Gratisfaction set to return at DreamHack Masters Dallas

Owen "smooya" Butterfield has announced that his time as a stand-in with Renegades has come to an end and that Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai will return to the starting roster at DreamHack Masters Dallas.

Gratisfaction revealed to HLTV.org at IEM Sydney that he was having paperwork issues, and that smooya would be standing in for the team. It was expected that the British APWer would play through DreamHack Masters Dallas, but it now appears that the New Zealander will be back in action in Texas.

Gratisfaction will return after being on the sidelines for nearly a month

Renegades peaked at #5 in the rankings following a quarter-final finish at the Major and a semi-final run at StarSeries i-League Season 7 with Gratisfaction, but have since dipped back down to #10, unable to perform as well without their full roster.

Originally thought to miss the event because of the aforementioned visa issues, Gratisfaction is due to return on May 28 when Renegades face G2 in their DreamHack Masters Dallas opening match.

With the Gratisfaction's homecoming, Renegades will be back to their full lineup:

Australia Justin "jks" Savage
Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward
Australia Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas
New Zealand Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad

Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović (coach)

Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
391
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
838
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
Nice
2019-05-26 12:42
Cry
2019-05-26 12:47
f5
2019-05-26 22:47
#2
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Spain Junchh 
first
2019-05-26 12:42
#3
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United States Stoical 
wow
2019-05-26 12:42
#4
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France Ghoul98 
YESSSSSS
2019-05-26 12:43
#5
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Norway Phancy11 
Rip smooooooooooooooya
2019-05-26 12:43
Smooya deserves better tbh
2019-05-26 12:43
#32
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
he acc did good on renegades tbh
2019-05-26 13:05
#71
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
As good a quick stand in could. Close matches, most of them.
2019-05-26 14:13
#112
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United Kingdom Mumbles! 
Agreed, I think he's done himself a world of good standing in for them and showing he can get in mix it with the best.
2019-05-26 22:10
EZ for the rat king
2019-05-26 15:19
+69 to this
2019-05-26 15:21
Gl to uk hope smooya
2019-05-26 12:44
RIP smoo pls return to big
2019-05-26 12:44
#33
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
yes no smooya no bug
2019-05-26 13:05
I hope so, but I doubt this will ever happen widepeepoSad
2019-05-26 14:00
tru i dont have a lot of hopes left for this lineup i thought nex was bad but honestly, denis isnt what BIG needed
2019-05-26 14:01
tbf, Denis is a good temporarily stand-in for nex considering nex stepped down because of his wrist issues. If BIG would/is replacing nex permanently, I'd have rather signed an AWPer, like syrsoN since BIG seems to be willing to poach from Sprout
2019-05-26 14:14
exactly my thoughts! its a shame tabsen is wasted on the awp. i hope gob b picks it up. i just dont think that move was temporary, considering sprout has already signed kito. BIG denis is a permanent thing i guess
2019-05-26 14:15
#82
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United States @FyreCS 
They should go with something like Spidii/DuDe- IGL Syrson - awper Tabsen- Rifle Faven - Rifle Mirbit - Support I know Spidii is new to the IGL role, but he’s reads and strats aren’t that bad tbh. This is also best German lineup in my opinion with Xantares. Gob B has had way too many chances to make something great; the analyst call him a mastermind when he hasn’t even won a trophy yet...? Another mention would be Mantuu because he’s a hybrid, but I like the lineup I created. (Chemistry is prob better too)
2019-05-26 14:53
i dont like spidii and dude is only used to t4 teams syrson tabsen faven mirbit looks solid tho i'd add tizian to that roster, i know he gets a lot of shit but i think he'S insanely impact- and useful, and then let tabseN IGL. tabsen is learning IGLing from gob b and its said that when gob retires, tabsen takes IGL duties anyway. i also think it wouldnt affect his rifling capabilities very much. gob b has really good understanding of the game imo but his IGL style is easily readable and does not work nowadays. with smooya they had one player out of this too structured igl style, so they were less readable and played a bit faster. that worked pretty well in combination imo
2019-05-26 14:58
#85
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United States @FyreCS 
