CSGO: Renegades' Jkaem reveals main reason for success at Berlin Major - Dexerto

CSGO: Renegades’ Jkaem reveals main reason for success at Berlin Major

Published: 5/Sep/2019 23:46 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:19

by Scott Robertson


After their 2-0 upset over ENCE, Joakim ‘jkaem’ Myrbostad and coach Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović of Renegades spoke to Dexerto about their keys to victory and what they’re looking forward to at the rest of the StarLadder Berlin CSGO major.

Yeah the boys. The unofficial motto for the Australian sensations is back as the unofficial darlings of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive world busted brackets with their quarterfinals upset over ENCE. Following the AVANGAR upset over Team Vitality, Renegades are in prime position to make a grand finals appearance in their second straight major playoffs.

Following their win over ENCE, jkaem and coach kassad spoke to the Dexerto crew about their victory, and they had plenty of complimentary things to say about each other.

“He’s a really good coach,” jkaem said of kassad. “He has a lot of CS knowledge. So when he looks at ENCE, for example, and we do preparation, we know what to expect in which rounds. He has a really big brain, one of the smartest I’ve ever worked with.”

When speaking to Dexerto, kassad had nothing but praise in return for jkaem. When asked about jkaem’s return to form, his coach said it was because he started enjoying the game again like he was in 2015, at his natural entry role.

“He’s doing a hell of a job,” kassad said. “He’s a really good teammate, it’s really good to have him.”

Once viewed as a breakout star with Copenhagen Wolves and G2 Esports, jkaem’s quality of play drastically declined after joining FaZe Clan years ago. He spoke publicly about his fight with depression while with Dignitas, and a few months later, he joined Renegades.

StarLadderRenegades celebrate after going from 0-2 to a playoff berth

After adding some young talent in Jay ‘Liazz’ Tregillgas and Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai, and adding coach kassad, the boys started stringing together good results, including now two straight Champions stage appearances. And jkaem has been playing his best Counter-Strike in years.

Kassad shared his hope of meeting Astralis in the grand finals, and the coach made it clear the boys would step up when asked how he expects that matchup to go:

“We win, simple as that.”

Renegades will have a day off as they watch the rest of the quarterfinals, but shouldn’t look ahead to the grand finals while they still have AVANGAR to face in the semis.


FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40

by Alan Bernal


FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.

FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.

KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.

GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.

If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.

The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.

In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.

Michal Konkol via Riot Games
The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.

The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.

“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.

The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.