After more than two years since their big move to the USA, the Renegades have failed to place well in even a single premier tournament. The new Renegades roster looks promising, but will it deliver much needed results?
The New Renegades Roster: A Failed Trial
With the formation of the new lineup comes the termination of the old. David “Jayzwalkingz” (Jayz) Kempner’s trial ended as just that after a poor showing in Malmo. The trialing AWPer failed to make a splash in the USA based team with all four appearances in Sweden resulting in a negative KDR. Although not normally considered an issue, especially for a player new to a team, Jayz’s role as an AWPer requires a level of impact which the Renegades just couldn’t find in the Swede.
The New Renegades Roster: Another North American
After the addition of Noah “Nifty” Francis earlier this year, the Renegades have added a second NA local to the side in Keith “NAF” Markovic. Nifty added a whole new dimension of play to the Renegades as they shifted more towards the relatively slower, more tactical style of play which is typically seen in North America, rather than the scrappy and aggressive play out of down under. However, the play of the team has been consistently average and Nifty’s style has not added much in terms of results so far. Only time will tell whether or not a second North American will be a blessing or a curse to the Renegades.
The New Renegades Roster: Future Potential
I hate to be all doom and gloom, but the Renegades still don’t look (and never were) a team who could contest titles. This roster, should it fail, will likely be the last nail in the coffin for the Australians’ dreams of success at the elite level. I say that as a long time fan of the region and game style, but it really doesn’t look promising. The current lineup, improved though it is, is likely looking at a peak of about tenth in the world rankings.
That isn’t bad for a team who has been consistently mediocre across their time in the spotlight… however when taken in the context of how much time and money has gone into this team it’s a little disappointing.
The Renegades will have a chance to test the waters with the new roster in the ESL Pro League over the next week before heading to Atlanta to a show down with 15 other teams for a share of the million dollar prize pool in the ELEAGUE Premier tournament.
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