AIm steps down as SAW coach

The Portuguese coach is taking a step back from esports and does not put a timetable on his return.

SAW coach Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida has announced that he has decided to step down from his position with immediate effect as he will be taking a break from esports for an undetermined amount of time.

The decision comes as a blow to SAW, who have been led by AIm since the creation of the team, at the beginning of 2020. The Portuguese side have been almost ever-present in the top 30 in the world rankings in the last four months, making deep runs in tournaments like ESEA MDL Season 35, DreamHack Open December and the European Development Championship 1.

AIm had been coaching SAW coach since the creation of the team

"Warriors, I'm grateful for all the battles that you helped us face in the last year," AIm said. "Together, we achieved something unbelievable. It is with some sadness that I announce that I'll be leaving gaming for an undetermined period of time."

SAW are currently sharing the top spot in Group A in ESEA Premier Season 36 with Winstrike following victories over forZe and Apeks in their first two matches. They have also qualified for the knockout stages in European Development Championship 2, which will begin on February 22.

With AIm's departure, SAW have:

Portugal Christopher "⁠MUTiRiS⁠" Fernandes
Portugal Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira
Spain Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor
Portugal Renato "⁠stadodo⁠" Gonçalves
Portugal Tiago "⁠JUST⁠" Moura

Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
423
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
522
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
868
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Sad
2021-02-14 14:33
4 replies
+1
2021-02-14 14:46
#27
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Portugal kyarbe
yes
2021-02-14 14:57
+1
2021-02-14 16:39
I am top comment now ez clap
2021-02-15 00:20
#4
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Europe Holiwis
Why
2021-02-14 14:34
7 replies
Personal reasons
2021-02-14 14:51
6 replies
Aka not making enough money or long term instability
2021-02-14 16:58
5 replies
Don't think so, he hasn't been coaching in recent games because of those "personal reasons"
2021-02-14 17:06
2 replies
i mite b wrong then
2021-02-14 17:09
1 reply
May be one of the reasons but idk
2021-02-14 17:43
#121
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Portugal Davdio
this dont make sense. the org are growing, they even created a team of valorant and they have good sponsors. why they will invest some money when they dont pay good enough to their coach? And he isn't coaching sinse the start of the season because of "personal reasons".
2021-02-14 18:05
1 reply
Like I sdaid in #80. I could be wrong
2021-02-14 18:38
+Peacemaker soon?
2021-02-14 14:34
7 replies
#12
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Portugal Agricultor
Would be cool
2021-02-14 14:36
Did u say teambreaker?
2021-02-14 15:42
2 replies
#61
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Finland Porro
:DDDDDDDDDD
2021-02-14 16:00
XD
2021-02-14 18:37
TroubleMaker
2021-02-14 15:49
tbh i'd prefer to see coachi there, however I dont believe that coachi wants to leave sharks
2021-02-14 19:19
1 reply
Me too
2021-02-14 20:58
coaches banned & nerfed by valve --> coaches leave to mcdonalds
2021-02-14 14:35
4 replies
+1
2021-02-14 14:46
+1
2021-02-14 15:00
+1
2021-02-14 18:37
#154
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Portugal Hmikas
+1
2021-02-15 05:12
+peacemaker inc
2021-02-14 14:35
1 reply
So he can end this team too?
2021-02-14 15:56
Man wtf :( Just when I was starting to cheer for sAw.
2021-02-14 14:35
#9
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Portugal BlaZeONfps
+Peacemaker ?
2021-02-14 14:35
#10
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Netherlands dabadpad
expected
2021-02-14 14:36
#13
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Portugal SoEzi4me
noo its a sad day boys :( #sAwtouadar
2021-02-14 14:37
#14
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Brazil Gildocsg0
+ peacemaker
2021-02-14 14:38
#15
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Europe Niko0
sAw to coach SAW !!!!!
2021-02-14 14:38
6 replies
#16
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Portugal karky
+1
2021-02-14 14:41
+1
2021-02-14 15:37
+1 only option
2021-02-14 15:48
#111
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Portugal skiLfuI
its all coming together
2021-02-14 17:26
They never saw it coming.
2021-02-14 18:38
1 reply
#155
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Portugal Hmikas
sAw sAw that on sAw using a sAw to cut aim from sAw
2021-02-15 05:16
a team with no aim now new C9?
2021-02-14 14:44
4 replies
*no alm
2021-02-14 16:41
3 replies
no shit thanks party pooper
2021-02-14 17:02
1 reply
Reply needs to have actual content
2021-02-14 18:05
#129
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Portugal KULPA
his nickname is AIm with capital i
2021-02-14 18:43
GL AIm pls dont get peacemaker in this team ffs
2021-02-14 14:47
2 replies
why not?
2021-02-14 14:52
why
