Zyphon Steps Down From Sprout's Roster

26 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 26 Jan 2024
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  • Rasmus "Zyphon" Nordfoss announced he is stepping down from Sprout's Counter-Strike roster
  • The news got announced on Thursday, January 25, 2024
  • Danil "Sdaim" Tupov will take Zyphon's place on Sprout's lineup
Rasmus "Zyphon" Nordfoss
Rasmus "Zyphon" Nordfoss stepped down from Sprout's active Counter-Strike roster on Thursday, January 26, as he gets replaced by Danil "Sdaim" Tupov. The decision comes ahead of Zyphon reportedly moving to another team.

Zyphon stepping down from Sprout will allow him to explore new opportunities more freely, avoiding potential roster locks. However, while it was said that the Dane would join another team, it's unclear where he might end up.

Zyphon joined Sprout in August 2022 after making a name for himself at the Copenhagen Flames, where he rose to prominence in 2021-22. Unfortunately, despite the team's success, Zyphon was the only player of the lineup who didn't earn himself a move to a big organisation.

Instead, he joined Sprout, where Zyphon accomplished a lot. Most notably, he helped Sprout make a shock run to the Legends stage of the Intel Extreme Masters Rio 2022, yet that remained Sprout's most notable accomplishment over the last year.

The German Counter-Strike team has competed mostly in lesser Counter-Strike events, and their rare appearances in bigger competitions didn't net any notable results. Especially over the last few months, Sprout struggled to show much, with their best placement including a semifinal run at the 22BET Christmas Cup and a runner-up finish at CCT East Europe Series #4.

Sprout hasn't achieved as much elsewhere, with early exits from CCT Online Finals #5 (ninth-12th) and YaLLa Compass Fall 2023 (fifth-eighth).

Sprout With A New Roster

Sprout replaced Zyphon with Sdaim, a relatively unproven Counter-Strike pro. The 18-year-old started his esports career in July 2022 with The Witchers, who he left in March 2023 and re-joined in September. Between those periods, Sdaim played for several stacks in some lesser tournaments.

In his last tenure with The Witchers, Sdaim won the Betswap Winter Cup and ESEA Cash Cup: Europe - Autumn 2023 #5 and placed third at European Pro League Season 11.

Unfortunately, the team disbanded earlier this month following a failed attempt to make it through the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Open Qualifiers. The Witchers attended four qualifiers and only managed one top-eight finish.

Still, despite the lack of accomplishments, Sdaim has proven his worth, averaging a 1.05 performance rating. Now he'll have a chance to play in bigger leagues as a part of Sprout who are currently attending European Pro League Season 13.