01 11:38
#118
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Denmark Twick_ 
What is a poliglot?
2018-03-01 14:32
#121
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Israel BingoBango 
polyglot* my bad, a person who's able to speak several languages
2018-03-01 15:34
#124
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Denmark Twick_ 
Oh, thanks then
2018-03-01 20:13
#45
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
FaZe already have a baiter
2018-02-28 16:47
and device to optic to replace shahzam
2018-02-28 16:39
just JUGi, Pimp and Snappi to OpTic with CajunB and K0nfig
2018-02-28 17:27
Honestly JUGI to Optic would be a waste. But then again, he is pretty much being wasted in Heroic right now.
2018-03-01 16:45
#50
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Norway hixxx9 
FaZe: -olofmeister +s1mple NiP: -GeT_RiGhT +olofmeister
2018-02-28 16:48
Doing this will spark riots worldwide u know
2018-02-28 17:07
Olofs not going back to a swedish team for a long time lol
2018-02-28 17:49
You killed 3 team with it
2018-02-28 17:49
#128
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Denmark Xipingu 
GuardiaN will be leaving If S1mple joins, or did you not follow Navi before Guardian left?
2018-03-02 09:51
Device to north academy, Jugi to Astralis, Natosaphix to Heroic What you think ?
2018-02-28 16:53
#129
knarf | 
Other Ame^v^ 
-1
2018-03-02 23:54
#2
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CIS STAboss 
Who cares
2018-02-28 16:35
#68
nex | 
Germany Vikernes 
Sprout and Nato Fans
2018-02-28 17:11
i do i love him <33333
2018-02-28 17:11
If your whole family died right now, I wouldn't care.
2018-02-28 18:22
+1
2018-02-28 20:25
#116
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Germany Tunio 
damn
2018-03-01 12:48
#131
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CIS STAboss 
Ez report
2018-03-03 10:02
#130
knarf | 
Other Ame^v^ 
A German have no shit about German's team , anyway i love Spidii
2018-03-02 23:55
1st
2018-02-28 16:35
feelsbadman ;(
2018-02-28 16:35
#92
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Sweden Zaser5 
Yes
2018-02-28 18:34
Gj
2018-02-28 16:35
Expected. He's a good player.
2018-02-28 16:36
#7
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Germany zeolikk10years 
Deserved
2018-02-28 16:36
#9
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United States _SaltY 
Gratz Nato well deserved :D
2018-02-28 16:36
#10
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Asia bossen1 
Cant even win vs dogsent on lan :D
2018-02-28 16:37
well deserved! Good luck !
2018-02-28 16:37
tow b, brother of gob b.
2018-02-28 16:37
xd
2018-02-28 16:40
#14
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United States l1nkax 
A FUCKING YOUTUBER
2018-02-28 16:38
#21
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Turkey who_dis 
A FUCKIN MANAGER
2018-02-28 16:40
#22
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India Ad1_KaM 
Ikr?
2018-02-28 16:40
#18
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Poland rzabaldz 
finally
2018-02-28 16:40
#18
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
gj
2018-02-28 16:40
#23
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Spain JasonRacism 
Easily the best player on Sprout
2018-02-28 16:40
Basically
2018-03-01 00:06
#24
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Germany Kereka 
Im very sceptic, hopefully it turns out to be nice for sprout
2018-02-28 16:40
#25
coldzera | 
United States mit24 
SPROUT 2k18 xD
2018-02-28 16:40
SK IN 2k18 LMAO
2018-02-28 16:41
#33
coldzera | 
United States mit24 
SPROUT MGE Skill players.
2018-02-28 16:42
SK GN3 Skill players
2018-02-28 16:46
NIP/Fnatic (whole sweden players) Silver skill players
2018-02-28 16:47
4 majors cry
2018-02-28 16:48
u won 1?? ohh cry u never won cry
2018-02-28 16:48
4 major you can cry more
2018-02-28 16:49
lol u never won 1
2018-02-28 16:50
yeah we won 4 cry now no scener
2018-02-28 16:51
g2 is rekting fnatoc ahahah
2018-02-28 16:52
still 3 major :)
2018-02-28 16:52
oh cry is free noob silver silver
2018-02-28 16:54
mad cause we have 4 major keep crying kid
2018-02-28 16:54
i'm not crying sry and if we have a kid here you're the only 1
2018-02-28 16:55
cry more mad kid
2018-02-28 16:56
???????????????????? cry more now FRENCH CS LUL
2018-02-28 19:22
mit24 non-white immigrant living in the US.
2018-02-28 18:23
#26
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Portugal ron4r 
Much love to this guy ever since the fragmovies that he used to do with team 123 playing qualifiers for big tournaments... He never gave up, he's finally given the chance to take the first step. Good luck <3
2018-02-28 16:40
I saw krystal in my dm today, asked him how it feels to be in tier 4 team
2018-02-28 16:40
#35
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Australia Slippin_Jimmy 
But he is the main reason why they are tier 4 team in the first place
2018-02-28 16:42
he answered: "good as I am much better than you". He went 40-59 in dm lol
2018-02-28 16:44
#47
coldzera | 
United States mit24 
:DD
2018-02-28 16:47
#88
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Croatia Mr_Monkey 
proof it or...
