Renegades

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Team Information
Region:
Founders:
United States Chris Badawi
United States Chris "MonteCristo" Mykles
CEO:
Sweden Jonas "rebko" Jerebko
Manager:
United States Shahrukh "Shark" Panjwani
Australia Chris "GoMeZ" Orfanellis
Team Captain:
Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward
Coaches:
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović
Total Winnings:
$746,098
Links
History
Created:
2015-03-09


Renegades is a professional gaming organization, founded in March 2015 under the name "Misfits". Originally a League of Legends team, the organisation rebranded as Renegades on June 18 2015, and picked up the former Vox Eminor roster for their own CS:GO squad. On August 30 2016, Jonas Jerebko bought the Renegades organization from Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles. [1] He is the third NBA player to publicly acquire a stake in an esports organization after Rick Fox (Echo Fox) and Shaquille O'Neal (NRG Esports).

History[edit]

Australian Pioneers (June 2015 – March 2017)[edit]

On the 19th of June 2015 the then LA Renegades, owned by Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles, signed the Australian team Vox Eminor consisting of Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Aaron "AZR" Ward, Luke "Havoc" Paton, Justin "jks" Savage and Yaman "yam" Ergenekon. This was the first time an international organisation had purchased an Australian CS:GO team. The team was housed in the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada where they would spend most of their time. After less than a month the team qualified for the second major of 2015. They were placed in a group with Danish favourites TSM and Swedish legends NiP and North American up and comers CLG. The team was first beaten by TSM and were then placed in a second group again with NiP and this time Titan. An upset victory over the French gained the team some notoriety. The team which showed promise in Australia never translated overseas as they struggled to achieve results. losses at DreamHack Stockholm and the MLG Columbus qualifier saw the end of their major appearances. The team then had to make their toughest choice, the removal of Havoc. This was the team’s first attempt at rectifying their poor results. With the acquisition of Karlo “USTILO” Pivac from Team Immunity the team made it into ESL Pro League via a wild card invite. The continuing poor results and the failure to make the Cologne Major lead to SPUNJ eventually retiring. In September 2016 the team was acquired by Jonas Jerebko who moved the team from their Las Vegas casino to a gaming house in Detroit. The team once again acquired a Team Immunity player in the form of Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland who moved into the new team house. The team came runner up to Gambit Esports at DreamHack Winter 2016. Soon after, the team fell out of favour with Rickeh as his personality didn’t “gel” with the team. Simon “atter” Atterstam was brought in as a stand in for some online qualifiers, leagues and DreamHack Las Vegas where they came last place. Eventually yam would return home to Australia due to personal problems which forced him to come back, after 2 years abroad and the team was left with 3.

The End of an Australian Era (March 2017 – July 2018)[edit]

With the team down to 3 players, a decision was made to look internationally for the first time in the org's history. Noah “Nifty” Francis was bought from Selfless Gaming and would take over AWPing duties, while Nemanja “nexa” Isaković joined the team shortly after Rickeh was removed. Nexa was brought in initially to take over the IGL role under the guidance of coach kassad, however Nifty took the reigns after mixed results at IEM Sydney 2017. With the international players settling into their roles, the team won their first Asia Minor over rivals TyLoo. However, the team faltered at the PGL Major Offline Qualifier, with further mediocre results leading to the release of nexa. David "Jayzwalkingz" Kempner was brought in as a stand-in but played just 2 weeks before the Renegades secured the services of Keith "NAF" Markovic following his departure from OpTic Gaming. With NAF adapting to his new role and the players returning to form the Renegades claimed their second Asia Minor victory. The team’s online form and recent victory in Seoul at the Minor lead to their success over Virtus.pro in the Grand Final of the StarLadder i-League Invitational marking the organisation’s first international tournament victory. With NAF in peak form he was quickly snapped up by Team Liquid and the Renegades were again looking for a new fifth. Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad joined as a long term stand in and the roster once more looked to become a force to be reckoned with internationally, including a finals run at IEM Sydney where they defeated FaZe Clan in the group stage and took mousesports to overtime twice in their quarter-final appearance. In an interview with ex-Renegades player SPUNJ he revealed that the Australian core had finally found a teammate in jkaem that suited their personalities. Following the IEM Sydney performance kassad announced would leave the team at the conclusion of Season 7's ESL Pro league Finals, choosing to return to his hometown and coach local Serbian squad Valiance. After a string of disappointing results, the team knew a coach at the helm with IGL Nifty was a must. Then-Renegades analyst Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa was decided upon as the best candidate - the former CLG coach had also coached Nifty at Selfless Gaming - and moved to trial as coach. Results were not far away as the team managed map wins at ESL One: Cologne, as well as their third-straight Asia Minor title win with a 2-0 win over TyLoo at the Asia Minor to qualify for the Major.

