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SK lost the first game 16-12 on Nuke, the reigning major champions were completely destroyed by the Australian side 16-0 on Dust 2 in a result that not even the most ardent Renegades fan would have predicted.
Renegades' Justin "jks" Savage was on fire throughout the games, finishing with 48 kills in total.
SK Gaming are currently playing with a stand-in, Gustavo "SHOOWTIME" Gonçalves, as Fernando "fer" Alvarenga recovers from surgery to remove a tumor in his ear. After the crushing and surprising loss, SK star Marcelo "Coldzera" David openly criticised the stand-in on Twitter.
Coldzera has since deleted his Twitter account, but issued an apology via his Facebook.
"I lost my cool after our game yesterday and I want to apologize to everybody who I have offended." the player said. "I got into a heated argument after our devastating loss and wasn't thinking rationally. We put everything we have into this game and sometimes it is difficult to keep calm when people disrespect our work."
"That's a lesson I have to learn. It is very important to me, that my words never intended to offend the LGBT community and I am sorry if they did. It won't happen again."
The losses leave SK Gaming with just a 2-4 record in the ESL Pro League season so far—behind Renegades who sit at 3-5. Cloud9 currently lead the way with a flawless 14-0 record.