jks: "Compared to the last Major it's a lot more open, we have a better chance of making a deeper run"

We had a chat with Justin "jks" Savage after Renegades pulled off the reverse sweep from 0-2 to 3-2 to qualify for the playoffs at the StarLadder Major.

Despite close losses to NRG and AVANGAR to start off the Major down 0-2 in the Swiss format, Renegades managed to qualify for the playoffs after pulling off a reverse sweep, taking down DreamEaters, FaZe, and G2.

jks commented on his lack of big performances at the Major

After their fifth-round triumph against the Frenchmen, we sat down with jks to reflect on how the team left the previous season with a run of three early exits and their recovery from their poor run.

I remember talking to you in Chicago after the horrible run at the end of the season and, at that time, it looked like you weren't clear on how to recover from that bad string of results. How did that translate into the break and into the start here when you went 0-2?

In the break we just chilled out, we didn't really do much, I think everyone just needed some time away from the game after everything that's happened this year. When we came back to the bootcamp, we just had like two pretty much full weeks of practice, we'd only have like five or six scrims but outside of that we'd be doing like four or five hours of theory stuff and working on new strats, new setups, and stuff like that because we felt like we needed a new playbook. We had been running some stuff that was pretty old, so we got rid of things that weren't working and we kept some things that were working and we added a lot of new things. I think that's one of the main reasons why we have a different face at this tournament compared to the last few ones. Like I said before in the Chicago thing, we just needed new strats, everyone needed to be fully aware of what was happening in those strats, which is the case right now, so we did that.

I guess it's working, but yeah, we had a bit of a slow start to the tournament, I think we had 14-16 and 13-16, but that's been that way for the last four months, so we're kind of used to it at that point, it just f*cking sucked, that's about it (laughs). But we didn't stop thinking that we could make it, we were making jokes about it just because it's kind of become a thing for us at that point, and we were joking about what happens if we reverse sweep. I think everyone just kept their heads up and everyone was focused and we came back.

How did you manage to do that, beating DreamEaters, FaZe, G2, especially when from your side you have been missing some of the big performances we saw from you even when it wasn't going so well for Renegades?

I'm not too sure. We were playing against NRG and AVANGAR and they were playing really well and they both qualified. It's not like we played badly versus those teams, I think everyone realizes that it's not like we got blown out of the water or anything like that, not like we played a worse team than us and lost, we played two really good teams, so I don't think we really took that into account as much. Of course we made some key mistakes in these maps, which made it that close, but I don't think we took it to heart or anything like that.

About my performances, of course I know I can still play like how I used to play in the last couple of months, since the start of the year, and I know that it's there, it's just that the things we have right now in the current strategies and the current maps, maybe they're not working out so well for me. I just need to go back and look at them. It's mostly T side, I think, that's the issue. I'm not that comfortable in some situations and I need to find ways to create more opportunities for myself so I can have more impact. Some maps I'm good at doing that but others not so much recently compared to the past, so it's something I need to work on.

I'm not sure if that has to do with playing Vertigo, for example, I'm kind of stuck on that map on my side, at least, and on T side it's sometimes really hard. It's just mostly the T sides that I feel like I'm struggling with myself, so it's just something that I have to go back and look at. Even though I don't think I'm having as good performances as I did in the past, you can see people like liazz and stuff stepping up on the server, doing exactly what I was doing, so they're filling in what we're missing. I don't think it's really that big of an issue, but if I can figure out some things for myself and find some more ways to have impact on the T side specifically, and I guess CT side as well, then I think we'll be even better.

Now that you touched on Vertigo, you have been favoring the map here and kassad was talking about how the team enjoys it, from what you're saying I guess not so much, how is that dynamic for you?

As a team we're pretty good on it, mid-round we make some fumbles and I think we mess around too much and we give them too many openings, which kind of screws because it goes to like a 4v5 or something once we have space and then they retake it. I think it's just something that we have to look over as a team. Once we're all on the same page about it I think we'll be fine, I think that's just the way the map is, some spots are good, some spots are shit, it's just the map in general. It's an okay map, but it's just really weird, sometimes it can be really good sometimes it can be really shit, it's like that meme (laughs).

