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Renegades (esports)

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DivisionsCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
Super Smash Bros.
Rocket League
FoundedMarch 9, 2015 (2015-03-09)
LocationDetroit, Michigan
OwnerJonas Jerebko
Partners5-hour Energy
Meta Threads

The Renegades, officially the Detroit Renegades and previously the LA Renegades, are a professional esports organization that fields teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Paladins, Vainglory, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. It previously had a League of Legends team that qualified for the 2016 North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), but it was sold to Team EnVyUs after the owners were banned from NA LCS ownership.

In September 2016, professional basketball player Jonas Jerebko purchased the rights to the Renegades franchise.[1]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Renegades acquired the Australian CS:GO team Vox Eminor on June 19, 2015.[2] The Renegades were the first team announced to be participating in the ELeague. After placing second at IEM Taipei 2016, Renegades announced that Karlo "USTILO" Pivac would be replacing Luke "Havoc" Paton in their starting roster.[3] On June 17, 2016 Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill announced his retirement from competitive Counter-Strike.[4] Ricky "Rickeh" Mulholland was announced as SPUNJ's replacement on July 12, 2016.[5] Following Rickeh's departure to Counter Logic Gaming, Renegades first added Nemanja "nexa" Isaković to their roster for a brief four-month stint, before releasing him. As their new fifth, they acquired David "Jayzwalkingz" Kempner on a trial-basis from Fnatic's academy team, before releasing him after a month. On September 1, 2017, Keith "NAF" Markovic was added as the fifth player from OpTic Gaming.[6] He transferred to Team Liquid on February 5,[7] 2018 and was replaced by Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad three days later, as a long-term stand-in.[8]


ID Name Role Join date Hometown
Australia AZR (Captain) Aaron Ward Rifler 2015-06-19 [9] Brisbane, Australia
Australia jks Justin Savage Rifler 2015-06-19 [9] Brisbane, Australia
New Zealand Gratisfaction Sean Kaiwai Awper 2017-03-31 [10] Gisborne, New Zealand
Norway jkaem Joakim Myrbostad Rifler 2018-02-08 [8] Elnesvågen, Norway
Australia Liazz Jay Tregillgas Rifler 2018-07-05 [11] Sydney, Australia
Serbia kassad (Coach) Aleksandar Trifunović Coach 2018-10-08 [12] Belgrade, Serbia


ID Name Join date Leave date New Team
Australia Havoc Luke Paton 2015-06-19 [9] 2016-02-21 Legacy eSports
Australia SPUNJ Chad Burchill 2015-06-19 [9] 2016-06-17 Retired
Australia Peekay Nicholas Wise 2019-04-24 2017-01-04[13] None
Australia Rickeh Ricky Mulholland 2016-07-12 2017-03-06 [14] Complexity
Australia yam Yaman Ergenekon 2015-06-19 [9] 2017-03-23 [15] Tainted Minds
Serbia nexa Nemanja Isaković 2017-04-13 2017-08-18 MANS NOT HOT
Sweden Jayzwalkingz (Trial) David Kempner 2017-08-18 2017-09-01 Epsilon eSports
Canada NAF Keith Marcovic 2017-09-01 2018-02-05 Team Liquid
Serbia kassad (Coach) Aleksandar Trifunović 2017-01-04[13] 2018-05-17 [16] Valiance
United States Ryu (Trial Coach) Steve Rattacasa 2018-06-23 2018-09-24 None
United States Nifty Noah Francis 2017-03-31 2018-09-27 Team Envy
Australia USTILO Karlo Pivac 2016-12-08 2018-09-29 Tainted Minds

