INS: "Everyone is living and breathing CS right now"

Following a tumultuous year thanks to border and travel restrictions, the Australian side is in Sweden ahead of the Challengers Stage.

Renegades have been quietly dominating their domestic circuit since the start of the pandemic in 2020. In 2021, the Aussies managed to travel for some international exposure for events such as IEM Katowice and Cologne as well as Pro League Season 13 but notably missed out on Season 14 amid travel restrictions.

While their results at these events meets the expectations of a side who predominantly plays in Australia, a 13-16th place finish at IEM Cologne with wins over OG and MIBR suggests they may be able take some upset victories in the Challengers stage.

INS and his crew are underdogs with a bite in the New Challengers stage

This year has been tough for the squad who saw their in-game leader Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong depart the lineup in February, with Joshua "⁠INS⁠" Potter having to take over the responsibilities in addition to Alistair "⁠aliStair⁠" Johnston becoming the primary AWP player for the team over Simon "⁠Sico⁠" Williams.

HLTV.org spoke with INS about the lead up to the Major and what they have been doing to catch up to an international standard of play. The 23-year-old also shared his thoughts on the teams in the Challengers stage and the added benefits their coach David "⁠Kingfisher⁠" Kingsford brings to the side.

Given the team has been to Europe and back a couple of times now, does it take long to get back into good habits for playing and practicing? Do the poor conditions in Australia make this difficult to stay on top of?

I'd say the main thing we do to assure we're on the right track as soon as possible is give ourselves a day or so before we get into practice. Adjusting to a flipped timezone is pretty hard and having to scrim against some of the best teams in the world with jet lag is not beneficial for anyone. Australian practice of course is going to make it difficult to adjust to the level of competition here, so you can't really be too hard on yourself for the first few days while adapting to this level again.

Looking at the Challengers stage, there are some big teams like Heroic, Astralis and FaZe. Where do Renegades sit in all this and do you fancy your chances of getting into the Legends stage?

There are definitely some huge names in the Challengers stage that we'll have to face, but it's really difficult to compare yourself to teams that have been at the top end of the game for so long. it's just an added pressure that's not necessary. We're confident and back ourselves. I believe as long as we play the Counter-Strike we know we have in us, we can make it to the Legends stage.

In Australia, it's clear no team has the potential you guys have. What can we expect to see from the Renegades and have you been working on anything in particular in the lead up thus far?

Our main goal of this bootcamp is to adjust to the new nade dropping meta in Europe and get ourselves on a good enough level individually, as it's been quite a while since we've played over here. We're slowly developing our game so it isn’t as one-dimensional and I'm still developing and learning how to IGL. You pick up on things a lot faster when you’re practicing against some of the best teams in the world.

In terms of preparation for other squads, have you and Kingfisher been doing anything specific, are there too many teams to cover, or are you going to only focus on your style and strategy?

We are mainly focusing on our own style and strategy, David has been working really hard on bringing new theory and adjusting our playstyle to the European meta. He helps me a lot individually, by taking most of the workload of finding new things and bringing them each day. As for preparation, we usually prepare for each team that we match up against when we find out who we're versing. But during the bootcamp it's all about us.

What are the goals you have for the event and what is the minimum Renegades have to achieve for you to be satisfied?

As long as we play the CS I know we can play and perform to the level we're capable of, I will be satisfied. Everyone is living and breathing CS right now and we’ll be doing our best to compete at the highest level we possibly can.

Are you disappointed to have to forfeit ESEA Premier, where you could have secured a spot at Pro League? How confident are you that you can still make it there through the EPL conference?

Yeah, we're definitely disappointed that we had to forfeit Premier, but sometimes that's just how it goes. Our main priority was just getting a good bootcamp in Europe and preparing for the Major in the best possible way, which meant missing out on finishing Premier. We're still very confident we can make it through the EPL conference, and that will be our main focus after the Major.

Renegades' campaign in the PGL Major Stockholm's first stage kicks off on October 26, with the Australian side set to match up against one of the surprise teams of IEM Fall Europe, Movistar Riders, in the first round.

