paiN agree deal to sign saffee

The 25-year-old will have his first top-flight experience in Brazil after impressing in the lower tier.

paiN have completed the signing of 25-year-old AWPer Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa, according to the player's organisation, Paquetá, who told Globoesporte on Tuesday that the transfer has been finalised.

saffee, whose contract with Paquetá would have expired at the end of this month, will step into the shoes of Paulo "⁠land1n⁠" Felipe, who has been on paiN's books since February 2019. The 26-year-old's inability to obtain a visa to enter the United States is reportedly the key reason for his departure.

land1n's future has been thrown into doubt

saffee has no such issues, having lived in the United States last year, when he represented New England Whalers. He exploded after returning home as he became a key performer for Paquetá, averaging a 1.27 rating during his time with the team.

paiN were supposed to move to Canada in April, but their plans were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The team, who enjoyed an eventful year in 2019 with six domestic titles and one Big Event attendance (StarSeries i-League Season 7), failed to secure a spot in the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament in South America, ESL One: Road to Rio, after losing to Imperial in the Play-in Stage.

With this addition, paiN will have:

Brazil Vinicios "⁠PKL⁠" Coelho
Brazil Wesley "⁠hardzao⁠" Lopes
Brazil Rodrigo "⁠biguzera⁠" Bittencourt
Brazil Gabriel "⁠NEKIZ⁠" Schenato
Brazil Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa

Brazil Bruno "⁠ellllll⁠" Ono (coach)

Brazil Wesley 'hardzao' Lopes
Wesley 'hardzao' Lopes
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
305
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
39
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil Bruno 'ellllll' Ono
Bruno 'ellllll' Ono
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
32
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.80
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
596
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
225
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Brazil Paulo 'land1n' Felipe
Paulo 'land1n' Felipe
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
WHO that?
2020-07-07 22:53
It's SAFFEE
2020-07-08 18:03
Why is his name racist in German
2020-07-08 22:02
daamn what does saffee mean in german
2020-07-11 22:38
Very interesting
2020-07-07 22:53
#3
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Brazil BodeFollen
OK
2020-07-07 22:53
#6
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Finland Cucumber))
Actual who moment is he a good player? )
2020-07-07 22:54
#22
2020-07-07 23:06
Bruno "⁠ellllll⁠" Ono (coach)
2020-07-07 22:54
#111
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South America ZyvvOo
Dont u know him????
2020-07-08 08:14
Wow, really?
2020-07-07 22:55
#11
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Denmark thetroopeR
safe deal
2020-07-07 22:55
WHO WHO WHO????
2020-07-07 22:55
better than land1n for sure
2020-07-07 22:55
land1n one of the best awpers on Brazil
2020-07-07 23:36
he have been really underwhelming the last months maybe a new environment can make him good again
2020-07-07 23:39
Pain played 2 tournaments in the last 8 months
2020-07-08 14:02
#15
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Brazil setsz
I never saw this guy playing but from the statistics it seems to be a Brazilian promise
2020-07-07 22:58
Already played in na and was a total shit, just got better when returned to Brazil
2020-07-07 23:06
25 yo, can't be a promise
2020-07-08 10:31
jackz
2020-07-08 11:16
Who cars
2020-07-07 23:00
#18
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United States clockworkk
i hope LAN comes back soon cos hltv posting all these irrelevant news are boring af who cares about tier10 brazilian teams not even the brazilians
2020-07-07 23:02
paiN almost beat Faze in starladder last year They are really promissory
2020-07-07 23:07
#36
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Brazil Arishock
+1
2020-07-07 23:21
#69
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Brazil SecondKS
Read this comment type so boring
2020-07-08 01:07
interesting, I hope everything works out in NA, for sure they have the capacity to become one of the best teams in the world. #GoPain s2
2020-07-07 23:06
#72
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South Africa @FyreCS
Tiburci0 Biguzera Hardzao Saffee Sutecase Maybe bring in Pancc as well, guy hasn’t had an actual team I feel... Or Dumau since Yeah Gaming is conflict of interest team, and they have to sell team/players.
2020-07-08 01:14
who
2020-07-07 23:19
#35
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Brazil lucubista
bigureza the new coldzera? maybe no.
2020-07-07 23:20
Safi better name
2020-07-07 23:38
paiN lacks chemistry. saffee is a no name, I don't know if I like this addition.
2020-07-07 23:42
They have a lot of chemistry, they're called the "br Astralis"
2020-07-08 04:16
The BR Astralis. Astralis have better chemistry.
2020-07-08 12:57
i'm fan of this team since they came together in Virtue they have the best chemestry on brazil rn
2020-07-08 17:06
For sure they don't man. FURIA has better chemistry.
2020-07-08 17:50
I'm talking about teams that play in brazil
2020-07-08 18:36
Doesn't FURIA play in Brazil?
2020-07-08 18:43
LMFAO
2020-07-08 18:48
LMFAO. So funny HAHAHA. I'm dying.
2020-07-08 20:51
sorry FURIA is playing Gamersclub and CBCS rn because they are on brazil stop being so dumb
2020-07-08 22:29
I should stop being so dumb? You say that paiN is BR Astralis and they have the best chemistry in Brazil, and you name me dumb? LMAO.
2020-07-08 23:32
#50
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Brazil Mtz1997
F land1n
2020-07-07 23:44
WOW NICE TIER 9943252485479647685472667845268542754254678452456872678286542624568542652466742 TEAM NEWS
2020-07-07 23:59
#55
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Brazil xaxaxaxax
Cássio Bergamo better
2020-07-08 00:08
#70
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Brazil SecondKS
Oh no my boy land1n!
2020-07-08 01:07
#71
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South Africa @FyreCS
-nekiz, +sutecase! PKL go back to igl and secondary awp OR +Tiburic0, very good upcoming IGL + he awps
2020-07-08 01:12
Yeah, -nekiz is a must. Guy didn't do shit since coming back to Brazil.
2020-07-08 01:21
#81
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
this "sutecase" you're talking about is actually "sutecas", right? and as long as pkl continues to IGL, paiN should be fine. I guess tiburci0 will soon join detona again
2020-07-08 02:17
Pkl is the IGL Sutecas is lurker, nekiz is entry Tiburcio retired
2020-07-08 04:15
#152
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South Africa @FyreCS
He retired?! Why did he?! He was the next upcoming IGL I think... :( I would still add sutecas for Nekiz, and allow Biguzera to maybe entry?
2020-07-19 02:57
#73
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Serbia Bazy200
wow
2020-07-08 01:16
who, what, when, why
2020-07-08 02:21
Who who who
2020-07-08 02:32
#88
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Brazil maldinera
nice one!
2020-07-08 02:46
I wanna see them playing against NA teams
2020-07-08 05:44
#112
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Ukraine YUR4S
who?
2020-07-08 09:12
#113
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Russia ToughGuy
imagine making news of #113 team KEKW oh yes br scene would be piss off so yeah make sense
2020-07-08 10:14
i dont know the kid who joined, but if he rekt everybody in game, people will know you and all the kids @ this forum will be disappointed.
2020-07-08 10:21
who?
2020-07-08 11:26
sick
2020-07-08 13:58
saffee do safe
2020-07-08 16:58
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