Renegades qualify for ESL One Cologne over OpTic

Renegades are through to ESL One Cologne after defeating OpTic 3-1 (16-6 Inferno, 7-16 Train, 16-9 Mirage) in the best-of-five final of the North American closed qualifier.

Earlier on Friday, the upper bracket final between Renegades and OpTic had seen the Australia-based team sweep the Green Wall 2-0 to secure a spot in the grand final, earning an automatic one-map advantage. Sent to the lower bracket, OpTic faced off against eUnited in the consolidation final, in which the all-Danish lineup beat the North Americans 2-0 to get a shot at revenge on Renegades.

The grand final kicked off on Renegades map pick, Inferno, where Noah "Nifty" Francis picked up three headshots in the first pistol round to put his team in the lead. Renegades went on to claim the anti-ecos and two more before OpTic could respond with their first (5-1). Swiftly, Renegades came back and marched through the first half, limiting their opponents to just three rounds.

Renegades secure their ticket to Cologne in July

The second half saw OpTic come out of the gate red-hot to quickly earn the second pistol and the following anti-ecos; however, with money in the bank Renegades were able to secure four CT rounds in a row to take the 2-0 series lead.

The series then moved on to Train, OpTic’s pick, which saw a pair of doubles from Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen secure the T-pistol for the Danes before Justin "jks" Savage’s triple with the CZ-75 evened things out in the following round. From there, Renegades racked up four defensive rounds in a row to take a 5-1 lead, but the Green Wall contested to reduce the deficit, eventually tying the game at 6-6.

The two sides went back and forth before OpTic finally topped the first half with an 8-7 scoreline. In the second half, Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and co. continued to press on the CT-side to win eight straight over Renegades, earning their first map victory.

The final map in the series landed on Renegades’ pick, Mirage, where JUGi created a 1v1 to beat Nifty for the pistol round. The Danes went on to secure the following anti-ecos to make it 3-0, but Renegades topped the first gun round and picked up two more to tie the score (3-3). The two sides briefly traded rounds until Renegades finally got the edge and tacked on five in a row to secure a 10-5 half-time lead.

OpTic secured the second pistol round with ease, but it didn’t take Renegades long to snap back into things with three straight. From there, Renegades kept OpTic’s economy to a minimum and won the remaining rounds they needed to punch their ticket to ESL One Cologne.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 60 - 53 +7 95.6 1.37
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 55 - 37 +18 71.6 1.25
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 49 - 43 +6 74.9 1.10
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 45 - 43 +2 69.8 1.04
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 37 - 53 -16 65.6 0.84
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 55 - 47 +8 76.4 1.14
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 43 - 49 -6 69.8 0.99
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 49 - 51 -2 76.8 0.96
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 45 - 51 -6 70.4 0.94
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 37 - 49 -12 59.1 0.93

ESL One Cologne will run from July 3-8, with the playoffs being held at the Lanxess-Arena. With Renegades topping the North American qualifier, only three spots remain in the $300,000 tournament remain up for grabs. Two teams will come from the European qualifier, while the last will be determined by the GG.BET Majestic Champion.

The team list for the event looks as follows:

