Sprout has officially signed former Lyngby Vikings player Rasmus “raalz” Steensborg to fill the void left by the recently benched Denis “denis” Howell. The 26-year-old is the only non-German player as the roster goes international. The future of denis’ career is unknown at this time.
Sprout look to strengthen themselves ahead of ESEA Premier Season 38, after a lackluster 13-14th placing in Season 37 and a fight through relegation just as recently as July. Their most recent results include a win against ENTERPRISE, a loss to SKADE which sent them to the lower bracket, and a final win against Anonymo to finish in 3rd-4th place in relegation.
Sprout’s newest addition has high hopes for his debut as the team enters Season 38. “I really expect us to make a good figure in this season of ESEA Premier and hopefully we will qualify for the playoffs” he said. “It’s all fairly new for me and the boys, but I am sure we are a good match and I can already feel that we will have a good time together. Also, the tournament break is over now, which means we have to prove that we belong into the top 30 and nowhere else.”
raalz has experience playing with high level talent, having played for 3DMAX in 2014 alongside Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen. Although, more recently he played for Lyngby Vikings, who have been struggling to find consistency with losses in Pinnace Cup II to MIBR, mouz NXT, and ENCE prior to the player break. With the move to Sprout, raalz will have the perfect opportunity to find his fit in the roster as they compete in the upcoming ESEA season.
Despite having never played for an international roster before, the Dane is unafraid of the challenge; “When I got the offer from Sprout, it wasn’t such a hard decision to make, to be honest. A decisive reason for that was the calibers of players in Sprout and the organization behind [them]. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like to play in the Danish scene but as it is for me right now I just see Sprout as a better match for me to grow both as a person but also team wise. I am really impressed by the players of Sprout, so I am indeed proud of getting the honor to play alongside them on the server.”
To close out the interview, Rasmus made a passionate statement about his new team, “I am really looking forward to begin working with the Sprout boys and I know for fact that they, same as me, have high expectations for the upcoming months. My goal is for sure to grind to the top with Sprout and show people what we can do together as a team. I am super happy about this opportunity given to me and I won’t let anyone down, that’s for sure. I will work my ass off every day, and still, keep up the hunger for even more. Now I am just ready to get the season started with the boys and put up some good results. Nonetheless, I want to say thanks to the Lyngby Vikings for believing in me in both good and bad times. It has really been a pleasure playing there, and I am grateful for the cooperation.”
With this move, Sprout will field a roster consisting of:
- Timo “Spiidi” Richter
- Marko “kressy” Đorđević
- Josef “faveN” Baumann
- Fritz “slaxz-” Dietrich
- Rasmus “raalz” Steensborg
- Niclas “enkay J” Krumhorn (coach)