After less than four months, Denis “denis” Howell is rejoining German esports organization Sprout. He replaces Sabit “mirbit” Coktasar, who joined the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster in January.
We warmly welcome back home the Sprout-Veteran @denisCSGO. After a trip abroad we're glad that he returns to where he belongs and rejoins our ranks.
Undoubtedly, big challenges are ahead, but continuing our journey with him we are ready to face them – we've got your back Denis!🌱 pic.twitter.com/fv2dObktai
— Sprout (@sproutGG) September 1, 2019
Denis “denis” Howell
Denis “denis” Howell is a German professional CSGO player. He originally joined Sprout in December of 2017, where he stayed until May of 2019. He was then acquired by Berlin International Gaming (BIG) to replace Johannes “nex” Maget because of the latter’s ongoing health issues. After the roster failed to find much success, the organization replaced him with Owen “smooya” Butterfield. Denis stayed with BIG until Sept 1, when he was reacquired by Sprout.
Denis started his competitive career in 2012 and has played for organizations like EYES ON U, EnRo GRIFFNS, /10/, Planetkey Dynamics, PENTA Sports, and mousesports. He also played for the organization-less team Seed, which was later signed by Sprout. Some of his notable career achievements include 3 – 4 at 2016’s ELEAGUE Season 1 and 5 – 8 at ELEAGUE Season 2, along with 2nd at 2019’s Charleroi Esports and Copenhagen Games.
The new Sprout roster will play their first match on Sept 10, in Season 8 of the ECS Pinnacle Cup. They will also attend 2019’s Games Clash Masters event in Gdynia, Poland. The current Sprout roster consists of Florian “syrsoN” Rische, Timo “Spiidi” Richter, Nils “k1to” Gruhne, Josef “faveN” Baumann, Denis “denis” Howell, and coach Niclas “enkay J” Krumhorn.
“During my short time at BIG and even way before, I learnt a lot and [have] now reflected [to] myself about: things I want to change regarding my personality, mental preparation, work ethic, how I want to proceed in general and of course improvements for my own game and the game of the team, from which I will try to implement some stuff,” wrote Denis in a statement about his return. “I will replace mirbit: a good, more of a passive player than myself… I am really confident that we will work hard to prove ourselves and usually I don’t write stuff like that, but I can tell you, that I am extremely motivated again.”
After placing 2nd in Season 31 of ESEA Premier, Sprout qualified for Season 9 of the Europe ESL Pro League Relegation matches. They later achieved a 2nd place finish after beating Team Heretics in the Winners’ Final. With this, they will play in Europe’s Season 10 of the ESL Pro League, which starts on Oct 8. As a tier two team in the CSGO scene, Sprout will face off against many powerhouses like Astralis, G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, and mousesports.