500 days, 349 maps, over 9000 rounds, over 31000 kills.
None of it possible without coach Kassad.
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to CS:GO coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović. The Serbian mastermind ends a 500-day tenure with the Renegades and brought about a massive change in attitude that saw the team maintain a proper schedule, plan out & properly strategise in-game, and grow as one to become a household name in the esport over the past year and a half.
His impact in January of 2017 was immediate - after just a fortnight the team qualified for Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas, and while the boys were eliminated in the first two best-of-one’s at the event they took FaZe Clan to the limit, going all 30 rounds for their first match on LAN with Kassad in the coaches box.
A horror start to 2017’s online season was quickly reversed after Kassad’s addition, with the team looking far more tactically sound as the season drew on. From 0-6 down in EPL Season 5 and 0-2 in the ECS Development League, RNG went on a killer 13-0 map run to both qualify for ECS Season 3 and EPL finals, albeit with a clash at the Asian Minor.
The Asian Minor for PGL Major Krakow would prove to be the best yet for RNG - their first offline tournament win, no less. A second Asian Minor followed before a historic win in Shanghai at StarLadder i-League over Virtus Pro in late 2017 - three massive LAN victories for the Renegades and strong form heading into 2018.
RNG have successfully qualified for twelve premier events since Kassad’s arrival including three major qualifiers, with the third in Boston classed as major attendance - all of which would have been next to impossible without Kassad’s ferocious passion and drive to see the Renegades become a force in the NA region.
From his 15-kill 1.20 rating in his stand-in map against Winterfox in April 2017 to his constant support whilst standing behind the players on LAN, we couldn’t have asked for a more devoted coach for the boys. “Sorely missed” won’t quite cover it.
Best of luck Aleksandar.
Written by Nicholas “Taffy” Taifalos