Renegades & Liquid finalise StarSeries i-League S4 list

Renegades and Liquid have both earned spots at StarSeries i-League Season 4 after finishing top two in the North American qualifier.

Eight invited teams competed in a single-elimination bracket for the chance to secure a spot at the upcoming StarSeries event, in Kiev, where $300,000 will be up for grabs.

The opening round of the qualifier went according to script as all the favourites managed to go through, even though Liquid and NRG were made to sweat to fend off the threat of Complexity and Rise Nation, respectively.

NAF topped the scoreboard for Renegades against NRG

The first semi-final, featuring Liquid and Luminosity was a complete one-sided affair as the North Americans ran out comfortable 2-0 winners while dropping just five rounds throughout the series.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 37 - 13 +24 100.0 1.76
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 39 - 17 +22 95.0 1.62
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 33 - 17 +16 92.5 1.61
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 28 - 18 +10 88.8 1.32
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 27 - 20 +7 79.0 1.18
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 20 - 32 -12 59.3 0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 20 - 32 -12 64.5 0.66
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 20 - 33 -13 58.4 0.66
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 16 - 31 -15 55.7 0.50
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' CoelhoPKL 9 - 37 -28 46.0 0.25

The other match was not quite as straightforward, at least not the first map, as Renegades picked up a close 16-14 victory on Cache after overturning a 12-3 halftime deficit thanks to a great display from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic, who put in a team-leading 1.53 Rating. The Canadian player continued his dominant showing on the second map, Inferno, helping the Australian side to cruise to a comprehensive 16-2 victory.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 46 - 22 +24 99.2 1.59
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 40 - 28 +12 92.9 1.38
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 35 - 26 +9 71.5 1.24
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 33 - 29 +4 85.3 1.21
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 38 - 28 +10 77.8 1.20
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 30 - 39 -9 82.9 1.00
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 30 - 37 -7 80.4 0.96
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 31 - 38 -7 65.6 0.82
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 23 - 39 -16 56.2 0.69
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 18 - 39 -21 40.3 0.60

The StarSeries i-League Season 4 event will run from February 17-25 at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. Sixteen teams, ten invited plus six qualified, will take part in this competition, which will begin with a best-of-three Swiss stage.

The final team list for the Ukrainian event looks as follows:

Denmark Astralis Europe FaZe
United States Cloud9 Sweden fnatic
France G2 Kazakhstan Gambit
Europe mousesports Brazil SK
Ukraine Natus Vincere Poland Virtus.pro
China TYLOO Korea MVP PK
Denmark Heroic Europe HellRaisers
United States Liquid Australia Renegades
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
expected
2018-02-03 11:22
#2
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr
Yes
2018-02-03 11:22
lol
2018-02-03 11:22
Expected
2018-02-03 11:23
why?
2018-02-03 11:23
#7
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Malaysia byaIi
Liquid lul
2018-02-03 11:23
#8
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Greece knk74
I like drinks
2018-02-03 11:23
Reported
2018-02-03 12:55
#46
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Greece knk74
Why
2018-02-03 15:25
reported
2018-02-04 09:27
#56
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Greece knk74
Deported ?
2018-02-04 12:48
#9
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Ukraine paradox1caL
chelo the new coldzera ALPHA-OMEGA LUL SQUARED
2018-02-03 11:24
#10
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Poland Oleczeq
Nice
2018-02-03 11:24
Ok
2018-02-03 11:25
#13
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Norway Phancy11
Damn cerq so bad, this kid have talent, but seems like he can't adopt his playstyle to the role he got in NRG. Sad.
2018-02-03 11:27
Idk what the problem is, he is an AWPer but yet doesnt seem to be fitting in somehow
2018-02-03 14:39
#14
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Czech Republic kuole
cerq lul
2018-02-03 11:29
No one cares
2018-02-03 11:31
#17
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Finland hotdog^
rip naf
2018-02-03 11:37
Since NAF is most probably leaving...who wants to join renegades? We have a Starladder, IEM Katowice, IEM Sydney and ECS and EPl spots. :^)
2018-02-03 11:46
#19
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Slovakia SLAVak
I can
2018-02-03 11:50
Gl with your trial
2018-02-03 11:51
Why though?
2018-02-03 11:54
There are rumours (which is basically 99% true now) that he is going to replace JDM in Liquid
2018-02-03 12:29
I still personally feel they should get Rickeh for jdm. NAF plays the exact roles like steel
2018-02-03 13:34
Twistzz will more than likely take the AWP role for the majority. He was already secondary Awping over nitr0 this week.
2018-02-03 14:09
And that's why I'm confused if this is true or not. Naf as a primary awper just seems like a wasted slot. Doesent matter too much for renegades as being a top 4 na based English speaking team it shouldn't be too difficult to find a replacement. Personal I wouldn't mind if they "imported" a player from another region.
2018-02-03 16:29
Well, what I think is happening is the liquid org does want to try to replace jdm. That's for sure. As for NAF, one thing is we don't know if Renegades are going to give him up, or when his contract ends. I'm sure if they can't get NAF, they will grab Rickeh
2018-02-03 17:17
Rickeh definitely better suited for Liquid Would be nice to see him in a top NA team because he has a lot of potential and he really does deserve to be playing on a good team
2018-02-04 06:08
he really does. Super underrated. Every single time he's played t1 he's played really fucking good. And he dominates t2 cs. Can AWP/Rifle which Liquid need
2018-02-04 16:23
Is not the right game for cerq
2018-02-03 11:53
#24
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Australia maarket
ez pz
2018-02-03 11:54
#25
jL | 
Estonia pj4
How is VP therr?
2018-02-03 11:59
Expected
2018-02-03 12:03
#28
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African Union mikecool
<insert steel oof>
2018-02-03 12:11
ez 4 XigN
2018-02-03 13:01
Lets go Liquid!
2018-02-03 13:35
#38
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Germany AYEON
No Flash gaming =Tier 5 tournament
2018-02-03 14:31
nrg is dead
2018-02-03 14:36
Yeah the boys
2018-02-03 14:38
Ez for faze guys They win this tournament
2018-02-03 14:57
Virtus Pro in 2k18 LUL
2018-02-03 14:59
#47
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India Pranav3112
Still better than the teams who weren't in the fking major
2018-02-03 15:27
#58
walle | 
Australia sini_
#YTB
2018-02-05 10:50
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