Sources: Sprout consider removing denis

The German organisation is mulling over its options in the off-season.

Sprout are weighing up the possibility of removing Denis "⁠denis⁠" Howell from their starting lineup following a frustrating tournament season, multiple sources have told HLTV.org.

The Berlin-based organisation is considering recreating an international roster just seven months after returning to an all-German team with the signings of Marko "⁠kressy⁠" Đorđević and Fritz "⁠slaxz-⁠" Dietrich, the sources said. The pair were brought in to replace Michał "⁠snatchie⁠" Rudzki and Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha, who went on to join AGO and ENCE, respectively.

denis returned to Sprout in September 2019 after a short spell with BIG

The victories in European Development Championship 2 and ESL Meisterschaft Spring were practically the only bright spots of an otherwise disappointing season for Sprout, who placed 11th in Flashpoint 3, 13th-16th in IEM Summer and 9th-12th in IEM Cologne Play-In.

After a deep run in ESEA Premier Season 36, the German team found themselves staring relegation in the face in Season 37, only avoiding the drop to Advanced with a 2-1 victory over Anonymo in a do-or-die match.

Apart from a brief spell with BIG in mid-2019, denis has been on Sprout's books since the organisation was created, in December 2017. The 26-year-old, who previously played for teams like EYES ON U, PENTA and mousesports, has attended several international events with Sprout, including ELEAGUE Major Boston, where the team were eliminated in the New Challengers Stage.

Sprout are currently ranked 10th in the European Regional Major Ranking (RMR) table, with 600 points. In the event of a roster change, they will lose 20 per cent of their points (120) but will still qualify for the next RMR tournament as a Contender.

Contacted by HLTV.org, Sprout declined to comment.

Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
610
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1310
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1821
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
Germany Fritz 'slaxz-' Dietrich
Fritz 'slaxz-' Dietrich
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
659
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
Germany Marko 'kressy' Đorđević
Marko 'kressy' Đorđević
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
oof
2021-07-25 20:20
17 replies
#4
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India OOFmiester
BIG +Denis confirmed
2021-07-25 20:21
15 replies
SPROUT CHRISJ
2021-07-25 20:34
14 replies
chrisj speak jerman?
2021-07-25 20:39
9 replies
He was part of German lineups in the past, he is quite used to it
2021-07-25 20:46
actually, most dutch people can do it. Words are similar. As a German, I can understand written dutch also a little bit. Not every word but understand mostly the intention of the sentence
2021-07-25 20:48
7 replies
you are indeed the goat
2021-07-25 21:45
#87
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Romania Pooknezeu
What about spoken Dutch? I heard it is hard!
2021-07-25 21:46
3 replies
only when they speak fucking slowly.
2021-07-25 21:47
It's not like they have to have deep conversations about life and philosophies while ingame lol
2021-07-25 22:04
Where were you for the last year))
2021-07-26 17:54
nah that is a 0/8 from me XD idk germans always love netherlands or something... not everyone speaks German by far and it might say 80% or something,,, that is just not true, people get it in high school for like 2 years and then dont do anything with it for the rest of their lives. without training is tough to follow, you might get the meaning of a sentence if you read it on a sign which isnt special, could prob do the same with french... but when talking... nah cant follow
2021-07-25 23:48
1 reply
Yeah, I agree 100%. I've learned speaking okay'ish Dutch over the years when I played in Dutch teams, also by the help of studying a Dutch language textbook. The more I got into Dutch the more I had realized how badly I missunderstood sentences which I really thought I would understand before that.
2021-07-26 16:53
+1
2021-07-25 22:19
#113
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United States BombTaco
would be pretty cool
2021-07-25 22:47
deserves better imo
2021-07-25 23:48
more like BOTJ
2021-07-27 14:55
What a funny way to make news "Sources"
2021-07-25 20:59
sad
2021-07-25 20:20
Cool
2021-07-25 20:21
ahahhahahahahhahahahaha
2021-07-25 20:21
denis to mousesports again, making them the GOATs
2021-07-25 20:21
3 replies
mousesports considering disband lololol
2021-07-25 20:59
2 replies
I'm mithR, can't confirm
2021-07-25 23:37
they are fine mens)) no need to worry
2021-07-25 23:49
Sadge
2021-07-25 20:21
BIG -XANTARES +denis
2021-07-25 20:21
1 reply
it has been confirmed that languages isnt that big of a problem
2021-07-25 23:50
should have moved to valorant the moment it came out
2021-07-25 20:22
F
2021-07-25 20:22
Source: Trust me bro
2021-07-25 20:22
1 reply
yes
2021-07-25 22:13
#13
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Finland iBait
Kinda sounds like they won't remove Denis but just want to light a fire under his ass by "leaking" this
2021-07-25 20:23
3 replies
i haven’t seen a player get kicked in so long, everyone nowadays is getting benched
2021-07-25 20:26
2 replies
But no org is gonna pay his buyout tho even if it was just 200$
2021-07-25 21:14
1 reply
idk his friend might
2021-07-25 22:07
FINALLY
2021-07-25 20:23
and it took them what to come to this realization... 3 years??
2021-07-25 20:23
7 replies
I mean nobody stood out as potential replacement in german scene
2021-07-25 20:50
6 replies
there's enough talented players in the german scene, you just have to give them a chance. better than recycling all the old shit every change... same in swedish scene.
2021-07-25 20:59
4 replies
i bet my balls there are tens if not hundreds of t1 potential players hidden in germany, however the problem is that noone caught an eye of scouts
2021-07-25 21:12
2 replies
i mean look at big academy, come out nowhere and players like aqua and glaved look promising. also other guys like skyye, j1n... sick talents but no chance given. i think they mostly play valorant now problem is that people like denis are too much friends with team managers and orgas... and then a shitshow like sprout happens
2021-07-25 21:16
there's so much promising talents, especially firepower wise in germany (but the scene is lacking IGLs) like #76 said, BIG academy's looking promising and i havent heard of any of these players before they formed also krimbo, kyuubi, devrann, prosus, panix, slaxz, kressy, s1n, skyye....
2021-07-27 15:14
+1 german scene had recycled washed up spiidi, denis, krystal, crisby etc for way too long
2021-07-25 23:58
Germany has a really good talent pool, the issue is the same 20 people keep on forming teams because no one wants to IGL, but most of those 20 people always want to have the last word so they would rather lose and destroy the team instead of talents becoming better than them.
2021-07-25 22:08
-Xantares +Denis
2021-07-25 20:23
6 replies
Pls no. denis isn't even able to perform against t2/3 teams. If BIG add denis the team will be official dead
