FalleN: "We want to make MIBR a strong name once again"

We sat down with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo ahead of MIBR's announcement to know more about the team's decision to leave SK Gaming and embark on a new adventure with Immortals.

The Brazilian players have agreed to play under Immortals-owned brand Made in Brazil, leaving behind two successful years with SK, whom they had joined in July 2016 from Luminosity.

Out with the old, in with the new: FalleN bids farewell to the SK tag

In the first of an exclusive two-part interview, conducted during SK's bootcamp in Lisbon ahead of Moche XL Esports, FalleN opens up about the team's tough decision to leave the German organisation, with whom they won several international titles, including the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major. He also reveals some of the key changes that will happen by joining MIBR, the most significant being that the players will be living separately in the future.

What is the feeling to be representing Made in Brazil, an iconic name you are familiar with, after facing them many times in the past?

In Brazil, MIBR has always been the name of the greatest Brazilian team, and, for many years, my path did not cross with theirs. I was one of the few [top] players from 1.6 who did not play for MIBR. The feeling to recreate MIBR and to be part of this new iteration, in 2018, is a very good one because, besides all the quality that we have in the team, it rekindles what happened 10, 15 years ago, when MIBR was a famous name. We want to bring that back, to make MIBR a strong name in Brazil once again because it has always been a strong name, one that Brazilian Counter-Strike people have always respected.

When did it all begin? How did this opportunity come about?

We had been following [Immortals CEO] Noah’s work with other Brazilian players in Immortals, even before, when the Games Academy team was transferred. We got to know Noah and some details about his project and what was going on in Immortals. Every time that a contract ends, you seek better options or options that match what you expect. Six months before our contracts were to expire we started thinking about these things, and we began to listen to offers from different organisations. It was not just because of Noah’s idea to recreate the MIBR brand, it could have been Immortals or any other name, we really like his project, and the fact that Immortals are headquartered in Los Angeles, very close to where we live, is very important because we get to be close to those with whom we work. The idea to recreate MIBR surfaced during a talk we had with Noah because they have [Overwatch team] Valiant, who, despite being part of Immortals’ group, is a different brand. So we thought: ‘if we can pick a different name, why not bring MIBR back?’ So that is how this idea came to life, after the essential things in negotiations had been pretty much agreed on and at a time when we were very satisfied with what we could do with Noah.

What made you switch organisations? Was it about money, conditions or a sentimental attachment to MIBR and what it represents in the Brazilian community?

I think the biggest factor was the opportunity to begin a new challenge from scratch, we were very well treated by SK during these two years, they gave us their full support, we never had any financial problems. SK is an organisation that pretty much delivers on everything they promise, so we had an amazing time with them. This was really our own choice, and a very important thing is that we now have an organisation closer to us. Sadly, SK are headquartered in Cologne, while we live in the United States, so there’s the time zone difference and there are also cultural differences, the German and the Brazilian cultures are quite different. We were already admirers of Noah’s work with the other Brazilians, we had been hearing how things were going with them, and Noah has some structural ideas that we did not have with SK, a stronger structural support behind the team, so we do not feel that it is just five players playing Counter-Strike but something more. All these opportunities convinced us to join this project, so I think it will be good for everyone.

Was leaving SK something that you wished? If this offer had not come along, would you still have left?

It is hard to talk about negotiations, but there is a universe in which we could have continued in SK, that is something that we even discussed amongst ourselves. And there are other universes in which we could have joined other organisations. Many people, even after we had pretty much agreed to recreate MIBR, presented good offers that made us think: ‘If we had not already decided what to do, this could have been interesting…’ We have always been a very emotional and straightforward team when it comes to making choices and deciding what we want, so if we like something and that is what we want at the time, we just say, ‘Let us go, let us make that happen and we will give our best’. That is what happened when we left Luminosity to join SK, the circumstances were different, but when we decided to join SK that was it, we did not care about anything else. It was the same here, when we made our choice we just went with it, and now we are ready for this challenge.

Practically speaking, what will change? With SK, you had the Cologne offices, where you could bootcamp. Now, you will be part of an organisation headquartered in Los Angeles, where you live. Will this affect your bootcamps in Europe, will you do fewer of them because of this?