Notable tournament results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Placement
2015-08-21 ESL One: Cologne 2015 Colgone, Germany 9 - 12th
2016-11-26 DreamHack Open Winter 2016 Jönköping, Sweden 2nd
2017-06-04 Asia Minor Championship - Kraków 2017 Beijing, China 1st
2017-10-29 Asia Minor Championship - Boston 2018 Seoul, South Korea 1st
2017-11-05 StarLadder i-League Invitational #2 Shanghai, China 1st
2017-11-12 iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 Santa Ana, California, USA 2nd
2018-01-15 ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 Boston, Massachusetts, USA 18th
2018-07-20 Asia Minor Championship - London 2018 London, United Kingdom 1st
2018-09-08 FACEIT Major: London 2018 London, United Kingdom 20-22nd
2018-12-07 ESL Pro League Season 8 - Finals Odense, Denmark 5-6th
2019-01-26 Asia Minor Championship - Katowice 2019 Katowice, Poland 1st
2019-03-01 Intel Extreme Masters XIII - Katowice Major 2019 Katowice, Poland 5-8th
2019-04-06 StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 Shanghai, China 3-4th
2019-09-09 StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 Berlin, Germany 3-4th

Bold signifies a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship


Renegades acquired the team "Leftovers" on January 18, 2016.[17] Following the Halo World Championship, Spartan and StelluR left Renegades for Team Liquid.[18]


ID Name Age Role Join date
Commonly Hamza Abbaali 19 Slayer 2016-01-18
Ninja Tyler Blevins 24 Slayer 2016-01-18
Victory X Cameron Thorlakson 26 Slayer 2016-01-18
Penguin Zane Hearon 18 Slayer 2016-01-18
Symbolic Kory Arruda Coach 2016-01-18


ID Name Join date Leave date
StelluR Braedon Boettcher 2016-01-18 2016-04-29
Spartan Tyler Ganza 2016-01-18 2016-04-29

League of Legends[edit]

NicknamesRNG, REN
LeagueLeague of Legends Championship Series
Team historyMisfits (2014–2015)
Based inDetroit
ArenaRiot NA LCS Studios
ColorsRed and black
OwnerJonas Jerebko
Head coachAnthony Andrews
BroadcastersRiot Games,


Renegades was initially announced as an unnamed Challenger team in early March 2015 by Chris Badawi.[19] The team's first roster included mid laner Alex Ich and jungler Crumbzz, along with support Remilia from solo queue.[19] After tryouts for the remaining two positions, top laner RF Legendary and AD carry Intense joined the team, and they named themselves Misfits.[19] In April, Misfits participated in the AlphaDraft Challenger League (ADCL) and dropped only a single game during the regular season round robin, finishing 11-1 in first place. After the ADCL regular season ended, Intense left the team. Stixxay joined as a substitute AD carry and played with the team for the bracket stage of the ADCL, and they won the tournament, beating Frank Fang Gaming in the finals.[19]

Misfits played under the name The Expendables6 on the Challenger Ladder and were in third place at the cut-off date for NA Challenger Series (NACS) Summer Qualifier participation.[19] Danish AD Carry Jebus joined as the team's final permanent member, replacing Stixxay, but his first appearance was delayed due to visa issues. In the NACS Qualifier, Misfits played against Also Known As, Team Liquid Academy, and Magnetic, using two different substitute AD carries — Maplestreet against Also Known As and Magnetic, and Nien against Team Liquid Academy. Misfits swept their competition with three consecutive 2-0 victories and qualified for the Summer Season. The team shortly thereafter renamed to Renegades, with caster and former coach Chris "MonteCristo" Mykles joining as the team's co-owner.[2]

Prior to the start of the Challenger Series, Riot Games published a competitive ruling regarding team owner Chris Badawi claiming that he had inappropriately attempted to persuade otherwise contracted players to join the team (then Misfits), including Team Liquid's Quas and Keith. The ruling stated that if Renegades were to qualify for the LCS, Badawi would have to drop his ownership stake in the team. Multiple parties reacted to the ruling, including MonteCristo and Badawi himself, who both protested the fairness of the ruling; and team owners and managers Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet of Team Liquid,[20] Reginald of Team SoloMid, and Jack Etienne of Cloud9, who spoke out in support of it. Ultimately Badawi was banned from participating with the team in an official capacity and was forced to divulge his ownership stake in the team if they qualified for the LCS.[21]

