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' second stint with Sprout is coming to an end

HLTV.org reported on Saturday that Sprout were considering removing denis and embarking on a new international adventure, just six months after assembling an all-German team.

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.

Sprout's active lineup is down to four players following denis' benching:

Germany Timo "⁠Spiidi⁠" Richter
Germany Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann
Germany Marko "⁠kressy⁠" Đorđević
Germany Fritz "⁠slaxz-⁠" Dietrich

Germany Niclas "⁠enkay J⁠" Krumhorn (coach)

Germany Denis "⁠denis⁠" Howell (benched)

Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
610
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1147
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
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 Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1827
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
Germany Marko 'kressy' Đorđević
Marko 'kressy' Đorđević
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
GOD DENIS will come back much stronger!
2021-07-29 18:27
10 replies
#17
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United Kingdom BigFoid
i trust you as you are smart
2021-07-29 18:29
1 reply
he's not
2021-07-29 20:54
+1 denis stronk
2021-07-29 18:29
+1 Username confirmed.
2021-07-29 18:31
Your not the smartest german
2021-07-29 18:31
1 reply
you're*
2021-07-30 00:26
+1
2021-07-29 20:26
#108
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Germany frankturv
+1
2021-07-29 21:08
#128
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Czech Republic Starold
oskar will replace him now xDDD
2021-07-29 23:25
In what team?
2021-07-30 01:04
Sad
2021-07-29 18:28
#3
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Germany KongoOtto
don't care + didn't ask
2021-07-29 18:28
15 replies
but you clicked and you wrote a comment
2021-07-29 18:28
6 replies
+1
2021-07-29 18:29
#53
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Czech Republic Limacool
+1
2021-07-29 18:43
+2
2021-07-29 18:44
#58
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Norway Balta69
Also he jerman so he should automatically care
2021-07-29 18:50
#68
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Chile cristiaan
+1
2021-07-29 19:05
rekt
2021-07-29 20:27
flag wtf
2021-07-29 18:29
4 replies
fakeflagger
2021-07-29 18:30
#39
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Germany KongoOtto
German scene = dead and if we keep recycling players like denis and spiidi we're gonna get nowhere so as far as him being cut goes I truly do not care
2021-07-29 18:32
2 replies
actually smart opinion, +1 i was just meming
2021-07-29 18:34
+1 old big acd lineup with devraNN etc was so good they should have just picked some of those players for example instead of washed players that had their peak in 2015
2021-07-29 20:07
Then why you clicked? Dumb
2021-07-29 18:29
#109
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Germany frankturv
fake flag, or just dumb as f
2021-07-29 21:10
1 reply
#147
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Germany KongoOtto
denis can't even compete against t2 teams so why would I care?
2021-07-30 14:01
expected
2021-07-29 18:28
sad :((((((
2021-07-29 18:28
haha
2021-07-29 18:28
1 reply
#11
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United Kingdom BigFoid
rude
2021-07-29 18:28
Sadge
2021-07-29 18:28
#9
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Germany Ryuzth
Sadge
2021-07-29 18:28
expected but sad
2021-07-29 18:28
why not also -Spiidi, bot since 2017
2021-07-29 18:28
7 replies
he is igl
2021-07-29 18:32
5 replies
Krystal is free now
2021-07-29 18:36
4 replies
krystal has been awful statswise and his team also didn't do well. would never do -spiidi +krystal in 2021
2021-07-29 18:43
3 replies
Krystal have build top 15 teams. While spiidi have been stuck in top 50 teams
2021-07-29 18:51
2 replies
yeah built top 15 teams with international players who already had a shit ton of experience
2021-07-29 19:32
1 reply
sprout have some good players, krystal could improve them. tbh also sprout sucks at, so why not?
2021-07-29 19:34
spidii aint bad as an igl. the real problem is kressy who is making dumb plays and baiting
2021-07-29 18:41
hahahaha
2021-07-29 18:29
Sprout xantares
2021-07-29 18:29
#20
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United Kingdom Jerry2805
It was coming. Sad to see though
2021-07-29 18:29
all those Germans players and teams been hardstuck in tier2/tier3 for ages. Time to retire pls
2021-07-29 18:29
3 replies
+1 why they dont try valorant they could be solid there
2021-07-29 18:51
TBH its ironic that guy with a french flag is talking mad shit like this. Vitality is your only hope these days. French CS that always had 2 T1 teams now barely has 1.
2021-07-29 21:13
+1
2021-07-29 23:21
Hahahaahahahahahshsh
2021-07-29 18:29
Benched for leaking Sprout strats.
2021-07-29 18:30
RIP SPROUT. Hopefully god denis will find a new home!
2021-07-29 18:30
Sprout coldzera
2021-07-29 18:30
1 reply
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-07-29 22:01
trash
2021-07-29 18:30
expected
2021-07-29 18:30
Finally after 5 years
2021-07-29 18:31
-xantares +dennis
2021-07-29 18:31
rigon or krimbo is the replacement
2021-07-29 18:32
3 replies
+1
2021-07-29 18:33
Sprout has a 6th player that is on loan but can be taken back asap
2021-07-29 18:35
1 reply
kyuubi is 16 years old and as far as i know still in school i'm 90% sure they wont use him as a permanent member in the lineup for the time being
2021-07-29 18:48
Nice move
2021-07-29 18:35
imagine kicking denis but keeping this bot kressy instead
2021-07-29 18:35
5 replies
