Renegades Counter-Strike captain Chris ‘dexter’ Nong will depart Australia for his new home at German esports team Mousesports (first reported by HLTV), while ORDER’s Alistair ‘aliStair’ Johnston is set to replace him at Renegades, sources indicated to Here’s The Thing this week.
In a move many proclaim to be overdue, dexter will embark on his second stint internationally after the Winterfox project in 2016, and is set to replace Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen following the expiration of his contract with the blockbuster European organisation. The acquisition will see the Australian tactician link with previous Renegades mentor Torbjorn ‘mithR’ Nyborg, who coached dexter at Renegades in mid-to-late 2020.
It was only a matter of time for dexter, who has spent the better part of three years utterly dominating the Oceanic region with both Grayhound Gaming and Renegades. Averaging a 1.24 HLTV rating going back to 2018 (1st in region), the ever-consistent captain oversaw a record-setting Renegades run in 2020, claiming all nine national titles and two qualifiers in OCE.
Above all, it was the appearance at Renegades’ sole 2020 international LAN at DreamHack Leipzig that confirmed dexter was ready for the next step – a 1.18 rating (7th at event) while leading Renegades to a second-place finish behind BIG had many interested in securing his services internationally.
The sentiment is shared on a local scale for aliStair, who after three strong years at ORDER and a solid 2020 finds himself taking a well-deserved next step in his career in Oceania. The 22 year old sniper’s 1.22 HLTV rating in 2020 (4th in region) was his best yet, whilst also leading the region in total kills and opening kills, well ahead of his closest rivals.
aliStair was crucial to ORDER’s 2020 run that saw the squad claim back-to-back ESEA Premier season victories at Season 33 and 34, but ultimately struggled to convert their numerous grand final appearances into trophies. In all, ORDER finished runners-up at seven national events in 2020.
Unlike those in his age group, aliStair has valuable international experience thanks to offline appearances at numerous ESEA Global Challenges and at ESL Pro League Season 8 in Odense, Denmark. His exact position in the lineup is unclear at this stage – he will likely share AWP duties with Kiwi, Simon ‘Sico’ Williams - with the team yet to confirm in-game leadership delegation.
The move is set to trigger numerous changes in the Oceanic CS:GO scene – stay tuned to Here’s The Thing for the latest on roster news, commentary and more in the Australasian region.