Malta out: Renegades part ways with veteran ahead of 2022 season

The Oceanic Counter-Strike veteran departs after representing the organisation in over 200 maps.

In a shock move, Renegades have today parted ways with rifler Liam “malta” Schembri — almost two years to the day after joining the organisation.

The change comes as Renegades enters the off-season following their return from Europe after competing at the PGL Stockholm Major and the ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference.

Malta remains committed to Counter-Strike, announcing his free agency shortly after departing Renegades, and is willing to relocate to continue competing in the esport.

Malta played 220 maps over two years for RNG, and was an original member of the line-up that came across from Grayhound Gaming in 2019.

Together with fellow Grayhound’s Joshua “INS” Potter & Simon “Sico” Williams, malta ushered in a new era for Renegades at ESL Pro League Season 10, where the squad came close to upsetting a Mousesports team that went on to win the event.

Malta also played a crucial role in Renegades’ second place finish at DreamHack Leipzig in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the team’s international opportunities.

This didn’t dissuade the veteran, who, in combination with then-captain Chris “dexter” Nong, led RNG to one of the most dominant streaks in OCE CS:GO history — taking home 15 straight regional titles across two years.

RNG are set to return to competition in 2022 at IEM Katowice, in just over two months time.

Renegades captain INS took to Twitter to thank his teammate of three years, and that an announcement about the roster’s new member is pending.

The Renegades current roster is:

  • Joshua “INS” Potter
  • Simon “Sico” Williams
  • Jordan “Hatz” Bajic
  • Alistair “aliStair” Johnston
  • David “Kingfisher” Kingsford (Coach)
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Nicholas Taifalos
Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos got his start publishing the escapades of some of Australia's pioneers in Counter-Strike and Dota overseas. Now, he turns his eye to events closer to home, from grassroots projects to the height of Oceanic competition and everything in-between. He still hopes for the day Dota makes a glorious return to the pinnacle of OCE esports.

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