guerri to stand-in for ableJ at ESEA MDL NA Finals
FURIA have announced that they will field their coach, Nicholas "guerri" Nogueira, in their MDL Season 31 Finals match against Singularity on Saturday, replacing Rinaldo "ableJ" Moda Junior due to "personal reasons".
The team did not reveal whether the player would return to play in the ESEA Global Challenge, although a report by Dexerto indicates that the player is at risk of missing the event due to visa issues.
A solid start to the year saw FURIA burst onto the international scene as they earned a 3rd-4th place finish at DreamHack Masters Dallas, which they followed up by achieving repeat victories over Astralis and a series win over North to end the ECS Season 7 Finals in second place.
FURIA’s recent results took a downturn as a disappointing 3rd-4th exit at Moche XL and a lacklustre 9th-12th elimination at ESL One Cologne saw them slide down the standings from fifth to eighth, with the team’s next hopes being of qualification for the ESL Pro League.
Update: When contacted by HLTV.org, guerri confirmed that he would play for the team in both the NA MDL Finals and ESEA Global Challenge Season 31.
🇺🇸 Tomorrow we'll play the MDL finals vs @SNG_Esports and for personal reasons ableJ will be replaced by our coach guerri only on this tournament. We count on your support.— FURIA Esports (@furiagg) July 11, 2019