I agree with everything you said tbh! I did not know Tabsen was learning IGL role, I hope he doesn’t learn the exact IGL way from Gob B tho. Another option would be if Denis would IGL again, he wasn’t that bad at igling I think, especially if he had this lineup. Btw, nice to see smart, friendly, German(s) on HLTV rather than toxic f5 big clan fanboys. Nice to see not everyone is like that
2019-05-26 15:03
yeah letting denis IGL could be worth a try, i think he IGLed at the end of his mousesports-carreer too. i love BIG but what they're doing right now just does not make sense to me. yeah nice to have a civilized discussion on hltv for once
2019-05-26 15:06
#88
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United States @FyreCS 
+111
2019-05-26 15:13
They need someone better than Denis in. If next was more consistent they could contend with top 10 maybe but hes too up and down. -denis +syrsoN/Mirbit/Mantuu
2019-05-26 14:29
#83
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United States @FyreCS 
#82 above you I agree my friend!
2019-05-26 14:54
Is Mantuu the Polish player Sprout? I forgot lol, but last time I checked he is a nutty player wasting his time and talent on a Tier 2/3 team.
2019-05-26 19:45
he's Polish but like Austrian born (I believe) but had German parents, and lives in the U.K, he's a strange guy. He plays for aTX I think.
2019-05-27 05:20
Ah okay. Either way, I think he's an up and coming player. I hope he gets the chance to really shine.
2019-05-27 09:11
#9
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Slovenia ArlindEl 
No smooyyyyyaaaaa
2019-05-26 12:44
Rip
2019-05-26 12:44
#11
GuardiaN | 
Libya Bugro 
British APWer
2019-05-26 12:44
Hope you enjoyed this UK bot dear Renegades fans xD
2019-05-26 12:44
Hope you enjoy BOT NEO
2019-05-26 12:50
#38
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New Zealand rowdog 
bot RpK is worse
2019-05-26 13:07
LOL Le tank is better than NEO
2019-05-26 13:19
it ok bcuz him make Niko back in his form
2019-05-26 13:16
#13
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Sweden Lil|Kennedy 
'APWER'
2019-05-26 12:44
HELL YEEAH BOIS
2019-05-26 12:45
#40
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Nigeria Fraggot 
Can i get a H E L L Y E A ?
2019-05-26 13:10
HELL NO MATE
2019-05-26 13:19
#54
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Israel wetz 
Hell yeah mate
2019-05-26 13:36
#16
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China serdim 
smoooooooooooya on bench
2019-05-26 12:45
Gratisfaction <3 best name
2019-05-26 12:47
#19
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Russia ChmoEbanoe 
smooya bot
2019-05-26 12:48
'you can find me on the Bench over at @BIGCLANgg' This made me sad
2019-05-26 12:49
Big cant use him at esl events. So adding him wont make sense for cologne etc just stay 3 more months in bench and go back to team. They really need smooya back imo
2019-05-26 13:18
I think smooya does not want to play for them anymore and he will not play for BIG for sure
2019-05-26 13:32
Check his instagram storys, Q:A If big would ask you to play again for them, would you do it? Yes, instantly. Leaving them was a mistake but it happened and there is nothing to change that.
2019-05-26 13:45
Ahh ok. I was watching his stream like a month ago and he said that he would not play for them because he doesn't feel good playing in BIG, it doesn't fit his playstyle ect. Now I see that his opinion has changed
2019-05-26 14:37
I have a deja vu with smooya's drama before joining Epsilon, when he cannot play (don't remember why)
2019-05-26 13:41
#22
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Spain JasonRacism 
Finally
2019-05-26 12:50
#23
aurora | 
Australia omag 
YEAH THE BOYS
2019-05-26 12:51
noice
2019-05-26 12:52
#25
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India Tritium 
nice
2019-05-26 12:54
finally
2019-05-26 12:54
#27
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Australia CuppaJoe 
Thank you smooya, you deserve better than the bench of BIG, someone better pick you up. The Grat stache is back!
2019-05-26 12:55
#29
joy | 
New Zealand SkirmishX 
Gratty <3
2019-05-26 12:56
Gratty Boy <3
2019-05-26 13:29
#30
EliGE | 
United States oddinary 
EZ Clap we have missed you
2019-05-26 12:57
Shame. Smooya > Grat
2019-05-26 13:02
#37
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
we'll see. gl with ences game today :))
2019-05-26 13:06
#35
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Australia JAY_DAWG 
this is the return of the renegades, you saw how they played at star series, and they will play just as well at dreamhack WELL I HOPE SO, THEY PLAYED SHIT AT IEM SYDNEY :P EDIT: and well done to smooya, he played well
2019-05-26 13:06
they weren't able to practice much going into Sydney because of visa issues
2019-05-26 13:16
#52
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Israel wetz 
+1
2019-05-26 13:35
renegades with grata = shit just watch last place
2019-05-26 13:39
#98
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Australia opzy 