2018-02-28 18:12
Expected from monkey
2018-02-28 22:47
You’ll prove it ör i’ll kill u
2018-03-01 02:11
#114
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Israel BingoBango 
No he didn't & he's still a thousand times better than you
2018-03-01 11:41
Lol have u seen him playing
2018-03-01 11:42
kinda bad decision
2018-02-28 16:40
#74
TACO | 
Europe killy_ 
kinda good decision
2018-02-28 17:16
#29
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Latvia Faaakk 
finally
2018-02-28 16:40
Fuck yeah! I remember watching this guy since he was a streamer just streaming matchmaking and shit and just ranked up to global and he was happy. Now he's on a fully pro team!
2018-02-28 16:41
good player, nice for Sprout
2018-02-28 16:42
Well deserved gl nato <3
2018-02-28 16:42
Sprout is still dogshit tho, nothing changed
2018-02-28 16:43
#38
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Denmark Oxfu 
damnn what a journey
2018-02-28 16:43
what a nickname. sucks for casters
2018-02-28 16:44
#125
oBo | 
United States Plactus 
They just call him nato tho
2018-03-02 02:12
#42
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Europe b7ack0ut 
GL
2018-02-28 16:46
Spruut is worst team, germany no scene i guess shooting in cs is not in Gene suck on a deagle, dennis you hobo, he look in pasha eye and say "full homo". He always sucked at soccer and was bullied in school now spiidi thinks playing in tenth tier cs team is cool JW was mad and took away his hack, now krystal is cry: "Give it back!!!" All people who see the three germans play cry, roll their eyes and scream in pain Zehn was not the problem, he just called them out for sucking in cs - like fangays suck Shroud. Will we see Mocek in a better team?? Well i hope so, or RIP to his cs dreams
2018-02-28 16:47
#71
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Slovakia SLAVak 
1960 - There will be flying cars and people will live in space shuttles in 2018 2018 - People making rap lyrics about CSGO
2018-02-28 17:13
2018 - People making comments about people making lyrics about CSGO
2018-02-28 17:16
10/10 i cried
2018-02-28 20:22
thenks brethr
2018-02-28 22:49
GL
2018-02-28 16:52
#59
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle 
he show nice performance. gl
2018-02-28 16:53
#64
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
N1
2018-02-28 16:59
#65
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Ukraine loxdkappaxd 
from youtuber/streamer to professional player? cant be useless team
2018-02-28 17:04
Good luck ma' man! Nice AWPer!
2018-02-28 17:09
gl & hf in team with shitnnocent denis spiidi
2018-02-28 17:13
#72
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Denmark aCggg 
tier9
2018-02-28 17:14
ye ye, yo're ded nato
2018-02-28 17:14
#76
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-02-28 17:23
#77
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Denmark BrezzyOG 
GL Nato!
2018-02-28 17:26
#79
zonic | 
Denmark KrynexCS 
Good luck to NaTo!
2018-02-28 17:34
#80
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Finland saunamdma 
Please some real team buy NaTo, he's too good for this bot team.
2018-02-28 17:35
Cringe video lmao..
2018-02-28 17:36
#82
kkt | 
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
Expected since the morning when he was shown in the team as a player in top30 ranking
2018-02-28 17:38
#85
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Finland Juzaa 
Let's go, been looking forward to seeing Nato step up.
2018-02-28 17:55
#86
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Bosnia and Herzegovina discoK1ng 
so they didn't discover his wallhacks.
2018-02-28 18:00
#87
Thorin | 
United Kingdom Weldo 
GL to Nato
2018-02-28 18:09
#91
device | 
Russia mcs#  
NATOGOD!
2018-02-28 18:27
lrtarryrratey
2018-02-28 19:19
#97
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United States Will767 
Sprout plays like garbage anyways please kick Krystal
2018-02-28 19:50
nice!!! so happy for him, he's a AWP GOD
2018-02-28 20:43
Congrats nato, been following you since 2014 and you finally got a chance to prove yourself.
2018-02-28 20:48
#105
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Austria Faguette 
best player on the roster. though sprout wont achieve anything still
2018-02-28 23:25
#112
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Russia ez4u 
When you have to carry krystal... yes, its impossible.
2018-03-01 08:39
#120
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Austria Faguette 
+1
2018-03-01 15:14
gz Sprout from tier 8 to tier 7, happy adventures in the online cups and online qualifiers boys
2018-03-01 00:10
Waited so long for this.
2018-03-01 01:40
smoke sprouts ever day XDDDDD
2018-03-01 02:13
#111
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Denmark Mevz 
"My dream is to join Tricked Esport" Nah ill just join freaking Sprout. Tillykke dude!
2018-03-01 08:34
Very good awper, way better than Krystal
2018-03-01 13:25
#119
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Germany reicH_ 
welcome and good decision!
2018-03-01 14:41
#122
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Sweden lagcats 
just a decent team nothing more
2018-03-01 15:36
Cool, now -krystal +any igl with fragging ability higher than an mg2 and maybe they can be a decent tier 6 team
2018-03-02 06:33
GL
2018-03-02 06:34
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