fer: "It's a new year and everyone is hungry to win"

We caught up with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga during the media day at BLAST Premier Spring to discuss the addition of Ignacio "meyern" Meyer and the team's progress since December.

MIBR are out to make amends after starting 2020 with a disappointing loss to Cloud9 in the grand final of the North American closed qualifier for IEM Katowice. BLAST Premier Spring will be the first real test on LAN for the Brazilian team since picking up meyern, who was recruited from Sharks just days before cs_summit 5.

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's troops will be hoping to set the record straight against Liquid on Friday after failing to beat the North Americans on LAN in 2019. The last time the two teams faced each other was at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, where MIBR fielded coach Wilton "zews" Prado as a stand-in following Marcelo "coldzera" David's benching.

fer feels that meyern's adjustment to MIBR is going well

In this detailed interview, fer discusses the decision to part ways with Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles and bring in meyern, the setback against Cloud9, the team's progress in recent weeks and the upcoming clash against Liquid.

Last month, the team replaced LUCAS1 with meyern. What was the reason behind the roster change and what did you feel wasn't working out with LUCAS1?

Lucas is a pretty good player, but the way he thinks about the game is kind of different from the way we think. We had people thinking "A" and people thinking "B" about the game, different mentalities. I think we had good results with Lucas considering the time he spent on the team, like a few months. In the end, it was not working out because people thought differently about the game.

We then decided to replace him and looked at our options. We watched meyern's demos and his playstyle, and later approached him. We thought he was a pretty good player, with a lot of potential, so we decided to bring him into the team. He is a really young player with a lot of talent, and I think the decision to add him was a bet on his future development. We had the option of bringing in an experienced player that we had played with in the past, but we opted to sign a new player and see what happens in the future, like we did with coldzera. He was a really good player as well, really talented, but he hadn't proved himself at the time. We tried him out and it turned out really well for us. This time it's meyern, so let's see if he's going to be good for the team. I think he's been pretty good so far. We are working out our communication because he speaks Spanish; it's similar to Portuguese, but not the same, so sometimes we have some problems with that, but we are trying hard to fix this problem, and I think we are doing well with him.

As with all roster changes, initially, there is a period where roles need to be adjusted to accommodate the new player, something you went through with Lucas. Could you give us an idea of how that process has been like with meyern?

Every time you put a new player in your team, you have to adapt some positions and sometimes you have to change your roles and positions on maps, and I think this is a normal thing. With Lucas it was really easy when he joined, even though he wasn't used to the new positions, he adapted to them really fast. meyern and Lucas play similar positions, so when we had the roster change, I think it was easy for meyern as well because he was playing A on Mirage and playing on open bombsites, so the adjustment was kind of easy. meyern is playing different roles sometimes, like FalleN, kNgV- and I are; everyone is giving up some positions so that we all get comfortable on the maps.

When you have a change and you have only played for a few months or a few weeks, you have to play in different positions, but I think everyone on our team is comfortable right now. We had kNgV- change his role a lot, so he's playing as a lurker now. Not full-time, but he is the lurker on our team right now. I think everyone has adjusted really well, and of course, we need more time to get experience in all these roles and new positions. I think meyern is an open-minded guy, so every time we ask him to try something new, he tries to search for new things in his positions. I think he's adjusting well to the team and has really fit in.

Touching slightly on a recent result, the team was unable to qualify for IEM Katowice 2020 via the North American qualifier as you were unable to beat Cloud9 in the best-of-five grand final. What were some of the issues you ran into against them?

For this specific qualifier, I think because it was held at the beginning of the year and we had just got back from vacation, we didn't have time to practice. We had played with meyern for three days during cs_summit 5, which was the first time that we played with him. We didn't have a lot of time to practice, and when we arrived in the US, we had to play the tournament. We weren't used to playing because we had just got back from the holidays and our vacations. We weren't playing well at the time, but I don't think it's a good excuse because all of the players had been on vacation. Cloud9 played well at the tournament, and I think we had a good overall result as well, but of course we expected to qualify and unfortunately, we couldn't. It's sad for us because Katowice is one of the best tournaments to play and we wish we could go there and play the tournament. Cloud9 played well, props to them.