Many things will change. For starters, we are heading into our fourth year abroad, and life goes on. I have a girlfriend who is about to finish her studies and who will probably move in with me, something that has not been decided yet, the other players have other things going on and some of them cherish their privacy more than others. We will change the way that we interact with each other. Perhaps in this new MIBR project, the players will stop living together to respond to those needs. For example, I will not bring my girlfriend to live with the other guys, it does not make any sense. The idea of us living together will not exist in MIBR because we will have access to a training centre in Los Angeles where all of Immortals’ teams play, so, in a way, we will have to go out to practice. There is no reason for us to have to live together anymore. But of course we will still be living together in the short run. We are pretty excited about practising at a place that is not our home, even though we do not know how that will go. When it comes to practising abroad, even though we will not have a training centre anymore, there are several places that can accommodate us, here in Portugal we were able to get a nice spot to practice, and we have received offers from several other places. This should not be a problem, and I am sure we will have Immortals’ support when it comes to finding ideal places for us whenever we need.

Do you think it will be a positive change, living in one place and practising in a different one?

It is hard to say right now because it changes a lot of things. I think everyone who has had a ‘normal’ job knows that, waking up, having breakfast, taking a shower and leaving your home to enter a work environment is different from waking up and starting to practice in your pyjamas. It is logical that it is different from one person to another, some people really enjoy this familiar environment of everyone living together, like we have been doing, but I think this new way of doing things can be positive, even from a mental point of a view, because you leave your house to go to work, and, once it is over, you can relax and do other things. But we need to be careful, because, if this transition is not done with care, with everyone on board, it can be harmful. We will have to see how we will approach this experience, we have talked a lot about this and I think it will be very good.

A lot has been said about your relationship with SK and about the fact that they are not letting you practise in Cologne anymore. What is your relationship with them like right now, and how will you bid farewell to them?

Sadly, our relationship with them towards the end has been a bit shaky, but I guess that is natural. There is no particular reason for this, but I think it is normal that SK are not 100% committed to spending more money with the team or making more investments in this team because they are moving on as well. These last two months have been all about finalising our work the best possible way and then moving on to the next adventure, both for the team and for the organisation. We want to focus on the good things that we did, we did many cool things, we won many things, we were SK’s best team in 2016 and 2017. So, as things are about to end, we want to focus on all that we have accomplished together and not on the fact that, in the last few months, we have had some disagreements because that is something normal. I can only thank SK, they have done a lot for us, and I am sure they will do a lot for their next team.

Why did some of the team’s players not wear their SK jerseys in Kiev? Was it an act of rebellion?

Players react to certain situations differently. The only clash that happened now between us was that SK did not allow us to bootcamp in Cologne, and some of the team’s players naturally did not like that. I did not like that either, but I do not think it is a reason to rebel or anything, but everyone is different and people have to respect the players who thought that this should not have happened. I guess everyone does what they think is best at the moment. Personally, I was not wearing my jersey on the first day of the event because I was having my laundry done, I wore it on the next days.

When you look back, how do you evaluate your time with SK?

I think it was a very successful period, we met each other’s needs, the organisation really worked hard to please us, they were very open when it came to things that we did not like and asked us if we wanted these things to continue or not, they gave us a lot of options on many things, I have no complaints in terms of financial matters, they delivered every time that promises were made. Working with them was very cool, they were very fair, sometimes they were a bit strict in some things, which is normal in any job, but I loved working with them. For us, representing this tag was legendary, we know the role that SK have in Counter-Strike since 1998, so it was amazing.

Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
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Serbia v1per_17 
It's gonna be weird seing fallen in team that's not called sk xD
2018-06-24 01:34
Changing name won't fix the team
2018-06-24 01:44
obviously it's not about changing name only
2018-06-24 01:50
CIS Sforz 
2018-06-24 03:31
Canada Timings 
ay lmao
2018-06-24 08:49
Austria shaakeh 
2018-06-24 15:08
No changing org will fuel them and make them win tourneys again, right? Get outta here! Do you really think theyre going to win any top tier tourney again? This team is done for good
2018-06-24 10:14
no bug no big
2018-06-24 16:12
chrisJ | 
Netherlands toMyy 
but with bug easy for big
2018-06-29 22:23
Serbia v1per_17 
2018-06-24 01:50
It will
2018-06-24 02:50
India swast1k36 
2018-06-24 05:44
Brazil zVIN1 
but can give confident,the tag MIBR means a lot for them,MIBR was the one of the most sucefull team in cs 1.6 history
2018-06-24 06:41
Not for stewie and boltz fer still half deaf Fallen still two faced Toledo
2018-06-24 08:55
Brazil zVIN1 
but they know that MIBR is a strong name, and 100% sure they will do their best not to disappoint :)
2018-06-24 19:28
NEO | 
Latvia sotomonte 
2018-06-24 09:51
Argentina [Darkaren] 
Same shit when he joined SK after leaving LG imo. from keyd to LG was a bit less impactful cuz the team was pretty bad. I like this mibr thing tho, I dislike SK as an org for quite some time now.
2018-06-24 02:07
2018-06-24 09:16
Same once they become SK 😂 Its gonna be fine , wait few months
2018-06-24 10:16
Sweden SQUTZY 
They gonna play the tournaments where they are invited as SK or will the SK invites be swapped out?
2018-06-24 10:28
Europe @Wonky 
The invitations are for the team, the core, not the organization which they represent so yes, they will be swapped out
2018-06-24 13:14
Sweden SQUTZY 
Okey. Thank you for info
2018-06-24 13:59
Europe @Wonky 
No problem
2018-06-24 15:54
Norway JorgyZ 
I still think its weird not seeing him in LG
2018-06-24 14:40
United Kingdom iMarbot 
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk GL
2018-06-24 01:33
Brazil junera 
Nice fallen, mibr era starts in ESL One Cologne where we will be champions for the 3rd consecutive time and after that we will burn SK jerseys in front of their home crowd!!! We run Cologne!!! Also let’s not forget our record of 1 major title/organization, EZ FACEIT Major win for mibr!!! #MiBRERA #MiBRCARALHO
2018-06-24 01:36
Brazil AstolfinhoN 
Junera, you make me proud
2018-06-24 01:56
Brazil Mibr_eztop1 
+1 lulululul let's put fire in the babylon
2018-06-24 02:54
Brazil MITOElementt 
Hahahahhaha this translation was amazing
2018-06-24 03:02
finally youve said something not retarded, lol #MiBRCARALHO
2018-06-24 04:46
fnx | 
Indonesia hackv1n 
LOL burning SK jerseys is abit too much anarchist don't you think? I like Brazilians spirit & optimism tho.
2018-06-24 05:17
>brazilians >optimism You can pick both bro haha
2018-06-24 09:48
Brazil junera 
We got to believe on them!
2018-06-25 06:01
+1 for the 1 major title/organization
2018-06-24 05:32
Dont be delusional. This teams not gonna win any top tier tourney anymore. Theyre done for good.
2018-06-24 10:15
Denmark Xipingu 
Good luck. They will have much work to do against FaZe and Astralis, to name two. S1mple will also be dangerous
2018-06-24 14:09
Belgium rizeeey 
2018-06-24 14:33
Brazil junera 
Yes I am
2018-06-25 06:11
2018-06-25 05:59
United States WumboCumbo 
mibr lul
2018-06-24 01:33
Tier 3
2018-06-24 01:33
and u're a tier 89 human
2018-06-24 01:37
Spain JustNo 
error 404: tier not found
2018-06-24 01:44
wow rekt !!!
2018-06-24 05:35
>fan of Boxr Alphalul.
2018-06-24 10:17
I think you're their n# 1 fan, every post they are mentioned u are there. Starting with the name + the name change joke.
2018-06-24 01:47
how am i their fan if i hate em?
2018-06-24 01:50
Do u? Love and hate walk side by side. U are always making audience for the clown. I wonder if u dream about em cuz boners 100% confirmed.