Denmark Astralis Germany BIG
United States Cloud9 Europe FaZe
Sweden fnatic France G2
North America Liquid Europe mousesports
Ukraine Natus Vincere Sweden NiP
Brazil SK Singapore BOOT-d[S]
Australia Renegades Europe Qualifier
Europe Qualifier Other GG.BET Majestic winner
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
yes
2018-05-26 11:42
#6
lsd | 
Germany dzynK 
Edited noob
2018-05-26 11:43
turn around and keep making cheats bruh
2018-05-26 11:44
#9
devoduvek | 
Canada kawoh 
YEAH THE BOIS
2018-05-26 11:44
#16
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Palestine zwe 
yes
2018-05-26 11:46
#17
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected the boys
2018-05-26 11:46
#10
lsd | 
Germany dzynK 
0/8 silver boy
2018-05-26 11:44
1v1 me @ lan
2018-05-26 11:44
#20
Tomato | 
Europe boys 
nt texas
2018-05-26 11:49
#43
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet 
:D
2018-05-26 13:17
#24
lsd | 
Germany dzynK 
I would but i bet 100€ that you are not even level 10 in faceit or rank a+ in esea so its useless to 1v1 you
2018-05-26 11:52
hahah u are totally wrong mate, Rank S and level 8 (i dont play too much)
2018-05-26 11:54
#27
lsd | 
Germany dzynK 
Proof?
2018-05-26 11:54
check steamcommunity.com/id/akazeta =)
2018-05-26 11:55
#31
lsd | 
Germany dzynK 
Ohh respect first guy whos not lying about his rank :) keep it up 95% are trash players here
2018-05-26 11:57
haha thanks =)
2018-05-26 11:58
#44
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet 
Did he pay you the 100€?
2018-05-26 13:20
nope
2018-05-27 23:01
#69
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet 
Jonathan should ban him then
2018-05-27 23:16
#8
devoduvek | 
Canada kawoh 
f
2018-05-26 11:44
#2
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Brazil de_stroyed 
OK
2018-05-26 11:42
#3
jks | 
North America xdrax 
the boys
2018-05-26 11:42
#4
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Australia dolebludgernoz 
easy EDIT: was he even playing? twitter.com/k0nfigCS/status/100017139704..
2018-05-26 11:44
great North american qualifier with danish and australian teams in the final
2018-05-26 11:45
the orgs are na not the players
2018-05-27 12:56
yes i know obviously. its not ridiculous?
2018-05-27 12:58
"faze clan of Denmark"
2018-05-26 11:45
#62
SPUNJ | 
Australia nazzle 
thats completely correct they came second
2018-05-27 02:59
Expected nifty carry
2018-05-26 11:45
#15
REZ | 
Portugal Thebreaker 
First
2018-05-26 11:46
#18
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Australia WaxNWayne 
YTB
2018-05-26 11:46
#19
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
not making excuses, but does anyone know if they played from Europe? :)
2018-05-26 11:47
Pretty sure they didn't and both k0nfig and jugi didnt show up against vintage jkaem and the boys.
2018-05-26 11:52
#25
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Cool. Was just wondering if they stayed in the states after dallas :)
2018-05-26 11:53
Yeah all good I respect non salty fans
2018-05-26 12:12
#48
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Finland hotdog^ 
They're staying in Texas until after DH Austin
2018-05-26 13:56
#21
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Australia not_prokda 
stwf
2018-05-26 11:50
LMAO OPTIC TIER3
2018-05-26 11:51
*4
2018-05-26 20:18
#28
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Jugi bottom frag? Thats not normal.
2018-05-26 11:54
#30
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Australia Dadecum 
ytb
2018-05-26 11:57
#33
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Serbia Daki187erz 
cant wait to see nifty playing :D
2018-05-26 12:00
nifty on LAN
2018-05-26 12:05
#36
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Croatia DNM_ii 
>NA qualifier >Denmark and Australia finals
2018-05-26 12:14
#37
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Spain JasonRacism 
Nothing new
2018-05-26 12:18
#39
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Greece knk74 
iem oakland 2017 had an au vs eu na qual final
2018-05-26 12:26
#38
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Ukraine kek1 
NOOOOoooooOooooo
2018-05-26 12:20
#40
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Germany NiceC 
Gratulation Aussies/Renegades! Nifty is insane.
2018-05-26 12:53
#41
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Someone explain why Renegades had the 1-0 up at the start? Is it because they beat them earlier?
2018-05-26 12:57
They won vs. optic before and thus came from the upper bracket into the final which gave them 1 default map as an advantage.
2018-05-26 13:01
#64
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Cheers.
2018-05-27 12:41
#55
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Croatia DNM_ii 
Upper bracket advantage.
2018-05-26 17:24
#65
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Thanks.
2018-05-27 12:41
#45
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Europe artilele 
expected
2018-05-26 13:30
#46
Just2EZ | 
Europe 4ENCE 
Nice jkaem Have optic chance to qualify?
2018-05-26 13:44
#49
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Finland hotdog^ 
nope
2018-05-26 13:57
#47
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Australia StVincent 
EZ Aussies
2018-05-26 13:55
#50
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Denmark Xipingu 
300k$ only? Lel
2018-05-26 14:18
Was optic playing from Europe?
2018-05-26 14:56
#53
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United States _ATaXiA_ 
No, they played from Austin Tx.
2018-05-26 16:35
#54
elemeNt | 
Norway sQvnig 
It's great to see jkaem performing on a consistent level on this team. He's been so underwhelming ever since Cluj Napoca back in 2015. Gotta cheer for my fellow Norwegians in the scene - not that many of them, at least compared to 1.5/1.6.
2018-05-26 17:18
#56
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
yes :D
2018-05-26 17:44
byebye konfig! :)
2018-05-26 19:12
#60
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Expected! Congratz Renegades! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-05-26 20:17
nifty again on the bombsite lets see some more magic my friend with that awp, chrisj goes down ooohhhhh niftyyy!!! and nifty is coming up absolute whattt??? nifftyyy right now for the renegades!!! holy moly!
2018-05-27 10:18
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