FURIA’s downfall: Reflecting on MIBR and “The Tacitus Effect”
Today we saw what Counter-Strike: Global Offensive isn’t supposed to be, but what Counter-Strike 2 shall be. In its last day, the new has retired the old.
“The Turkish Plan”, as Brazil calls it, has put an end to the revival of Astralis and the second coming of dev1ce.
The Monte phenomenon has put KRIMZ on his knees in the game he has pioneered in its last day.
MOUZ has showed FalleN a glimpse of what is NXT, because the match was too short to show it all.
And the 9z project has finally beaten their nemesis: the conservatives of the traditional Virtus.pro.
All that in the same day ESL discussed changing Pro League’s game mid-tournament. It’s funny, isn’t it?
But out all of the results, one is the most impressive, in a bad way of course: FURIA’s.
32x9. No chances and a 7x1 score against a German organization in the process. Poetic.
The odyssey’s prologue starts in December 7th, 2022, and goes until January 5th, 2023. What happened? FURIA’s analyst decided to leave the team instead of renewing his contract. tacitus then announced that he would be in MIBR, thus forming, with legends BIT and nak, Brazil’s strongest coaching line up. After that, one saw a downhill and the other, a path ahead.
FURIA wasn’t the same and couldn’t even replicate a bit of what they showed when peaked during the Rio Major. The plays weren’t there; the magic just wasn’t there. There’s no way to say that it was because of tacitus’ absence, but it was speculated. Negative results came one after the other and as the season drew to a close along with being 0-3’d at a Major, roster changes were required. The people had decided: -drop and -saffee. They wanted +FalleN and one more.
The duo’s kick was expected, not because they were/are bad, but because it just wasn’t working. And the announcement came putting two of the best Brazilians available in the market. Fluxo, 00Nation, paiN, MIBR, LOS, Imperial, where were they headed to?
While the Roster Mania was getting crazier, FURIA’s news were actually simple: wants FalleN, in talks with fer.
And then: FalleN has reached agreement, scouting venomzera.
And then: FalleN is deciding with the team, few names discussed.
And then: FalleN and chelo signed for 1M usd.
Their former players? Ended up reuniting with tacitus at MIBR in what I already considered at the time Brazil’s most promising roster.
One team was looking in back to Brazil’s legacy and doing what the fans wanted. The other team, known for bad management, was looking in to the future and getting experienced young players to flourish their new IGL and ex-Academy players.
No surprise we ended up at where we are right now, or is there any?
Well, actually there are some. There are still 5 things I don’t understand and 1 I do understand, but made me surprised.
The only positive one is the sole related to MIBR: I really didn’t think they would improve that much faster.
insani is constantly doing “insani stuff”, exit has stepped up as a fragging IGL, brnz4n has become a solid player, drop’s Vertigos and Mirages are amazing along with his great second calling and saffee has reached his paiN form once again. Part of this is also thanks to Cerq, something FURIA may never experience.
What do I mean?
That takes us to the first out the 5 FURIA (bad) surprises:
1 - The lack of play
They don’t play games. That’s it. I’m not talking about how they’ve been on vacations recently while getting their visas ready and FalleN’s marriage. I’m talking about how they’ve barely played any official matches the whole fucking year. One thing drop has said that helped (read as “humbled”) MIBR was when they lost an Open Qualifier against Cerq’s mix, after that they reflected that they needed to play more cuz they still weren’t good enough.
2 - Why’s FalleN the IGL
I understand FalleN’s position and that he is historically one of CS:GO’s best IGLs, but one of the first rumours surrounding “FURIA FalleN” was that he would give up on the IGL position to arT in order to focus on AWPing and keep up with the world’s best AWPers. It didn’t happen.
arT has said that it has helped him, which is true, he’s been better individually, but the rest of the team? Down massively.
3 - Why is the coach untouchable
It’s important to remind that “coincidentally” the team’s best result came when Akkari was the coach, not guerri. So why is guerri the only thing that hasn’t changed in FURIA? They changed many AWPers, playstyles, players’ positions, analysts, IGLs, but the coach is still there as if he actually isn’t. I’m not saying guerri is bad, but I think that maybe he isn’t what this team need right now. They don’t need massages, they need some as cold as a poker player, or someone with new ideas and approaches.
4 - Where the f*ck is Anubis
Why don’t you play it? Why? Not even against another team that also bans it? HEROIC’S DUST2 TRAUMA TO THIS DAY? NO WAY, RIGHT???
Really, man, a map made for FURIA, but forgotten because FalleN has been permabanning it since Imperial? This map isn’t going anywhere, can’t you guys just go ahead and learn it?
The meta dual AWP set up is fit for a duo like arT and FalleN. A T-sided map is a given for an IGL whose strong side is the T like FalleN. A CT side as aggressive as Anubis’ is seems like a match made in heaven for arT and FURIA.
If you aren’t going to play it, just goddamn explain it thoroughly.
5 - What even is their map pool
Ok, you guys have a good Vertigo. And a decent Mirage (except today). Ancient? Please forget this traumatizing map. Nuke? It’s never good enough. Inferno? Bad. Overpass? FalleN’s map, but hasn’t shown much yet. Anubis? Play, please.
No Tier 1 team has a map pool this lacking. No more comments needed.
And that’s it, those are my biggest problems with FURIA. Before the current Pro League I had a clear Top 3 for Brazil where I could draw the line from the rest. Now, we are back to one year ago when we only had a single team standing at the top, thank god MIBR is still improving and getting ahead of the rest.
I can see Imperial getting better with their replacement on JOTA still, I like Sharks development lead by togs, I was surpreende by ex-Paquetá’s performance in Europe, I thought Legacy was finished but apparently they are not and paiN gave me a glimpse of hope recently. I feel Brazilian CS is finally getting things right after the last transfer window and has a good room for improvement.
While FURIA is left behind, the “new” is always looking up.