They didn’t have grat till last minute so they couldn’t practice. Renegades with grat = 5-8th at katowice
2019-05-26 15:55
grat is still trash
2019-05-26 16:21
Fail to see how hes trash when he jks and jkaem are the three that win them games most often. He might not be a God every week but hes good enough and makes the big plays when it counts. Also has a great attitude for the team, which also helps
2019-05-26 17:34
smooya > Gratisfaction
2019-05-26 13:05
#53
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Israel wetz 
Autimatic >both
2019-05-26 13:35
for me smooya > autimatic but i didnt watch C9 for a long time so i could be wrong.
2019-05-26 13:37
#56
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Israel wetz 
Autimatic is way more consistent
2019-05-26 13:38
#57
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Israel TheLoveGuy 
+1
2019-05-26 13:38
idk, but smooya in form is fucking amazing.
2019-05-26 13:43
#66
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Israel wetz 
Same about auti
2019-05-26 13:55
#41
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Ukraine Lynchsob 
Sean Kaiwai AYAYA
2019-05-26 13:13
British APWer btw
2019-05-26 13:13
#48
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United States Stoical 
Hope that toxic bot matured and realizes that with his attitude he’s going nowhere
2019-05-26 13:21
idk imo gratisfaction is overrated
2019-05-26 13:34
The bot returns rip renegades
2019-05-26 13:39
Finally.
2019-05-26 13:41
#62
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African Union mikecool 
As a team, the boys work better with grat. Looking forward to the full squad performing again.
2019-05-26 13:41
#64
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
While smooya is benched, is he receiving full amount of salary in BIG or it depends on the contract?
2019-05-26 13:44
I think Renegades is paying BIG for smooya and BIG is still playing smooya cuz of the contract.
2019-05-26 13:55
Rng stopped now standin is over, BIG still obligated to pay smooya until end of his contract or another org is willing to pay what they want as a buyout. Its shitty of big benching a player and probably declining offers of other orgs to buy him and then just hoping to recoup some money by loaning him out in the mean time
2019-05-26 17:39
#70
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Macau Bent0 
Renegade with gratisfication is a better team good for them
2019-05-26 14:03
renegades should keep smooya and kick liazz, that guy is worse than me
2019-05-26 14:15
#75
NEO | 
Poland michuba02 
British APWer nice :)
2019-05-26 14:26
#77
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Australia TotalEclipse 
Thank Christ. Back on the grind boys.
2019-05-26 14:35
#78
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
Finally he is back
2019-05-26 14:36
faceit.com/en/players/Gratata this kid is top 4 in eu faceit after some europe bootcamping and the reason behind renegades success, obviously has some winning formula thank fk hes back they sucked ass with smooya
2019-05-26 14:39
#81
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Portugal YANRAZA 
poor guy
2019-05-26 14:44
#87
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Turkey BuRaK@ 
Smooya AWPER IGL Tabsen 2nd top XANTA firep tizian rifler Calyx rifler Gob b coach 3 turkish player on line up ; Gob b,calyx,xanta germany=turkystan
2019-05-26 15:07
rip renebots
2019-05-26 15:19
Come to NA, Smooya!
2019-05-26 15:21
smooya beast GL to the bloke
2019-05-26 15:34
#96
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Japan CDstoy 
HAhahahaha nt smoooooya
2019-05-26 15:42
GRATATATATAA
2019-05-26 15:43
Smooya toxic af and sucks under pressure
2019-05-26 16:13
Finally
2019-05-26 16:26
#102
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Brazil Krammerzera 
gratisfation >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> smoybot
2019-05-26 16:55
#103
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Russia cuba_libre10 
expected
2019-05-26 16:56
APWer?
2019-05-26 17:18
I’m surprised no one has picked smooya up actually. I never cared for the dude til after this stand in. He put in good work and was respectful. #keepitupsmooya
2019-05-26 17:27
#106
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Nothing against him but Smooya>Gratata Change my mind
2019-05-26 17:28
#109
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
+1 fact
2019-05-26 18:00
#116
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Australia opzy 
Maybe raw skill wise, but he seems to bring more teamwork. He’s also fairly knew to the high level pro scene, so he will improve a lot I think
2019-05-27 09:01
#110
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
I watched some matches with smooya on Renegades, hea a great player good awp good pistols, but the teamplay with him was terrible.
2019-05-26 18:03
#114
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Australia alf_au 
COME ON GRAT!!!! MOUSTACHE GOD!!
2019-05-26 23:22
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