2018-06-24 01:59
you make no sense
2018-06-24 02:02
its ok just keep on bumping all the medias u find related with em
2018-06-24 02:10
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
#48 do it
2018-06-24 07:37
Hello, Mr. SK_IS_Overrated2! Do you intend to change your nickname?
2018-06-24 02:19
He doesn't need as it will be perfectly fitting to the new roster. Might even need to add "AF" at the end..
2018-06-24 07:55
Kkkkkk +1
2018-06-24 08:27
im thinking about it
2018-06-24 14:19
Sweden OfficalKN1GHT 
2018-06-24 01:33
Petra | 
Brazil platypus 
2018-06-24 01:33
2018-06-24 01:33
Brazil Hellskull 
Good luck FalleN
2018-06-24 01:34
Russia cuba_libre10 
2018-06-24 01:34
2 faced toiletto
2018-06-24 01:34
Brazil th$ 
respect the professor, o verdadeiro. cry is free
2018-06-24 02:35
Brazil mibrworld1 
Yes man hehe
2018-06-24 11:31
Lekr0 | 
Peru firey_ 
GL FalleN
2018-06-24 01:34
Lmao nt
2018-06-24 01:34
Denmark Experative 
2018-06-24 01:34
-stew + Anyone from brazil pls
2018-06-24 01:34
Brazil baldok1 
makes sense
2018-06-24 03:23
Brazil KriMb3R 
2018-06-24 03:39
2018-06-24 04:47
Netherlands Xexer 
-stew + Fnx or bring Taco back
2018-06-24 18:47
NiKo | 
France Dealotts 
FalleN baiter
2018-06-24 01:35
2018-06-24 01:35
"We want to make MIBR strong again" Gabriel 2faced Trumpetto
2018-06-24 01:35
Poland Marcines 
lmao this lineup will not achieve anything bad move from immortals
2018-06-24 01:37
Good move from financial point of view without a doubt...
2018-06-24 06:44
You need to remove yourself become coach and chance the whole team for that to happen. Stop clinging to your former glory thinking this is just a glitch. Retire move forward with dignity instead of ending your career in disaster.
2018-06-24 01:37
not with this lineup lololololol
2018-06-24 01:38
nt taco wasnt the problem :) still garbo
2018-06-24 01:39
leave the team then
2018-06-24 01:42
2018-06-24 01:43
Then make the org sign another team instead of you ! xD
2018-06-24 01:48
Only way to make MiBr great again is to give it a good lineup so idk why FalleN joined if he wants MiBr to be great
2018-06-24 01:48
Vietnam Oida 
"What is the feeling to be representing Made in Brazil, an iconic name you are familiar with, after facing them many times in the past?" Why u bending over?
2018-06-24 01:49
Other MAE1 
Good luck, my Gabriel ''ThreeFaced'' Toledo friend.
2018-06-24 01:49
United States Jrfaster 
This was pretty well said
2018-06-24 01:57
2018-06-24 02:01
Should have hired a different roster if they want to make MIBR strong again jeje :p
2018-06-24 02:01
Made in Brazil ft. Stewie2k
2018-06-24 02:03
f0rest | 
Argentina GZ^ 
You cannot make mibr strong again with a NA player in the roster.
2018-06-24 02:07
Germany unsalted 
true need two norwegians
2018-06-24 02:13
Brazil davidzor 
Very insightful interview, that's why I like Fallen and dislike Cold for instance.
2018-06-24 02:19
Brazil hugoooo 
I still think they will never succeed until they get a 100% BR lineup. These guys will never communicate as fast and accurate in English, compared to how they do in Portuguese. Only FalleN speaks English well enough for that.
2018-06-24 02:23
Austria slash_OG 
csgo communication is not that hard
2018-06-24 08:09
Brazil hugoooo 
You never watched a BR team POV... they communicate every single shit.
2018-06-24 22:03
Austria slash_OG 
this guys are not idiots
2018-06-25 01:25
BnTeT leading tyloo with 3 languages
2018-06-24 09:22
Brazil hugoooo 
And they are far from being a t1 team
2018-06-24 22:04
United States bleghfarec 
ooooh look at that fancy featured quote box
2018-06-24 02:34
Not living together anymore is THE KEY
2018-06-24 02:48
The laundry part was the best :)
2018-06-24 02:59
Tier 3 team. Sk is happy now because they don't need to pay money to bots anymore.
2018-06-24 03:12
hope they go back to a swedish Team ... the Time were SchroetKommando was german is over ... so back to success with swedish newcomers
2018-06-24 03:55
they might pick up heroic since refrsh will obviously keep astralis
2018-06-24 05:35