In an interview at the ECS Season 8 Finals, you mentioned that the team was quite stressed and struggled when it came to individual decision-making. With all of the adjustments that have been taking place, do you feel this has improved since then?

When I said that people were shaky when it came to making individual decisions, like holds for example, it was because we changed the team a lot of times. When a player joins a new team, he has to adapt his style and that takes time, you know? Like Lucas, for example. He is an aggressive and reactive player, so when things happen on his side, he likes to react really fast, and our style is kind of slow. For us, it's better to think about the situation and figure out what the best solution is, and sometimes when you react really fast it can be really bad for the team. During that time, some people wanted to react really fast and some of us wanted to react slowly and think more about the situation – that was the problem at the time. People were reacting fast, while others were just waiting for the situation, so it was like, 'Dude, why are you going so fast? We were not ready to react like you were.'

That was the problem we had, but I think, with time, people will understand the team style and will think more about situations as a unit, instead of doing it individually. Our team likes to wait for the call and wait for the best solution, not just react and go. I don't think it's a 'problem', I just think it's a different way to think the game. When people have just joined the team, they will think about how they want to play the game, not how the team wants to play the game because they are not used to the team. I think we're getting on the same page right now and I think the situations are playing out the way the team wants them to.

In meyern's situation, the open-mindedness you mentioned must play a huge role in allowing him to better adapt to the team...

Yes, of course. As I said, when you think that the team is above the individual, it's way better. Sometimes you might see a gap and your team is not ready to use it. If you go for it, it could turn out well because you can be sneaky and kill two people, but sometimes your team might end up failing because they weren't ready for your play. You can screw your team because of that, but I think meyern and the rest try to think about the situations. Sometimes we have fast reactions as a team, so when you see a situation where you can react really fast and when everyone is on the same page, you react as a team, but the problem is when people don't think the same way. meyern is really open-minded and he tries to fit into how the team wants to play, so I think it makes it easier, yeah.

Here at BLAST Premier Spring, your opening series is against Liquid, a team you have a poor track record against. How are you approaching the match-up?

We had a bootcamp in Poland and practiced for almost three weeks. Of course, we're not ready to win all the tournaments, but I think we are ready to play against the best teams. It's going to be hard because Liquid is a really good team, they're one of the best in the world, but I don't think we have to think about them, we have to think about ourselves and do what is best for us. If we start thinking about the opponents we'll face, of course, they are really good teams, but if we play our game, I think we are ready to beat them.