kressy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> denis
2021-07-29 18:47
4 replies
this bot is lost all time and almost last on their scoreboard
2021-07-29 19:37
3 replies
Slaxz and Kressy both dropped off massively since they joined sprout and I don’t think that’s a coincidence, they deserve another chance and maybe even another one Denis had enough chances, he did a lot for the German scene but at some point it’s time to step back. His performance is literally a meme for years now (the_denis). Maybe he should start coaching talent or play with younger players in a lower team to transfer some knowledge and experience Either way I wish him the best
2021-07-29 20:14
2 replies
+1
2021-07-29 22:04
Still kressys plays are mostly braindead apart from some heroic moments like that AUG spraydown. Denis on the other hand is a good pistol player with good gamesense. And slaxz- doesnt have to proof himself since it was always only him carrying alternate attax other than kressy who hadnt a big impact.
2021-07-29 22:40
should have switched to valorant last year
2021-07-29 18:37
wtf no denis no spidi
2021-07-29 18:39
sadly about time maybe -spiidi now as well and then get krystal and krimbo as replacement ez
2021-07-29 18:49
never should have kicked dycha
2021-07-29 18:53
3 replies
did he got kicked? wtf
2021-07-29 18:54
1 reply
They wanted to create all german roster
2021-07-29 20:53
just checked his profile and saw no achievements, this guy is a loser, esea advanced for him
2021-07-29 18:56
1 reply
Meanwhile your trophy rack is aching under all the gold medals & cups....[...]...
2021-07-29 22:02
rigon
2021-07-29 18:57
mirbit re?
2021-07-29 18:58
denis maybe has a few years left in him, maybe he goes into coaching if he cant find a team
2021-07-29 19:00
1 reply
He isn't such a mastermind.
2021-07-29 19:12
#69
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North America Straf3R
"And in other news..."
2021-07-29 19:08
Sad
2021-07-29 19:10
snatchie and dycha >>>>>>>>>> sprout They should never get kicked
2021-07-29 19:11
#73
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United States Rayduh
RIP denis
2021-07-29 19:12
Pls add ChrisJ.
2021-07-29 19:14
+kRYSTAL -Spiidi +stfN
2021-07-29 19:24
#76
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China HEIDASHUAi
Good
2021-07-29 19:25
if they bench denis, spiidi is next up in 1month
2021-07-29 19:35
#83
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Russia INESSOR
F Den
2021-07-29 19:37
#84
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Germany ViiOleTT
Sad news :(
2021-07-29 19:42
nice
2021-07-29 19:47
expected
2021-07-29 19:50
German seized
2021-07-29 19:52
how can you miss someone you fired ? Stop being as fake, he won't be missed cuz you kicked him duh
2021-07-29 19:53
I have waited 5 years for this news
2021-07-29 19:56
BIG denis?
2021-07-29 20:00
1 reply
looooooooooooooooooooooooooool
2021-07-29 20:16
#91
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Turkey Varyshy
expected but still sad.
2021-07-29 20:06
Denis "0.37 rating god" Howel
2021-07-29 20:15
bb penis
2021-07-29 20:17
#97
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Hungary szia
rip the hottest guy in professional counter strike
2021-07-29 20:18
#100
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Korea jin67300
Why?? Denis not bad low tier
2021-07-29 20:31
unluko
2021-07-29 20:40
+Ropz? He knows German, and Mouz is always looking to make money.
2021-07-29 20:48
+ayken pls
2021-07-29 21:07
-denis+dennis
2021-07-29 21:18
Good decision. Denis worst player 2013-2021 :()
2021-07-29 21:22
bout time
2021-07-29 21:24
1. expected 2. whatever
2021-07-29 21:39
Denis is really good player... And he is true fighter. Never gives up and keeps his career.
2021-07-29 22:05
When Dycha was in Sprout he was decent now he is not giving the same.Don't speculate,Just Buy this Rigon/Krimbo.
2021-07-29 22:06
KEK FUCKING W
2021-07-29 22:17
#121
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Denmark Zetix02
Finally
2021-07-29 22:18
#124
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Poland 2376198
-xantares +denis xdddd
2021-07-29 22:53
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-07-29 22:55
krimbo? Kyuubi?
2021-07-29 22:59
Oh no, anyways
2021-07-29 23:34
+aqua
2021-07-29 23:36
Welcome +aqua
2021-07-29 23:49
Good luck in the future!
2021-07-30 01:05
#135
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Poland SebL
Seems like a good move, he was underperforming lately. I would like to see them trying out this guy called glaVed from BIG Academy, he seems to be a really solid Entry, and would bring some young blood to this team.
2021-07-30 01:45
deserved to be kicked
2021-07-30 02:35
best german main awper, sad to see him go :(
2021-07-30 02:40
expected
2021-07-30 03:36
Crying rn
2021-07-30 04:20
Old
2021-07-30 04:31
#141
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Myanmar dexzzz
me to sprout
2021-07-30 05:59
#142
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Brazil hugoooo
spiidi without denis ??????????????????????????????
2021-07-30 06:06
1 reply
thats really surprising^^
2021-07-30 14:23
Bring nex back.
2021-07-30 10:39
lol this bot is still getting paychecks.. whoever pays this bot, deserves to get fucked in the scene
2021-07-30 12:54
better late than never
2021-07-30 14:22
Rip Sprout, from Tier 2 to tier 4 now
2021-07-30 16:38
nice
2021-07-30 20:37
He is not a good player, but respect to him for getting paid to play this game for so long. He has an Abitur and can still study at 26 years of age.
2021-07-31 13:16
#153
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Germany md17
wild
2021-08-02 00:27
Save FaveN, he deserves better!
2021-08-02 02:15
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