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Renegades defeat Cloud9 CSGO team despite teammate’s broken mic

Published: 24/Jan/2020 20:48

by Scott Robertson


The Renegades’ Counter-Strike roster from Australia delivered a massive uppercut to the surging Cloud 9 team in the first round of DreamHack Master Leipzig, and all while their teammate Liam ‘malta’ Schembri played with a broken microphone.

There’s nothing more frustrating or disappointing for a CSGO player trying to win a game than a teammate who won’t talk. At the pro level, communication isn’t just key to victory, it’s absolutely vital.

So for a team to have a player’s ability to communicate down, that puts them at a massive disadvantage, especially when facing another roster that’s come into a tournament with a lot of confidence.

The Renegades faced off against Cloud 9 in their opening match. Both sets of players are relatively new to their respective organizations, with the ATK team joining C9 in January, and the Grayhound players signing with Renegades in December after the previous roster left for 100 Thieves.

The former Renegades roster, now with 100 Thieves, at IEM Beijing.

RNG emerged victorious over Cloud9, and even dominated the first half against the North American/South African side. Malta had a quiet game at 18 kills and 19 deaths, as teammates Chris ‘dexter’ Nong and Joshua ‘INS’ Potter led the way with big performances, but that wasn’t as quiet as he himself was on the comms.

After the win, he tweeted that his microphone wasn’t working “the whole game,” forcing his teammates to watch him “run around on the radar like a [matchmaking] teammate.”

FACEIT director and CS commentator James Bardolph asked the Australian lurker why he would play without a working mic, and malta replied that they went through a new PC, a new headset, and an attempt to fix settings in TeamSpeak, and still weren’t able to get it working.

He also said that his teammates could hear him a little if he yelled during pauses or quiet moments.

The boys from Australia were also playing with a relatively new signing in Jordan ‘Hatz’ Bajic, who joined the team less than two weeks before DreamHack after Oliver ‘DickStacy’ Tierney was forced to step down due to an eye condition.

To win with a new teammate and with another one muted is even more impressive when you consider the roll that Cloud 9 has been on heading into the event, with successful qualification runs for this tournament and IEM Katowice coming in the same week.

Renegades would subsequently fall to BIG in the Group A Winners’ game, meaning they may end up facing Cloud 9 again if they can defeat Virtus.Pro in the Elimination match.


NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal


Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.