Renegades – 2016 NA LCS Newcomers

Dec 18, 2015

This is part 1 of a 3 part series covering the newest teams set to play in the upcoming 2016 NA LCS Spring Split.

Renegades, formerly known as Misfits, is a team that people have paid attention to since rumors about Alex Ich joining a North American team first began to circulate. Misfits would only drop a single game in the AlphaDraft Challenger League during the regular season they would go on win the tournament by defeating Frank Fang Gaming in the finals.

Misfits, playing under the name The Expendables6, finished third place on the North America ranked 5s Challenger Ladder, earning them a spot in the NA Challenger Series Summer Qualifier. Due to Visa issues, the team was forced to use substitute AD carries during the tournament; Maplestreet would fill in against Also Known As and Magnetic, and Nien against Team Liquid Academy. Misfits made it look easy by sweeping their opponents in all three sets. After officially earning a spot in the LCS the team renamed to their current name, Renegades.

Here is the current Renegades roster going into the upcoming 2016 NA LCS Spring split:

RNG RF Legendary

RF Legendary (Top):  RF Legendary will be entering the LCS as a rookie with a lot to prove. The long-time solo queue streamer known for his top lane Nidalee will likely have a chip on his shoulder entering the split. Widely considered the weakest link on the team due to lack of competitive experience and a limited champion pool, RF has an opportunity to prove he’s more than just an above average challenger player.

RNG Crumbzz

Crumbzz (Jungle): Crumbzz didn’t waste much time starting up a new team after stepping down from Team Dignitas in February 2015. Together with former Gambit mid laner Alex Ich Crumbzz founded Misfits. A long-time LCS veteran, Crumbzz is likely to be in charge of shot calling on the Renegades squad.

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RNG Alex Ich

Alex Ich (Mid): Clearly the highlight of the roster, legendary European mid laner Alex Ich brings loads of experience to this relatively inexperienced team. After leaving his long-time team Gambit Gaming, Alex Ich looked to find an opportunity to play outside of Russia. If the Renegades are to succeed, it will be largely in part of the play of Alex Ich. You can expect competing teams to exploit this by applying a lot of pressure mid lane.

RNG Freeze

Freeze (ADC): Though not officially contracted with Renegades, it is widely believed Freeze has been practicing with RNG for a while now. Therefore this information should be considered speculative, and will be adjusted once an official statement is made by Freeze one way or another. Freeze was at one point the most sought after AD carry this off-season until he seemingly dropped of the map. The shining light on an otherwise lackluster Copenhagen Wolves, Freeze brings a secondary threat to Renegades which should relieve some pressure from Alex Ich in the mid lane. Freeze will be looking to make an impact in the NA LCS, and will likely compete as one of the region’s best AD carries.

RNG Remilia
Remilia (left) will play support for Renegades.

Remilia (Support): A solo queue superstar and outstanding Thresh player, Remilia, like RF Legendary, will be entering the 2016 LCS season as a rookie. Remilia remains a wildcard. It had been said that she would leave the team once Renegades qualified for the LCS, but it appears she is willing and ready to play on stage for at least the upcoming spring split. Remilia will be a fun player to watch if she is successful in battling her nerves.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series covering the rookie teams set to play in the upcoming 2016 NA LCS Spring Split. Look for Part 2: Immortals, and Part 3: NRG Esports coming soon.

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Jamie Jacobs is a bot lane main who once won 17 consecutive Janna games. His favorite champions are Thresh, Kalista, and Bard. Jamie writes about competitive League of Legends and the professional gaming scene every week at Esports Edition.
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