arki returns to SAW roster

It took the Portuguese squad two months to undo their latest roster change.

Spaniard Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor returns to SAW active roster, the organization announced on Monday, replacing 19-year-old João "⁠story⁠" Vieira who took his place on the roster in September.

"The team decided to return to the initial base structure, after considering that this change would be important for their progression," SAW explained the change in the official announcement. This change will also see Renato "⁠stadodo⁠" Gonçalves take back the main AWP role, which was story's responsibility for the last two months.

arki didn't sit on the bench for long

story's addition didn't bring the desired effect to the team, as they tumbled down the ranks and the youngster failed to deliver individiually. Over 42 maps played for SAW, story averaged a 0.93 rating and 0.85 impact.

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The story of SAW, the team carrying the Portuguese flag high

As arki rejoins the team, SAW's average age rises to 28.1 years, making them one of the oldest squads in the scene. The hope of Portugal is currently ranked 52nd in the world and will be trying to improve that standing as they take on ESEA Premier S39 and REPUBLEAGUE TIPOS S2 playoffs in the upcoming period.

SAW are now:

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

Portugal Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida (coach)

Portugal João "⁠story⁠" Vieira (benched)

Portugal Ricardo 'roman' Oliveira
Ricardo 'roman' Oliveira
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
968
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
629
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
728
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Portugal Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Age:
35
Team:
Portugal João 'story' Vieira
João 'story' Vieira
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
74
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
Cool
2021-11-01 15:34
2 replies
Great move indeed
2021-11-01 15:47
1 reply
#76
JoJo | 
Belarus Kerk
-arki +arki Movement off and on bench like true pro
2021-11-01 17:33
pog arki
2021-11-01 15:35
sad for kid, he had a story to make
2021-11-01 15:35
4 replies
#42
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Spain Hulio17
xdddd
2021-11-01 16:08
bruh
2021-11-01 16:32
#75
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Portugal weirdlion2
Hahaha Nice
2021-11-01 17:27
#77
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Portugal MufT4r
i can see what you did there 8/8
2021-11-01 17:46
KKKKKKKK
2021-11-01 15:35
replacing 19-year-old João "⁠story⁠" Vieira who took fhis place on the roster in September](hltv.org/news/32320/saw-bench-arki-add-s..). nice mens)))
2021-11-01 15:35
#12
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Portugal santoos_
Holy
2021-11-01 15:36
#13
 | 
Austria Ostmark
link not working? (fixed) "who took fhis place" (fixed)
2021-11-01 15:38
saw can't get over their ex NotLikeThis
2021-11-01 15:36
Rip Joao
2021-11-01 15:36
No spain no win
2021-11-01 15:36
typo in first paragraph (fhis) typo alr fixed lol
2021-11-01 15:37
nice
2021-11-01 15:38
-arki +arki
2021-11-01 15:40
wasnt arki full focus on valorant?
2021-11-01 15:41
#23
 | 
United States Rayduh
But this is PORTUGUESE team
2021-11-01 15:44
3 replies
#31
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Portugal W!LDF1RE
Portuguese can understand Spannish, plus Arki understands Portuguese. So they just speak portuguese and Arki speaks some portunhol, never been a problem
2021-11-01 15:50
NIP are Swedish, and they got Device that is Danish, so I don't see the problem here!?
2021-11-01 16:07
you have no idea what you're talking about
2021-11-01 16:09
Thank god Saw's form was getting better as a team but story has been nothing short of disappointing (and he's an awper) Arki might not be the best but he's reliable and brings great assets to the team (clutches well, has great pistols and can anchor quite well) so it's great to have him back (which also means stadodo is back on the awp and that's pretty nice). As for story, never really showed anything that made me sure he can grow in a much better player but nevertheless there's still saw youngsters so maybe there's still a future where he comes back to the main team. Then again some of the player in the academy seem better so I dunno. Valorant maybe?
2021-11-01 15:47
1 reply
Couldn't understand how they made 2 bad decisions in one move (Arki and Stadodo not the awper, but I'm glad they have undone it! lets GO SAW!
2021-11-01 16:41
#26
fox | 
Brazil FakeFox
feels bad for story, but we were missing arki
2021-11-01 15:46
1 reply
+1
2021-11-01 19:33
#28
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Finland AliSabid
Sick!
2021-11-01 15:48
XDDD just disband
2021-11-01 15:50
1 reply
how do you have internet??
2021-11-01 21:12
