yam joins Tainted Minds

Tainted Minds have officially confirmed the signing of former Renegades member Yaman "yam" Ergenekon.

Yaman "⁠yam⁠" Ergenekon joins Tainted Minds on a permanent basis after playing for the team the past few weeks as a stand-in, helping the Aussie-Kiwi mixture defeat Chiefs 2-0, trade maps 1-1 with Grayhound in ZEN League Season 2, and a quick two-nil stomp over AVANT in AOC CGPL Spring 2017.

The 28-year-old will step into the shoes of former AWPer Jesse "⁠InfrequeNt⁠" Barker, who transferred to Athletico about two weeks ago after being benched originally. 

yam completes Tainted Minds' starting lineup

A statement from the Australian veteran was given to HLTV.org on his move:

"I am really excited to now play for Tainted Minds," yam told HLTV.org. "I know this team has a lot of potential to do well domestically and internationally so it should be a lot of fun moving forward!"

"I would really like for us to qualify for the next Asian Minor (whenever that may be, sometime within the next couple of months I assume) and to play there against Renegades would be awesome."

"During my time off after stepping down from Renegeades, I had a bit of an extended break. Taking a big break away from Counter-Strike allowed me to spend a lot of the time on vacation and it was a much needed break and time away for me. I am now ready to get back into the swing of things and go harder than ever."

Tainted Minds now have a complete squad moving forward:

New Zealand Chris "⁠ofnu⁠" Hanley
New Zealand Ryan "⁠zewsy⁠" Palmer
Australia Mike "⁠ap0c⁠" Aliferis
Australia Connor "⁠chuch⁠" Morgan
Australia Yaman "⁠yam⁠" Ergenekon

Australia Fergus "⁠ferg⁠" Stephenson (coach)

