Blog: The atter issue

February 15th, 2017 00:58
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 (, 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 (

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.

2017-02-15 01:57
United Kingdom Alpacalele 
rickeh shouldn't have been dropped before lan agro play style dicey whether or not it will work
2017-02-15 03:09
Brazil diveztar 
Thank you, I was really tired when I finished this so I forgot to answer #1
2017-02-15 03:31
United Kingdom Alpacalele 
np :)
2017-02-15 13:21
Brazil PrestusHood 
top tier shitpost lul
2017-02-15 18:41
United Kingdom Alpacalele 
2017-02-15 21:56
Rickeh shouldn't be using an obvious aimlock in live stream before lan.
2017-02-15 11:28
2017-02-15 02:03
my daddy ofcorses)))
2017-02-15 06:08
Brazil diveztar 
me i'm joining rng men ))
2017-02-15 21:41
Australia aucs 
Good read :) I feel like Rickeh might have gone to clg. Only time will tell.
2017-02-15 02:37
rickeh to liquid or c9 would also be pretty good.
2017-02-15 02:59
I dabbled on this last night with some guys in my Teamspeak. I personally don't understand as to why CLG would have made the effort to buy him out of Renegades, nor why Rickeh would have accepted. CLG already runs a duel AWP setup with Koosta AWP-ing majority on T side, while Cutler picks it up for CT side. This of course occasionally changes depending on how each player is feeling, but thats their default. Why is it that they'd go to so much effort to pick up yet another AWPer? Rickeh may be a fuckton better at it than Cutler, but hes only arguably better than koosta (Who holds the current best rating of NA players in past 3 months) I mostly just want RNG to put out a statement regarding what the fuck happened.
2017-02-15 06:23
New Zealand Glyphiss 
Personal issues. One of Atter's tweets says that he is a stand-in ... for now.
2017-02-15 06:32
I pretty much figured that Atter would only be a standin tbh. Atleast USTILO's tweet points out that they were having personal issues with Rickeh
2017-02-15 08:34
Brazil diveztar 
Well, stand-ins that became full part members, such as BARBARR (and probably kalle) at Epsilon, aren't infrequent roster moves. I'd say to keep an eye at the team, and wait for the changes.
2017-02-15 21:42
Brazil diveztar 
Well, as #10 said, CLG already has some awping fragpower. I'd imagine that happening only if they wanted Cutler or Koosta to focus on rifling and being more helpful at CQC. Oh, and thanks :)
2017-02-15 21:44
good read. I still think renegades are gonna crash even worse
2017-02-15 06:06
Turkey ThoriGod 
rickeh to clg and with koosta best double awp in NA lul
2017-02-15 06:14
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Argentina MyMatkhev 
Bad move, i think. We will see.
2017-02-15 13:22
Good read my fellow Brazilian friend. Good read.
2017-02-15 21:34
Wow i'm shocked!!! Smart brazilian?!
2017-02-16 15:41
Brazil diveztar 
I try
2017-02-17 02:02
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