Report: Liquid, MIBR set to trade Stewie2K and TACO

Team Liquid and MIBR have agreed to a trade that will send Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo back to their home turfs in a report from ESPN.

Team Liquid will receive Stewie along with head coach Wilton "zews" Prado in exchange for TACO. This trade will serve as a reunion for the legendary Brazilian lineup headlined by both of them together with current MIBR members Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, and Marcelo "coldzera" David. Their lineup under the Luminosity and SK Gaming banners completed by Lincoln "fnx" Lau is regarded as one of the most dominant teams in Pro CS that won two consecutive CS:GO Major titles in 2016.

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and Tarik "tarik" Celik

The report also suggests that MIBR is looking to return to a full Brazilian roster which means that Tarik "tarik" Celik would be the next big player on the trading block. Another member who might see an exit is Serbian coach/analyst Janko "YNk" Paunović who became part of the Brazilian group a couple of months after the SK core was acquired by MIBR last June.

The report surfaced just after the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals where MIBR finished 3rd-4th after falling to the hands of Liquid – whom sooner bowed to eventual champions Astralis.

The changes will come with MIBR’s inconsistent run that saw mixed results even with the addition of Stewie and Tarik. Liquid meanwhile are having a blast this year as they have reached deep runs across multiple tournaments that include a 3rd-4th place finish at the recent FACEIT Major London 2018 along with title runs at cs_summit 2 and SuperNova CS:GO Malta.

Despite the report, MIBR is expected to field in their current lineup at the BLAST Pro Series Lisbon happening this week. However, this could possibly become Stewie and Tarik’s last gig under the South American banner.

The two Major champions had a rocky 2018 after winning the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 under the Cloud9 banner and they would be looking to help the currently best team in North America to win another Major title for the region this March at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major.


MN | Neil Martinez

MN | Neil Martinez

A former editor and writer for a university publication, Neil has incorporated esports to what he does best. He is Mogul’s CS go-to guy and TNC Pro Team’s graphic artist and social media man.

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