2021-07-25 20:36
4 replies
wait, he drop that far? holy shit
2021-07-25 20:38
1 reply
It's sad but nowadays even Spiidi is performing better than him. He is basically useless against good teams and I doubt BIG would add him to replace XANTARES. I don't even know how he is still in Sprout because imo people like Krimbo, JDC, prosus and aqua are surely better him.
2021-07-25 20:54
#57
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Denis played for BIG briefly in 2019 I think suffice to say nah that's not happening
2021-07-25 20:52
1 reply
Yeah he played for them for 2 months in 2019 but then got benched when smooya and nex rejoinend. If BIG were surprised by his performance they would've kept him and I don't think that they want to try him out again 2 years later
2021-07-25 21:00
sprout remove denis cuz he bad, so why should big take him when he is shit
2021-07-25 21:53
Bruh why? they had a pretty good international roster until they wanted to go german and now back to international. its making a good team with a couple extra unecesary steps in the middle
2021-07-25 20:24
2 replies
What makes you think they’re going international by removing denis? There are many German-speaking players that could replace him: rigoN, Krimbo, someone from BIG Academy like glaVed, prosus. ChrisJ also speaks German, but I don’t know if he would agree to join.
2021-07-26 06:55
1 reply
the article says they are concidering about going international
2021-07-26 14:20
bye bye xantares xDDDDDDD
2021-07-25 20:24
1 reply
That will never happen, they would rather take SIXER and MSL instead of denis
2021-07-25 22:08
maybe add me?
2021-07-25 20:26
1 reply
+1 denamikas very good player
2021-07-25 20:31
r/thedenis in red alert
2021-07-25 20:26
#24
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United States burNout_
Interesting that this is considered newsworthy, but tier 2 reports are better than nothing at all so whatever :D
2021-07-25 20:26
1 reply
Top 15 teams won't give you daily news, you have to go lower to have daily updates
2021-07-25 22:10
who cars about tier 10 team?
2021-07-25 20:26
#27
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Spain Nepomu
Cool, he is pretty bad
2021-07-25 20:27
unluko
2021-07-25 20:29
who cares, washed
2021-07-25 20:31
#31
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Czech Republic Hap0vecXD
source: trust me bro
2021-07-25 20:34
They play Source?
2021-07-25 20:34
it's a bait
2021-07-25 20:34
Do people actually think denis is skilled enough to replace xantares on big lol
2021-07-25 20:35
4 replies
Denis isn't even good enough to be worthy of playing in Sprout
2021-07-25 20:37
he is very insane who wouldnt
2021-07-25 20:38
1 reply
#66
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Italy Skye620
Potentially sprout?
2021-07-25 20:59
nope.
2021-07-25 20:50
#42
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Hungary szia
Wtf denis is the heart of the team
2021-07-25 20:40
1 reply
#74
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Germany ViiOleTT
+1
2021-07-25 21:12
Denis is like the glue of Sprout, gl kicking him and improving
2021-07-25 20:42
3 replies
#75
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Germany ViiOleTT
+1
2021-07-25 21:13
True, denis is not the problem. What are they expecting ? Top10 with this current roster ? They lost to many stupid rounds against team spirit. They managed a lot of rounds on t's side of nuke and then, choke so hard. Lost a 4 vs 2, because they can't hold angles.
2021-07-26 04:13
1 reply
They need igl, because their midrounds suck.
2021-07-26 20:44
#45
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Germany pumpy
source ?
2021-07-25 20:44
1 reply
#36
2021-07-25 20:50
sources: trust me bro
2021-07-25 20:48
Really weak article. No source. Just talking out of your mind. Expected more from serious journalism. Even if it is true.
2021-07-25 20:50
11 replies
Do u expect them to reveal who is their source? Thats not how the journalists do
2021-07-25 20:58
9 replies
I expected at least to mention from which area are the rumours come. I don't ask for names. But with this standard here. I can write the earth is a flat cuz I think so.
2021-07-25 21:15
6 replies
You cannot be serious if you expect a journalist to reveal his sources. “With the standard here”. That’s the difference between a random user and a journalist with 15 years of experience.
2021-07-25 22:06
5 replies
What that guy expected: My sources are obviously anonymous however I can say they are German, age 23, male, lives in Munich, works for Sprout in HR and is name starts with T. Also his anonymous Twitter is this @..... Bruh moment
2021-07-25 22:35
2 replies
He could say if it comes from German scene or some talents or from Usbekistan news network. No need to mention anything else
2021-07-26 09:10
1 reply
You gotta be realistic. These sort of rumours are not normally known by a huge group of people and are not wanted to known by the org to the public. So when these rumours come to light it's understood by everyone that someone in the group of insiders talked which no one likes as it can create a climate of mistrust in the organistions. It's also a super basic journalist move to not only protect your sources but verify their information with 3rd sources especially when working for a reputable source like HLTV
