jks: "The mood is not as bad as what I thought it would be, I think we're all still pretty positive"

Justin "jks" Savage gave us an interview during the playoffs of IEM Chicago, reflecting on Renegades' third early exit in a row.

The Australian side have finalized their July run of three events with their third last-place exit in a row at IEM Chicago, where they met the fourth and second-best teams in the world, ENCE and Vitality, in the group stage.

jks addressed Renegades' struggles as of late

We managed to get a hold of jks after the disappointing run, reflecting on the tournament and on Renegades's struggles to return to their form from the first three months of 2019 as the next Major is drawing near.

You had to play some pretty tough competition here in ENCE and Vitality and you looked a bit out of your depth losing both series 0-2, what was going on with you here?

Yeah, we knew they were good teams, obviously, because they are ranked second and third, but I don't think we really felt like we were that bad compared to them, we thought we were going to put up a decent showing and have a decent result because, in the past, we've had some decent showings versus Vitality and versus ENCE, as well. I think it's about even now when you look at the matchups in terms of how many times we've won and lost. In the past, I think we had an edge over them, but obviously both of those teams just completely outclassed us, so...

I think the mood in the team wasn't anywhere near as good as what it had been in the past because we know we're going through a lot of issues right now and we're trying to figure out what's causing us to play not as well as we had before. It's not as bad as what I thought it would be, I think we're all still pretty positive about it and we've talked about it, we're still progressing outside of the game as individuals and teammates, I think that we're still doing pretty well talking about the mistakes we're doing and things that are upsetting other people in the team, how we can improve ourselves, and stuff like that. Even though it looks bad on the outside, it's not that bad on the inside.

Except for this event, we've had a lot of close games, a lot of top teams, but we just haven't been able to close them out, we've had 16-14s, 16-13s, so it's not like we're getting completely destroyed 16-1, 16-2. This tournament, we didn't have a really good showing, so I think we're going to have a small break now and before the Major we're just going to have a pretty serious, strenuous bootcamp because since we have Legends it's kind of that last thing we have to hold on to since this is like the end of the season. We want to have a really good showing at it and from there, we'll see what happens.

Not having Gratisfaction for a long period of time destroyed Renegades' confidence, jks says

What do you think you've lost in that period after the Major when you couldn't play in the full lineup, what are you missing now from then?

I think the main one is just confidence. Once we lost Sean, for a long period of time we had to play with stand-ins and go to tournaments without practice when he could actually go to the tournaments, like Sydney, when he came with us we didn't have practice before that and we obviously had a bad showing there. Not having him in the team because of all those issues that we had destroyed our team confidence, not so much individually, but in terms of chemistry and the way that we play together and stuff like that. Before we had those issues we were playing really well and then that came up and now we're just sucking. I think that's one of the main things, just team confidence. Over time, once you lose all these games, heavily close games, 16-14s, and you don't have showings at certain tournaments, it adds on to everything else in terms of the confidence, it's just kind of doubling down on it. You get more hesitant and you second-guess yourself in a lot of things.

Outside of that, in terms of practice, we're not doing anything differently to what we were doing at the start of the year. Maybe we're not refreshing our game enough that other teams are looking at our demos and they can see what we've been doing in the past, and that's playing down on us, as well, we've noticed that teams have been countering us and stuff like that. We need to spend more time on refreshing our playbook and the way that we play. I think those two things are the main issues, at least from my perspective.

How do you get back from this before the Major? What's going to be the focus, then, considering the main issue is about confidence, how do you recover from that?

Honestly, I'm not too sure. In terms of myself, I'm pretty confident as a player in the way that I've been playing, but as a team, I'm not too sure. To get confidence in the team, we have to have a practice bootcamp where everyone can see the results of it and everyone knows that we're working really hard, because when you know you're working really hard and you're putting in a lot of effort and lot of hours, you feel more confident at least.

It's not like you go to a bootcamp and you have 40 hours and then you're like 'okay, this was just a waste of time.' If you have 90 or 100 hours, you've made more strats, you've cut things out of your playbook that weren't working before, you've reviewed demos, you've done a lot of deathmatch, everyone feels more confident in terms of themselves and overall it just boosts the team's confidence in general. But without winning games on LAN and just playing good in certain tournaments, I think that's the only way you can build confidence, and just everyone having a positive attitude towards the game and outside of the game, as well. Those are the things that we need to do, or at least improve them.

What's the plan exactly, are you going to be in Europe again like you were ahead of Katowice?

