This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event, starting with the Minors’ Champions, teams which will play in the new Play-In stage of the event.
This team features three players from a barely represented continent of Australia, supported by a couple of strong North American players. The team often plays in the Asian Qualifiers, giving them an easier route to high level events like the Major.
That doesn’t mean that they have much of a chance when they finally do get there, however. The fact of the matter is that like many of the other Minors’ Champions, this team doesn’t stand much of a chance when facing top level competition.
Currently, the Renegades roster consists of Australians Aaron “AZR” ward, Justin “jks” Savage and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac, as well as Noah “Nifty” Francis from the United States and Keith “NAF” Markovic from Canada.
The two most successful and experienced players when it comes to facing the best teams in the world are Nifty and NAF. Nifty comes from Selfless Gaming, which, while not among the best teams even in NA, did get to face the best from that region, providing him useful experience.
NAF, on the other hand, played on OpTic Gaming for a while, where he got to win events like ELEAGUE Season 2 Finals against Astralis. He should be able to help the Australians.
Does Renegades have a chance of getting past the initial stage of the tournament? They do, though it’s not guaranteed by any means. With eight teams to go through, Renegades stand in the 8-10th spot in our opinion.
With their current roster, Renegades have played in 94 maps, winning 53 and losing 41. They have 8,669 kills to 8,448 deaths, making for a KDA of 1.03. While that might look impressive, you have to remember that Renegades as a team plays a lot of NA-based qualifiers and Asian events, where competition is rarely as stiff as what they can expect to play against in the Boston Major Group Stage if they end up getting there.
With that said, let’s look at their strongest maps. The two that jump out immediately are Mirage and Cobblestone. Renegades to only play it a lot, at 23 and 21 times respectively, but find themselves winning at least 60% of the time when they do. The Mirage win rate for the current roster is 60.9% with 14 wins and 9 losses, while their Cobble has a 61.9% win rate at 13-8.
Train and Cache is their third and fourth most played maps. On Train, they hold a 42.1% win rate with an 8-11 record, while Cache is their most successful map by far with a 75% win rate and a 9-3 record. Out of the remaining Maps, Inferno is their most successful with 60% win rate at 6-4, they tend to lose Overpass, as shown by their 3-5 record and they’ve only played Nuke once, losing the map.
Recently, Renegades have played in some nice events, including IEM Oakland 2017, iBUYPOWER Masters 2017, DreamHack Open Denver 2017 and ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017.
Their results, however, were vastly dependent on the level of opposition they faced. In tournaments taking place in NA or other, weaker regions with a team lineup populated by teams from that region, Renegades did well for themselves, even cracking the Semifinals.
In events found attractive by the best teams in the world, however, the Renegades players found themselves out of their depth.