AIm returns to SAW

The Portuguese coach had stepped down from esports less than three weeks ago.

Portuguese coach Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida has returned to SAW after announcing a break from esports on February 14, the organisation revealed on Thursday.

The coach had been involved with SAW since the team's creation, in January 2020. His break came as a surprise to many after had they established themselves as a top-30 team in the world, most notably finishing runners-up to Virtus.pro in DreamHack Open December.

AIm is back after a short break

During AIm's break, SAW had middling results, crashing out of the European Development Championship 2 in the quarter-finals and losing to Wisla Krakow and Winstrike in ESEA Premier, in which they currently sit fourth in Group A.

"We're thrilled to announce the return of our coach," SAW wrote on Twitter. "We can't wait for the next achievements with Alm in charge."

AIm will be in charge of SAW later on Thursday as the Portuguese side will face Nemiga in the Swiss Round 4 of Snow Sweet Snow 2, with a playoff spot on the line. This weekend, the team will begin their campaign in the $100,000 Pinnacle Cup, taking on Apeks in their first match.

SAW's roster currently looks as follows:

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

Portugal Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida (coach)

Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
446
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
545
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
good change
2021-03-04 14:58
3 replies
#52
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Czech Republic Noxar
-Coach +Coach Top 5 roster move for sure
2021-03-04 15:47
2 replies
#56
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Finland Cucumber))
+1 XD
2021-03-04 15:54
direspectful. this is top 1
2021-03-04 21:23
bruh, he could have benched himself then come back
2021-03-04 14:58
1 reply
He left for personal reasons, and he surely didnt expect to be back as soon. Probably some family or health issues
2021-03-04 20:27
Lest go!
2021-03-04 14:58
nice fade
2021-03-04 14:58
#5
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Croatia nAmeless69
Wow
2021-03-04 14:58
So useful damn
2021-03-04 14:58
#7
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United Kingdom Multiplism
I posted this, on HLTV and nobody saw it.
2021-03-04 14:58
2 replies
unluko
2021-03-04 14:59
#28
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Russia INNESOR
HLTV seen
2021-03-04 15:10
#8
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Portugal RodrigoC
Lets Go Back on top. Top 20 Soon
2021-03-04 14:59
4 replies
delusional, rewatch match vs Nemiga pls
2021-03-04 22:45
3 replies
mxiu aim hasnt been w the team idiot
2021-03-05 11:29
2 replies
No need to call anyone names. Thank you.
2021-03-05 16:08
1 reply
sry bro wont happen again
2021-03-06 15:33
when i said they need better aim i didn't meant THAT
2021-03-04 14:59
2 replies
haahahah
2021-03-04 15:07
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Portugal AccelSnake
XD +1
2021-03-04 15:15
Better than Bymas. Also SAW > MOUZ
2021-03-04 14:59
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Poland SebL
I don't think he is a good coach, he never achieved anything as coach tbh., but I wish him GL and same to SAW.
2021-03-04 15:02
5 replies
What do you know about coaching a team mainly on a specific team... I don't understand this HLTV experts
2021-03-04 15:19
4 replies
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Poland mlodzier
He is most biased Pole on whole HLTV, dont listen to him
2021-03-04 16:34
2 replies
Yo le noob, He’s more like the most brain damaged pole ive ever seen, which is a hard feat to achieve lmao.
2021-03-04 16:38
1 reply
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Poland mlodzier
Yo le noob, +1
2021-03-04 17:02
#87
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Poland SebL
I mean, looking at achievements and stuff, he didn't achieve anything, but maybe it will come with time, who knows.
2021-03-04 18:48
Lezzz gooo Ruben Amorim is back
2021-03-04 15:05
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Portugal knizz
GO SAW <3
2021-03-04 15:06
should have some more info why the break sounded so brutal and how it actually was just 3 weeks, this is so weird :D
2021-03-04 15:18
3 replies
It was only made official 3 weeks ago, but he'd already missed most of 2021 before that
2021-03-04 15:21
agree. they said it was personal problems, so we dont need to know what it was, but its wierd
2021-03-04 15:37
He stepped down after the second wave of the spectator bug scandal. You just need to add two plus two to figure out what probably happened
2021-03-04 16:04
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Latvia YungPan666
clown fiesta
2021-03-04 15:24
Let's Goooo
2021-03-04 15:24
expected
2021-03-04 15:25
Finally saw will have aim assistance again
2021-03-04 15:27
#45
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Portugal JafumegaA
eZ
2021-03-04 15:28
Careca is back lets goooo!
2021-03-04 15:31
EZ $4$ SAW
2021-03-04 15:36
#49
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Chile cristiaan
cool
2021-03-04 15:40
#50
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Ukraine StaR1y
wtf cis coach no?
2021-03-04 15:43
top1 inc
2021-03-04 15:48
napim top50
2021-03-04 15:49
So my speculation seems accurate: was one of the coaches exploiting the spectator bug, stepped down for 3 months with a slap on the wrists and now returns after a "break due to personal reasons".
2021-03-04 16:02
3 replies
Ah yes, michau cut AIm out of the coach bug ban list because they are best buddies since highschool. Seems completely plausible my friend, please do present more wonderful theories.
2021-03-04 16:11
2 replies
Perhaps there were no evidence to grant him a ban but enough to force him to step down for a period. Not everything is black or white, kid. Can you count the amount of people that were caught cheating in the past and somehow got back into the professional scene? You're an ignorant. The professional scene is rotten from the inside.
2021-03-04 16:19
1 reply
Hmm very very interesting. This individual with whom I speak is clearly deep within the csgo pro scene, knowing of all corruption, and not at all as ignorant as any other mere spectator.
2021-03-04 16:35
pog
2021-03-04 16:33
Ez for budget cooper
2021-03-04 16:39
Yo les noobs, Why should a coach even need to get his aim back?? He shouldn’t have lost it in the first place and he would still be playing.
2021-03-04 16:41
SAW never had AIM in the first place. Also rather than AIM they should focus on GAMESENSE, POSITIONING, TACTICS and CROSSHAIR PLACEMENT.
2021-03-04 16:52
Welcome back
2021-03-04 17:41
lets go saw
2021-03-04 18:29
-Unexpected +Expected
2021-03-04 18:40
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Indonesia Nuryuky
Alm-arhum? sad
2021-03-04 19:41
expected
2021-03-04 22:16
Alm - all lives matter
2021-03-05 15:41
1 reply
nice1
2021-03-06 06:52
who?
2021-03-06 06:53
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