coldzera requests MIBR benching as he seeks new challenge
A source close to the team has told HLTV.org that the Brazilian star will play two more events with the squad, BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles and IEM Chicago, before stepping down from the active line-up and being placed on the bench.
This means that coldzera will not be at the StarLadder Major with MIBR, who will most likely have to field coach Wilton "zews" Prado as a stand-in as the roster lock for the event came into effect on June 24.
The same source said that coldzera has become increasingly frustrated with the squad's poor results, with MIBR having yet to reach a LAN final in 2019. The team allegedly continues to be rocked by deep internal issues that the recent removal of João "felps" Vasconcellos was not able to solve.
MIBR had in ESL One Cologne their first event with Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles following his loan signing from Luminosity. The Brazilians crashed out of the German event in 13th-16th place after suffering defeats to fnatic and BIG.
And these internal issues appear to have taken a toll on coldzera's game and confidence. The 24-year-old's 1.04 rating at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals and at ESL One Cologne was a far cry from his usual numbers as he was averaging a 1.16 rating at Big Events this year leading up to those two tournaments.
This is not the first time that coldzera has sought a move away from the team. In his 2018 top 20 player of the year feature, he revealed that he had entertained the idea of looking for a new challenge when Epitacio "TACO" de Melo left SK, in March 2018. Exactly a year ago, he reportedly considered leaving MIBR due to differences with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga about how the team should be run. On both occasions, his high release clause proved to be a major hindrance.
Marcelo "coldzera" David (bench)
João "felps" Vasconcellos (loaned out)
Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)