Sprout bench denis
The 26-year-old is looking forward to a "fresh start" after the player break.
Sprout have announced that Denis "denis" Howell has been removed from the starting lineup with immediate effect. The decision follows a disappointing tournament season that almost saw the German team relegated from ESEA Premier.
"After a rather successful ending of the latter half of 2020 together with snatchie and dycha, everything went downhill and we had a horrible season in 2021 with our German lineup with some glimmers of hope, but we couldn’t quite make it." denis told HLTV.org. "Thus our coach, enkay J, decided that they want to try something new and want a fresh start after the summer break."
denis returned to Sprout in September 2019 after a first stint with the team between December 2017 and May 2019. During his time with the German outfit, he attended one Major, ELEAGUE Major Boston, and picked up five ESL Meisterschaft titles.
In 2021, Sprout have been unable to hit the same heights as they did last year, when the team had Paweł "dycha" Dycha and Michał "snatchie" Rudzki in the lineup and was at one point ranked 16th in the world. Underwhelming results have recently caused the team to fall out of the top 30, and they were unable to make up ground in the IEM Cologne Play-in, with losses to BIG and Spirit and a win against TeamOne in between seeing Sprout exit the event in 9th-12th place.
Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn (coach)
Denis "denis" Howell (benched)