So far at this Major some of the big teams have been struggling, Astralis made it shakily, Liquid and Na`Vi are still up in the air, ENCE have a dead lineup, and Vitality struggled a lot in the first stage. With that in mind, how do you see your chances against that competition in the playoffs?

Compared to the last Major in Katowice where Astralis were by far the best team, I feel like it is a lot more open like you said, we have a better chance of making a deeper run compared to the last Major. When we played on the stage at the last Major in the top eight we kind of had some stage jitters, we were making silly mistakes that we wouldn't normally make. I think it's mainly because of the massive crowd and I think we weren't really playing how we would normally play. But I think this time around will be a little different. Versus MIBR in that top-eight bracket, they are a team that we struggle against a lot and the way they play, they are really methodical, sometimes we make mistakes and they capitalize on those mistakes, and it's really hard to close it out versus that team. Hopefully, this time we will get a better draw, like a team that we're more comfortable with, and we'll just go from there.

Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
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Maps played:
Denmark le_mub 
Well played Renegades dank
2019-09-01 17:22
nawwk | 
Sweden Pedro_pan 
2019-09-01 17:16
2019-09-01 17:16
thakjz, this is my seond number first of the times, and both times drunkens so proof, numbers ones = drunker
2019-09-01 17:18
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
deep run of 5th-8th
2019-09-01 17:17
Poland koxukruszwica 
2019-09-01 18:44
Australia opzy 
2019-09-07 07:20
United Kingdom Kansur 
2019-09-01 17:16
2019-09-01 17:16
Hvid | 
Denmark lonnyb 
2019-09-01 17:16
Reunion rolezK1 
gg gl jks <3
2019-09-01 17:16
Stewie2K | 
United States K1NGKY 
nice joke
2019-09-01 17:16
more like the opposite? rng are literally the luckiest team to make it wtf
2019-09-01 17:17
Australia CaZeR01 
How so?
2019-09-02 00:04
got rekted to 0:2 by nrg and avangar, then won vs dreameaters, somehow luckily won vs choke clan that managed to choke it, and then met g2, literally the worst team in 2-2 right after renegades. the easiest path when faze and g2 eliminated themselves.
2019-09-02 11:46
Australia opzy 
Nrg, who beat astralis and liquid, beat rng 16-14 with two eco wins. Avangar also proved to be a good team, and those were best of ones anyway. A reverse sweep is the least fluke way to win, as you need 3 bo3s. Obviously a bit triggered faze are out, eh?
2019-09-02 15:28
its just a waste of spot anyway because theyre gonna get deleted by ence. kinda sad that there could have been mouse or g2 or faze instead of these lucky wankers. only respect azr
2019-09-02 16:23
Australia opzy 
Imagine thinking they’re lucky when they beat both faze and g2 in a bo3
2019-09-03 03:17
Beating Faze is not an accomplishment to be proud of and g2 is so inconsistent. He’s right Rng are lucky af. Flag checks out.
2019-09-03 05:46
Australia opzy 
That wasn’t my point, he said that it could’ve been faze or g2 in the playoffs, which is retarded because rng beat them fair and square in bo3s
2019-09-03 08:23
''beat them fair'' like tell me literally a match where you couldnt say this. faze choked hard in two maps and it could be 2-0 with 16-0 swipe on nuke where rng didnt get a chance. then they choked hard on vertigo aswell where they losed to bunch of ecos. g2 is definitely way better team than rng and i have no idea how they managed to lose it vs these wankers. its by far the worst team in the quarterfinals and sadly they have no chance in getting further, unlike other teams that could have been in their position. how i said, only respect azr. otherwise wankers
2019-09-03 17:03
Australia CaZeR01 
Cry is free
2019-09-03 23:23
flag checks out new zealand
2019-09-04 15:36
Australia CaZeR01 
Please learn your flags before you make a comment like that thanks
