Sprout clinch Major berth

The Danish-majority squad came back from a map down against B8 to secure their spot in Rio.

Sprout have qualified for only their second-ever Major by beating the lowest-ranked team in their group, B8, in a three-map series. They went 0-1 down after losing Nuke (13-16) but came back on Vertigo (16-13) and Inferno (16-7).

Their Swiss System run included wins against forZe and Spirit, alongside an incredibly close loss against FaZe. They were given a favorable draw in the 2-1 pool by facing B8, and made the most of it to secure Major debuts for three of their members in Fritz "⁠slaxz-⁠" Dietrich, Victor "⁠Staehr⁠" Staehr, and Laurențiu "⁠lauNX⁠" Țârlea.

refrezh is proving to be a capable IGL in Sprout

The first map of the series was incredibly close, with B8 winning their map pick of Nuke with a 16-13 scoreline. The Ukrainian underdogs put together a strong Terrorist side, going into the interval 8-7 ahead, and just about managed to close out the game on the defense after going 13-12 down. Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali had a terrific performance despite his team's loss, putting up a 32 kills.

The teams were inseparable on Vertigo as well, as the map ended with the same 16-13 scoreline, only this time in favor of Sprout. Another Dane, Rasmus "⁠Zyphon⁠" Nordfoss, stepped up to the plate for the Sprout side, getting 30 kills to get his team over the line and move the series to the decider of Inferno.

B8's lack of experience shone through on the third map, Sprout fighting back after losing the pistol to lead by three rounds at the interval. refrezh and company won the second pistol and following conversion, closed out the map 16-7 and completed the reverse sweep.

Ukraine
Matchpage
1
2
7th October 2022
16
Nuke
13
13
Vertigo
16
7
Inferno
16
 B8 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 54 +3 67.2 1.08
50 - 60 -10 75.3 0.96
54 - 57 -3 66.8 0.95
45 - 59 -14 69.5 0.89
40 - 63 -23 53.2 0.75
 Sprout K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 56 +11 98.8 1.32
61 - 49 +12 79.8 1.22
60 - 51 +9 80.4 1.15
53 - 43 +10 66.8 1.08
50 - 49 +1 66.3 1.01

Below is a list of teams confirmed at the IEM Rio Major:

Germany Fritz 'slaxz-' Dietrich
Fritz 'slaxz-' Dietrich
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
295
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1018
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Romania Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
298
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Rasmus 'Zyphon' Nordfoss
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
455
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sprout stickers let's gooo
2022-10-07 19:03
8 replies
nothing new + another green sticker like imperial and entropiq
2022-10-07 19:06
4 replies
finally a good shade of green tho, entropiq and imperial are wayyy too bright imo
2022-10-07 19:09
2 replies
and another wasted spot
2022-10-07 20:28
1 reply
had b8 been better than sprout, they would've won don't you think?
2022-10-07 21:32
those stickers dont raise my Denis stickers net worth!
2022-10-07 19:14
#31
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Brazil Necro_Spa
rip captain kurtka stickers tho :(
2022-10-07 19:12
2 replies
they still got a chance to qualify, dont be sad :()
2022-10-07 19:39
1 reply
#45
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Sweden 1gloss
against G2 or GamerLegion is very unlikely
2022-10-07 20:38
W
2022-10-07 19:03
1 reply
+1 Average Sprout W.
2022-10-08 13:34
#3
 | 
Argentina EnvyJ
Nicee
2022-10-07 19:03
Congrats Sprout. This team looks quite solid.
2022-10-07 19:03
ok
2022-10-07 19:03
#6
 | 
Norway Olemannen
ez
2022-10-07 19:03
#7
 | 
England Jerry2805
From 0-3 last rmr to 3-1. What a pick up zyphon and refrezh have been
2022-10-07 19:03
3 replies
Staehr has been really sick too this RMR. Sprout have been great, they almost beat FaZe too.
2022-10-07 19:07
to be fair they had coach playing
2022-10-07 19:09
staehr and launx* then zyphon and refrezh missing pieces
2022-10-07 20:00
wp
2022-10-07 19:03
#9
 | 
Turkey bizonSX
First Romanian to attend major???
2022-10-07 19:03
5 replies
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/Majors/play.. Not sure how accurate this is
2022-10-07 19:06
1 reply
#28
 | 
Turkey bizonSX
nice, I didn`t know these exists.
2022-10-07 19:11
#21
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Romania bLaZe_420
Yes
2022-10-07 19:06
2 replies
#30
 | 
Turkey bizonSX
Then, congrats. Good luck in the major :)
2022-10-07 19:12
1 reply
#35
 | 
Romania Coxmin
hope for ef to go through too..
2022-10-07 19:17
#10
 | 
Netherlands daboiii
sprout goat stickers
2022-10-07 19:03
lets go zyphon & refrezh
2022-10-07 19:04
expected
2022-10-07 19:04
#13
 | 
Austria wdy629
well done !!
2022-10-07 19:04
niceee deserved
2022-10-07 19:04
Fantastic for them. Such a young team so very exciting for them
2022-10-07 19:04
#16
lauNX | 
Romania ticu
congrats
2022-10-07 19:05
let's go sprout :D
2022-10-07 19:06
ez
2022-10-07 19:06
#22
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
W average player age 20.6 man good to see this
2022-10-07 19:06
LETS GO SPROUT LETS GO LAUNX
2022-10-07 19:08
They played really well, deserved
2022-10-07 19:08
#29
 | 
Romania Pecea
LETS FUCKING GO LAU AND THE TEAM! DESERVED<333 #GrowSprout
2022-10-07 19:11
bravo launx
2022-10-07 19:13
#33
 | 
Germany crippz
proud to be sprout 💚
2022-10-07 19:13
Unexpected not gonna lie
2022-10-07 19:19
#38
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Hungary szia
so happy theyve finally been able to do it after so much disappointment since their first major ;D
2022-10-07 19:46
1 reply
#40
 | 
Ukraine rexyyCSGO
+1
2022-10-07 19:51
#39
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Ukraine rexyyCSGO
sick calls third map refrezh
2022-10-07 19:51
bravo Launix, mult succes !!!
2022-10-07 19:54
good :)
2022-10-07 20:21
Let's gooo! This squad is looking sick!
2022-10-07 20:45
#48
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Finland Tusku
sprout actually straight to top 16 wtf
2022-10-07 21:38
we've all suffered a bout of major berth at some point or another
2022-10-08 12:13
Literaly easiest path to Legends
2022-10-17 15:33
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