A Return To Oceanic Talent (August 2018 - Present)[edit]

The Renegades once again struggled to find form at the London Major, and with a very short player break before the resumption of the North American online league season looming the team looked once more to make changes. Three members of the team would depart - IGL Nifty departed to Team Envy, veteran USTILO returned home to play for Tainted Minds and coach Ryu left to pursue other opportunities. After pursuing a multitude of opportunities worldwide the team opted for upcoming talent from the Oceanic region with Australian Jay "liazz" Tregillgas from ORDER and Kiwi Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai from Grayhound Gaming. Early signs were good with a top 8 finish at StarSeries i-League Season 6 and strong starts online at ESL Pro League: Season 8 & ECS: Season 6, but offline the team still struggled with a bottom-place finish at IEM Chicago. A boost came following StarSeries i-League Season 6 with the return of kassad in the coaching role, to assist AZR as the new IGL of the team. The Renegades would finish and qualify for both online leagues, including a 2nd place finish at ECS: Season 6 but were unable to attend the offline finals due to visa issues. The team guaranteed their spot at the first 2019 Asia Minor for the IEM Katowice Major with their 2nd place finish at the OCE Closed Qualifier. The Renegades finished off 2018 with a 5th-6th place finish at the ESL Pro League: Season 8 Finals, eliminated by rivals Mousesports in another close best-of-3.

Timeline[edit]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Active Squad
ID Name Join Date
Australia AZR Aaron Ward 2015-06-19 [2]
Australia jks Justin Savage 2015-06-19 [2]
Norway jkaem Joakim Myrbostad 2018-02-08 [18] [19]
Australia liazz Jay Tregillgas 2018-09-30 [25]
New Zealand Gratisfaction Sean Kaiwai 2018-09-30 [25]
Serbia kassad (Coach) Aleksandar Trifunović 2018-10-08 [26] [27]

Former[edit]

Former Players
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Australia USTILO Karlo Pivac 2016-02-08 [3] 2018-09-29 [24] Tainted Minds
United States Nifty Noah Francis 2017-03-31 [12] 2018-09-27 [23] Team Envy
United States Ryu (Trial Coach) Steve Rattacasa 2018-06-23 [21] 2018-09-24 [22]
Serbia kassad (Coach) Aleksandar Trifunović 2017-01-04 [7] 2018-05-17 [20] Valiance (Coach)
Canada NAF Keith Markovic 2017-09-01 [15] 2018-02-05 [17] Team Liquid
Sweden Jayzwalkingz (Trial) David Kempner 2017-08-18 [14] 2017-09-01[15][16] Epsilon eSports
Serbia nexa Nemanja Isaković 2017-04-13 [12] 2017-08-18 [14] MANS NOT HOT
Australia yam Yaman Ergenekon 2015-06-19 [2] 2017-03-23 [11] Tainted Minds
Australia Rickeh Ricardo Mulholland 2016-07-12 [6] 2017-03-06 [10] Counter Logic Gaming
Australia peekay (Coach) Nicholas Wise 2016-04-23 2017-01-04 [7]
Inactivity
Australia SPUNJ Chad Burchill 2015-06-19 [2] 2016-06-17 [5]
Retired
Australia Havoc Luke Paton 2015-06-19 [2] 2016-02-21 [4] Legacy eSports
Temporary stand-ins
ID Name Replacing ID Name Tournament(s)
United Kingdom smooya  
Owen Butterfield
New Zealand Gratisfaction Sean Kaiwai ESL Pro League Season 9 - Americas
Canada Uber   Michael Stapells
Serbia nexa Nemanja Isaković ECS Season 3 - North America (vs Luminosity)
Serbia kassad  
Aleksandar Trifunović
Serbia nexa Nemanja Isaković ESL Pro League Season 5 - North America (vs Winterfox)
Canada Uber   Michael Stapells
None
ESL Pro League Season 5 - North America
Sweden atter   Simon Atterstam
None
StarLadder i-League Season 3 - America
ECS Season 3 Dev. League - North America
Sweden atter   Simon Atterstam
Australia Rickeh Ricardo Mulholland DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017
ESL Pro League Season 5 - North America

Organization[edit]

Active[edit]

Organization
ID Name Position Join Date
Sweden rebko Jonas Jerebko Owner 2016-08-30 [1]
United States Shark Shahrukh Panjwani General Manager 2016-08-30 [1]
Australia GoMeZ Chris Orfanellis Manager 2015-06-19 [2]
Australia topguN Azad Ormani Streamer 2018-08-16 [28]