Welcome back king!
2021-11-01 15:50
go arki
2021-11-01 15:55
Can some team please just save Stadodo and JUST already and the others can retire or go play tier 100 cs?
2021-11-01 15:59
2 replies
just could easily make a career abroad very smart player, playstyle similar to xyp9x. clutch god stadodo = peanut brain
2021-11-01 16:16
1 reply
Stadodo definitely has fallen off but I feel like the whole team has (besides JUST). He use to show a lot of promise, I think maybe in the right environment he can be a good player still
2021-11-01 16:29
31 year old talent
2021-11-01 15:59
#35
 | 
Portugal Duckerinoo
Best looking player is back Pog
2021-11-01 16:00
#36
 | 
Portugal OwnedBro
Best portuguese scouter is back
2021-11-01 16:02
Movistar vs saw is great again
2021-11-01 16:05
#38
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Spain Nepomu
Finally lol story is a bot
2021-11-01 16:07
#40
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Norway TheDEA
Ok, very cool Iberian CS
2021-11-01 16:08
It's a shame for story (very hardworking kid) but you can't have a 0.93 awper at this level I don't think arki's return will solve anything either he returns because saw doesn't have that much money to go to the market and they ended up losing the timing with the awpers who were available on the scene at a certain point (eastor and sunpayus)
2021-11-01 16:08
Finally Make SAW great again TOP 30 team for sure
2021-11-01 16:09
Finnaly Make saw trash again Top 150 team for sure
2021-11-01 16:11
#50
 | 
Spain dabehx
-alm +alm -arki +arki
2021-11-01 16:17
5 replies
as you know there is not much more talent available, for this level, in the iberian scene :/
2021-11-01 16:21
4 replies
#66
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Finland Hei456
Is there any upcoming talent or do u expect that the situation in the future is as bad as now
2021-11-01 16:43
3 replies
#68
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Portugal MCDOUG
The Iberian scene isn't the best right now. We hope that with the end of covid restrictions, more Lan tournaments will happen and expose new talents. The CS scene is not the best after 100th rank positions (moneywise), it's not easy to convince young players to become pros. At least that's what I think
2021-11-01 16:53
our scene and especially this team is lacking a star player to take their game to the next level. a wonderkid who carries hard asf but there is simply no such player
2021-11-01 17:06
Of course there is talent, but SAW cant pay for it. The real move was -story +Martinez and everybody knows it.
2021-11-01 21:11
Very unexpected, hope it works, go saw!
2021-11-01 16:19
Happy for him but i dont think its the correct option imo
2021-11-01 16:21
SPANISH IMPOSTOR INJECTED TO PORTUGESE TEAM LUL
2021-11-01 16:29
sad STORY haha
2021-11-01 16:25
Who
2021-11-01 16:28
#62
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Portugal nRfM
I wonder what's going on here. I wasn't happy for the stadodo's role change but replacing story with arki is not the solution in my opnion. i hope I'm wrong though.
2021-11-01 16:33
I really like the core stadodo-arki-just-mutiris but I my opinion they should remove roman and add nopeej isntead. Btw GL irmaos in the ESL Masters! Iberian scene Back2Back.
2021-11-01 16:37
#64
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Finland Hei456
Wow that must be the end of saw story
2021-11-01 16:41
arkiiii :D
2021-11-01 17:05
I don't dislike the move i would rather kst tho
2021-11-01 17:26
1 reply
#80
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Portugal MufT4r
why would he move to saw? probably getting even better conditions playing on fnatic academy
2021-11-01 18:33
#74
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Spain kappello
god arkimedes
2021-11-01 17:26
#78
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Portugal TimiKS
the real king of fafe
2021-11-01 17:47
#79
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Portugal dracø
should've never left, this was working just fine. welcome back hermano
2021-11-01 18:01
Happy for arki. Takes balls from SAW to admit their mistake and undo their previous change. They still needed to make some roster moves before adding story, but bringing in another (very unexperienced) AWP and moving Stadodo to a rifle role didn't seem like the best choice. To be fair this only seems more like a short-term temporary patch untill they find some young solid player. GL SAW
2021-11-01 19:59
1 reply
#86
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Portugal MufT4r
they were dumb. they could have bring sunpayus and remove arki or stadodo and the problem would be solved. no impact what so ever with awp right now
2021-11-02 12:36
#83
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Portugal Guinola
Hopefully it can build new motivation and we can go back to top 30 and dominating Tier 2.
2021-11-01 20:48
let's go!!
2021-11-02 19:55
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