It will be hard, and as you said, we've been shaky against Liquid in the past and we have a lot of losses against them, but it's a new year and everyone is hungry to win. Everyone is working really hard in our team, and I think that if we play our game we have a chance to beat them. Let's see.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Argentina Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
271
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
825
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1213
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
#3
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
brazilian flame!
2020-01-31 02:26
#89
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Australia I_HATE_MIBR 
fer sucks -fer by halfway through the year
2020-01-31 08:16
????????????????????? 0/8
2020-01-31 13:01
#123
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Portugal ACEru 
0/8
2020-01-31 14:33
OG sucks OG disband by halfway through the year
2020-01-31 15:56
#135
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Portugal Silvah4i20 
+1
2020-01-31 19:29
#138
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Canada webzyx 
You suck I_HATE_MIBR
2020-01-31 23:33
#4
freddieb | 
Sweden carvin 
gl
2020-01-31 02:26
#5
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Ukraine zCainee 
gl in major mibr
2020-01-31 02:28
Thx Sz
2020-01-31 17:18
#6
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United Kingdom Waspyy 
lol
2020-01-31 02:28
Being hungry doesn't win games
2020-01-31 02:28
I wanted to say this
2020-01-31 02:37
He will die of starvation. So sad.
2020-01-31 03:51
don't say that bro, let's trust
2020-01-31 13:01
#64
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Brazil feminazi 
+1 that's why I play only after lunch
2020-01-31 04:11
+1
2020-01-31 04:55
#109
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
being hungry doesn't lose games... Bad players do.
2020-01-31 12:43
#8
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Brazil ATURAouSURTA 
Can u hear that @Semmler?????
2020-01-31 02:28
#66
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Brazil feminazi 
no, but he can read
2020-01-31 04:11
Said the same last year... better luck this time i.imgur.com/Z2lRBwm.png
2020-01-31 02:31
#12
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Qatar Number2awper 
LMAOOOOO
2020-01-31 02:32
What a stupid photo they made my coldzera can friend
2020-01-31 03:52
#68
HEN1 | 
Brazil Rakaizera 
hahahahahah sad but true
2020-01-31 04:17
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2020-01-31 10:07
#10
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Qatar Number2awper 
who cars
2020-01-31 02:32
#13
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Brazil ZlatanIsGod 
Fallen is ready.Fer is hungry.Taco is on point.Mayern is learning.Kngv will show your love.I said this in another topic.My name is Zelão.
2020-01-31 02:32
NT mi05-0-16R MAX 5 ROUNDS IN BO3
2020-01-31 02:36
+1
2020-01-31 02:37
#34
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Brazil Allistar 
0-5->16-5;16-0?
2020-01-31 02:51
yes
2020-01-31 02:55
#137
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Brazil Allistar 
Hmm, almost got it. Nt though.
2020-01-31 23:30
Everyone will eat Taco then, sad
2020-01-31 02:37
The BRESILIENCE is so strong mens)))
2020-01-31 02:40
#25
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Turkmenistan Jnordz 
Won't exit group
2020-01-31 02:40
MIBR > LIQUID
2020-01-31 02:45
kkkk blz fer
2020-01-31 02:47
#37
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Brazil FADINHAMAGICA 
+1
2020-01-31 02:54
LUL i will believe it when i see it
2020-01-31 02:48
#31
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Canada SureThingM8 
dont they say this every time and still come last at like every event?
2020-01-31 02:48
u guessed it
2020-01-31 08:26
Yup, regular statements
2020-01-31 14:38
Circular interview. He says A, then B, then A, then C and it goes on. I'm a MIBR fan but I have no faith tomorrow and it's just gonna be another "must train harder, better luck next time" excuse
2020-01-31 02:49
#52
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Brazil Smartzilian 
+1 lmao
2020-01-31 03:54
hf winning with coronavirus
2020-01-31 02:50
XD
2020-01-31 02:51
#36
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Mexico MEXlCO 
gl
2020-01-31 02:52
#39
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United States sorcrcrc 
ok?
2020-01-31 02:57
What now Semmler
2020-01-31 02:58
#41
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Netherlands dabadpad 
amazing.. still not disband yet..
2020-01-31 03:15
#42
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Brazil Luisitox_x 
Idk.. lets see the game
2020-01-31 03:16
Beating around the bush like every interview from mibr. This remember me when they talked about "We're going to be dining danes this year" but with way less confidence this time.
2020-01-31 03:21
#120
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Brazil AmbOoNi 
Perhaps that was the answer to be given at the time. MIBR went into decline because of overconfidence. Feet on the ground and humility, that's how they won 2 majors. Now go!
2020-01-31 14:01
#44
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Finland eXampL 
MIBR NUMBER 1
2020-01-31 03:21
#45
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United States cananigfrag 
hungry to collect paychecks?
2020-01-31 03:30
hahahhahaha
2020-01-31 04:56
#81
pronax | 
Hungary Gombi_ 
*steal
2020-01-31 06:37
#46
