CSGO Star Jks Speaks on His Move From 100 Thieves to Complexity
Complexity was left in a bit of a jam with the departure of Owen “oBo” Schlatter from their active roster. With most of CSGO being played in Europe these days, the young star wanted to return home to be with his family. This left Complexity down a man and in dire need of a 5th with competitions coming up.
Enter Justin “Jks” Savage – fresh off his team, 100 Thieves, deciding to disband for the very same shift in the CSGO market, jks immediately found a home with Complexity, shoring up their roster issues. While the team does not have enough points to attend the next Major (whenever that will be), the boys in blue will be preparing hard for upcoming events.
JKS has of course been a member of the CSGO community for many years, making a name for himself on the Renegades roster that eventually became 100 Thieves. That roster managed to win the Asia Minor for four consecutive cycles, before being picked up by Nadeshot’s organization and moved to North America.
Esports Talk had the chance to catch up with JKS shortly after he joined the Complexity juggernaut. They are currently awaiting their Group A match against Fnatic at IEM Beijing Online, Europe division.
JKS on Dealing With Coronavirus, the Cheating Scandal and the Big Move
Dustin Steiner, Esports Talk: Given how long you were playing with your 100 Thieves/Renegades teammates, how are you expecting the transition to Complexity to go?
Justin “jks” Savage, Complexity CSGO: The transition to Complexity has been going smoothly. I’m still getting used to the communication and a few factors in-game such as different strategies, reactions, and spot names, but so far everything is going well. I expect to get more settled in the more time I spend time playing with the team.
Steiner: What was the main reason you chose Complexity as your new home?
Jks: Complexity has a well-rounded, deeply talented group of players, and we have the potential to be a great team this year.
Steiner: Many CSGO pros have been making the switch to Valorant. What are your thoughts on this trend and the game as a whole?
Jks: Valorant is an exciting game with a bright future as a competitive title. But for now, I’m fully committed to Counter-Strike, since there are many goals I want to accomplish before I’d ever consider switching titles. I’ve been playing Counter-Strike for most of my life, so it’s hard for me to even compare it to other games.
Steiner: Can you describe some of the struggles you personally have faced as a result of the pandemic and its effects on esports?
Jks: Outside of 100 Thieves disbanding the CSGO team, Australia’s strict travel mandates have limited my ability to travel to and from home.
Steiner: What’s the biggest challenge ahead for you with Complexity?
Jks: The biggest challenge right now is getting adjusted to the team and getting results. There’s a lot of eyes on us to perform, and we’re working hard to meet that expectation not only for our fans but also for ourselves. We’ve been focusing a lot on identifying what roles suit everyone best and building the best configuration of our team.
Steiner: Given the recent coach cheating allegations in CSGO, how do you expect the game to change?
Jks: I think these allegations will likely result in more rules being implemented around coaching, such as having to stream games during online matches for example. Outside of that, I don’t think it will affect how CSGO is played very much – we’ll just have to wait and see how Valve responds.
Steiner: What was your personal reaction to the cheating allegations? Does it make you look at the game any differently, or any of your colleagues?
Jks: I think it looks bad on the CS scene overall, but it’s hard to say how harshly people should be judged for it. From my understanding, it happened to some coaches but they didn’t actually intentionally use it, whereas other coaches fully abused it and used it multiple times. I don’t really have any opinion on it other than that.
Steiner: How quickly do you feel esports can get back to normal once the pandemic recedes? Do you think there will be any lasting effects?
Jks: I expect there to be a sense of normalcy in esports pretty quickly after health and travel restrictions ease up, since the industry has had the unique advantage of being able to operate throughout the pandemic. That said, when fans return to live events, there will likely be additional mandates and safety measures to prioritize the health of players, fans, and staff.
Steiner: What do you think the chances are of this Complexity squad winning a Major when they come back?
Jks: As it stands, we won’t have enough points to qualify for the upcoming Major. Nevertheless, this team has a lot of potential, and we’ll spend that time getting in the best possible form so we can bring a Major championship to Complexity down the line.