Renegades one win away from creating history by qualifying onto the Champions Stage

Aditya Singh Rawat

21o, Feb, 2019

Cover Image Courtesy: ESL Counter-Strike

The New Legends Stage of IEM Katowice 2019 started yesterday with the 8 qualifying teams joining the 8 invited teams in a Swiss-style group stage similar to the one adopted in the Challengers Stage. Yesterday witnessed all the 16 teams playing against each other according to the seeding acquired by them. 

It turned to be a thrilling first day, full of upsets, each bigger than the other.  

  • BIG unable to stand up to the French firepower, losing both its games against Vitality and G2. ?

  • Renegades took down FaZe on Inferno to secure its fifth consecutive win this Major. 

  • MIBR displayed very poor performance losing to Cloud9 on Inferno while struggling against Complexity before taking the win.  

  • NRG also find themselves in the Elimination bracket following back-to-back defeats against NiP and AVANGAR. 

  • NiP going ‘1-1’ at the end of the first day after being heavily out of form during the Challengers Stage. 

Australian Dominance

Renegades won both their opening matchups finding themselves just one win away from qualifying onto the Champions Stage. The Aussie team were dominant on Inferno taking down both its opponents in tight fought matches. 

The first victory came against ENCE, where Renegades had managed a not too great five rounds in the first half playing T-side after opening the game by winning four consecutive rounds. But a formidable CT-side helped them make a comeback as they took ENCE down by a score of ‘16-13’. 

The second victory over Faze was a huge shock to everyone. Renegades had a better start playing T-side as they managed to take six rounds off Faze, everything was going smoothly until Faze gave a scare swinging the momentum to their side as soon as Renegades hit Map Point but Jkaem, who was a massive disappointment in this game, secured the victory for his side after a flawless defuse following a triple kill. 

It was great to witness AZR and Jks come to Renegades rescue as Jkaem was not up to mark. But Norwegian surely made his mark against ENCE. Jks continues to be the most consistent player for his side, hope he continues to be the pillar of support to see Renegades through to the Champions Stage.

Renegades now one win away from qualifying onto the final stage will be facing off against anyone from amongst Astralis, Na’Vi and Liquid.