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United States RichardSchitt 
fer: *cough* slemmer *cough*
2020-01-31 03:36
I only know semmler
2020-01-31 04:57
#47
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Denmark Zorrondo 
3 months later "Thank for all your work Meyern, welcome (random br player)"
2020-01-31 03:41
#54
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Brazil Smartzilian 
Lmao +1
2020-01-31 03:55
Welcome Luken
2020-01-31 12:11
lol
2020-01-31 15:46
hungry for pay check
2020-01-31 03:45
Retire
2020-01-31 03:53
#53
yes | 
Korea mryes) 
cry is free but you wont win shit
2020-01-31 03:54
#55
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Canada mandydingo 
New year new disappointment
2020-01-31 03:57
#56
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United States Fin4life 
new year same results....brasil CS is dead...
2020-01-31 03:59
#58
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Brazil NiceBrazilian 
just like ence lol
2020-01-31 04:00
You could say they’re finnished.
2020-01-31 10:13
#57
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Brazil NiceBrazilian 
I doubt that but ok
2020-01-31 04:00
#60
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United States Fin4life 
thats all you butthurt brazilians can say....sad but ence is higher ranked than shit brasil teams....cry more while the world LOL at brasil CS...
2020-01-31 04:03
#62
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Brazil NiceBrazilian 
OK
2020-01-31 04:05
#83
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Austria doMK0 
Dude, grow up.
2020-01-31 07:19
#100
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United States Fin4life 
truth hurts...right...you triggered bro???
2020-01-31 10:58
actual cringe
2020-01-31 12:12
He's ridiculous, just a baiter, juvenile internet troll trying to trigger people
2020-01-31 13:19
#121
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United States Fin4life 
facts hurt i guess...
2020-01-31 14:15
#140
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Austria doMK0 
Nah, facts don't hurt, but your writing does.
2020-02-01 10:16
#141
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United States Fin4life 
another triggered brasil fan...
2020-02-01 10:50
#59
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Brazil millerjmatos 
god
2020-01-31 04:01
#61
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Brazil Smartzilian 
Reading this interview feels like every player has to adapt 100 percent on the team's play style, which is actually a shit since 2018. That might be the answer on how mibr destroys every new player and suddenly when he's removed and join a new team step ups again. GG Meyern.
2020-01-31 04:03
+1 MIBR is done
2020-01-31 05:34
+1 FalleN too arrogant
2020-01-31 10:49
It's hard not to belive they can be a top team. Everything is under control... I hope.
2020-01-31 04:10
#65
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Brazil renatorib 
brazilian storm
2020-01-31 04:11
#67
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
i really think mibr can win a game in blast GL!
2020-01-31 04:13
Literally lost to big
2020-01-31 04:20
joke from 2017
2020-01-31 04:46
Fer baiting odds xD
2020-01-31 05:13
#79
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CIS kryto203 
fer: "It's a new year and everyone is hungry" just eat whats the problem?
2020-01-31 05:32
#82
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Finland J3bediah 
Excuses after excuses
2020-01-31 06:53
I am hungry too mens))
2020-01-31 07:23
#86
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Austria doMK0 
It will be hard to get back into the top 10, if they don't change their playstyle (change IGL) and add least one new younger player. That's just how it is, and they will prove it this weekend.
2020-01-31 07:29
no coldzera, no tier1
2020-01-31 07:46
#114
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Brazil mBrozz 
>tier 1 >baitzera pick one
2020-01-31 13:02
and I think that if we play our game we have a chance to beat them. we have a chance to beat them. to beat them. beat them. LUL
2020-01-31 09:28
Beat them Beat the Beat th Beat t Beat Bea Be B
2020-01-31 09:32
Hungry to farm money from poor Bra71l fans
2020-01-31 09:31
#95
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Then you will go hungry to bed my Brazilian friend...
2020-01-31 09:54
Hunger MIBR Choose one
2020-01-31 10:10
Kappa
2020-01-31 11:03
#103
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Brazil g4laxI 
Ok Fer
2020-01-31 11:12
MIBR = Made in Bathrooms check hltv
2020-01-31 11:47
#110
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Brazil LaicaBoss 
I aren't think that
2020-01-31 12:50
#111
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Australia zanics 
NT last place like always gg made in bathroom
2020-01-31 12:51
seems like u gonna starve fer xDee
2020-01-31 13:30
Another year and the same history remains: "Let's dinner danish", "everyone is hungry". Hey Fer, stop giving us hope!
2020-01-31 14:39
#126
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Brazil Cleckzera 
FalleN TwoFaced Toledo reference ahhaha prnt.sc/qvmedm
2020-01-31 14:47
mibr is underdog right now, and will be underdogs until start to reach semifinals or finals again... So, no hopes is better for us
2020-01-31 15:46
#132
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
don't f/cn lie u lil Brasil noob Fer ! hes saying " hungry " LMFAO - u lazy bot , stop playing this game !
2020-01-31 16:53
He will stay hungry for a while
2020-02-01 05:17
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