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DeKay’s Sources: 100 Thieves to acquire Renegades CS:GO team

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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The 100 Thieves organization plan to re-enter professional Counter-Strike with the acquisition of the Oceanic players from the Renegades organization, according to multiple sources.

Dexerto was first to report that the Renegades players were facing expiring contracts earlier last month. 

According to one source, 100 Thieves recently purchased the lineup. It is unclear how much time remained on their previous contracts.

The Renegades CS:GO roster currently consists of:

  • Aaron 'AZR' Ward
  • Justin 'jks' Savage
  • Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
  • Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
  • Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
  • Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović

Renegades tweeted their goodbyes and well wishes to their roster, and included the roster's 100 Thieves destination. They have since deleted the tweet that read:

We can't wait to see what's in store for all of you. Thank you, @azr@RNGjks@jkaemGO@liazzgo, and @GratisfactionNZ. Thank you, @kassadCSGO and @GoMeZCSGO. GLHF with @100Thieves. Once a Renegade, always a Renegade.

The 100 Thieves org will be hoping that their acquisition of the Renegades roster will be a smoother transition into the Counter-Strike space than their first attempt.

In 2017, Nadeshot's organization picked up the talented Immortals roster but the Brazilian lineup. Unfortunately, a number of issues meant that the team never saw the light of day as 100 Thieves removed Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe due to offensive language before eventually deciding to withdraw from the scene entirely.

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Riot Games
Nadeshot and 100 Thieves return to the CSGO scene after a two year absence

Nadeshot revealed plans to return to CS:GO back in July, while walking into a meeting during one of his vlogs. In August, he followed this up by announcing that he and 100T were flying to Berlin for the tail end of the StarLadder major with the goal of assembling "a championships caliber roster."

The Renegades roster has been moving closer and closer to championship caliber, having finished with better results at each major they've attended over the past two years. Most recently they made the semifinals of the StarLadder major, losing to AVANGAR.

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StarLadder
Renegades during their StarLadder major run

Renegades entered the CS:GO scene in 2015, picking up the popular Australian lineup of Vox Eminor. Aaron 'AZR' Ward and Justin 'jks' Savage have been with the organization ever since and have become synonymous with the brand.

Norwegian player Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad joined the roster in 2018, and has experienced a career revival with Renegades, after his tenure with FaZe Clan ended disappointingly after high expectations.

Renegades added younger talent in Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas and Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai in late 2018, as well as coach Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović. Since the additions, the Renegades roster and organization achieved some of their best event finishes in years.