Renegades finished the Challenger Series regular season with an 8-2 record and in second place, after losing a tiebreaker to Team Coast. However, in the playoffs, they defeated Imagine 2-1 and then Coast 3-2, earning a berth in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Season. Remilia became the first woman to qualify for the LCS in the league's history.[22]

In October 2015, Maplestreet stepped down from the starting roster. The organization announced open tryouts for his replacement.[23]


In January Renegades picked up a team in the European Challenger Series, dubbed Renegades Banditos. The team consisted of Erik "Tabzz" van Helvert, Matthew "Impaler" Taylor, Marc "Caedrel" Lamont, Barney "Alphari" Morris, and Aleksi "Hiiva" Kaikkonen, with subs Marcin "Xaxus" Maczka and Divit "DxAlchemist" Bui.[24]

In April 2016, the team was at the center of an ownership and management controversy, which resulted in the team being banned from the NA LCS and owners Chris Badawi and Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles selling the team to NBA player Jonas Jerebko. Following the transfer, the team was rebranded as Detroit Renegades.

Renegades' League of Legends roster was disbanded on May 8, 2016, after they allegedly "violated the competitive ban against Chris Badawi, misrepresented their relationship with TDK, and compromised player welfare and safety". The roster was sold eventually to Team EnVyUs on May 18, 2016.[25]

Final roster[edit]

ID Name Role Join date
Seraph Shin Wu-Yeong Top Laner March 2016
Crumbz Alberto Rengifo Jungler March 2015
Ninja Noh Geon-woo Mid Laner March 2016
Freeze Aleš Kněžínek Bot Laner January 2016
Hakuho Nickolas Surgent Support June 2015


ID Name Role Join date
Leonyx Rob Lee Bot Laner March 2016
maplestreet Ainslie Wyllie Bot Laner March 2015


ID Name Role Join date Leave date
RF Legendary Oleksii Kuziuta Top Laner March 2015 March 2016
Alex Ich Alexey Ichetovkin Mid Laner January 2015 March 2016
Remi Maria Creveling Support June 2015 March 2016
Flaresz Cuong Ta Top Laner June 2015 March 2016
Caedrel Marc Robert Lamont Mid Laner January 2016 March 2016
Jébus Karim Tokhi Bot Laner May 2015 September 2015
Intense Ritchie Ngo Bot Laner March 2015 May 2015


Renegades acquired the Gigantic roster known as Team ApeX on November 9, 2015. [26]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Renegades expanded into the Super Smash Bros. series on October 6, 2016.


Alias Full Name Game(s) Character(s) Joined
Swedish Delight James Liu Super Smash Bros. Melee Sheik 2016-10-06[27]


Alias Full Name Game(s) Character(s) Join date Leave date
Dabuz Samuel Buzby Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Rosalina & Luma 2016-10-06 2017-10-14

Rocket League[edit]

Renegade first entered the Rocket League scene in July 2017, picking up the former Selfless Gaming roster after the owners decided to step away from the organization.[28] Their first season in the RLCS saw Renegades go 1-6 in League Play, finishing last in the North American region and placing them in the promotion/relegation tournament. However, the team was able to keep their spot in the top division after defeating both Fibeon eSports and Out of Style in the tournament. Before the start of Season 5, the team decided not to re-sign with the org.[29] Renegades would sit out the next couple seasons of RLCS, returning to the scene halfway through Season 7 by acquiring the former Chiefs Esports roster.[30]


ID Name Join date
Australia Torsos Daniel Parsons 2019-04-30
New Zealand Kamii Cameron Ingram 2019-04-30
Australia Siki Christopher Magee 2019-08-16


ID Name Join date Leave Date
Australia Zen Aidan Hui 2019-05-01 2019-07-26
United States Dappur Chris Mendoza 2017-07-18 2018-01-17
Canada Timi Timi Falodun 2017-07-18 2018-01-17
United States Moses Caleb Nichols 2017-07-18 2018-01-17


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