Atter’s Opportunity in Renegades

Simon “atter” Atterstam, a name not recognized by many outside of the Swedish semi-elite, recently announced he will stand in for Ricardo “Rickeh” Milholland in Renegades at the $450,000 DreamHack Masters Las Vegas event.

Coming off a short lived run together with players such as Maikeil “Maikelele” Bill and John “wenton” Eriksson under qwerty, some questioned where the Swedish talent would end up after a deeply disappointing run at DreamHack Open Leipzig. The Swedish tier two scene was during the twitter post by the 24-year old quite unstable, and is to this day hard to find any new sparks of optimism within.

Despite this, Sweden’s talentpool is ever growing. For instance, we saw Epsilon rise towards the end of 2016 with many top finishes in the somewhat bottom-rung tournaments. disco doplan stood in for Ninjas in Pyjamas as well as Fnatic all the while internal conflicts were dealt with, eventually resulting in the legendary all-Swedish lineup reemerging under the Fnatic banner.

So where does atter come into the picture? First of all, looking back at his reasonably long career, patterns and protruding results starts to emerge.

In May of 2015, together with Embrace Gaming, atter first got in contact with the members to later on become Torpedo. Together with godlike, decent, darti and tease, the lineup took home the second largest LAN tournament in Sweden, Birdie, and with it 25.000 SEK.

The key factor when looking back at atter’s history is the impact he had on more or less every team he has played on. In Embrace, star-like performances was not an anomaly. Putting out huge numbers both online and offline, was arguably one of the sole factors which kept the team going. In Torpedo, a team which mainly compete in 2016 with darti, decent, downie and zende, atter consistency overwhelmed his opponents, somewhat similar to a pre-Liquid s1mple dominating his local scene, albeit less consistently.

Torpedo after winning ESL Nordic Nationals 2015 (atter, darti, downie, decent, tease) via Fragbite

In spite of strong individual performances and many highlights, the high-school dropout’s adaptability to specific roles remain unanswered as he has previously never truly been integrated into a team based outside of his home country.

This week of CS:GO action can answer the question many followers of atter have asked themselves repeatedly for several years now: is this the tournament where all the hard work finally pays off?