Yeah, we're not going to go back to America for practice or anything like that, we're going back to Europe and I think we're going to play for like two weeks before the Major, we're going to have a bootcamp. Then we're going to play the Major, hopefully everything goes well from there on out and we've at least... as long as we've tried and we've done everything that we could have in terms of practice and putting in all the effort, I'm not too sure what else we can expect. I just hope that we have a good run at the Major and maintain our Legends spot.

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
ok
2019-07-23 13:17
aug nerf effect
2019-07-23 13:46
he should just pull off a coldzera and form a decent team with him
2019-07-23 13:57
#38
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Sweden Unluko 
Rip
2019-07-23 14:07
u fo
2019-07-23 16:04
#63
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Australia krittyx 
Don't insult jks like that ever again
2019-07-24 00:26
#91
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:26
#87
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:25
Pog
2019-07-23 13:17
#3
Stewie2K | 
United States bxteme 
Ok
2019-07-23 13:18
#4
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Syria Kings89 
s
2019-07-23 13:18
#5
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Australia Boostral 
RNG WINS THE NEXT MAJOR. QUOTE ME
2019-07-23 13:18
+1
2019-07-23 13:53
not gonna happen
2019-07-23 13:54
Gonna happen with RNG beating Liquid in the finals two times 16-0 and the goat GUCCI Gratata will get the MVP with an average 4.20 rating QUOTE ME
2019-07-23 13:58
#62
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New Zealand Dragon_ 
+999999
2019-07-24 00:01
#78
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Australia zanics 
+infinity YTB YTB YTB
2019-07-24 11:01
#88
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:25
#37
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Australia Boostral 
Just wait
2019-07-23 14:04
Honestly , I hope ReneGODS comeback Liquid to hell from like 13-2 to 14-16 on Inferno just like Ence did. #EZ4JKAEM
2019-07-23 15:58
#53
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Every1 luv jkaem :DDD Such a legend
2019-07-23 17:43
Keep dreaming
2019-07-23 18:49
#66
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Australia Boostral 
You'll see
2019-07-24 01:20
#92
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:26
#61
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New Zealand Dragon_ 
+99999999
2019-07-24 00:00
subscribe
2019-07-24 15:42
nice
2019-07-23 13:18
#7
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Canada nafanyMEOW 
jks in tol 20 in the 2019
2019-07-23 13:18
Ok
2019-07-23 13:18
tier 5 team relase jkaem and u will be a tier 7
2019-07-23 13:22
#44
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Australia opzy 
Jks is consistently outplaying jkaem...
2019-07-23 16:01
jkaem is a mirage god also, YTB
2019-07-23 17:39
Jks is one of the best players in the world,If his team was ranked higher he would be top 6 or 7 lol
2019-07-23 16:36
#89
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:25
No aug no ren...
2019-07-23 13:22
#50
towski | 
Australia zi8gzag 
wait
2019-07-23 17:37
#93
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:26
good to hear
2019-07-23 13:23
#12
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African Union mikecool 
<3. Stick with renegades through thick and thin!
2019-07-23 13:25
#22
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Australia alf_au 
It's tough being RNG fan but we get there in the end. YTB
2019-07-23 13:45
#28
jkaem | 
Norway birbbI 
Renegades will be top 5 team by the end of 2020
2019-07-23 13:50
RNG is a good team and i love the jkaem jks duo but they lost their momentum and good team are in the rise such as Vita Heroic or Mouz But no shame To like anyone
2019-07-23 17:14
#57
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Australia alf_au 
I have no shame. Renegades just have to find their way again
2019-07-23 23:04
#58
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Australia CaZeR01 
+1
2019-07-23 23:24
#29
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
<3
2019-07-23 13:50
#90
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:26
#13
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Australia TeBo 
I’m not an expert or anything but I think what needs to change is Grat’s playstyle. I think a key reason why we’re struggling is Grat being out awped & not having much impact. This is due to his clear lack of confidence atm. When Grat is hitting his shots and at his best he is being aggressive and that’s what I think he needs to do more. Sitting back & letting the other Awper or entry fragger take all map control isn’t working as he has a tendency to miss ez shots when playing passive. While he doesn’t have to be ArT aggressive I think showing no respect to his opposition might help & well if that doesn’t work then maybe it’s time for him to leave.
2019-07-23 13:26
You're right. GUCCI Gratata must hit his shots at the major it is an important gameplay and confidence element.
2019-07-23 13:32
#94
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:26
Maybe roaster changes after the major? -jkaem ...? -Azr ...? (Probably and hopefully not) But I like the lineup right now and who should they add as new player? +DickStacy kappa
2019-07-23 13:31
-jkaem? Are u kidding? He's the second best player in RNG
2019-07-23 13:34
You're right, his stats have been better than most of his choking teammates and he is a key element to their gameplay. But maybe they need to change this key element and bring in a new young player. But it would be a hard choice to make as it would mean some really big changes.
