As far as NA CS:GO teams go, Renegades has never been counted among the top in the region. As a result, they were hardly seen at the top tournaments. When the team did get there, it usually didn’t do very well, getting knocked out early. With a new acquisition of an experienced European pro Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad on a stand-in basis, Renegades are looking to step up in their performance.
Can they do it?
First, let’s talk about jkaem himself. The player is a 23-year-old Norwegian with some great credits in his pro team history. In 2015, jkaem took a big step forward when he joined G2 Esports, an organization which will later turn out to be among the best in the CS:GO world.
Around four months later, he moved to FaZe Clan and was signed to that team for more than a year, falling victim to the FaZe roster upheaval of the late 2016s. He was replaced on the roster by Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey.
After several months spent sitting on the bench, jkaem finally moved on to Team Dignitas to play with Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, Mikail “Maikelele” Bill, Faruk “pita” Pita, and Ruben “RUBEN” Villarroel. The roster didn’t achieve much, to be honest.
The last stop for jkaem before Renegades was an organization-less team of Norwegians, involving jkaem, Morten “zEVES” Vollan, Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen, Ole “Marcelious” Kristian Langan and Even “nafu” Leirvik, not a noteworthy roster.
So, with all of that said, will jkaem make Renegades better? Slightly, at best. While the player has played for some well-known organizations throughout his career, he wasn’t really irreplaceable on them. To take a step forwards, Renegades need a high profile player who could dominate their usual opponents more and jkaem is unlikely to be it.
Currently, we can see how jkaem plays at the StarLadder & i-League Star Series Season 4, where Renegades is 1-2, having lost to G2 Esports and Team Liquid and won against the Fnatic team which has been knocked out of the tournament already with their next opponent, TyLoo, waiting for them in the fourth round of the Swiss.