FalleN: "News? Probably only next year"

We sat down with Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo after MIBR's opening match at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon to ask him about the recent rumours surrounding the team, attending the Portuguese event with a stand-in and his goals for 2019.

With day one of BLAST Pro Series already behind us, MIBR are sitting in third place in the round-robin stage, bouncing back from a 14-16 defeat to Cloud9 in their opening match with a comprehensive 16-6 victory over NIP.

FalleN says that nothing is set in stone as there are still things to clear up

After the game against the North American side, we had a quick chat with FalleN in the mixed zone to discuss the decision to field Braxton "⁠swag⁠" Pierce as a stand-in for Fernando "⁠fer⁠" Alvarenga, the reports linking Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip and Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik with the exit door in the team, and his goals for 2019 after a rollercoaster of a year.

Why did you decide to pick swag for this event to replace fer and not a Brazilian player, for example?

We picked him because he speaks English, we all know him and he is not tied to any contract, so inviting him did not require much bureaucracy. It was also because he is a great player, we really like him and he played well.

He is a different player than fer. What kind of positions is he taking? How did you decide what he is doing in the server?

We have adapted some things, including now on Mirage, a map we will be playing a lot in this tournament. We have changed some things, putting Stewie where he likes to play the most, he usually plays on the A site. swag is a very complete player, he plays with every weapon, including the AWP, so he can really pull things off with any weapon.

What can you say about the situation that the team is currently going through? When can we expect some news?

For now, there is no news. Probably only next year. We are still discussing this with the players, looking at our options, but nothing is certain. There is nothing to say yet.

What are your goals for 2019?

We will try to do a better job than this year. If possible, we want to do as well as we did in the past, when we were the best team in the world. But we have a long road ahead of us. We will have to continue to improve and to play better every time.

Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
912
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
432
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
nice
2018-12-15 00:49
17 replies
Next year mibr top #1 full br
2018-12-15 00:53
15 replies
Yes No
2018-12-15 01:18
12 replies
2018 is over it didn’t work there’s nothing to be ashamed of, great things will happen in 2019!!! We trust you FalleN, you’re the man! Full br lineup with new blood and healthy fer... OMG I can’t wait for this!!! VAMOS MIBR, we’ll always be with you! FalleN Healthy fer coldzin TACO Caça rato (???) zelão (coach) #2019ÉNOSSONTC
2018-12-15 01:40
10 replies
#128
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Brazil Euires
LETS GO BABY
2018-12-15 01:46
3 replies
VAMOS Ola “elemeNt” Moum
2018-12-15 01:47
2 replies
#138
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Brazil Euires
Damnnnn, I was discovered
2018-12-15 01:56
1 reply
They Fucked Up!!!
2018-12-15 07:50
#133
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Brazil JMB_17
Marcelinho Paraíba >>> Caça Rato
2018-12-15 01:50
#151
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Brazil P4uloVisk
letts goo
2018-12-15 02:51
#193
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Ukraine dashbug
Maybe FNX?
2018-12-15 10:52
1 reply
Fnx no chance bro
2018-12-15 13:33
We smart We loyal We friendly We’re from brazil Vamos mibr
2018-12-15 11:00
#239
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United States Luckyyc
LET'S GO KSCERATO
2018-12-15 16:07
Ez for goats of mibr
2018-12-15 15:49
#150
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Brazil P4uloVisk
+1
2018-12-15 02:50
+1
2018-12-15 23:26
#94
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Turkey Piete
expected
2018-12-15 01:15
#4
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Greece Mooksten
xd
2018-12-15 00:49
#5
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Denmark slacking
k
2018-12-15 00:49
Let's fucking go MiBR!
2018-12-15 00:49
15 replies
loyal fan +1 respect
2018-12-15 00:54
13 replies
Thanks bro, I can say the same, our favorite teams doesn't have a really good time.
2018-12-15 01:02
10 replies
😭😭😭😭😭😭 Tell me about it
2018-12-15 01:25
2 replies
Ah man... :/
2018-12-15 01:28
#180
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Singapore OMGIDIED
F
2018-12-15 06:11
wish my team was still na :/
2018-12-15 01:52
6 replies
Sad
2018-12-15 01:55
#155
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Denmark BRCSLUL
CLOWN9 OMEGALUL
2018-12-15 02:54
3 replies
#165
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Denmark Ritsuryo
Expected from plastic fan
2018-12-15 03:21
#172
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Czech Republic PaYaB
expected from astralis big mouth fan
2018-12-15 03:53
expected from retard astralis bandwagon lol
2018-12-15 05:52
wish my team was still br :/
2018-12-15 03:11
#245
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Brazil Broodht
actually c9 in european now
2018-12-15 23:58
1 reply
this nigga retarded
2018-12-16 00:13
#56
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Denmark BRCSLUL
0/8
2018-12-15 01:02
#7
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Denmark dakkedak
First! Edit: so close
2018-12-15 00:50
1 reply
nt
2018-12-15 00:50
#8
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Poland Astoner55
Ok!
2018-12-15 00:50
this team is somehow even more disappointing than faze
2018-12-15 00:50
11 replies
No way
2018-12-15 00:53
can't find a team more disappointing than faze rn
2018-12-15 01:05
Name one significant thing Faze has done since ever. Always bringing star players and still a inconsistent team. The MiBR core won everything in the last 3 years.
2018-12-15 01:11
8 replies
xDDDDDD
2018-12-15 01:19
#120
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Finland Tusku
he's referring to the current mibr lineup as a whole
2018-12-15 01:37
4 replies
#130
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Brazil Euires
So yes, this team is more disappointing than faze
2018-12-15 01:48
3 replies
#145
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Finland Tusku
yeah, hoping mibr, whatever the lineup will be, will do better next year :p
2018-12-15 02:31
1 reply
#154
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Brazil P4uloVisk
+1 , ez4ence !
2018-12-15 02:53
#152
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Brazil TonimSan
Not really, this mibr lineup never created the same hype as FaZe. Faze's expectations are always huge.
