During the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019, Renegades experienced an extraordinary adventure. Despite the complete lack of expectations from the fans, without losing a single map they advanced to the New Legends, and then, yielding only to Astralis, made it all the way to the playoffs.
It was a long journey for Renegades to the CS:GO Major. They qualified via the Asian Minor where they remained undefeated. In the New Challengers stage at the IEM Katowice 2018 the Australians picked up a win after win against the likes of AVANGAR, Ninjas in Pyjamas and ENCE.
Even in the New Legends stage Renegades shocked everyone after beating ENCE, FaZe, and Vitality, losing only to the eventual winners on the Major Astralis. The fairytail run at IEM for the Australians ended after a defeat against MIBR in the playoffs 2:0.
Team’s newcomer Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas talked a bit about the problems in the match with the Brazilians, impressions about playing on the biggest stage and plans for the near future.
You played very well in the first two phases of the Major, and then you lost in the quarterfinals against MIBR. What went wrong in this match?
Before the start, we were considering the choice of Cache, but we gave up the idea, thinking that they would expect it and prepare for it. It turned out that they were really ready for Cache, but they were also going to choose Dusta2.
Unfortunately, we were convinced that we would surprise them by choosing this map, instead, they got a free map. Moving to Train, we have prepared a little for it, but not enough to fight with MIBR. They are a really strong team and it’s hard to play against them.
For the first time in your career, you played in Spodek in front of the Polish audience. How do you rate it?
Playing at Spodek is amazing, there are so many people here. Personally, for the first time, I played before such a large audience. When I came out on stage, I was nervous, I felt insecure. It’s a crazy experience.
Two more important tournaments ahead of you, StarSeries i-League Season 7 and IEM Syndey 2019. How are you going to prepare for them?
Now we are coming back to the USA and we will start a two-week bootcamp before leaving for Shanghai. Considering our results at the Major, we will go there with quite considerable expectations. We hope that we will prove to everyone that we can play with the best of them.
Few people believed in your success. Did the game without more pressure help you achieve such a good result?
For sure, I think that playing as an underdog gives a really big advantage. The opponent feels he must defeat you. Before the matches, some teams may disregard you, I do not know it, but sometimes it looks like this from the side. Anyway, our preparation was really good, I’m happy with how we presented ourselves here.
You spent a lot of time in Katowice, then bootcamp in the USA, followed by more events. Are you aching to finally return home?
Not at the moment. We’re from Australia, so we do not have time to go home. We are currently living in America, so now we will be in our quarters for a few weeks. Then we will go to Shanghai and Sydney. We had a great time at this tournament, it’s a pity it’s over, because it was really nice.
At the beginning, you only aimed at promotion to the playoffs. Did you feel disappointed after the defeat in the quarterfinals?
For my team it may have been a dream to play in the playoffs, but for me, it was my first Major. I have never played it before, so placing in the top 24 was already extremely good for me.
The promotion to the best sixteen was already something great for the rest of the boys, and reaching the knockout stage was something absolutely incredible, in fact I still can’t quite believe it.
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