Renegades overcome Grayhound; qualify for IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage

After losing Inferno (6-16), Renegades beat Grayhound on Mirage (16-11) and Cache (16-13) to book their spot in the New Challengers Stage of the upcoming IEM Katowice Major.

The upper bracket final of the Asian Minor kicked off on Renegades' map pick, Inferno, where Euan "⁠sterling⁠" Moore opened up the action with a triple-kill to help Grayhound win their CT pistol. After building up their economy in the fourth round, Renegades managed to secure a pair of rounds, but Grayhound immediately got back on the board with pistols and two saved AUGs.

Grayhound did not give their countrymen any room to manoeuvre and further added to their lead in the next three rounds, 7-2. That was when Joakim "⁠jkaem⁠" Myrbostad came up huge in a shoddy buy from Renegades, finding a triple-kill in a 2v3 situation to inspire his team to eventually bring the deficit to just two rounds. Erdenetsogt "⁠erkaSt⁠" Gantulga's troops went on to take a 10-5 lead, however, with the 23-year-old leading the way with 17 frags.

Despite losing the first two rounds of the half, Renegades found a lifeline on the map by winning the first gun round. Still, Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong and erkaSt then turned a 2v3 situation around, and, from that moment, their opponents were helpless to stop Grayhound from taking the lead in the series, 16-6.

jkaem and jks played a key role in the series

Renegades got off to a flying start as CTs on their opponents' map pick, Mirage, losing a single round before bagging a dominant 7-1 lead. Nevertheless, Grayhound then won their second round with a triple-kill from erkaSt in an A execution, and followed that up with two more to reduce the deficit to 4-7.

Renegades still hit eight rounds thanks to Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward and Jay "⁠Liazz⁠" Tregillgas shutting down a B execution well, but Grayhound did not back down and responded with a trio of rounds to reach their seventh on the board.

In the second half, Grayhound bagged their first lead of the map after winning their third pistol of the series and the subsequent anti-eco, 9-8. Renegades went on a great run, however, storming to a 14-10 lead in convincing fashion.

Grayhound denied their opponents from hitting map-point in the following round, but Renegades quickly took the series to a third map with a 1v2 clutch and a triple-kill from Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai and jkaem, respectively.

erkaSt was a force to be reckoned with, but that was not enough to stop Renegades

Starting out as Counter-Terrorists on the decider, Cache, Renegades strung four rounds together fairly easily to take control of proceedings. Even though Ollie "⁠DickStacy⁠" Tierney and co. then replied with three successful rounds, AZR's men kept crushing them opponents until the break, 12-3.

Grayhound found a footing on the map by winning the second pistol and an anti-eco, but Renegades picked up a pair of rounds of their own to make it 14-5. Despite Renegades eventually hitting match-point with a 1v3 clutch from AZR, Grayhound tried everything they could to stop their opponents.

It was in vain, though, as Renegades remained calm and collected, sealing the deal at 16-13 to qualify for the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage and take home the grand prize of $30,000.

Matchpage
2
1
25th January 2019
6
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
11
16
Cache
13
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 51 +11 93.2 1.28
66 - 56 +10 85.9 1.22
51 - 52 -1 71.0 1.04
50 - 54 -4 66.9 1.02
28 - 50 -22 53.0 0.81
 Grayhound K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 52 +16 98.8 1.28
55 - 53 +2 73.4 1.04
51 - 54 -3 73.6 1.03
47 - 46 +1 60.4 0.97
42 - 52 -10 62.4 0.90

The IEM Katowice 2019 New Challengers Stage team list currently looks as follows:

