Just a week after reports hinting MIBR’s return to a full Brazilian lineup, another familiar name came afloat for the organization and that is no other than João "felps" Vasconcellos.
The Brazilian youngster who became part of SK Gaming’s 2017 lineup after swapping with Lincoln "fnx" Lau to Immortals is set to complete MIBR’s return to an all Brazilian squad, hence paving way for a reunion with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Marcelo "coldzera" David and another returning name in Epitacio "TACO" de Melo.
The 2017 group saw decent success with felps following up to a momentous 2016 where they won 2 consecutive CS:GO Major titles with fnx. Together, they have won five international LAN events including ECS Season 3 Finals and ESL One Cologne 2017.
Just last week, ESPN reported that Team Liquid and MIBR is up for a mega trade involving Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and TACO along with coach Wilton "zews" Prado. The trade gave way for both parties to come back to their home countries.
As per HLTV, MIBR had the initial choice in Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe but the plan was immediately scrapped by Immortals – MIBR’s mother organization – executive chair Noah Whinston who outlined kNgV-‘s fate last September 2017 in an announcement where he claimed that the player would "never again be a part" of the organization.
The team also planned on signing young prospect Kaike "kscerato" Cerato of Team FURIA but his market value that is estimated to be around $200,000 USD led MIBR to look elsewhere due to his lack of top tier LAN exposure.
felps will leave INTZ after three months of stay with the organization. In a short period of time, he was able to lead the under-experienced squad towards LAN appearances at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals and PLG Grand Slam.
MIBR is expected to sign felps along with TACO and zews before the end of the year.