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

Published: 31/Oct/2019 17:48 Updated: 31/Oct/2019 18:55

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


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.

Riot GamesNadeshot 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.

StarLadderRenegades 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.


Valve lifts KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban, but reasons still unknown

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 3:32

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.