Australia Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1000
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
889
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
882
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' Williams
Simon 'Sico' Williams
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
845
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.58
YTB keep the renegades major run alive
2021-10-20 12:08
19 replies
OMEGALUL
2021-10-20 12:08
#6
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Denmark Zetix02
Would be funny if they win the major
2021-10-20 12:09
8 replies
last 2 majors, top8 and top4 it would only make sense for them to make the grand final this time
2021-10-20 12:10
7 replies
It was another lineup
2021-10-20 12:30
6 replies
renegades is renegades
2021-10-20 12:35
5 replies
+1
2021-10-20 12:38
2 replies
+11
2021-10-20 13:16
1 reply
#49
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Australia jahsan
+111
2021-10-20 13:49
#47
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Australia bobolati
+1 thousand
2021-10-20 13:37
#77
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Indonesia songokong
+1 YTB
2021-10-20 20:20
nt SPUNJ
2021-10-20 12:54
6 replies
What’s the reason people keep saying it?🤔
2021-10-20 17:37
5 replies
he is SPUNJ.
2021-10-20 17:52
1 reply
Nah he isn’t
2021-10-20 17:53
2021-10-21 02:48
1 reply
oh i remember now
2021-10-21 17:20
#85
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Australia ceejae
He said it's him while casting a match. So I guess it is him.
2021-10-24 05:21
Let's go #RENEGADES! (Now that Ex-mum is out ;( )
2021-10-20 14:10
#60
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Australia B_Tannen
YEAH THE BOYS
2021-10-20 15:33
#2
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Estonia Argokirss
Pog
2021-10-20 12:07
2 replies
Pog
2021-10-20 12:22
Pog indeed
2021-10-20 15:08
#4
Jame | 
Poland Tikdem
Ez4ence
2021-10-20 12:08
1 reply
+1
2021-10-20 12:55
#5
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Europe Amne_cs
#SomosMovistarRiders
2021-10-20 12:08
1 reply
#36
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Spain nTapps
Yes
2021-10-20 12:47
#7
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Latvia heywire
they need to give it their all. to have a chance.
2021-10-20 12:10
1 reply
they're gonna give only 62% tho
2021-10-20 12:12
#9
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Sweden sn1pie
alistair underrated
2021-10-20 12:10
4 replies
Yes i agree next s1mple+dickstacy
2021-10-20 12:23
3 replies
#23
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Sweden sn1pie
Ok mr I quit playing cs xD
2021-10-20 12:23
2 replies
AcTuaLly i PlAyeD cS 2 dAys aGo
2021-10-20 12:46
1 reply
#38
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Sweden sn1pie
Wow insane
2021-10-20 12:53
they will go no where sadly
2021-10-20 12:11
Breathe only through your nose kids
2021-10-20 12:13
YTB hopefully they do good. They have the potential as long as everyone is at their A game
2021-10-20 12:14
I hope they do well , too much potential in this squad. Some really talented individuals, underrated as well. Squad can thrive more on LANs. Hope they can prolong their stay in EU so they can go toe to toe against better teams. YTB, lets go Alistair!
2021-10-20 12:14
good luck
2021-10-20 12:15
#16
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Macau Lacerta
yes
2021-10-20 12:15
#17
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Russia WiHuu
GL mens))
2021-10-20 12:16
They did very well at Berlin, finished in 3rd/4th place. Good luck guys!
2021-10-20 12:16
3 replies
#19
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Europe sm0go
This is a completely different roster lol
2021-10-20 12:18
2 replies
#78
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Australia Cheesle2
Rengades is Renegades
2021-10-21 02:32
1 reply
#83
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Europe sm0go
Ik. Just thought he/she was referring to INS and the crew by saying "they".
2021-10-21 14:54
#20
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Poland xMBTx
Renegades MAJOR champs inc ez
2021-10-20 12:20
based
2021-10-20 12:28
#26
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Australia XRetroProX
watch renegades make it to legends. aussies will never waste such an opportunity
2021-10-20 12:32
#27
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Australia z3ro_
I mean they showed us their potential last major
2021-10-20 12:34
#28
Bruh | 
Finland ihanok
here before it was ins and not renegades
2021-10-20 12:34
Let's go RNG. Legendary org
2021-10-20 12:37
The last title before this title of the article was "Renegades: 'Everyone is living and breathing CS right now'," you're welcome.
2021-10-20 12:37
EZ 4 ALISTAIR JOHNSTON
2021-10-20 12:40
They probably won't progress through the Challenger stage but hopefully they play spoiler.
2021-10-20 12:45
Lets goo RNG!
2021-10-20 12:49
Any up and comers RNG should be looking at in the future? i think vexite/sterling
2021-10-20 12:58
#42
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Finland markka
I believe the bois are gonna do well in the major
2021-10-20 13:00
#43
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Australia cl_brain0
yeah the fking boys, I know you'll do us proud mate. so glad we have a new generation of renegades to rep us at majors
2021-10-20 13:04
INSallah Renegades champion 🤲🏻
2021-10-20 13:17
WTF they are breathing caesium? how are they not intoxicated yet?
2021-10-20 13:23
#51
MC | 
Australia @MC_csgo
INS GOATED
2021-10-20 14:17
i will bet on ur team , dont let me dissapoint
2021-10-20 14:17
1 reply
#57
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Germany alexjpro
Entitled
2021-10-20 14:47
#53
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Korea jin67300
ez for god of cs raiting 1.39
2021-10-20 14:20
#54
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Australia boblao
Ez for renegades
2021-10-20 14:21
#55
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Ukraine Xe0m
YTB
2021-10-20 14:38
#56
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Australia CaZeR01
YTB
2021-10-20 14:38
#59
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Russia INESSOR
gl
2021-10-20 15:16
3 gamez and out.. eyeeee
2021-10-20 16:56
3 replies
Nah they played before and it was fine
2021-10-20 17:38
2 replies
Not with this roster bruhhh
2021-10-20 19:53
1 reply
I mean not in 2019
2021-10-20 19:54
Renegades in legends - EZ
2021-10-20 17:19
1 reply
Take legends spot over Godsent and Big? I doubt
2021-10-20 18:05
#66
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Other simon_
liar dog
2021-10-20 17:38
Deserved after handeling everyone in cs for so long)
2021-10-20 17:38
Rng to the finals
2021-10-20 17:50
Don’t drown
2021-10-20 18:23
good luck to them!
2021-10-20 19:37
#80
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Australia No2NauhFan
GO NAUH!
2021-10-21 03:15
I thought it was ins not INS wtf
2021-10-21 07:06
#82
anjing | 
Indonesia ro2a
Renegades owner must be very happy what a stonk deal have good major run and lineup, sell it for good money to 100Thieves use that money to buy cheaper Grayhound squad qualify to major while his old squad 100Thieves (now Extremum) is failing
2021-10-21 13:01
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