Sources: Sprout Turns to Snatchie After Smooya Talks Break Down

Polish AWPer Michał "snatchie" Rudzki is set to join the Sprout CS:GO team this week, according to multiple sources close to the team and player. He will replace Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný on the lineup, whose departure was first reported by DBLTAP last week.

While originally in discussions to replace oskar, Owen "smooya" Butterfield will not join Sprout at this time. Talks that appeared to have been moving towards an agreement fell through at some point in the last week.

Snatchie has been a free agent since early February, when he was released by Virtus.pro after a tenure that spanned a little more than a year. Before the move, he had been inactive for nearly three months following Virtus.pro’s acquisition of the AVANGAR roster. Since being released, he had only recently joined a mixed lineup to play in official matches.

Oskar joined Sprout towards the beginning of 2020 and only attended one offline event with the team before the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was DreamHack Open Leipzig, where they finished in last place. Since that event, Sprout failed to make it through the ESL One: Rio Europe Minor Closed Qualifier and they were not invited to the ESL One: Road to Rio tournament.

Since the Sprout roster recently finished at the top of Season 33 of ESEA Premier they should get a chance to attempt to qualify for Season 12 of ESL Pro League. The finish qualified them for the Season 33 Global Challenge which awards three of eight teams a spot in ESL Pro League. The dates for the tournament are unknown at this time, having originally been scheduled for Late April.