Australia Fergus 'ferg' Stephenson
Fergus 'ferg' Stephenson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
129
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.17
Australia Connor 'chuch' Morgan
Connor 'chuch' Morgan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
305
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Australia Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
677
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Australia Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
517
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
New Zealand Ryan 'zewsy' Palmer
Ryan 'zewsy' Palmer
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
New Zealand Chris 'ofnu' Hanley
Chris 'ofnu' Hanley
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Portugal zchnax
Tier 10
2017-09-25 12:57
You didn't deserve first spot.
2017-09-25 12:56
Tier 7 team
2017-09-25 12:56
Thank Mr Ergenekon
2017-09-25 13:00
#56
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Slovakia Taco_
Prove it or...
2017-09-25 15:07
I’ll kill you
2017-09-25 16:00
yam is an underrated player. had a lot of potential and never could consistently use it in rng. imo id rather he go to NA and get some experience in a solid tier 2 team like misfits or clg but maybe he can do something in twisted minds
2017-09-25 13:58
#59
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United Kingdom M0rr1s
he is taking the easy $ bro he'd have to joing someone like splyce or some absolute trash teams. At least with RNG playing in NA he can fuck up the AU/NZ shitters XD
2017-09-25 15:14
#82
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Australia Googgy
uk cs
2017-09-26 08:55
U.K. Is the best stfu
2017-09-26 12:13
#89
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United Kingdom M0rr1s
uk cs> AU cs uk we have 3 good players too, they just don't all play on one team
2017-09-26 19:07
#91
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Australia Googgy
wow 3 is almost an entire team
2017-09-27 08:12
#77
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United Kingdom daneclaw
Well he just had a pretty long break and playing for an Australian team is probably good to get back into things.
2017-09-26 00:02
#58
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United Kingdom M0rr1s
True, just like Dignitas!
2017-09-25 15:10
#63
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Portugal zchnax
lol uk talks ahahha
2017-09-25 15:31
#83
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Germany nikoDY
I could beat K1CK in a 1v5
2017-09-26 09:41
#90
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United Kingdom M0rr1s
dignitas, teir 7 lmao
2017-09-26 19:07
#2
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Australia jobione
Nice
2017-09-25 12:56
"helping the aussie kiwi team" nice racism
2017-09-25 12:59
U shouldnt have a problem with that considering you germans voted nazis into the bundestag
2017-09-25 13:04
Mhm maybe Devastor1337 belongs to the small 87% part of the Germans who did not vote for the AFD. I agree that 13% is way to much support for a right party but your statement generalizes every German as Nazis which is simply not true.
2017-09-25 14:07
Was more joke than statement. But k
2017-09-25 14:09
German politic is always a joke, i'll give you that.
2017-09-25 14:22
More so austrian politics. Fpö is probably gonna get in second right after övp. This country sucks
2017-09-25 14:59
#78
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United Kingdom daneclaw
Right wing doesn't equal Nazi.
2017-09-26 00:03
In the most cases and especially in this one it does.ü
2017-09-26 08:12
#84
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United Kingdom daneclaw
So being right wing you're automatically a Nazi? Nice bait.
2017-09-26 09:55
#RUNAFD #MGGA #WHITEISRIGHT
2017-09-25 17:23
#32
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Sweden imgur
what?
2017-09-25 13:13
#5
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Other Valeriana
2nd
2017-09-25 12:56
Wow cool so cool
2017-09-25 12:56
Niceeee
2017-09-25 12:56
#8
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Russia b0gd4h1
gj
2017-09-25 12:56
#9
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Pakistan perth
Nice they have wrecked ass since he joined so good move
2017-09-25 12:56
#11
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United Kingdom Sjam
gud pickup
2017-09-25 12:57
GOD YAM IS BACK
2017-09-25 12:59
Glad he's back in the AU scene where he can perform.
2017-09-25 13:01
Sad isnt it
2017-09-25 13:06
I get to watch an Australian AWPer appear to be decent. That's a win.
2017-09-25 13:09
Yeah sure but he was good internationally.
2017-09-25 13:10
But he was up against NA AWPers who were leagues above him. Now we get to see him really dominate a game.
2017-09-25 13:11
But its not the same. How can dominating players below your level be satisfying?
2017-09-25 13:12
Was the worst player on Renegades since Spunj left and probably should've left before Spunj did, Would've been nice to see how Rickeh and Spunj both on the same team would've worked, Saying that the current Renegades roster is better anyway
2017-09-25 13:19
#16
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New Zealand Keah_Mow
-chuch +Raz for the Winterluls
2017-09-25 13:03
Havoc for Chuch more likely within time
2017-09-25 13:11
#35
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Sweden imgur
no raz for winter minds nz super team
2017-09-25 13:18
Yam and Ap0c aren't NZ
2017-09-25 13:20
#40
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Sweden imgur
yeah but a majority nz team is the closest thing we have to a super team
2017-09-25 13:21
bad team
2017-09-25 13:05
#21
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Europe Skraj
>"I know this team has a lot of potential to do well domestically and internationally so it should be a lot of fun moving forward!" >and internationally My sides
2017-09-25 13:09
I think he means internationally as in Oceania + Asia. I doubt he believes they can take on NA/EU.
2017-09-25 13:10
They would do fine at MDL
2017-09-25 13:12
Let the man have dreams
2017-09-25 13:11
is it the oldest team after VP?
2017-09-25 13:13
#36
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Sweden imgur
yes
2017-09-25 13:18
#33
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Indonesia SRYDX
I knew it.
2017-09-25 13:13
#38
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Denmark Xipingu
GL Yam!
2017-09-25 13:19
Expected.. Inc havoc for chuch or ofnu.. they wont +raz, he was a let down in winterlulz. Sico is best oce awp atm.. Yam dominate? Only the au scene.. was a flop in NA.. thats why he left renegades, couldnt igl nor out awp any NA peeps..
2017-09-25 13:22
He didn't flop. He just wasn't up to the same standard as the t1 NA AWPers and they're the ones that attract the most viewership so more people notice his underwhelming performance against great AWPers compared to the good ones he puts up against the NA average.
2017-09-25 13:47
Rickeh > yam
2017-09-25 15:23
Imo renegades shud have kept rickeh.. Rickeh > nifty
2017-09-25 16:30
#79
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Australia NotSoMLG
+1
2017-09-26 00:17
nah nifty is a better awper than rick, idk about rifle though because rick is pretty strong there overall rick is probably better but if were talking exclusively awp then nifty is better
2017-09-26 00:38
nice move max tier 5
2017-09-25 13:25
Tier 2 at the most, yam has the experience by playing high tier teams with renegades
2017-09-25 13:26
Whats happening with Havoc?
2017-09-25 14:07
Good luck boy! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-09-25 15:03
#55
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Slovakia Taco_
expected
2017-09-25 15:07
ez top 1 oce roster if this was the 2015 OCE cs scene. Still top 5, Kings and probably even grayhounds>TM. Hats,liazz,sico,emag,grat,dexter and erkast are just better players (most are younger as well,these teams will shuffle before 2018 most likely anyway).
2017-09-25 15:09
Cant wait to see kings vs tm.
2017-09-25 15:24
should be good matches, experience vs young talent.
2017-09-25 16:27
#60
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Malaysia phyzell
Every season there's a time for a player to go. Infrequent was a good awper but still not much teams know how CSGO should be played when it comes to managing their banks. The sad truth as of 2017.
2017-09-25 15:20
#71
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Australia StVincent
gl
2017-09-25 17:25
does this mean havoc is not making a comeback? :( rumor was he was gonna make a team with yam rip
2017-09-25 17:31
#76
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Netherlands Yak_41M
yam <3 gl boi
2017-09-25 18:53
Upgrade LUL
2017-09-26 10:02
#86
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Mongolia FCE
GG
2017-09-26 11:19
#88
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Canada Sipr
LOL enjoy playing with cheater chuch
2017-09-26 15:31
tier 4 holy fucc
2017-09-27 08:12
-ofnu +havoc
2017-09-29 08:55
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