mibr.fallen gl
2018-06-24 03:21
Brazil g4laxI 
Loved the interview. Amazing
2018-06-24 03:23
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2018-06-24 03:28
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2018-06-24 03:29
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2018-06-24 03:29
Albania AbdiAbi 
new org new life
2018-06-24 03:46
Germany bane2k 
2018-06-24 03:51
JaCkz | 
New Zealand DONney 
Rip xxxtentacion
2018-06-24 04:01
W H O ?
2018-06-24 04:48
JaCkz | 
New Zealand DONney 
2018-06-25 05:55
Brazil sharkyz 
2018-06-24 04:04
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
Not gonna happen. Lmao.
2018-06-24 04:10
Xyp9x | 
Denmark greenhz 
they wont even win a minor, SK is Shit Kings
2018-06-24 04:13
Yeah right, nice joke
2018-06-24 04:40
United States majdob 
It won’t be strong. The whole team is shit.
2018-06-24 05:15
Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Gg who saying C9 Fan xD
2018-06-24 06:02
Faroe Islands |imperator 
Yeah he is saying that cus snake2k in the team and its automatically became shit
2018-06-24 08:21
Let's go MiBR!
2018-06-24 05:41
nice try
2018-06-24 07:35
Start crying already haters #RUNMIBR
2018-06-24 08:28
World bigb1rd 
Great interview. I think this line-up is 100% still capable of competing at the top and winning events. The communication does seem to have affected them a bit and it must be difficult talking clearly in English at the top level when things happen very fast and strats etc are very complex. But, they still have Cold, fallen and fer who are 3 of the best players to ever play CSGO. And Stewie has enormous impact and great potential at times. Even Boltz can be very good and is a solid player. We'll see. A bit of new motivation and confidence and they could easily be back at the top imo. Cool to see MiBR back again.
2018-06-24 08:44
If stew learned Portuguese this lineup would be very good
2018-06-24 09:08
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
two faced tolledo strikes again
2018-06-24 09:15
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN Or Brazil in this case
2018-06-24 09:19
Europe KittyChamp 
Fallen 'Three-Faced' Toledo
2018-06-24 09:21
Turkey WhiteHawkK 
That new team name right ?
2018-06-24 09:25
Sweden stenvaar 
I arent think that :>
2018-06-24 09:47
Iceland stlie 
free stew ! noob team
2018-06-24 09:57
Is new team name Mibr?
2018-06-24 10:00
with boltzz? XD
2018-06-24 10:18
LOL mibr tier 34 bots
2018-06-24 10:22
2018-06-24 10:41
expected from tolendo 2 faced
2018-06-24 11:19
First post since a long time, like an old friend say : Make Brasil Great Again
2018-06-24 11:24
Russia xavikz 
SK or mIBR - dont care. MONKEYS ALWAYS GO HOME! ;D
2018-06-24 11:36
Hungary saxxo 
Money, money, money Must be funny In the rich man's world...
2018-06-24 11:48
Now the interesting thing is who will take SK's brand?
2018-06-24 12:05
Europe WutFace233 
Não Tem Como
2018-06-24 19:30
Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
2018-06-24 12:56
Austria cacheex 
Rip sk welcome mibr ! the will come back stronger!! Let’s go
2018-06-24 14:42
MIBR= tier 3
2018-06-24 15:03
2018-06-24 16:53
Czech Republic JackReacher 
"I will not bring my girlfriend to live with the other guys, it does not make any sense." -FALLEN afraid to be back stab HAHA
2018-06-24 15:07
+fnx confirmed?
2018-06-25 06:45
Leeeets goooo
2018-06-24 16:07
"WE WANT TO MAKE MIBR A STRONG NAME ONCE AGAIN" well then you needed to start it a couple of years ago
2018-06-24 18:50
2018-06-24 18:53
You guys think Mibr can pull of another SK like in 2017 and 2016?
2018-06-26 18:08
Europe qu4n7um 
make mibr great again
2018-06-27 08:20
They will make tier 3 team into tier 4.
2018-06-28 18:03
Fallen, u think that we dont know your main purpose? all u do is great for your own personal business.
2018-06-29 05:26
fer | 
Russia Orz 
1.6<3 mibr cs go mibr<3
2018-07-01 12:03
Norway sPUDDII 
Made in Brazil? Stewie made in China
2018-07-03 09:16
2018-07-06 01:35
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