2018-12-15 02:51
#132
 | 
Brazil Euires
We are talking about this year, faze won esl bh and epicenter, mibr/sk didn't win any big tournament So yeah, we disappointed
2018-12-15 01:50
"3 years"? ok =))
2018-12-17 08:28
1 twice
2018-12-15 00:50
Ok
2018-12-15 00:50
Expected.
2018-12-15 00:50
BRAXTOONN PIERCEEE
2018-12-15 00:50
KSCERATO >>>>
2018-12-15 00:50
2 replies
wrong imperial
2018-12-15 00:59
1 reply
Old imperial is my love
2018-12-15 02:05
+vsm1deag
2018-12-15 00:50
4 replies
#96
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Brazil baldok1
nt vsm alt acc
2018-12-15 01:17
2 replies
im not vsm wtf
2018-12-15 01:18
1 reply
nt vsm alt acc
2018-12-15 01:26
+1
2018-12-15 01:46
#18
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Canada GRTman12
Y I K E S
2018-12-15 00:50
GL Fallenzera
2018-12-15 00:51
#22
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1
v$m inc bois
2018-12-15 00:52
I dont know what to think
2018-12-15 00:52
confirmed.
2018-12-15 00:53
#29
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Brazil diixon
-Next year - 17 days left Ok no problem, i can wait for that
2018-12-15 00:54
4 replies
lmao
2018-12-15 01:02
yeah
2018-12-15 01:25
+1
2018-12-15 01:40
#160
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Brazil MrLucas
True kkkkkk
2018-12-15 02:57
dont worry fallen, everybody know you are the only one that can and will dethrone asstralis
2018-12-15 00:54
7 replies
#63
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Brazil yalamix
+1
2018-12-15 01:03
haha
2018-12-15 01:20
+1
2018-12-15 01:25
Word
2018-12-15 01:27
+1 I trust FalleN, he has 1 goal and it’s time for him help his teammates get back to the top!!! VAMOS MIBR #ConfiaNoVerdadeiro
2018-12-15 01:50
#156
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk
+1
2018-12-15 02:54
#238
 | 
Brazil BRAZlL
+1
2018-12-15 16:06
#33
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Brazil _mith
kNg or kscerato ------------- = gg
2018-12-15 00:55
2 replies
#157
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk
kscerato ! gg
2018-12-15 02:55
No chance for kNg to be part of a team that Noah owns
2018-12-15 19:00
#34
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Brazil _oculto000
Nice!
2018-12-15 00:55
2019 going full br
2018-12-15 00:55
news? probably next month
2018-12-15 00:56
1 reply
#118
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Brazil Whillpull
Why not december 2019?
2018-12-15 01:34
So no head?
2018-12-15 00:57
Expected
2018-12-15 00:57
1 reply
#61
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Denmark BRCSLUL
0/8
2018-12-15 01:02
Beating astralis? Probably never.
2018-12-15 00:58
8 replies
they beated them at ECS SEASON 6 :_)
2018-12-15 01:25
7 replies
Who won ECS season 6?
2018-12-15 01:39
6 replies
but they beat them in bo3 in the groups u idiot
2018-12-15 02:37
5 replies
They lost bo3 grand final against fucking MSL too, so what? I was obviously not talking about the irrelevant ones. Damn Hitler was right all along
2018-12-15 02:53
4 replies
#158
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Brazil P4uloVisk
0/8 stuped. reported
2018-12-15 02:56
reported
2018-12-15 02:57
2 replies
Provoke then report couldnt expect anything different from a jew.
2018-12-15 03:22
1 reply
You’re a disgusting human being.
2018-12-15 10:56
my idol
2018-12-15 00:59
1 reply
#59
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Denmark BRCSLUL
0/8
2018-12-15 01:02
Take Niko and some universal rifler, would be fun to watch - don’t rollback on Portuguese, this will annigilate all of your efforts of making ENG speakers team. Home many time and efforts and money were invested? Don’t go back! Just change the subjects - st2k and Tarik were definitely NOT the best options for sure.
2018-12-15 00:59
5 replies
so.. niko would leave faze? sorry but that wont happen maybe s1mple can, he likes cold too much.
2018-12-15 01:05
3 replies
s1mple likes cold more than Niko does?
2018-12-15 07:59
2 replies
no, because faze is more stable than navi
2018-12-15 16:33
every team is more stable than navi OMEGALUL
2018-12-15 16:34
#119
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Brazil Whillpull
Speak eng is why they are changing
2018-12-15 01:36
'' 2019 I'm going to Danish dinner, was the dish of 2017 ''
2018-12-15 01:04
2 replies
Google translate 0/8
2018-12-15 01:55
#161
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Brazil P4uloVisk
+10000
2018-12-15 02:58
#84
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Brazil Mentecapto
