The 14th of February came with a really unexpectad roster move in the australian Counter Stike scene: Renegades traded their AWPer Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland for the ex-qwerty player, Simon "atter" Atterstam. It's still not confirmed as a permanent switch, as the organization only commented about the move briefly on Twitter, saying that the swedish rifler would play for them at DH Masters Las Vegas.Renegades confirming atter as a stand-in/permanent player for DH Masters Las Vegas
With few time to practice for the LAN tournament, and with way different playstyles, it's a bit hard to imagine how atter will merge with Renegades, as the new player doesn't compactuates with Rickeh's role. Without watching any games and with just a quick check on both player's weapon statistics, the discrepancy is really visible, as atter barely picked the AWP at all (http://www.hltv.org/?pageid=177&playerid=8804
), different from Rickeh, who has been one of Oceania's most reliable AWPers for a long time. The only other player on RNG left to deal with the AWPer role is their IGL, Yaman "yam" Ergenekon.
With one less awper in the team, we can expect the IGL to be forced into a more agressive position that might be unconfortable for him at a first moment. With that, we can also imagine the "splitting" of the IGL task between yam and Justin "jks" Savage, known for his mad aim and strong mid game thinking. With Karlo "USTILO" Pivac playing a more supportive role, atter and Aaron "AZR" Ward will have more freedom to do what they please, as the IGL leads his team trusting that they will do the right choices, as said in an interview with AZR (http://www.hltv.org/news/19320-azr-we-were-not-expecting-cache
)Expect yam to pick up the big green gun in a more agressive manner (pic credits to hltv)
Expect yam to pick up the big green gun in a more agressive manner
However, it's still too early to say if the change is going to work on LAN, as atter hasn't proven himself against the top level of competitive CS:GO yet. His last and somewhat big LAN event was DH Open Leipzig, in which he ended with a 0.93 rating, besting the other players of qwerty. An issue that Rickeh also presented, ending the EL Major Qualifier with a 0-3 team record and a 0.79 rating, the worst rating in his team during the qualifier. While the swedish one hasn't still displayed his potential in a top tier, we can only excpect that the changes in the Renegades playstyle and roster helps the team to come up with better LAN performances, as well as keeping up a somewhat dominant online form.