United States Cloud9
Sweden NIP
Russia Vega Squadron
Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Russia Spirit
Australia Renegades
North America Americas Minor #1
Other Minors play-in #1
France G2
China TYLOO
Sweden fnatic
Finland ENCE
France Vitality
Asia Asia Minor #2
North America Americas Minor #2
Other Minors play-in #2
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
440
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
New Zealand Euan 'sterling' Moore
Euan 'sterling' Moore
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
323
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.59
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
460
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
566
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
gg
2019-01-25 15:37
8 replies
not deserved
2019-01-25 15:37
5 replies
deserved
2019-01-25 15:38
4 replies
Rip dickstacy stickers
2019-01-25 16:12
3 replies
#41
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United States GameZ_iwnl
they can still get runner up. DickStacy lives
2019-01-25 16:36
1 reply
#43
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United States Ghoulxd
+1
2019-01-25 16:40
#50
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Germany Youngnibba
Either they win against vici or place 1/2 in the last chance qualifier so 2 chances
2019-01-25 17:20
Ez 30k for renegades as always
2019-01-25 15:37
#36
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Poland Unluko
Cry
2019-01-25 16:05
Deserved
2019-01-25 15:37
#4
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Europe Kilian_9047
Pog
2019-01-25 15:37
#7
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Poland SalamiXgod
Gz
2019-01-25 15:38
#8
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Germany Goodkatcsgo
expected
2019-01-25 15:38
Grayhound are the 2nd team to make it tomorrow ez pz 2 aussie teams in major.
2019-01-25 15:39
2 replies
#33
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st
and bigdick stickers
2019-01-25 15:59
1 reply
thats what we all want. plus i want a nice grayhound sticker aswell
2019-01-25 16:00
#10
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Brunei siapa_kau
renegades always fucking lose in the first match but take the last two,stop making me worried renegades ;-;
2019-01-25 15:39
4 replies
#14
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Poland Crai9Xen
Lets hope they wont throw again in new challengers stage
2019-01-25 15:42
3 replies
They will. RNG is shit
2019-01-25 15:57
2 replies
#62
INS | 
United States Fule
Nooo
2019-01-26 02:54
#66
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Australia Xplicid
is THE shit :))
2019-01-26 12:31
Get Liazz more comfortable and things will be easier, So painful watching him play shit roles, The dude single handedly carried his previous team ...
2019-01-25 15:41
4 replies
he is shit
2019-01-25 16:38
3 replies
hltv.org/matches/2322414/order-vs-cloud9.. When he had good role previously he destroyed, Classic example
2019-01-25 16:48
2 replies
#63
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United States Fule
*against lower tier teams
2019-01-26 02:55
1 reply
C9?
2019-01-26 07:32
#12
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Europe potatomato
another free ticket to major , Valve pls fix
2019-01-25 15:42
8 replies
#17
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Russia Roneeee
+1 if they play in NA lets play NA minor. Or if you play minor in Asia lets RNG move to oceania and oceanian Leagues
2019-01-25 15:44
7 replies
Thats what i dont understand. Rng is stationed in NA and they play NA EPL then why the fuck are they allowed to participate in the Asian Minor? If u play in NA then stay the fuck there and dont be a choosy bitch about it.
2019-01-25 15:50
6 replies
"choosy bitch" ??? lmao they don't decide what minors they play in...
2019-01-25 16:06
5 replies
#45
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Singapore FallBlade
what about Bravado and American minor
2019-01-25 16:45
1 reply
#47
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Spain Silber_
Because there's no african minor, and they played american quals. Rng have majority of players from oceania and they had to go to australia to play the minor quals
2019-01-25 16:51
But thats just stupid. Then nrg shouldnt be allowed to play NA EPL. Play the Asian EPL ffs
2019-01-25 16:54
2 replies
I know what you are saying, but seriously shouldn't hate a team because of valves decisions. :) They either follow the rules or don't play, simple.
2019-01-25 17:10
they don't have a choice on where to play, its based on where the majority of your team is from (4 from OCE so they play the asia minor) if anything its been bad for them because they have had to miss big events just to go play the minors, one of which they asked if they could play in the NA minor so they could attend the EPL finals but Valve said no.
2019-01-25 19:28
#13
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Panama cyain2029
Who
2019-01-25 15:42
#15
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Poland Crai9Xen
Gratatatatata stickers on my awp Feelsgood
2019-01-25 15:43
#16
jks | 
Germany ZeNe
Jks...so much potenzial...but sad that u not making the move to NA...
2019-01-25 15:43
2 replies
Or eu. Just think about faze picking him up or mouz...
2019-01-25 15:47
1 reply
#35
jks | 
Germany ZeNe
Yeah, jks is the best AU player and i would be so Happy if he would do it...
2019-01-25 16:01
Dont worry Grayhound wont let the next chance slip away and qualify through the LB.
2019-01-25 15:47
#20
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African Union mikecool
I hope grayhound get the second qualifier spot, that would be awesome. The series was fun to watch and I'm super happy that Renegades took the top spot. Gg.
2019-01-25 15:48
#26
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Europe Skraj
Renebots with the easiet path to the major. Facing Grayhound three times (#43), Aequus (so irrelevant they're unranked) once, ViCi (#70) once.
2019-01-25 15:50
1 reply
But a big part of the reason these teams are ranked so low is because they rarely get the chance to play top tournaments or against decent EU or NA opponents. I'm not saying they're top 5 in the world but Grayhound especially definitely look like they could compete with many teams ranked far above them.
2019-01-25 18:15
expected
2019-01-25 15:51
Expected,nt Grayhound wp,gg Renegades great work
2019-01-25 15:54
#32
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Netherlands itsm
Renegades will lose 0-3 as usual in the challengers
2019-01-25 15:58
#37
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Netherlands Polakva
ez 0-3
2019-01-25 16:06
ez 4 ma boy jkæm
2019-01-25 16:17
Lol free challenger stage for kangroos
2019-01-25 16:41
So no dicks stickers?
2019-01-25 18:03
Jkaem has become a star actually, hes been dominating
2019-01-25 18:13
1 reply
+1
2019-01-25 20:32
#54
jks | 
Australia Mosski
<3
2019-01-25 18:51
rip malta :(
2019-01-25 19:18
RNG Always got a free ticket since most of Asian CS are bad if compared to RNG or TyLoo.. So expected.. Volvo, pls fix xd
2019-01-25 20:25
EZ
2019-01-25 20:49
#60
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Australia alf_au
Yeah the boiis
2019-01-26 00:41
#61
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China micturkey
Expected. Rng and Tyloo, win 3 matches to go into the major group stage and win at least 1 match in group stage so that other Asian team could get some chances for major qualifier.
2019-01-26 01:54
nice New Zealand in major!
2019-01-26 03:14
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