Credit: Helena Kristiansson ESL
Yesterday Aaron “AZR” Ward was revealed as Sprout’s new in-game leader marking a long-awaited comeback to competitive CS:GO for the Australian veteran who have been on the sideline since October 2021.
We have spoken with the renowned CS:GO expert and analyst Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović who believes Sprout has made a great pick up signing AZR among other candidates in their trial period.
- Sprout made the correct decision picking AZR. He has been a free agent for some time, and he seems to enjoy being the in-game leader, kassad says although the 30-year-old coach may need some time to adapt, he explains.
- It’s going to take some time for him to come back for sure. I don’t think it’s going to be too long as Aaron tends to be very switched on when he is motivated.
kassad has a deep knowledge of AZR after having worked together on several teams
As earlier mentioned, AZR has been away from the scene for quite some time following his benching on EXTREMUM. Something kassad explains like this.
- His issue was that he wasn't very engaged on social media, which made people somewhat forget about him. He certainly has another 2-3 years as IGL in him, so I'm very happy to see him back in action.
kassad then goes on to discuss AZR’s way of thinking Counter-Strike and how he sees this new look Sprout team.
- We have worked together for more than a few years and I think he has a very good understanding of the game and the meta - whatever the meta might be. He likes combining loose style with structure and that’s why we had a good thing going on.
- This Sprout roster has kind of grown on me in time and I think there is some potential there in those youngsters where Aaron's experience only helps that, kassad concludes.