Terrible news to come out on April 1st. (Yes it’s a joke, we love Renegades)
Following the removal of Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland and departure of Yaman “yam” Ergenekon, Renegades were in search of two players to revitalise their Australian squad. However, according to multiple sources, the remaining core of Aaron “AZR” Ward, Justin “jks” Savage and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac will go their separate ways, marking the end of this Aussie experiment.
Coach Aleksandr “Kassad” Trifunovi’s Serbian connection in Nemanja “nexa” Isakovi was reported to be joining the team, pending visa approval. But with his application falling through, Renegades have decided to disband, rather than seek the services of a new AWPer and In-Game Leader.
Possibly hoping to recreate the success Rickeh in Counter Logic Gaming, the three now ex-Renegades players sought contracts with North American and International rosters, rather than returning to Australia to play, which was seen when Luke “Havoc” Paton was removed from the roster.
Most notably of the three, jks has landed a spot on Team Liquid, who are currently without a stable fifth after Jacob “Pimp” Winneche’s decision to depart the team. Liquid’s In-Game Leader woes were recently solved with the addition of Peter “Stanislaw” Jarguz for Spencer “Hiko” Martin, and the team are currently sitting on an 11-5 record in the ESL Pro League.
Considered to be a downgrade for the player, it is believed that Aaron “AZR” Ward will join compLexity in place of Rory “dephh” Jackson. The Brit has been an under-performer since joining the North American organisation, and the addition of AZR will bolster this squad, which has seen countless roster changes in the past year. Despite a lowly start in the Pro League season, coL, using trial captain Alec “Slemmy” White, picked up two crucial wins against Selfless this week.
Mousesports, who have recently been reported as looking to replace Timo “Spiidi” Richter, are planning to trial Karlo “USTILO” Pivac, according to sources. This move, should it be carried out, would make USTILO the first Australian player to play with a European roster. However, reported by Slingshot Esports, Mousesports have also sought the services of Jesper “tenzki” Plougmann Mikalski and Robin “ropz” Kool, so it is unsure whether the Australian rifler will land the vacant spot. The European roster, shockingly, are sitting in fifth place on the ESL Pro League ladder with a 9-5 record, despite the departure of star fragger Nikola “NiKo” Kova.
Per ESL’s rules, the Renegades organisation will be forced to forfeit their remaining matches. Dependent on the results of other teams, this may put the team in contention for relegation matches. With no core of players from this roster sticking together, the organisation will have the chance to put a team together to maintain, or play for, a Pro League spot at the season’s conclusion.
With this disbandment, Winterfox, who have been disappointing since the addition of Razmik “RaZ” Bastadjan, will now be the lone flag-bearing team of Oceanic Counter-Strike in the North American scene.