2021-07-26 14:55
Burn by Miraa xD
2021-07-26 03:20
Again I never demand names. As I already said. But you can write from which area it comes from. "several source" with this phrase even Trump tells the truth... And as you see in the comments I am not the only one with that critics
2021-07-26 09:13
#150
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Germany N4ime
0/8 imagine giving the source and destroying a persons career for that.
2021-07-26 08:49
1 reply
Never asked for names.
2021-07-26 09:14
+1
2021-07-25 21:48
fucking bot
2021-07-25 20:51
#59
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Norway AleXeiCS
What is this journalism? Honestly HLTV....
2021-07-25 20:56
#60
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Germany iBUYPOLAND
sad!
2021-07-25 20:56
Sprout 0 iq. They re nothing without god denis.
2021-07-25 20:56
1 reply
Nt denis
2021-07-25 21:17
/r/the_denis in shambles
2021-07-25 20:57
-Denis +Dennis
2021-07-25 21:06
1 reply
+1 lulmao
2021-07-25 23:43
who removing who?
2021-07-25 21:06
#79
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Finland Costeri
You removed my comment? Over the target?
2021-07-25 21:15
If -Xantares +Dennis, it's huge loss for BIG if they do that. Well I hope Xantares find new home soon as he is legit GOD in Aim.
2021-07-25 21:17
denis always sucked and will forever suck as soon as he doesnt play german shit tier teams anymore
2021-07-25 21:29
#83
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China HEIDASHUAi
BIG sign denis /s
2021-07-25 21:30
Interesting if they will move him to a better team but if just kick then sadge. He is still a great player.
2021-07-25 21:41
#85
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Lithuania Falafelis
denis used to be so good with the pistols
2021-07-25 21:42
#88
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Romania Pooknezeu
I think that they are considering (if they hadn't already) to pick Krimbo or PANIX from Alternate.
2021-07-25 21:47
omegalul only now ???
2021-07-25 21:54
spiidi is same noob
2021-07-25 21:54
4 replies
ru trash lmao
2021-07-26 17:48
3 replies
calm down everyone knows spiidi dennis is problem
2021-07-26 17:52
2 replies
spidii cant igl what makes him the problem. Denis aint bad and is a delight for the team
2021-07-26 17:55
1 reply
funny guy ..
2021-07-26 17:57
#106
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Chile cristiaan
who?
2021-07-25 22:30
expected
2021-07-25 22:30
bot spidii aswell,thanks
2021-07-25 22:33
Who all remembers Mouz denis, that roster was fun to watch, 16-0’d Navi
2021-07-25 22:33
3 replies
yeah, was best jerman roster those times
2021-07-25 23:43
link?
2021-07-26 06:16
1 reply
not sure who would replace him probably a younger player like aqua, sens3y, or krimbo
2021-07-25 22:33
n1
2021-07-25 22:35
again international? LMAO
2021-07-25 22:51
#118
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Hungary Shiron212
rip
2021-07-25 23:06
#119
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Netherlands joyner
go +krystal :) he makes them top20 and gets kicked after it again yes
2021-07-25 23:10
Game changing,watch out Gambit Sprout is coming...
2021-07-25 23:21
denis is bad, but spiidi? rofl
2021-07-25 23:24
1 reply
Spidii is a Good igl Not Hard to See
2021-07-26 02:34
Sad but expected
2021-07-25 23:25
#124
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Germany reicH_
good idea.
2021-07-25 23:42
-jw+denis
2021-07-25 23:42
#137
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Lebanon Dogman69
every move Sprout make they get worse or maybe they are so at the bottom that it's not possible to fall deeper
2021-07-26 01:42
1 reply
If they get a good player he is sold to better team, German teams are just stepping stones for better players: mantuu, HUNDEN, natosaphix, dycha, snatchie, NiKo, karrigan, allu, oskar BIG is the only team where good players are kept
2021-07-26 11:42
EZ AQUA
2021-07-26 01:48
They probably add krimbo
2021-07-26 02:34
expected
2021-07-26 02:41
about time goddamn
2021-07-26 04:15
agony.
2021-07-26 08:29
#156
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Poland Yomenik
Hahahah
2021-07-26 12:14
#157
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Poland SebL
He has been playing pretty bad lately, seems like a right move for Sprout tbh. -denis -kressy +pulzG +powerYY I think it's worth giving those guys a trial, they seem to be playing well.
2021-07-26 12:43
hopefully this toxic player wont get any new team, completly deserved.
2021-07-26 12:51
Denis did great with his gamesense and fragging especially in pistol rounds other than kressy who is completly bad. Eitherway Spidii cant IGL at all what shoud replace him along with kressy. Then Sprout should add skyee, devran, or someone else from a half filled german pro team!
2021-07-26 17:45
Imagine to kick denis and not kressy. Also faven would be a better pick for big, so they should just sell him
2021-07-26 20:03
#171
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Germany ViiOleTT
Would be a bad move altough his stats arent good right now but thats part of his positions and roles. I think he keeps the Team together with his experiences especially on LAN
2021-07-26 23:50
would be smart yes :()
2021-07-27 08:11
One of the best paycheck stealers ive ever seen
2021-07-27 14:09
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