100 Thieves’ long-awaited re-entry to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now official.
After announcing their intent to return to competing in Valve’s premiere FPS title in July, 100 Thieves has officially acquired the former Renegades CS:GO lineup. This includes Aaron “AZR” War, Justin “jks” Savage, Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, Jay “liazz” Tregillgas, and Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai.
Further details regarding the acquisition are not yet known.
According to recent reports, the contracts of Renegades’ CS:GO players were set to expire in September. If that’s true, then 100 Thieves avoided paying a huge buyout fee by signing the entire roster outright as free agents.
Either way, 100 Thieves made a good choice with their decision to sign the Australians.
The former Renegades lineup is far from the best CS:GO team in the world, but they have a lot of potential. They’ve also consistently improved over time, including securing top-four finishes at the StarLadder Berlin Major and StarSeries i-League Season 8.
100 Thieves also invested in a roster that doesn’t change players that much.
It’s been over a year since the Australians decided to change players when they added Gratisfaction and Liazz to their roster. Not to mention, 100 Thieves now have one of the best CS:GO players right now in jks.
As already mentioned, this isn’t 100 Thieves’ first foray into the CS:GO scene.
A couple of years ago, 100 Thieves picked up a Brazilian lineup featuring Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe. Unfortunately, that lineup did not really gain any traction. In fact, it didn’t even get to play a single official match at all. The team disbanded following kNgV-’s inappropriate statements directed towards Duncan “Thorin” Shields, one of the most well-respected figures in the CS:GO community.
Because they are also a lifestyle brand, 100 Thieves’ signing makes a lot of sense.
By signing a team with players from Australia, 100 Thieves will get a chance to expand their audience to include the Oceania market.
As for Renegades, the organization announced that they aren’t planning on quitting CS:GO just yet.