Chris “Dexter” Nong has joined Mousesports as a replacement for Finn “Karrigan” Anderson. Alistair “AliStair” Johnston, who recently left Order will replace Dexter on Renegades. The moves come after months of community speculation as to whether the move would be able to occur given the difficulties of international travel.
Dexter will become the IGL of Mousesports and be reunited with former Renegades coach Torbjørn “MithR” Nyborg. He will become Australia’s first exported in-game leader (IGL) to an international line-up.
His debut with the squad will be in their opening match against his former team, Renegades in the IEM Katowice Play-in.
To replace Dexter on Renegades, Alistair will be joining up again with three of his former teammates from Order and Liam “malta” Schembri, who he played alongside on Chiefs back in 2017. It is unclear at the moment as to who will take up the in-game leading duties and how much opportunity Alistair will have to AWP.
The move was enabled by Renegades’ ability to travel overseas for the first time since they returned to Australia in early 2020. The squad is currently in Malta, preparing for their opening match at IEM Katowice 2021.
Considering Dexter’s move to the international squad, this will not only be the first time he plays his former team, but the first official match Renegades have been able to play in over 12 months against overseas competition.
Dexter’s departure once again marks a significant time in Oceanic Counter-Strike, similar to Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai and Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas being added to then-Renegades (now Extremum) core in late 2018.
There are currently five international squads that feature Australian’s that the community can support. Alongside Extremum, Renegades and Mousesports, Justin “Jks” Savage can be found on Complexity, and coach Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit is currently with Cloud9.
You can catch the new Renegades line-up play against Dexter’s Mousesports in the IEM Katowice 2021 Play-in on February 16 at 11:30pm AEDT.