Australian eSports team the Renegades has pulled an upset victory over FlipSid3 tactics for the biggest upset in ELEAGUE’s debut season yet.
FlipSid3 were the unquestionable favourites going into the match, having finished the recent Valve major, ESL One Cologne, as quarter-finals. Even then, the Eastern European team’s progress was only halted when they were defeated by eventual champions SK Gaming.
To put it into perspective, Renegades were not even in the major. It was all the more ironic that the team was eliminated at the hands of FlipSid3 in the main qualifier for the major.
But up against them, Renegades did not drop a single map and only conceded ten rounds in return on the entire ELEAGUE encounter, finishing 16-5 on both.
Aaron “AZR” Ward delivered a star performance in both maps for the Aussies, dropping a total of 52 frags and averaging a rating of 1.73. In contrast, FlipSid3’s top performer Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen finished less than half at a 0.82 rating.
The outcome caught everyone from pundits to fans by surprise. In fact, Gosubets noted that predictions went 84% to FlipSid3’s favour.
However, there was hardly a case against this too; Renegades had not been putting up solid performances since 2016 after they relocated to the States. Most expected them to grow given the regional competition, but they fell short so far.
The roster may also play a part in this surprise victory. Just the day before, Renegades had officially signed on former Team Immunity AWPer Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland.
Rickeh was brought in to replace long-standing captain Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill, who retired on June 17 after a string of poor results with the team. It also meant the promotion of Yaman “yam” Ergenekon from AWP to in-game team leader.
While the Australians can continue to build on this to make it further into the $1.4 million tournament, Flipsid3 are now eliminated, and will rue their bizzare slump after their strong finish in the major just a week a ago.