2019-07-23 13:45
Kick one of 2 decent and consistent players, what could possibly go wrong xd yeah just bring another unpredictable youngster to the team
2019-07-23 17:42
Removing their 2nd best player..
2019-07-23 13:45
Yeah I even said I like the current lineup and I wouldn't remove him either. But these big teams are sometimes really impatient and big problems require big changes. But I also think and hope that they won't change anything.
2019-07-23 13:50
lol no
2019-07-23 15:55
#54
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Liazz is a bit overrated and overhyped, id never kick jkaem. For me -liazz +someone better.
2019-07-23 17:47
#60
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Spain JasonRacism 
Liazz is a really good support player, Renegades issue is that Gratisfaction isn't having enough impact with the AWP
2019-07-23 23:31
#64
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
True
2019-07-24 00:50
#95
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:27
#17
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Another team destroyed by the AUG nerf
2019-07-23 13:41
#18
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United Kingdom TC10 
Save this man and jkaem
2019-07-23 13:43
#75
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Australia alf_au 
-1
2019-07-24 09:51
#77
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United Kingdom TC10 
I really like renegades but realistically they’ve been sandbagging for a while now but jks has barely missed a beat and jkaem has been pretty good too but are both just being held back
2019-07-24 10:19
#80
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Australia alf_au 
Only to an extent. Just because they're a carry doesn't mean they should leave the team. It's obvious Renegades can do big things they just have to put the puzzle together and win tournaments.
2019-07-24 23:43
#19
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Europe Kermac 
Disband when?
2019-07-23 13:44
I can't believe this FLUKE team is still around.
2019-07-23 13:45
#51
towski | 
Australia zi8gzag 
mad cos we rekt ence twice at the major
2019-07-23 17:38
Yeah but ENCE was in the final of that major and also IEM Chicago and Dallas while RNG is having a bombed out last place streak. Retarded fangay XD
2019-07-23 18:56
#59
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Australia CaZeR01 
Why so mad?
2019-07-23 23:29
#65
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Australia opzy 
China + NiP fan... I wonder why lmaoooo, still angry at gratata for being a legend
2019-07-24 00:51
-Gratisfaction, 0.91 rating -Legend Expected from negative IQ Australian brain Ninjas smashed Renebots in Sydney in front of you Australians btw, so probably you are the one being angry here?
2019-07-24 01:55
#72
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Australia opzy 
yeah i sound pretty angry dont i bro
2019-07-24 03:03
#73
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Australia kTw0 
Free Tibet The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 The Tiananmen Square Massacre The Anti-Rightist Struggle The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Dalai Lama Falun Dafa The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Nobel Peace Prize Liu Xiaobo
2019-07-24 05:05
XD How can a man be that pathetic like you
2019-07-24 05:56
#96
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:27
I'm not mad, you are. I simply pointed out the fact that ENCE is way better than Renebots right now, and retarded fangays like you cannot accept the truth. Cry more.
2019-07-24 01:52
#69
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Australia CaZeR01 
>fangay >supporting a home country Pick one Also just saying "retarded fangay" for no reason shows you have some problem with what was said
2019-07-24 01:56
Your countryman is shitting on ENCE despite them being the better team here, and you can't see anything wrong in that? Yeah that Finn said Renegades Fluke, but judging from their recent performance, that was a fluke indeed
2019-07-24 02:06
#71
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Australia CaZeR01 
Whatever you believe man
2019-07-24 02:07
Disband now. Ffs
2019-07-23 13:47
#26
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United States RULE34TRACER 
gl to them the scene needs comp
2019-07-23 13:47
#27
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
stop it already flukegades pls
2019-07-23 13:49
#31
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
don't worry boys it will get better, hoping for playoffs at the major <3 YTB
2019-07-23 13:51
#76
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Australia alf_au 
+1
2019-07-24 09:53
#32
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Czech Republic Mibrdisband 
I believe for a comeback jkaem <3
2019-07-23 13:52
#97
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Portugal Wordspotters 
+1
2019-08-02 12:27
#39
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Australia vamped 
I believe. Always will.
2019-07-23 14:14
I really hope they get their stuff together.
2019-07-23 14:30
if valve buffs the aug again then they'll be top1 within no time
2019-08-02 12:30
LUL
2019-07-23 15:15
#48
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Turkey xxxjet3 
More like aug nerf affect
2019-07-23 17:26
only reason why they suck right now is because of the AUG update, get rekt fucking auggies
2019-08-02 12:30
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