OverDrive on Team Spirit's AWPer choice: "ArtFr0st was the second after w0nderful"
Scout Aleksey "OverDrive" Birukov, who was involved in looking for a new sniper for Team Spirit, spoke about the candidates for this role during a live stream on his Twitch channel. According to him, Artem "ArtFr0st" Kharitonov, who plays for Team Spirit Academy, had the best chances of getting into the main roster after Igor "w0nderful" Zhdanov, who was eventually approved as a new member of the team.
Of all those who were tested, ArtFr0st was the second after w0nderful. ArtFr0st turned out to be stronger than all the others we tested. In some moments, w0nderful was more confident, he was more well-versed in some action situations, and he could make a nasty kill or a trade. His offbeat style is more pronounced than that of ArtFr0st. ArtFr0st's shooting and communication are on point, but in terms of making a difference and figuring things out in time, he was not quite up to the mark.
Team Spirit announced their new AWPer on June 21. w0nderful came as a replacement for Abdul "degster" Gasanov, who was previously removed from the starting five and left amid unwillingness to permanently reside in Serbia, where the Russian organization has been based since March of this year.
The debut of the renewed Team Spirit roster will take place on July 5 as part of the Play-In stage of the prestigious LAN tournament IEM Cologne 2022.