L.A Renegades have been a professional eSports organisation since 2014 starting under the name of ‘Misfits’. They are most known for playing League of Legends and Counter strike but in January 2016 the entered the world of Pro Halo. In December 2015 Tyler “Spartan” Ganza formed a team known as ‘Leftovers’ which lasted less than a month before the Renegades organization signed their entire roster. Under the Captaincy of Spartan, Renegades earned a lot of respect with impressive performances at Regionals, Aspen X Games and the Halo World Championship. They had performed well enough to receive an invite into the Pro League Qualifiers when tragedy struck, as Spartan and star player ‘StelluR’ both left the team to join “Team Liquid”. This lead to a fierce rivalry between the two teams which is very apparent during their matches.
Renegades picked up two new players to fill their roster and came in second in their qualifying group, granting them access to the Halo Championship Series: Pro League. They are:
First of all we have Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Gamertag: Ninja. Age:25
Ninja is one of the most recognizable players in the HCS Pro League, he amasses a staggering number of viewers on his Twitch streams and is very popular amongst his fans. Needless to say one of the reasons he is so popular on Twitch is his unbelievable ability. He excels across the board putting in exceptional performances on all game types and maps. Formally of rivals “Team Liquid” he was unbelievably let go, leaving him available for Renegades to snatch up.
Then we have the veteran Cameron “Victory” Thorlakson. Gamertag: Victory is BACK. Age:26
Victory is well known for playing alongside frequent team mate “FearitSelf” who is currently a free agent and probably the best halo player in the world not currently in the Pro League. Victory has had a very impressive career stretching back to 2005 having played a host of top teams with a host of top players. Most notable for his time at “Final Boss”, Victory brings with him a strong pedigree and wealth of experience to his new team.
The third player in the Renegades Roster is Hamza “Commonly” Abbaali. Gamertag: Commonly FLYS. Age:19
Commonly began his Halo career in 2012 at the MLG Winter Championship, however failed to place in the top 25. He returned in 2015 to join “The Aquarium” alongside current E6 member bubu dubu placing 4th in the Iron Games Daytona tournament. He then went on to join Spartans newly formed “Leftovers” however he left the team before their acquisition by Renegades. He joined Evil Geniuses in a shock move to replace LethuL who had left for CLG. After a successful stint with EG he was then let go by EG and joined up with his former team mates at Renegades.
The youngest player on the Renegades team is Zane “Penguin” Hear. Gamertag: Pznguin. Age 18
Penguin is fairly new to the sport having only began competition in 2015, he has never placed within the top 3. However, he is one of the most entertaining players to watch, making multiple exciting plays in every game. It was revealed after the Halo World Championship the Penguin had the best K/D ratio of any player, an exceptional accomplishment considering the players in attendance. Penguin has a long time friendship with ex-“Team eLevate” team mate Rayne who now plays for “Team EnVyUs”. Both Penguin and Rayne maintain the inside joke that Penguin is “at least 7x better” than Rayne.
Renegades are currently in 3rd place after week 3, going above and beyond expectation. So far they have put in some fantastic performances and been responsible for the largest upsets in the league. Before the season began I would not have tipped them to finish in the top 3 but they may just prove me wrong. Can Renegades keep punching above their weight? Follow them each week on Thursday and Friday 5pm (PT) over on Twitch, or check them out on Halo.gg.