Former[edit]

Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Organization
United States GBJame^s James O'Connor Co-Owner 2016-08-30 [1] 2017-03-18 [29] Pittsburgh Knights
United States MonteCristo Christopher Mykles Co-Owner 2015-06-19 [2] 2016-08-30 [1]

Team Achievements[edit]

Date Placement Tier Type Tournament Results Prize
2019-04-06 A33rd - 4th A1Premier Offline StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 1 : 2 $30,000
2019-03-01 A55 - 8th A1Premier Offline Intel Extreme Masters XIII - Katowice Major 2019 0 : 2 $35,000
2019-01-26 A11st A2Major Offline Asia Minor Championship - Katowice 2019 2 : 1 $30,000
2018-12-07 A55 - 6th A1Premier Offline ESL Pro League Season 8 - Finals 1 : 2 $32,000
2018-07-20 A11st A2Major Offline Asia Minor Championship - London 2018 2 : 0 $30,000
2017-11-12 A22nd A2Major Offline iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 0 : 2 $25,000
2017-11-05 A11st A2Major Offline StarLadder i-League Invitational #2 2 : 0 $75,000
2017-10-29 A11st A2Major Offline Asia Minor Championship - Boston 2018 2 : 0 $30,000
2017-06-04 A11st A2Major Offline Asia Minor Championship - Kraków 2017 2 : 1 $30,000
2016-11-26 A22nd A1Premier Offline DreamHack Open Winter 2016 0 : 2 $20,000
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Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Darren Rovell (2016-08-30). "Renegades revived under Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko". ESPN.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 ex-Vox sign for Renegades
  3. 3.0 3.1 David "Truefasa" Demarco (2016-02-08). "Havoc steps down, USTILO to enter lineup". Renegades.
  4. 4.0 4.1 MIRAA (2016-02-21). "Havoc is picked up by Legacy eSports". HLTV.org.
  5. 5.0 5.1 stich (2016-06-17). "SPUNJ retires from CS:GO". HLTV.org.
  6. 6.0 6.1 MIRAA (2016-07-12). "Rickeh joins Renegades". HLTV.org.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Milan "Striker" Švejda (2017-01-05). "kassad joins Renegades". HLTV.
  8. Professeur (2017-02-14). "atter joins Renegades". HLTV.
  9. "We will be using him for Vegas and a few upcoming EPL games". 2017-02-14.
  10. 10.0 10.1 itsSlicer (2017-03-06). "Welcome Rickeh". Counter Logic Gaming.
  11. 11.0 11.1 flam3z (2017-03-23). "yam steps down from Renegades". HLTV.org.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Ryu (2017-03-28). "Selfless Completes Sale & Transfer of Noah "Nifty" Francis". Selfless Gaming.
  13. "Nifty & Nexa Complete CS:GO Roster". Renegades. 2017-04-13.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Luis Mira (2017-08-18). "Jayzwalkingz to join Renegades on trial". HLTV.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Welcome NAF-FLY to Renegades". Renegades. 2017-09-01.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Thank you to Jayzwalkingz for his dedication and commitment to win.". Renegades. 2017-09-01.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Luis Mira (2018-02-05). "NAF completes Liquid move". HLTV.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Please give a warm Renegades welcome to @jkaemGO who will be our stand-in for the upcoming 2018 CS:GO season!". Renegades. 2018-02-07.
  19. 19.0 19.1 jkaem (2018-02-20). "TyLoo vs Renegades, map 2 cobblestone, StarSeries i-League Season 4 Finals". StarLadder.
  20. 20.0 20.1 LucasAM (2018-05-17). "kassad leaves Renegades". HLTV.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa (2018-06-23). "Coaching CS:GO & Updates".
  22. 22.0 22.1 Ryu (2018-09-24). "As of today, I am no longer the coach of the Renegades CS:GO team.".
  23. 23.0 23.1 Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos (2018-09-27). "Once a Renegade, always a Renegade". Renegades.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "THANK YOU KARLO". Renegades. 2018-09-29.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos (2018-09-30). "Newest Pair from Down Under". Renegades.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Lucas Aznar "LucasAM" Miles (2018-10-08). "AZR: "Bringing kassad back is a permanent thing"". HLTV.org.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Before we head into #StarSeries6 Playoffs, we want to officially welcome back @kassadCSGO as our #RNGCS coach!". Renegades. 2018-10-10.
  28. TopguN (2018-08-14). "Tonight I am officially apart of the @Renegades as a streamer".
  29. James O'Connor (2017-03-22). "As of last weekend I sold my equity in Renegades".