2019-09-04 23:36
sry oceania
2019-09-05 16:15
Australia CaZeR01 
nearly there
2019-09-06 02:44
Xyp9x | 
Denmark baccster 
g2 and faze lost to them, it's just fair play to the renegades.
2019-09-05 00:28
stopped reading at rekted you delusional moron, 13:16 and 14:16 in bo1s, such terrible losses guardian will retire btw
2019-09-04 08:12
United Kingdom VOSSKI 
2019-09-01 17:17
Lmao beating dreameaters and struggeling against Faze and G2 and he thinks they have any chance against Liquid Astralis or Vitality
2019-09-01 17:18
Australia TotalEclipse 
16:11 on Vertigo and 16:9 on Inferno is struggling versus G2? OK.
2019-09-01 17:29
With both pistols each time yes it is
2019-09-01 17:33
jks | 
North America Fule 
So Liquid struggle against Vitality im Cologne cause they lose the pistols?
2019-09-01 22:09
Australia nazzle 
Salty Frenchman alert
2019-09-01 23:24
jks | 
Australia Notho 
Remember when Vitality lost to dreameaters. like 10 days ago?
2019-09-01 18:06
Thanks RNG for making me 40 bucks!
2019-09-01 17:20
Australia CaZeR01 
2019-09-02 00:04
France Gomie 
they will get rekt by a 3 - 0 team > 2 - 0 expected in quarters cya boys
2019-09-01 17:20
Hahhaha reneluck will ruin playoffs as usual
2019-09-01 17:21
Luckiest run ever
2019-09-01 17:23
Easiest 1000€ of my life
2019-09-01 17:27
0-2 to 3-2. it was pretty nutz
2019-09-01 17:29
Brazil de_lite 
"deeper run" aka getting knocked out next game
2019-09-01 17:31
African Union mikecool 
awww yeah the boys!
2019-09-01 17:37
2019-09-01 18:01
first decent team = goodbye
2019-09-01 18:33
"deeper run" you will loose your next match, they are already lucky to be here
2019-09-01 18:34
Thailand JULUL 
they got G2
2019-09-01 21:05
shit2 choking so hard , 4 buys wasted
2019-09-01 23:26
2019-09-01 19:05
so much salt in here hahahaha YTB
2019-09-01 21:03
Australia xSanctum 
Many salty baguettes
2019-09-01 22:44
Australia CaZeR01 
They can salt all they want while we celebrate another victory for the boys
2019-09-02 00:06
United States Fin4life 
renegades are over rated....way over rated....
2019-09-02 00:04
Australia CaZeR01 
Bruh everyone was picking them to either go 0-3 or 1-3 before the major wtf u talking about
2019-09-02 00:07
jks | 
Slovakia HRK7 
I had them in my Pics to go through. On the other hand, who had ENCE to go 3:0? That was a shock
2019-09-02 10:37
United States Fin4life 
they dont deserve the #17 rank...they suck bruh....ence is gonna smash them bruh....then you can cry....aussie aussie aussie....bruh....suck on that mate...
2019-09-02 16:04
Australia CaZeR01 
What an autistic reply
2019-09-03 23:24
United States Fin4life 
for an autistic team....aussie...aussie...aussie...derp...derp...derp...
2019-09-04 00:07
Australia CaZeR01 
Better than chanting USA over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over
2019-09-04 01:32
United States Fin4life 
says the tard from australia....home of crocodile dundee....only a few steps up from brasil as a butthole cuntry....aussie...aussie...aussie...FART...FART...FART...aussie CS stinks worse than my farts....have a sniff.....
2019-09-04 16:01
Australia CaZeR01 
Man you must what, 12?
2019-09-04 23:37
United States Fin4life 
takes big ''sniff sniff''...
2019-09-05 00:22
Xyp9x | 
Denmark baccster 
Don't mind him, he still wets the bed.
2019-09-05 00:32
Overrated, wtf most people said they were garbage and a wasted spot in the legends, and a lot of 0-3 picks were Renegades. If anything they were very underrated as they were an underdog in the last two games.
2019-09-02 07:02
Too bad they got the hardest quarter, bye rng
2019-09-02 00:08
+1 they r gonna get rekt by ENCE. I easily see ENCE winning this major.Atleast something gud 4 Aleksi.
2019-09-02 08:59
jks | 
Slovakia HRK7 
ENCE are pretty strong but I think Astralis is the most dangerous team in this Major
2019-09-02 10:44
Australia opzy 
2019-09-07 07:22
ZywOo | 
Asia boykun 
2019-09-02 17:51
Finland QLLI 
"ENCE has a dead lineup" kappa
2019-09-03 08:27
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