"Probably only next year". Then I thought fallen must be joking. Then I fucking realize we are in December already. Holy fucking shit. Suddenly I'm stunned on how time went flying. I'm getting old pretty fast, pretty fucking fast.
2018-12-15 01:07
#85
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Europe LoookATme
OmegaLUL
2018-12-15 01:07
#86
fer | 
Brazil GodSnow
+KngV pls MIBR
2018-12-15 01:09
12 replies
+ felps
2018-12-15 01:11
11 replies
#92
fer | 
Brazil GodSnow
+Felps
2018-12-15 01:12
5 replies
#124
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Brazil Whillpull
Felps did leave SK because he like to play aggressive but they already have fer, so he wouldn't join again
2018-12-15 01:40
4 replies
#135
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Brazil Euires
+1
2018-12-15 01:53
#162
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Brazil P4uloVisk
+1
2018-12-15 02:59
#171
 | 
Brazil Gutsx
- fer +felps + TACO + KNG
2018-12-15 03:47
1 reply
#224
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Brazil Whillpull
Do you really think they will kick fer? Btw fer >>> felps
2018-12-15 11:29
streamable.com/el3i1 Not gonna happen, felps needs to be in another team, he doesn’t fit in mibr but he’s a great player
2018-12-15 02:07
4 replies
That's too bad. Back when it was felps, taco and the trio, that was when they were best, in my opinion.
2018-12-15 10:10
3 replies
Yes, but it was also when they used to be inconsistent af Felps & fer on the same team doesn’t work unfortunately :’( But he has a bright future, we hope to see him in the 2nd best br team. He’s the best br player besides the mibr trio, so he definetly deserves better
2018-12-15 13:37
2 replies
Maybe - NEKIZ and + felps. That could be something
2018-12-15 14:35
1 reply
Yeah, but I wouldn’t be that excited because we already have seen this lineup. Id like to see felps stick with kng and chelo but bringing a good igl + a decent role player like nekiz. I think it would be better for him, but you know, money is in LG’s side
2018-12-15 14:58
#88
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Russia slstune
not even a passion of news from mibr. hope taco may bring some changes
2018-12-15 01:10
don't play with match fixers mibr, don't do that
2018-12-15 01:11
fnx will join in place of tarik old SK/LG is back
2018-12-15 01:17
Better than Niko interview XD
2018-12-15 01:19
2 replies
how? he barely said anything
2018-12-15 01:30
1 reply
Yes, that's why. Fallen not confirm anything, not promise anything.
2018-12-15 01:38
"We sat down" Every intro to every HLTV article ever
2018-12-15 01:23
MIBR top #1 next year
2018-12-15 01:23
enjoy the time haters ;) #RUNMIBR #ferGOD top 1 #TACOrest
2018-12-15 01:30
1 reply
:> x
2018-12-15 01:41
#139
fnx | 
Brazil IGRX
OMG
2018-12-15 01:56
wallen
2018-12-15 01:58
Disband will help
2018-12-15 02:09
fallen retire please be it
2018-12-15 02:11
Class act
2018-12-15 02:37
Stewie had fallen off before the transfer....
2018-12-15 02:41
i hope stew and tarik stay in mibr
2018-12-15 02:45
5 replies
yiiiiikes
2018-12-15 04:00
lul
2018-12-15 04:30
Me too, mate. There's no point in changing players every 3 months.
2018-12-15 08:05
1 reply
psé
2018-12-15 14:40
Ikr
2018-12-15 08:28
nothing is certain. n0thing confirmed
2018-12-15 03:53
Fallen = Voldemort, and he will suck Taco's soul another time
2018-12-15 04:07
Cant wait to watch old SK (or with kng) getting back together and legit raping those nvidia.exe luckers next year
2018-12-15 04:19
1 reply
#225
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Brazil candymau
the day they put 2 main awper in their team, will be the day they become 2018 lg...
2018-12-15 11:37
#178
INS | 
United States Fule
Fallen, Cold, and Fer deserve one more major. Especially Fallen, feel like he might retire in next 2 years or so. Just my opinion.
2018-12-15 05:05
2faced strikes again
2018-12-15 06:42
Not today Gabriel 2faced Toledo
2018-12-15 07:57
-tarik +CASEMIRO KEK
2018-12-15 08:39
#189
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Korea Damianlee
Get rid of the mercenary
2018-12-15 08:52
Hhha next year guys its mid december. So news in about 2weeks 😂😂😂😂😂👌
2018-12-15 09:42
#196
 | 
Romania SERiNGA
They need a brazilian roster.
2018-12-15 11:15
Why do Brazillian want TACO back after they swear him? tarik and Stewie2k must be part of MiBR, so bad decision to disband the team before a major
2018-12-15 11:44
ofc
2018-12-15 13:27
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