DeKay’s Sources: Renegades CSGO players' contracts nearing expiration - Dexerto

DeKay’s Sources: Renegades CSGO players’ contracts nearing expiration

Published: 9/Sep/2019 14:35 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 14:51

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


The contracts existing between Renegades players and the Renegades organization are nearing expiration, according to multiple sources close to the team. 

At this time, it is not expected that they will re-sign and have been exploring options with other organizations. 

If the current players come to an agreement with another organization, it is not expected that Renegades will immediately sign another team to fill their place. One source said, they are considering leaving CS:GO entirely with no intention to return.

StarLadderThe Renegades impressed everyone with their Major performance.

Renegades joined CS:GO in 2015 by signing the former Vox Eminor roster that featured current members Aaron “AZR” Ward and Justin “jks” Savage. 

The Renegades players recently finished in the semifinals at the StarLadder Berlin Major, which is an improvement compared to their quarterfinal run at the IEM Katowice Major earlier in the year. The performance came as a surprise to many, having finished last place at ESL One: Cologne 2019 in July.

StarLadderThe Renegades were beaten in the semi-finals after an amazing run at the Major.

Renegades currently hold a spot in ESL Pro League Season 10, which would transfer with the players should they leave the organization and stick together. 

According to information presented to Dexerto, ESL has presented certain teams with a term sheet that would require them to exit all other leagues longer than 14 days in length. 

The current Renegades roster consits of:

  •  Aaron ‘AZR’ Ward 
  • Justin ‘jks’ Savage
  • Joakim ‘jkaem’ Myrbostad
  • Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai
  • Jay ‘Liazz’ Tregillgas

ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.