2021-02-14 16:13
Sad #Blasttouadar
2021-02-14 14:49
Sad,just when they reached their peak Hope they continue in top30 after that
2021-02-14 14:56
+peacemaker?
2021-02-14 14:58
I thought sAw was the coach of ENCE?
2021-02-14 14:59
1 reply
he is
2021-02-14 15:23
:( sad content
2021-02-14 15:02
:( sad days, I hope everything works out for him asap. WE NEED YOU COACH :(
2021-02-14 15:04
ok
2021-02-14 15:10
Thank you And now the SAW Team too plz
2021-02-14 15:13
#41
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Portugal skiLfuI
is this related to Valve's update on coaches?
2021-02-14 15:17
1 reply
dont think so, i think he already wanted to take a break quite a while ago twitter.com/MarinhasGod/status/136094721..
2021-02-14 18:03
who?
2021-02-14 15:19
#43
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Portugal ron4r
Best of luck, AIm!
2021-02-14 15:21
#46
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Portugal DiAZZZZ_
F
2021-02-14 15:25
#48
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Portugal WillyanI7
Hello peacemaker
2021-02-14 15:30
+MUSAMBAN1
2021-02-14 15:40
+B1ad3
2021-02-14 15:41
Who tf really cares? Lol
2021-02-14 15:42
2 replies
#55
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Portugal pakulli
maybe all the people that really likes csgo...
2021-02-14 15:49
Dognitas fan lul
2021-02-14 17:38
very sad news, Alm was an important part of Saw´s rise to succes
2021-02-14 15:52
#59
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Europe ukracrazy
very sad
2021-02-14 15:59
#60
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African Union mikecool
hopefully the team continues to do well
2021-02-14 16:00
What does this guy do? Coach people on how to cut wood?
2021-02-14 16:01
2 replies
HAHA
2021-02-14 16:10
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-14 23:58
who
2021-02-14 16:15
NO GOD! PLEASE NO!!! NOOOOOOOOOO O nosso carequinha crlh! :'(
2021-02-14 16:16
ZORLAK incoming
2021-02-14 16:19
4 replies
It would be at least interesting, but it wont happen.
2021-02-14 17:09
3 replies
hahahah it's funny u say that. he doesn't have either knowledge or experience to do that
2021-02-14 19:54
2 replies
I know about that I say it would be interesting as test of his habilities.
2021-02-14 19:57
1 reply
oh yea definitely, that i would like to see as well.
2021-02-14 19:58
Rip Brain master :( sad
2021-02-14 16:34
#110
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Portugal ZePagode
saw practicing for rmr
2021-02-14 17:16
#114
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South Africa @FyreCS
Very sad :( Saw have potential!
2021-02-14 17:37
I mean, he has never achieved anything big as a coach, still pretty sad for Portugal scene to lose someone like him. Hope he will comeback soon, GL in whatever he does next.
2021-02-14 18:14
1 reply
+1
2021-02-14 22:26
#123
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World Beard43
At first in my news feed I couldn't tell if it was alm or aim. It kept showing up and I couldn't tell, then curiosity got the better of me so I clicked and now I can see that it's alm, not aim. I guessed wrong. He'll be missed, I for one really liked the guy. SAW are a solid top tier 2 team for sure, I enjoy watching them.
2021-02-14 18:25
3 replies
#130
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Portugal KULPA
it is AIm with capital i - you can check that if you copy+paste
2021-02-14 18:50
#147
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Portugal 34itaNz
His nickname is Alm ('Alm'eida) but in portuguese scene everyone calls him Aim
2021-02-15 00:41
1 reply
#157
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Portugal KULPA
Nope buddy. Nickname is Aim. capital 'i' because it looks like 'Alm'eida - cheers
2021-02-17 15:41
#124
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Portugal rodzzyx
GOD AIM ;(
2021-02-14 18:28
#131
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Portugal TimiKS
me sad, me cry :(((((
2021-02-14 19:18
sad tbh. hope everythings fine tho.
2021-02-14 19:44
my speculative translation: got caught exploiting the coach bug, got shadow banned behind closed curtains, was given the opportunity to leave and save face instead of making it public.
2021-02-14 22:39
4 replies
+1
2021-02-15 00:02
Your name says it all about you.
2021-02-15 00:23
if that was the case we would see more coaches stepping down, unless he's the first. Anyway esic doesn't shadowban anyone, how suspicious would it be if suddently a bunch of t2/3 coaches would start retiring lol.
2021-02-15 01:14
#151
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Portugal Davdio
what a joke. best results of saw was after the coach bug, but u are saying that, so i cant do nothing about that farter. u only need say 1 coach who u know has do that , because your speculation dont make any sense.
2021-02-15 02:07
Very sad, hope whatever private issue he has gets solved soon.
2021-02-14 23:53
who?
2021-02-14 23:54
Alm god
2021-02-15 00:53
Thanks for 3verthing
2021-02-15 00:55
They have to buy out SAW as coach to unlock their full potential
2021-02-15 02:22
peacemaker?
2021-02-15 02:41
Sad for tuga brothers.
2021-02-15 19:04
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