MIBR add stand-in trio for BLAST Premier Fall, Flashpoint
The Brazilian team return to action with three new players, one of whom is a familiar face.
MIBR have announced that Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, Vinicius "vsm" Moreira and Leonardo "leo_drk" Oliveira have been brought in on a temporary basis for the final stretch of the year to help to fill the voids left by the recent overhaul of the squad, which was orchestrated by the North American organisation.
The Brazilian team have been left with just two full members following a wretched run of form that culminated in a disastrous bootcamp in Serbia, during which they won just four matches out of 14, struggling even against supposed lesser opposition. Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and coach Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia were all cut by MIBR's management, with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo then stepping down from the lineup in protest against the decision.
For LUCAS1, this marks a return to MIBR after he played for the team between July and December 2019, initially on loan from Luminosity. He averaged a 1.04 rating during that short tenure, which was brought to an end when the North American organisation signed Ignacio "meyern" Meyer from Sharks.
vsm is one of Brazil's finest talents, but his progress has been hampered by a VAC ban dating back to 2013, when he was just 13 years old. He has averaged a 1.23 rating since joining DETONA, with whom he attended the Global Qualifier for Flashpoint 1.
leo_drk has been a solid entry-fragger for Sharks since signing for the Portuguese organisation, in July 2017. In a video posted on Twitter, the 21-year-old admitted to being "honored" to have been granted the chance to represent MIBR and explained his decision to change his nickname from "leo_druNky" with his wish to start "a new chapter" in his career.
The unveiling of the three stand-ins comes just 48 hours after MIBR announced that Raphael "cogu" Camargo will be coaching and managing the team until the end of the year. The 35-year-old, who stands firm as one of the best AWPers of his generation, was part of the iconic MIBR squad that won ESWC 2006 and gave Brazil its first international Counter-Strike title.
MIBR face a daunting task in the BLAST Premier Fall Series as they have been placed in the same group as Astralis, FURIA and G2. They will make their first appearance in the tournament on November 2 against the Danes, the current No.1-ranked team.
MIBR will field the following lineup for the BLAST Premier Fall season and Flashpoint 2:
Raphael "cogu" Camargo (coach/manager)