Sources: Smooya to play with Renegades CS:GO for ESL Pro League Season 9 - Dexerto

Sources: Smooya to play with Renegades CS:GO for ESL Pro League Season 9

Published: 9/Apr/2019 16:14 Updated: 9/Apr/2019 16:49

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


North American esports organization Renegades are expected to use Counter-Strike AWPer Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield as a stand-in for ESL Pro League Season 9, according to multiple sources close to the league and players. 

Dexerto has confirmed that smooya will be steping in for fellow AWPer Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai, who has run into visa issues.

Renegades have emerged in 2019 as a top five team in the world according to most current rankings, showing tremendous improvement since adding Gratisfaction and Jay ‘Liazz’ Tregillgas in late 2018. 

DexertoSmooya has been out of action internationally since voluntarily benching himself on BIG.

The new lineup found success almost immediately after a playoff appearance at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. They reached the quarterfinals of the IEM Katowice Major and would go on to finish in the semifinals of StarSeries Season 7 after a loss to the event winners in Natus Vincere.

Smooya is still a contracted member of the BIG organization and has been benched since February 1st despite conversations with multiple teams and organizations in recent weeks. 

StarLadderRenegades have been in fine form so far in 2019.

Dexerto was first to report his conversations with the Team SoloMid but at this time talks have ceased, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. If smooya plays for Renegades, he will be unable to play for another team in the league should the player he is replacing return mid-season.

Season 9 of ESL Pro League will be held offline for the first time in league history, which starts later in April. 16 teams will meet in the playoffs which include teams from the Europe, North America, Oceanic, and Asian regions.


How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.